I’m not much for resolutions. I figure if you want to make a change, do it, don’t wait for the momentum to pass just because the calendar isn’t where you’d like it to be. When it comes to self-improvement it’s always seemed silly to wait for Monday when you can just as easily start a new fitness routine or savings plan on a Thursday.
Still, I like the feeling of the first, be it the first of the year or the first of the month. I like the blank, open possibility of it, the unspoiled newness. And I like setting goals, too. I like to start a year with a list of rough possibilities and potential adventures in mind, so that’s what this is, a rough list of the shit I’d like to do and do better in 2018.
1. VISIT 25 NATIONAL PARKS.
One of my life goals is to see all 417 units within the National Park Service. Last year I made it to 22 parks, and I’m hoping to step it up a bit this year, with trips to Oregon, North Carolina and maybe Boston or Arizona or maybe New York, plus a continued effort to visit and explore the parks in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
2. RUN 3 HALF MARATHONS & MORE MILES.
Last year I ran my fastest half in 1:50:52. This year I want to get under that 1:50 mark, even if it’s a 1:49:59, I’ll take it. I want to run more half marathons than I did last year and I just want to run more, in general. I’d love to hit the 1,000 mile mark, but that’s been an elusive goal of mine for a while.
3. READ 50 BOOKS.
I wanted to read 50 books last year but then I spent most of the year not really feeling like reading any books, so I slashed my goal a few months ago. Then, in November, I got my groove back and ended up reading 32 books in 2017, including six in December, so I’m going to hope my reading groove continues and go ahead and aim for 50 books this year.
4. COOK MORE THINGS.
I want to cook more things in 2018, especially bread and definitely soup since it’s winter as fuck outside.
5. TAKE MORE DOG WALKS.
I’m so inconsistent about walking my fake wolves, mostly because it’s very easy to just open the back door and let them scamper about for a bit. But they love walks and I love taking them for walks, and I’m pretty good about it in the summer, but now it’s winter and cold and dark and I just want to hide under blankets, but that’s not fair to the doggos.
6. CUT THE CRAP.
I’ve been meaning to get rid of my treadmill for two years and then there’s this mirror that used to be in the upstairs bathroom that’s still sitting around and then there are the closets and really, I just need to pick a shelf or a drawer or a room in my house and go through all the stuff I’ve accumulated and just fucking get rid of it. It feels overwhelming, but I know if I break it into pieces and parts it will all seem so much more manageable.
7. WRITE THE HARD STUFF.
I’ve been wanted to write about the hard stuff, but the thing about writing about the hard stuff is that it’s hard. But I need to, and I’m ready.