Ringing it in

I have very bittersweet feelings about New Years. On one hand, it’s full of excitement. It’s a clean start. A brand new year to do whatever you want. A fresh slate.

On the other hand, it’s an ending, and endings are always a little sad. Also, it can be a fresh start only theoretically. Most of the time you’re still in the exact same place you are at the beginning of a new year you were at the end of the previous. I guess it’s the mindset that can be different.

2012 had my pregnancy and A’s birth. It also had a promotion at work and two pay raises. John and I celebrated our first anniversary. We moved into a bigger place. 2012 was a great year.

2013 will be great, too. Not only will there be a ton of firsts for A, but I’m going to try my best to stick to my goals for 2013 to make it one of our best years. I’ve never been very good at New Year’s resolutions. Somehow it seems easier to accomplish goals instead, so this year I’ve made a list of those:

1. Eat and live cleaner.

John and I have a nasty eating out habit that leaves our diets less than stellar. I want to work away from that and towards fresher, healthier eating. On the same note I want to start looking into homemade and all natural cleaning and personal hygiene products.

(You’ll notice I say nothing about weight loss here. It’s not that I don’t want to lose weight per se, just that I never ever do well when I set a weight goal. I get frustrated and upset when I don’t lose it fast enough or if the goal isn’t met which leaves me feeling even worse about myself.)

2. Exercise more.

I’ve been pinning easy to do at home work outs on Pinterest, and we plan on starting couch to 5k.

3. Be more financially responsible.

It’s not that we’re completely irresponsible in this regard-we have a budget we’re mostly good at sticking to, and we don’t have too many frivolous expenditures-but with the addition of daycare and other baby expenses, we really need to buckle down. My main goal is to pay off most of our debt. I know that we’ll be paying my student loans for a while, but it would be great to pay off as much of the car loan as possible, as well as the little bit of credit card debt we have.

Part B of this is to save more. We have a general savings account we contribute to from each paycheck (our house savings), but I’d like to open another for rainy day purchases or emergencies.

4. Write every day.

Not necessarily blog every day, but write something daily. But blogging more often (at least five times a week) falls under this too.

5. Project 365

I got a new camera for Christmas, so I want to put it to use. I think it will be totally satisfying to look back at the end of the year and see little reminders of how we spent our year, plus it will be very special for A to have later on.

6. Make some big purchases.

I know this goes directly against number three, but I’d like to save up for some big purchases this year. The first being an iPad for me (we got one last Christmas that was supposed to be for both John and me, but John has basically adopted it as his own). I draft 99% of my posts on my phone (the Catch app is my new BFF). It’s easier because I can jot things down at work, while I’m nursing, etc, so having an iPad would make my goal of writing more more attainable.

The next big purchase would be new living room furniture. We’re going to be where we are for at least another year so I want to make our living arrangements as comfy as possible. I hate our couch right now. It’s huge, ugly, and torn up. I would like to get a new couch, recliner or over stuffed chair, and an entertainment center. The last one is more important for baby proofing than aesthetics (keep wires and game consoles out of A’s reach).

7. Find a more fulfilling job.

I have worked for the same company for two years. I love the company I work for, and I do well at my job, but I kind of feel I’ve reached my personal limit in this career path. Whether this means finding a new position in this company or something else, I’m not sure, but by the end of the year (preferably in the next couple of months) I want to be doing something different.

8. Have a weekly(ish) date night.

Now that we’ve got this parenting thing (mostly) under control, I want to spend more time with John. We have a great support system here of people willing to help with A, so we really have no excuse not to spend more time being just us.

9. Enjoy life more.

This one is a bit vague and nebulous, I know. Basically, I want to worry less and laugh more. I don’t want one day to pass without smiling. It kills me to leave this list at nine things.

The OCD part of me feels this list is very unfinished. But the good thing about goals is you can always add more. At any rate this seems like a good start.

Happy New Years from us to you! What are your goals for 2013?


4 thoughts on “Ringing it in

  1. That’s funny because one of my goals this year is to exercise more and (re)start the C25K. Maybe if we both do it then we can do the Color Run in New Orleans in November together.

  2. Hey when y’all buy a new couch please don’t throw out the old one. I love that couch and I grew up with it and would love to take it off your hands

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