Goals for 2013

January 3, 2013

Monkey Socks

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.

14 comments:

  1. Great resolutions. I too have had a bad habit with eating out. I've vowed to curb this habit by popping a garden burger into the toaster and making a salad instead. So much healthier and cheaper for me. A few years ago, I started browsing at resale clothing places instead of paying the incredibly outrageous prices. I've picked up some great finds for "work" clothes as well as casual. Check out Here We Go Again in John's Landing, Consigning Women in Lake Oswego, and there's also one in Sellwood called Silver Linings. I also try to buy classic clothes that will last more than one season. My resolution is to be more organized with birthday and Christmas gifts. I was sick for three weeks of December and that was just too much stress. I'm going to buy when I see something and store it away, as well as knit items for my knit worthy friends earlier in the year. Good luck with your resolutions. I love reading your blog. Happy 2013.

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  2. I love your resolutions (and I can really relate to some of them). If you need some suggestions when it comes to sewing let me know :) In fact, I can't help myself: I always recommend the Wiksten Tank Top pattern as the perfect beginners project, since it's easy and well-drafted and teaches some inportant techniques along the way!
    By the way, those knitting needles are gorgeous :))

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  3. Ooh, thanks for the tips Stacy! I'll definitely check out those shops you mentioned. As for preparing for Christmas early, I think that'd be a really good idea for me, too. I hate all that last minute stress.

    Happy 2013 to you, too!

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  4. @Kristina - I'll definitely ask you if I have any sewing questions (and I'm sure I will). I've been eyeing that Wiksten top pattern for awhile thanks to your blog. It's one of my goals to be able to make one for myself. :)

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  5. These are really good goals! I've been working on my wardrobe for the last year or so and I think I've finally got some classic, well-made, age- and career-appropriate outfits going. It's a lot of fun looking at others' outfits for inspiration and taking photos of yourself in your clothes (even though it is as terrible as it sounds sometimes) to see what works and what doesn't. I do a mix-and-match challenge with a fellow blogger (www.ifandany.wordpress.com) every once and a while. I think we start one on the 15th if you'd like to check it out or join in! And do start making sweaters! You strike me as a sweater-knitter, so I was shocked to read that you never have! You'll love it!

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  6. @Ness - Haha, well I'm definitely a potential sweater knitter at heart, but I've only been knitting for a little over a year now, so I'm still just learning the basics. I'll definitely check out the mix-and-match challenge you mentioned, but mostly just for inspiration for now. I love seeing everyone's wardrobe creations. :)

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  7. We definitely ate out more the year we bought our house. I think it's a very real product of, "We've been working hard on projects all day, and messing up the kitchen is the straw to break the camel's back!" Once we really got settled in, that one got easier again.

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  8. Haha, yeah, or in our case we were actually sleeping in the kitchen at times. So glad those days are over. :)

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  9. I love your goals! They are definitive and measurable and just overall good for you! Bravo and good luck!!!

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  10. Wonderful goals - thank YOU for the inspiration! My goals this year are to get my wonderful craft area truly organized so that I can sew more as well. So many of the wardrobe basics are easy assembly and by making it myself (yourself), you can add that little extra spice or uniqueness. I also plan to get reacquainted with my yoga instructor :) ... Happy new year - thank you for your wonderful blog!

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  11. Happy New Year to you, too, and good luck with your goals. :)

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  12. A couple of years after discovering thrift shops, the bulk of my wardrobe is all secondhand. I receive more compliments now than I ever have! My only regret is that I waited so long to venture into a thrift store.

    I still find it difficult at times to find items that fit my ideal 'style' though and I'm in the same boat as you when it comes to sewing but I've come to the point where I can envision what I want, so why not make it...Old Navy certainly never will. : ) So, 'sewing machines were meant to be conquered' is my motto this year!

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  13. I like it. I think those are great! Sis and I's sissyfit goal is going great! Good luck!

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