New Year, I’m Ready For You

Yesterday was the first day I’d ventured outside (or bothered to dress) in almost a week–this flu I’ve been riding has really been something else.

But, despite my sickness, I still feel the familiar enthusiasm that always accompanies a brand new year—the world around me may be gloomy and well below freezing, but my motivational fire is always at a high come January 1st.

This year I feel like it’s especially so; perhaps it’s because I’m coming off of a year where I actually completed all (all!) of my new year’s resolutions, but I am SO ready to tackle this latest batch of goals.

So here you go–my official new year’s resolutions for 2014:

1. Keep a running diary

All the serious runners do this (or so it seems). It’s about time I considered myself a “serious runner.”

My diary will include the following:
*how many miles run
*overall time
*fastest mile time
*type of workout (speed, tempo, long, slow, etc.)
*races run and race times

2. Completely fill out and finish the Gratitude journal I got from my sister

My sister got me this awesome journal for my birthday last year. My goal is to have completely finished filling it out this year. I’ve been trying for awhile now to get back into a regular journaling habit as well as trying to be more positive in my life, so I think this goal will help me with both resolutions.

3. Clean or organize our home for at least 20 minutes on most days

Now that my house has been picked over, simplified, and (mostly) organized, I need to work on upkeep. I think twenty focused minutes a day should do it. Let’s see if I can finally make cleaning a habit!

4. Complete a monthly goal related to being a better homemaker

I think I do a pretty good job as a homemaker on some fronts, but this is an area I really want to improve on, especially before we start having kids and I have less time. Each month, I’ll be specifying which homemaking goal I’ve chosen for the month, be it something with cooking, sewing, cleaning, decorating, finances, or so on.

5. Make monthly progress on Bucket List items by setting sub-goals every month for some of them.

You may have noticed a new tab on my blog’s home page: my bucket list. Perhaps this is the goal I’m most excited about this year–I’ve been intending to write a bucket list forever (and I kind of wrote one when I was 16, some of which I’ve completed), and I’ve finally done it. I’m sure I’ll add more dreams to the list as time goes on, but my bucket list is going to serve as a reminder of what this blog is all about: striving to be self-taught and a self-starter when it comes to reaching my goals.

My specific goals for January when it comes to homemaking and my bucket list will come in a future post 🙂

I’m always on the lookout for more things to add to my bucket list and would love some suggestions from you! Have you ever created a bucket list? What is something you’ve always wanted to do?

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