I’m a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. Brainstorming my goals, writing them down, and hatching a plan for how to make them happen are one of my favorite January traditions. Did you know people who write down goals on a regular basis have a way higher chance of achieving them? If that’s not reason to jot down a few lofty ambitions, I’m not sure what is.
Surprisingly, I usually end up keeping about half of my resolutions. Looking back on last year’s resolutions, I scored two out of four. (Wins? Painting and mindfulness. Sorry to disappoint, but I still have cellulite and am not even close to bilingual.)
But why beat myself up? Fifty percent odds aren’t bad, and I’m proud for actually keeping a few of my resolutions — statistics show that most people fall off the wagon by February 12!
So what are my goals for 2015? I’m glad you asked…
10 kipping pull-ups in a row. Right now I can do about 5 before I need to take a break. I was also going to strive for my first Chest to Bar pull-ups, but I surprised myself by doing several of them earlier this week. Yeehaw!
Strict handstand push ups without a mat or plate. (To scale the movement we stack mats/plates on the ground so our heads don’t have to go all the way to the ground.)
Compete in the CrossFit Open for the first time!
Compete in the Granite Games, and place better than I did last year. (I believe my partner and I got 48th place, so that shouldn’t be too hard.)
No more back injuries! I had two major incidents this year, both of which were the result of stupidity on my part. Regular trips to the chiropractor (and avoiding deadlifts when my back feels tweaky) should hopefully do the trick.
Invest in a Mutual Fund. I’m a huge advocate for saving for the future. (If you aren’t putting away at least ten percent of your income for your retirement, please read this book!) I’ve been building up my 403B for ages, but this year I want to step up my game and balance out my portfolio by diversifying my investments a bit.
Pay cash for a boat. It’s been nearly two years since we purchased our home on the lake, and Scott is chomping at the bit to finally purchase his dream wakeboarding boat. I really don’t want to be stuck with a boat payment each month, so I’ll be trying my damnedest to save, save, SAVE in the coming months. This is easily the most challenging goal of 2015…fingers crossed!
Blog more about ‘serious’ stuff. Don’t worry…I’ll still have lots of ridiculous stories and humiliating misadventures…but those types of things just don’t happen every day. Eventually, even the biggest hot messes (ie, myself) run out of that type of content. In the year ahead I’d like to start including more ‘how-to’ and instructional posts, as well as some opinion-based stuff. Thoughts? Suggestions? It’s important to me that I’m writing stuff you want to read, so hit me up in the comments!
Start an email newsletter. I have no idea what it will be or how it will work or what it might even look like. All I know is that those countless MailChimp ads I heard while listening to Serial inspired me to give it a go.
Create an e-book or training guide. This is another concept that’s still in the very early ideation phases, so I would love any insight you might have. I’m considering creating a fitness and nutrition guide that focuses on the approach I used to overcome my eating disorder and 11 years of dieting to create a fit (yet balanced) lifestyle, and really love my body again. But, knowing me, it could transform in a 10 chapter book on how to be ridiculous and wear fascinators even if you aren’t British. We’ll see where it goes.
Guest post more often. I’d like to write for other people’s blogs at least 5 times this year.
Redesign the site. This scares the bejeezus out of me, even though I work as a web designer. Integrating new themes into WordPress can be tricky, to say the least! I’m still rocking the same theme I started with nearly four years ago, and I’m kind of terrified that a new design might break the entire site. Much like chopping my hair off, changes in appearances (even for a blog about dogs who wear hats) can be nerve-wracking!
Host a blog meet-up. I’m thinking happy hours in Minneapolis and Seattle. Who’s in?
Life in general
Gossip less. Talking smack is not becoming. Or nice. (The one exception? My celebrity red carpet reviews come award season. I’m not ready to call those quits just yet!)
Acquire less clothing. I have way too much. And because I work from home, I let it all sit there while I’m huddled at my desk in yoga pants and hoodies that may or may not be covered in coffee stains and unidentified crusty stuff.
Compete in the Mrs. Minnesota pageant?! I know. It’s so ridiculous and juvenile. And about a trillion other adjectives, all of which carry a negative connotation. But…I mean…why not?
Take it easy in the nagging department. Life is just so much easier when I let Scott do things his way. Also…his way is usually the right way. (I can’t believe I just publicly admitted such a thing.)
Do you partake in resolutions each year? And do you usually stick to them? I’m dying to know — what are your major goals for 2015? Anyone else considering actually paying money to parade across a stage in a bikini and have a panel of middle-aged judges critique their thighs??