This past year, I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions… until February. Then I decided to write down a few goals. Not “resolutions” per se, just some general lifestyle goals to work on throughout the year. I shared my list of goals with two people, and then started working on them. Here is how I did with them:
1. Adopt healthier eating habits.
Overall, I think I did pretty great at this one. I eat a lot more whole foods than ever. Less processed food. More fruit and veggies. Less junk. More organic things. Not all organic, but some. I still eat tortilla chips, and I eat a few other unhealthy things at times, but I think I rocked the healthy eating this year.
2. Read 20 books.
This one was just going to be “read more”, but I knew I needed a number on it or I wouldn’t do very well. If I counted right, I read 13 books, and I’m in the middle of 3 more. Maybe if I would read only one at a time, I would finish them all? Here are some of my favorites that I finished:
I cannot tell you what this book did to me. It was the first book in years that made me get out my highlighter and pencil for notes in the margins. It turned me upside down in all the best ways.
Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality. I like when a book makes me think, and also when I can understand all of it. I mean, I like to think I’m pretty smart, but some books take a few read-throughs and time for everything to soak in. (I’m looking at you, C.S. Lewis.) This book made me think a lot about the things I believe, and what I believe about them.
Funny. Really funny. I laughed out loud many times. I love when a book does that.
A true story by a friend of a friend. She tells the story of her best friend’s battle with cancer, and of walking through that experience with her. Make sure you have a box of tissues nearby when you read it.
I want Tina Fey to be my new bff. I found myself wanting to read the entire book to someone, just so we could laugh at it together. Hilarious.
Another laugh-out-loud book. Stories of David’s life, entertaining to the very end.
I’m sensing a pattern in my book choices here… I love Mindy Kaling, and this book did not disappoint. Funny, smart, and when reading it, I heard everything in Mindy’s voice in my head. Mindy and Tina, can we all be bffs?
3. Exercise consistently.
Meh. Okay, over the spring and summer I rocked this one, because I was training for a bike trip, and going on a bike trip. In July, I held still and recovered. In August, I bought a weighted hula hoop and started using that regularly. Lately I’ve been slacking off again. But I just used my hula hoop a couple of times again, so I’m probably going to be fit as can be in a few weeks.
4. Train for/go on bike trip.
I did this. Oh, did I ever do this.
I trained. And then I tripped. The trip with my nephew was supposed to be just over 1,000 miles, from Topeka, Indiana to Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada. Because of some bike trouble one day, and getting a ride, I ended up biking a total of 994 miles in two weeks. (My nephew biked a little further to make up for the lost miles.) But I’m calling that close enough to 1,000 for me.
5. Watch fewer movies/TV shows.
This one was touch and go. Right now I’m watching nearly as many as I was at the beginning of the year. Over the summer it was a lot less. And I cancelled my Netflix for now, so that’s helping.
6. Give away 100 things I do not need.
Simplify. We all have more things than we really need, right? Way more. I could have had a garage sale, but this way just felt a lot better. And I crushed this one: I kept track so I would know when I reached 100… the final count written down was 136. I gave some more things away later that I didn’t write down, so I don’t know exactly how many items it was. And it felt great to give things away, and have less in my house! I think I might do this one again in 2013.
7. Attend church regularly.
It seemed like I was gone a lot this year on vacations, weekend trips, biking, etc. But I attended church as much as possible while I was home.
8. Save $5,000.
I did not save $5,000. I went on a bike trip, which meant buying lots of gear, supplies, food, some lodging, taking three weeks off of work… I repeat, I did not save $5,000. But I did save $2,000. I’m okay with that number, considering the year I had.
There you have it. My goals for the past year, and my wins and losses. Overall I’m pretty happy with what I accomplished here. And once I make a list for 2013, you’ll be the first to know. I also made a list of other things I wanted to do eventually, but they weren’t a “this year” thing, or a change in lifestyle thing. They were places I wanted to see, and little things I wanted to do. But the sharing of those will have to come later.