I’m not really super great with change. It takes me a long time to accept new things, and even longer to have any kind of fondness for them. A new year is the only new thing for which I have an abundance of excitement, and I think it has to do with the beauty of fresh starts. Every new year, I make a whole set of goals, broken into categories like school, health, faith, and writing. I am significantly over ambitious and usually only achieve about 50% success, but that’s still more than before I made the goals, right?
This year is no different. I have goals about volunteering, finishing my degree, writing books, and the ever-elusive daily exercise. But what I also have this year is an “other” category, and I’m inviting you to join me in one or more of these goals.
1) Cook with the stove or crockpot at least 2x per week.
I am a lazy person. I also share a kitchen with my landlady, who I don’t know well, which grieves my introverted soul deeply. So, my diet is heavy in microwaved foods, sandwiches, and toast. My goal is to be both healthier in what I’m making and eating as well as less of a fraidy cat in my own house by resolving to cook a real meal at least twice per week. Need a boost in your own cooking practices? Join me!
2) Keep a five-sentence journal daily.
I came up with this idea when reading some of my old journals, which are filled with things I’d forgotten and emotions I never knew I felt. I’m terrible about journaling now, but I want to start again. However, time crunches and lack of interesting events have proven to be big hurdles, so what I’m going to do is write five sentences a day. Maybe short, maybe long, maybe like a poem and maybe more of a list, but at least five per day to capture the essence of life right now. Do you need to record the world around you better?
3) Save 2000 dollars.
For your information, I work part time because of school and this is pretty much twice my normal monthly salary. However, if I’m careful to stick with just paying my bills and getting necessities, I completely believe I can save this much- I’ll just have to say goodbye to the bajillion pairs of adorable shoes and the piles of good books. It’ll be easier if you join me…
4) Write 1 letter per week or send 1 email or text to someone I haven’t talked to in at least two months.
It’s easy to lose track of friends and family, even those you care about deeply. Everyone likes to know they matter- that they’re on your mind, that they have value to you, or that you really appreciate something about them. This is a way to make sure I’m letting people know these things. Maybe people in your life need this kind of encouragement too.
So there you have it- a taste of my goals for 2014. Hopefully one or more resonates with you, and you’d like to join me in the challenge. If so, let me know in the comments, or follow me on Twitter – home sweet home is @jamie_adams22 – and keep me updated on how you’re doing. I’ll be posting regular updates so you can keep me accountable. Here’s to a year of beauty and change!