That’s right. I’m rocking it old school this year and making resolutions.
For the past two years, I’ve chosen a one-word theme, in lieu of resolutions. Two years ago, it was “love.” At that time I was just learning to accept love from those around me, and my mind was beginning to entertain the notion that I might be deserving of it. 2013 turned out to be a year of big changes, and I learned about love in so many different ways. In fact, love has continued to be my guiding light, and it really could be my one-word theme every year.
My word for 2014 was “surrender,” and this was also very appropriate for the year. In accepting myself as I am and in accepting life as it is, I’ve been able to grow more than I ever knew I could. Surrender is really just an extension of love.
And so love will be my focus once again, but I will be making some concrete goals to guide me through this journey to love. In 2012 I made 5 resolutions. While I wasn’t perfect in meeting these goals, they did lead us closer to creating the lifestyle we wanted.
At that time, my goals were to eat less poison, get off the grid completely, generate one plastic shopping bag of garbage per month, put together a 12-piece wardrobe for myself, and have Christmas shopping done by January 1. Some of these goals can be elaborated upon to help me meet my goals now, some of them are not irrelevant, and some are things I will work on later.
These are my resolutions for 2015:
1. Lose 35 pounds. Weight-loss had eluded me for years, but this will be the year I make it happen. I’ve learned that willpower is a limited tool that can be counter-productive in the end, so I will be relying on other strategies. I will work on staying organized with my meal planning and food preparation–and this includes delegating and using convenience foods (such as pre-made salads) when life gets in the way. I will also look deeply when I am wanting to snack, so that I can learn to address the emotional need that is leading me to overeat. I will join the gym that is walking distance from the marina, and begin attending classes there 3 times a week, eventually moving up to 5.
2. Amass $10,000 in savings. Living on Breaking Tradition is great, but we will eventually want something with a more comfortable layout. Our plan is to save up for a center cockpit boat, which we will live on until we are ready to cruise full-time. Then we will need something faster and more practical for long runs (our dream is to get a cruising catamaran!). I don’t have a great history with money management, due to disorganization, feeling mentally overwhelmed, and fear of knowing our true financial situation. There is less pressure now, so I am going to take baby-steps to get more comfortable in this area.
3. Develop small income sources outside of my job. If we’re going to cruise full time, we will need income. We won’t need as much money as I make now, but we will need something. So I will be experimenting with ways to make money through my writing. I’m piloting an e-course and will try self-publishing, simplicity coaching, and other creative ideas.
4. Spend structured time with Beanie. My happiest memories have been of outings and art projects with her. I actually joined Pinterest, so that I can find more potential activities! My ultimate goal is to do an activity with her everyday, but we’ll start with 3 times a week.
5. Do something social once a month. I’ve always felt like establishing community was important, but the truth is that I’m kind of shy about actually getting together with people IRL. So this year, I’m going to do something with a friend–have them over for dinner, go out or coffee, etc. once a month, at the very least.
January is an excellent time to start new habits, and I will be updating you on my progress on each of these goals, at least once a month.