Hey folks! It is the new year! Let’s look back at the resolutions I made last year and see how I did.
1. Write at least one poem a month. No slacking off this year.
I wrote 7 poems this year, five short from my goal. I knew I wasn’t going to accomplish this one when I went 3 months without writing something. This year wasn’t a good one for poems. I think I’m becoming more picky or something. Before, I posted everything I wrote. Now, I fear sounding redundant.
2. Go on more adventures. Let my spontaneity rule over reason every once in awhile. Live.
Michael and I went to Portland this summer for our 4 year anniversary! We stayed in a hotel and spend the weekend there, discovering the city. To be fair, I had been there recently and was dragging Michael around to restaurants and such that I thought he’d enjoy. Regardless, it was a lot of fun to be someplace new with him. We also went to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving, thanks to his family. I think that trip really embodied what I meant by being spontaneous. Gambling real life money was risky but thrilling. Vegas isn’t my cup of tea, at the end of the day, but it was awesome to let loose. I just wish I had been more spontaneous through out the year, in general. I’ll call this a “sort of” in terms of sticking to it.
3. Read 5 new books this year. Or 10. Or 20. Just read more!
I only read, cover to cover, 3 new books this year. At least, 3 that I can remember. Unless you count comic books/graphic novels. I really got into some great stories via comic books. The three novels I read this year were “How Not to Write a Novel” by Howard Mittelmark (I highly recommend this to anyone who is thinking of publishing a novel someday), Anasi Boys by Neil Gaiman, and Neverwhere also by Neil Gaiman. I also read the new X Men comics, Captain Marvel (a la Carol Danvers), and some old school Zatanna to name a few. I didn’t have as much free time to read as I would have liked. Or maybe I just didn’t make the time.
4. Expand my cooking knowledge
I think I did this justice this year! I’ve been cooking a lot more since I started living with Michael. Before, I would go without meals because I was so busy or settle for cereal for dinner. But with someone else to feed, it’s hard to cut corners without feeling a little guilty. Michael’s instagram can attest to the new,good eats that I made this year!
5. Be brave.
Nope. But I don’t really feel bad about this one. It’ll happen for me when it’s supposed to happen for me.
As far as new resolutions go, I haven’t given it much though. For some reason, this year has a good feel to it. I awoke on January 1st with a good taste in my mouth (and that’s saying something, considering all the whiskey I drank.) 2014 just feels so right. It might be because I graduate college in May. It might be because it’s the Chinese year of the Horse (or will be, once Chinese New Year rolls around) and I was born on the last day of the year of the Horse. Or the first day of the year of the Ram. Depends on what book or website you’re looking at.
Or maybe it’s something else. I can’t really tell. I’m just grateful and ready and willing to let this be the best year yet. So as far as resolutions go, here’s what I got. Off the top of my head.
1. Love yourself.
It’s going to make your life so much easier. I know it’s hard but it’s not impossible. It might help if you…
2. Take better care of yourself.
This is the only body and the only life you get. Enjoy good food, go for walks, laugh more, breathe. Do more yoga. Ride your bike to the library every so often. It’s exercise and a new book to read. What’s not to love?!
3. Write more.
I know I do this one a lot. I feel like fear has stopped my pen this last year. Writing every down. Even if it sounds silly in the moment, even if it doesn’t make any sense, even if you’ve written something similar before don’t reject any ideas. Read more books, get inspired!
4. Throw things away.
This year will be a year of new beginnings. Moving on to a new stage of life will be much easier with less baggage. Recycle old school work. Throw away things that no longer have a use. Give away things that other people may want or need. Clutter has always felt comfortable but let’s cut it down to only the things that you really need in life, the things that make you happy. Everything else can go.
5. Get some sewing projects done!
I have a new sewing machine and thread and needles and instructive books. There’s no excuse. The next step is to find the time to start! I hope to get at least 5 projects done this year. I hope one of those is a costume that I can wear to Emerald City Comicon. 🙂
That’s it folks. Let me know what you think, if you want. Cheers! And a Happy New Year!