January 3, 2013
Before we get too far into January, I wanted to go ahead and list a few goals I've written down for myself for the year:
Don't eat out. Exception: eating out with friends. Matt and I are able to save loads of cash just by cooking at home. Unfortunately, we broke our rule and started eating a lot of take-out back in July when we moved from our old apartment to our house, and we haven't shed the habit since. This year, I'd like to re-dedicate myself to cooking all of our meals at home so we can bulk up our savings.
Organize my computer and internet space. This includes my blog, my Flickr account (make sure photos are tagged properly and in the correct sets), my e-mail (clear inbox by placing e-mails in appropriate folders), and backing up my hard drive. That being said, I'd like to...
Spend less time on the computer and in front of devices. Even when I'm working on something, I'll have a show running in the background, but I find this often diverts my attention away from my project and keeps me from getting truly focused and creative. I'd like to replace the tv shows with music, or even total silence, and spend less time sitting on my bum.
Beef up my wardrobe. I know this sounds a little strange, especially because most people are resolving to simplify their wardrobes, but I have the opposite problem. I really don't have much in the way of clothing, and most of what I do have is of poor quality. I'd really like to change that. In fact, part of the reason I taught myself to knit was so I could make myself garments, and as I said in my last post, I think I'm ready to delve into the world of knitting beyond the basics to accomplish this goal.
I'd also really love to learn how to sew my own clothes. I know, I know... I've listed this as a goal every year since starting this blog, but it still is very much on my mind. As for the rest of my wardrobe, I think it's time to start buying higher quality basics. I cringe at the thought of spending more than five bucks on a t-shirt, or $30 dollars on a pair of jeans, but Old Navy just isn't cutting it for me anymore. Fortunately, you can still get really nice clothes second-hand if you know where to look.
Get Healthy. Sometimes I get frustrated at myself when I think about this goal and how much progress I haven't made, but if I'm being fair, I've made some good choices in the past few years that have changed my life for the better (quitting smoking, for instance), and I'm ready to make another huge change this year regarding alcohol. I drink way too much. If I'm just hanging out with Matt, I'll have a beer or a glass of wine - maybe two - almost every night. If I'm out with friends, It's usually a lot more than that. So. My major goal this year is to completely change my drinking habits. Matt and I have agreed to not drink at all when it's just the two of us, and to cut way back when we're out with friends. I think this change is long overdue. And 3 days into January? So far so good.
I'd also like to get more active, and spend more time outdoors gardening, hiking, and tinkering around.
I think that sums up my goals for 2013! What about you? I always find other peoples' New Year's Resolution posts inspiring, so please feel free to share.