I don’t usually make New Year’s Resolutions. I like to think in quantifiable, logical steps and set measurable goals, like going to bed earlier and getting up in time to catch the 7:44 bus, instead of the 8:08 bus. I really like to have realistic expectations. Generic goals to “work out more” or “be more active” or “drink less” aren’t easily measured for me, so I’m less likely to work to achieve them. I like to see progress, and feel like I’m moving in the right direction toward a goal.
Generically speaking, most New Year’s Resolutions are to be fitter, happier, more productive or manage finances better. A friend quit smoking a few months ago, and said that her logical next steps are to work out more and drink less. A helpful bonus to reward the good behavior is that she’s saving considerable money by not smoking.
I’m considering trying pescetarianism for a week, partly because that’s a compromise closer to being vegetarian, but still allows me to eat sushi. I’d like to prove to myself that I can do it. That famous stubbornness inherited from both sides of the family… I liked this post from Jezebel about eating Better, Not Less, which mentions eating better could be as easy as cutting out fries, or being vegetarian/vegan before 6 PM, and eating meat or dairy at dinner. I don’t think I am ready to try being vegan for a week, but I can cut out red meat for a week.
This month my immediate goal is finding a new apartment. I’m hopeful that I’ll find what I’m looking for in the apartment search next week. I’d also like to actually write a letter on my typewriter this year, and kayak on Lake Union this summer. Maybe do a day hike at Mt Rainier again. And start saving for retirement (I say that every year, but hopefully this year it will actually happen.)
Thinking about the short list above reminds me of things I did in 2010 that I never thought about a year ago, the unexpected things that paid off in the end. Like eating at a raw food restaurant in Portland (Blossoming Lotus – delicious) and quitting a full-time job for a temporary contract job. I was skeptical of both endeavors, but they proved to be rewarding experiences.