As far as resolutions, 2013 went pretty well. I didn’t read 1hr a day but I did complete 8 nonrequired readings (2 more than 2012!). I completed my 365 Haiku project just before midnight. I beat Super Meat Boy, which means not only did I finish a challenging game but I actually spent some time gaming (a hobby I often neglect because it’s not conventionally productive). I didn’t blog as much as I wanted to but I’m happy to say that last year, this blog was born and it is still going strong. I also spent 2013 doing a lot more yoga and I finally committed to running; I even completed my first race: the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon!
But now it’s on to the next one. Here are my resolutions for 2014:
English and Education
- Be more informed about ED Policy/news
- Follow 3 more wordpress blogs and read their posts regularly
- Write 50 blog posts (approx 4 posts a month)
- Complete 12 nonrequired readings
- Daily yoga
- Get upper body strength
- Run 16 miles
- Be more organized (have a cleaner room and spend less time running late)
- Learn to cook 6+ meals.
- Finish every videogame I buy/buy more videogames
- Watch more movies (at least 24)
- Do the things I’ve “been meaning to do but haven’t gotten around to.”
including but not limited to:
- Go to the sear’s tower “ledge”
- Get duck fat fries at hot doug’s
- Do my own Chicago coffee crawl(s)
- Try different kinds of coffee
- Go to a hookah lounge
- Visit the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
That’s the list so far. I haven’t decided on what my next poetry challenge will be (I’m open to suggestions!) but I definitely want to tackle another one. While this list is long and (as I read it back to myself) intimidating, I don’t want to settle for a challenge I can do. So here’s to a year of more reading, writing, fitness, and fun. They’re the 4 things that are at the center of my life and the 4 things that keep me sane. Most importantly, though it may seem like a lot to take on, working on these 4 components will make me the happiest and healthiest person I can be. And–at the end of the day–isn’t that what we’re all striving for?