I'm not one to beat myself up about not living up to New Year's Resolutions, but I do like the idea of a new clean slate each January. Last January (It was actually January 7, 2012) I posted about My Theme (Resolutions) for 2012. I set this quote by Robert Fulgum as my theme for 2012:
("All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten")
Have I succeeded?
Well, I didn't ever find the paint by number kit that I wanted to do. Maybe I can still find that this year. I did find a drawing kit that I want to try. I may also try my hand at a portrait. DD4 has done some amazing art work this year, and can maybe give me some pointers?
I did manage to do a lot of reading. I set a goal of reading at least 70 books during 2012, and I have record of completing 74. Most of this reading was for relaxation and pleasure. During the coming year I would like to do some more serious reading. I will still read for relaxation and pleasure, of course. I can't imagine my life without that. However I'm working on a list of books that I have thought about, or begun in the past but never finished. I do know that the list will include The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, and To The Rescue, The Biography of Thomas S. Monson. More to come on that.
I did very little sewing or quilting this past year. I have two quilts that I have begun in the past few years that I plan to complete this year, as well as several other sewing and crocheting projects. Stay tuned to see my progress on those.
Writing. I also had the goal to finish the rewrite of my current WIP. I still haven't finished the rewrite, but I did manage to write 67,842 words on the manuscript this year. I plan to continue dedicating at least an hour each morning Monday through Saturday to work on writing. In looking back over my blog, I see that I actually have done more blogging than I had remembered. I will try to document my creative efforts here on a regular basis, but just like last year, my main blogging efforts will be with my gratitude blog at Random Thoughts and Tender Mercies where I will continue to document my blessings.
And new to the list this year? I plan to lose some weight. This never used to even be a passing thought for me at the start of a new year, but in the past 20 years or so, the 2 or 3 or 5 pounds has added on each year. I would love to shed a good 25 pounds, but will be happy if 2014 sees me at least 10 pounds lighter. I am not a fan at all of strict weight loss diets. I have always tried to eat a healthy, well balanced diet, but I do plan to do better at avoiding desserts, eating more veggies, and doing some daily walking and or biking.
So there you have it. What are your new goals or resolutions?