We’re a week into 2014 now, and I’m a bit behind on the whole reflecting on the previous year and stating resolutions thing, but I figured now is as good a time as any.
In general, when I think back on 2013, I feel like I didn’t really do much, like things sort of just stayed the same and I didn’t really move forward in any way. Additionally, there have been a few rather rough spots for me. Aside from fighting off the occasional brief bought of depression and anxiety, I lost my grandfather on my dad’s side of the family and an uncle on my mom’s side of the family. Also, I found out late in the year that Hide, my 9-year old cat, likely has a tumor/cancer. It’s very difficult to think about, but something I must acknowledge.
However, as much as I may not be 100% satisfied with, and may be a bit sad about, how my year went and where I was at as it came to a close, more happened than I thought, and I accomplished a really awesome thing!
I got my Bachelor’s degree in English! It felt so good to be finished with school and know how much hard work and dedication I put into earning that degree. Sure, I have yet to put it to good use, but it’s something I am incredibly proud of! A few other good things I remember are as follows:
1. Making Jambalaya, which is time consuming, but oh so worth it! In fact, I made it twice: once at home and once in San Antonio for my dear friend Cynthia’s birthday.
2. Having LOADS of fun at A-Kon in Dallas! Going on a music-filled road trip with my sister and spending time geeking out with Liz and Bobii is amazing, and I somehow always feel more confident when I’m spending time with these lovely ladies.
3. Enjoying many a wonderful afternoon having tea and snacks and chatting with the wonderful Lilian Brennan.
4. Reading lots of good books and discovering some great new music!
I’m really bad about keeping my resolutions. I’ll just put that out there from the start. However, I always find myself wanting to set goals and try my best to improve, be better, and do more with each year. I’ll keep this simple, with just a short list of some of my goals for 2014:
1. Find a new and better job.
2. Write A LOT MORE and spend less time doing unproductive things on my computer/the Internet.
3. Be more active and eat healthier.
4. Work on my confidence. I need to love me more.
5. Save money (in my 52-week savings jar and elsewhere).
6. Be a better blogger. Perhaps I could use some ideas or advice on this one, but I really want to blog more and about more things than I am currently. If you have any tips, send them my way!
Sure, there are more things I’d like to do throughout the year, like travel and see friends and practice/relearn German, but that’s the simple list of the things I’d most like to do.
13 Winter Goals
Despite being two and a half weeks late in starting this, I’m going to go ahead and set 13 goals I’d like to achieve between now and the end of the season. I’m posting this as a simple list, but you can click here to view the guidelines according to which I set my goals.
1. Stick to a mostly Paleo diet.
2. Buy a new mattress.
3. Make a donation to a cause that is important to me in some way.
4. Bake Paleo-friendly bread.
5. Attend Anime Matsuri. One of my favorite Japanese bands will be performing! (This will be an additional finance-related goal as well).
6. Undecided group/social activity.
7. Write a winter-themed story.
8. Read a selection of winter-themed poems.
9. Find/listen to some winter play lists on 8tracks or Spotify.
10. Draw/scribble/doodle in a sketchbook.
11. Paint a canvas. (I carried this over from my autumn list since I didn’t do it last time.)
12. Start a Radical Self Love Bible.
13. Make a play list of some of my favorite happy songs.
There we have it! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and started 2014 with lots of love and sparkles!