Posted on Dec 31, 2013 in LIFE


Obviously, these are a little late now, but I did indeed write them at the beginning of the new year. January 1st brings some people dread, but I like a fresh start, so the beginning of a new calendar means the beginning of new adventures. Here’s what I hope I hope to do in 2014.

sketch and doodle more
I used to doodle all the time. I would keep little notebooks in my bag, and take them out when I was feeling stressed or bored and make lists or just sketch out ideas. Rather than checking my Facebook for the millionth time, I think it would be more beneficial to hold a sketchbook and pen while I sit on the couch with Kyle or when I’m waiting for my coffee at Starbucks. It’s a good way for me to release creative or nervous energy, instead of wasting so much time on my phone.

start practicing yoga for real and work up to do a pose on my arms
I recently started going to official yoga classes, and I have fallen in love. I’ve been itching to get more into yoga for a long time, and now that I’ve tried out a couple of classes, I know it’s something that is going to help my body and my mind. I feel stronger and more clear-headed after a class, so here’s to working up to the arm balances and backbends.

actually do some of the diy projects I pin on Pinterest
We all do this, right? I pin all these wonderful home projects and cake recipes, and never try them out. Now is the year to change that.

train and run a half marathon (start with a 10K)
This is a new goal. I’m a horrible runner, but I need a set fitness goal. Before, it was my wedding. That was my goal date I was working toward. Now that I’m married, I need something else, something specific. I’ve also been killing myself over the last couple of years with really intense HIIT workouts and things like that, and I think I just need a change of pace. One of my sweet co-workers mentioned a training group here in Louisville, so I’m thinking about joining that, and two of my BFFs just finished their first half in the fall, so I’ve got some backup. I’m excited to have something to look forward to with my fitness, so I’m going to look for a good 10K to run first, and then work up from there.

write more (for this new blog and otherwise)
This is always one of my goals. I feel like I never write enough, so this year, I’m just hoping to be more consistent with my blogging and journaling, and take some time to write the short story ideas that are constantly floating around in my head.

organize like Martha Stewart
She is the queen of home organization, and I want to learn her ways. As part of my yoga practice (and the sanity of my husband and me), I need to keep a more organized space. Also, we live in a 1000 square foot apartment, so everything needs to have a place.

make a “before we have a baby” list with Kyle
Baby Dyer is far, far away from making her appearance, but there are several things Kyle and I want to do before she arrives. And obviously, we all know I want a girl now. To get started, we are going to go through Kyle’s new “1000 Places to See Before You Die” book and mark a few places to travel, and then we’ll go from there. I’m thinking “take a long road trip” should be on the list, too, since road trips and babies are like oil and water.

pay off credit cards
This is a tough one. I paid off two credit cards last year, so this year I’m hoping to pay off the other two, as well as make a dent in my student loans. Pretty much everyone has debt, so this is a boring goal, but it will make me feel better.

clean and tidy up more consistently
This goes with the organization goals. I want to keep our little apartment under control, because when we’re both working a lot, it feels so much better to come home to a tidy place. I want to make a better effort to keep everything in order and more “grown up” instead of “dorm room.”

watch all of our movies
Kyle has an absurd about of movies, as in hundreds, and a lot of them aren’t even opened yet. I think it would be a fun challenge to try to watch them all. We’ll see if we can get through them within the year.

read at least 20 books this year
Like writing, I feel like I never do enough reading. There are new books coming out all the time that I want to add to my list, so I think I can easily try to read 20 new books this year, hopefully more. If you’re on Goodreads, add me! It’s a great way to keep track of books you’ve read and get ideas for new ones to check out.

Cheers to 2014! I’m ready for you.

What are your goals for the new year? Do you like to make resolutions at all?

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