It’s not a new year unless I use my blog to shame myself into accomplishing things this year, right?
GET MORE FIT.
Last year I said I wanted to run 1,000 miles and then, less than three weeks after setting that goal, I hurt myself. And that was it. I knew almost immediately there was no way I’d be able to hit 1,000 miles and I was right. Last year was a real shitty year for running and while I don’t even know how many miles I ran last year, I do know it’s much less than 1,000.
This year I’m not setting a mileage goal. It would be great to get to 1,000 miles, but I’m much more interested in being a better, smarter, stronger and more well-rounded athlete. That means continuing to run and strength train and go to yoga while also fueling my body with foods that don’t make me feel like shit. It means recovering right, foam-rolling and stretching and getting regular massages. And it means mixing things up and pushing myself out of the comfort zone I’ve snuggled myself into this past year.
So, as I told a my lady friends as we sat around my dining table declaring our intentions for the year as 2018 ticked to a close, this year I want to get fit as fuck.
READ 50+ BOOKS.
I read 69 books in 2018, which is more books than I’ve ever read in a year. I’m not sure I can do it again, but I’m hoping to at least get to 50, which should be doable.
Last year I only read books written by woman, and this year I’m going to let a few male authors back on my reading list, but chances are good they won’t be white dudes.
SAVE $10,000+ FOR KITCHEN RENOVATIONS.
I love my house. It’s a very good house. But my kitchen isn’t great. It’s all basic builder grade with shades of brown and floor tiles that have always been uneven. It’s functional, but after ten years of living here, it’s time for an upgrade.
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking of how I would change my kitchen, from ripping off the backsplash I’ve always hated to replacing the cabinets and installing a range hood that does more than make a lot of fan-like noise.
It’s a lot, yes, but I plan to attack it in phases, knocking out some smaller projects before ripping up the floor tile and replacing the cabinetry. I’m also planning to do most of it myself, probably next winter, to save money, yes, but also so I can gloat about it. Mostly so I can gloat about it.
ADULT-IFY MY WARDROBE.
I really love the idea of a capsule wardrobe and the further I get into my 30s the more I realize I tend to wear the same thing – a gray shirt, jeans, flats, some stud earrings, an occasional button-up or sweater when I’m feeling frisky and that’s about it. This year I’d like to invest in a few more quality wardrobe staples, probably with the help of Trunk Club (affiliate link) since I’m real bad at shopping for myself, while weeding out the shit in my closet that spent the entirety of 2018 on a hanger.
I don’t have a set goal for how big or small I’d like my wardrobe to be, I just want to open my closet the end of this year and find a small collection of quality clothes that I’m excited to wear.
VISIT 25+ NATIONAL PARKS.
I don’t have a single trip booked for 2019, which is making me crazy, but I do have a few ideas about where I’d like to go this year, including Zion in Utah, Acadia in Maine and maybe, if I’m real lucky, Crater Lake in Oregon. I’m also planning to revisit a few parks, especially Shenandoah and the Smokies, and I’d really love to get up to Assateague Island National Seashore this year as well.
I really want to up my weekend getaway game this year and see if I can’t throw in a few random weekend trips to parks within a five, six or seven hour driving radius. I’m sitting at 76 of 418 parks visited and hitting 100 in 2019 would be pretty damn great.
SEND REAL MAIL.
I really want to be a person who has their shit together enough to send sweet care packages to friends once or twice a year but I’m pretty terrible at actually taking shit to the post office. But still. I want to send a small package or card to my favorite lady friends. Definitely once, maybe twice.
Other things I’d like to get done in 2019 include: staying debt free, continuing to get a better grip on my finances, take the dogs for more walks, learn how to cook new things, establish a better routine for keeping the house in order so I don’t go insane and a whole handful of work-related things.