January 10, 2014


Is January 10 too late to talk about New Year’s resolutions? I hope not.

2014 is about fresh starts in a lot of ways for me–like I wrote in this post, is there a better metaphor for leaving one year behind and saying hello to a new one than literally packing up all of your belongings and moving to a new place? I mean, come on.

In 2013, I feel like I made a lot of progress in life in general. I managed to get my finances under more control than they’ve ever been, I got over my fear of the doctor, I started seeing a therapist (the best money I spend all month, no joke), and I feel like I took better care of my health than I have in awhile (thanks in great part to getting over that doctor anxiety). In a lot of ways, 2014 is going to be about maintaining and expanding those good habits.

But there are some things I want to work on–or bring into my life–so I thought I’d share them with you here. They are kind of random, and yes, the first one is about exercise.

Take time to decompress.  

Anxiety is something I struggle with, and it gets way worse when I’m stressed (see: here). Though I’m feeling much better these days thanks to the big move and the holidays being over, as well as starting to get back to a normal routine and–most importantly–just generally enjoying my life, I still feel those old familiar pangs a few times a week. So I need to make a point to give myself time each day to work on my writing exercises and do things like stretching and deep breathing.  Remember when I went to full moon yoga and I felt like a weight had been lifted? I know I can incorporate some of the exercises we did there into my regular daily life, and I really want to. So hey, I think I will.

Take three barre classes + a spin class per week.

Plus something active every day, even if it’s just a quick walk or bike ride around my ‘hood. love barre class, and while the expense is definitely something I need to consider, the fact that it makes me feel amazing and that I look forward to going is, I think, worth it. Also, I’m perfectly aware that I won’t be able to get to three classes every single week in 2014, but three’s the ultimate goal–and it’s realistic for me.

I’m also going to try to get to spin class once a week, another exercise I really enjoy. And since we don’t have to lug our bikes down two flights of stairs anymore–and also because ACS and I really enjoy cruising around on them–I think committing to a couple of easy rides a week will be no problem, either. Here’s to activity (and bonus: I think the exercise will help with the anxiety issues, too).

Make meal planning a priority + have a salad every night with dinner. 

Oh, hey, did you know that boys eat differently than girls do? Shock of shocks, right? While I used to be perfectly content with a bowl of oatmeal for dinner–or with making a big pot of soup to eat for an entire work week–now I live with a dude. And this dude has completely different dietary needs/tastes than I do. So in order to (a) not make two separate meals every night and (b) not eat tons of crap, I’m going to actually use the little meal-planning calendar I bought on a whim at Anthropologie last year. Also, we’ve decided we’re going to have a salad with every meal, and we’ve been good about sticking to that. Now we just need a dining room table…

Blog three times a week.

Clearly, the daily-blogging thing has not been working for me for awhile. It’s a sad cycle: I blog-blog-blog, then I miss a day or two, then I feel guilty and stop altogether until I feel guilty about stopping and start up again. But I love this space and I love the online friends I’ve made because of it. So my goal is to post here three times per week. I know I can do that. And hopefully a nice side effect of that will be that I have more time to comment on your blogs, as well.

Rise and shine like a normal human.

Getting up earlier is always, always a goal of mine (longtime readers know this). I feel better when I do, I get more done, I actually make it to work on time and without wet hair, blah blah blah. But climbing out of bed in the morning is really hard for me. (If I could go to bed at 12 a.m. and wake up at 9 a.m. every day, I would be the happiest person around, no lie.) Luckily, I now live with a morning person who wakes up at 5 a.m. to run (!) and who I am going to force to force me out of bed at a reasonable hour. A few weeks of it will get me into a routine, I know it. I just gotta, you know, commit to it.

So there you have them: My kind of rand-o 2014 resolutions. Any tips you have about early-rising, meal-planning, etc. are much appreciated, as always, and please share some of your 2014 goals with me. I really love reading them.

Here’s to an amazing year. xoxo

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    January 10, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Great goals for the year!
    I love the food one – why do men not consider cereal or toast a suitable meal? I don’t think they are genetically wired quite right.
    Saying that though, we started clean eating (no sugar, carbs, caffeine etc) in October and it’s made a huge ,difference to my lifestyle but Jim adapted to it way better than I did. I eat a few sugars and things now and again (it’s so tough not to) but cutting out breads and pastas and things has made us both happier and considerably thinner!

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    January 10, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    honestly, everyday can be news years day in regards to resolutions. there is no time limit on setting or re-setting goals.

    on the getting up early thing…just consider it “me time”. pop out of bed & treat yourself to your favorite morning drink, swish off the kitchen, throw some laundry in the wash and then do whatever (besides crawling back into bed) would feel like a special treat—mindless googling, pinterest overload, an instagram party, read for an hour, soak in the bathtub, yoga. whatever feels slightly indulgent.

    you are on such a great path, looking forward to all of the creative and wonderful goals you are going to achieve this year!

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    Alicia | Jaybird Blog
    January 11, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    When I’m at my best in terms of planning and time management, I usually eat a salad with breakfast–weird but it helps me so much with fitting in raw veggies. Also I found that when I started meal planning, it really helped cut down on food waste (usually pretty close to zero!). After spending just a few weeks plotting out each meal and recipe, I started to get the hang of it and could more easily just scribble out things like “Breakfast: quiche” and draw a line through the whole week. Then I’d write my grocery list on a piece of paper next to it and add all the ingredients I knew I would need for 5 days’ worth of quiche. Now I occasionally sketch a general meal plan but also know about how much I can eat each week and shop accordingly. Woo!

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