2013 was a phenomenal year for me in many ways. After a really rough 2012 with a PTSD diagnosis and a ton of therapy, 2013 was my year to try to let go of the past and focus on the abundance of loving family and friends I’m so lucky to have. In 2013 I accepted that my life isn’t over yet and I have so much more living to do. In fact, I was so blissed out in 2013 after being depressed, anxious, and flashback ridden for much of 2012 that I didn’t get very much accomplished. 2013 was a blur of travel, spending time with my husband and our boys, and practicing coping methods I learned in therapy when I started to fixate on the past or fall into a depressive state. So, what’s my resolution for 2014? I want to do all the things! Basically, I want to get things done. I want to look back on 2014 and not only feel happy, but also have a list of accomplishments. I want to know that I can be happy and productive at the same time. This is really hard for me. I’m not sure why. It seems like when I’m joyful I tend to live in the moment and when I’m sad I put all of my focus on writing, charity work, and blogging.
Happy. Productive. These are the two words I want to sum up 2014 when I look back on this year next January.
To make myself accountable (and maybe more productive) I decided to make a record of 14 things I hope to accomplish in 2014, and share it with everyone. I’m also going to make a page dedicated to my list and as I complete goals throughout the year I’ll strike through them.
Take the family on a trip that will broaden my sons’ outlook on the world. British will turn seven this year and Bruce will turn five. I think the timing is perfect to take the boys on an educational trip. I would love to take the boys to Scotland. We’ve got several books for children about Scotland that we read together quite often. I think they would appreciate visiting a country they’ve studied with me.
Go on at least one date night every other week with Nate.
Find a way to encourage British (my six-year-old) to read for fun. I’m trying hard to get British excited about reading, but he views reading as a chore. I would love any suggestions any of you might have about getting a first grader into reading.
Quit smoking. I cut down to 1/2 pack a day in 2013 from 2 packs a day, and I want to quit completely in 2014. It’s gross, unhealthy, and I stink 24/7 because of it.
Lose 15lbs. I weigh 150 right now, but I look my best when I weigh 135.
Better utilize the herb garden and container vegetable garden in our everyday diet.
Read every novel by William Faulkner. Note To Self: Find out how many novels Faulkner wrote. Start reading now. (Somehow I graduated from University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in English Education without reading one novel by Faulkner. I’m not sure how that’s possible.)
Visit a museum I’ve never been to before in New Orleans and New York City. AKA: Stop going to the same museums over and over again (unless there’s a new exhibit I really need to see at The Met…).
Home and Garden
Master one recipe from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. (FYI: My definition of master is memorize the recipe and not burn it. I set the bar high. Very high.)
Organize my closet. This one might take the entire year. My closet is the black hole that every bit of clutter in my house lands in.
Learn to make fresh kale juice with the kale I grow in my garden. I’ve been drinking BluePrint Juice as a diet supplement and it would be awesome if I could figure out how to make a drink similar to their green juice.
Produce six episodes of the web series I’ve developed. The first episode is just about finished, and I’d love to put up a new episode every other month.
Blog often. I slacked off big time as far as the blog is concerned last year. This year I want to get back the creative spark I had in ’10, ’11, and ’12.
Feature other bloggers on the site on a regular basis. I thought of an idea for a new feature over the weekend. I’m going to call it My First Favorite Book. I think it would be awesome to have other bloggers (and authors) discuss the books that first ignited their love for reading. (For me it was The Runaway Bunny at age 3. 🙂 )
Here’s to a productive and happy 2014!
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