We all know that New Year’s Resolutions are hardly followed through, but they are a great way to ring in the new year. Bringing the idea of fresh starts and positive energy into such a charged time of year seems powerful. Just keep the resolutions within your reach.
ONE: Do More DIY
Ever since I saw this really cool Chain Chomp Cat Bed I’ve been dying to try it. My cat doesn’t love pet beds, but he does love small spaces to chill in. I’m the kind of person that loves to put things together, to make it myself and feel that sense of accomplishment. Plus, my house could totally use more geeky elements. I especially love hoop art (not my pinterest board, but it shows you what I mean). I could totally do that!
TWO: Fix My Eating Habits
Five years ago I put a lot of effort into losing more than fifty pounds. Happiness in marriage always adds on weight, but I’ve also noticed that my eating habits have almost reverted back to the days before my weight loss. That is a definite NO NO.
Also, I’ve discovered a love for tea. There are so many different varieties and flavors and effects. I’ve fallen in love with a lavender chamomile blend that I just purchased from Target. I would definitely like to try to work more teas into my daily diet.
THREE: Finish Writing My YA Books
I’m not letting go of this story. I feel as though it is just different enough to become a hit, but it needs so much work before that happens. There’s alchemy and tattoos and, of course, dragons. Fun, right?
FOUR: Go Back To School
Very recently I decided that I’d like to get my Bachelor’s in Library Science (most likely online). I’m going to spend the beginning of this year filling out as many scholarships as I can and self-publishing my first novel so that I can get the money for my new start.
FIVE: Figure Out What I’d Really Like to Sell on Etsy
My shop is a dud. Honestly, we need to get it together and figure out what we really want to sell then get some graphics made up to spruce the place up. I also need to work on better marketing and SEO.
SIX: Do More For … Everyone
I’d like to do more. It does look good on scholarship and job applications, but it also gives to those who need it. I should donate books to the library. I should try to fund a food drive (as someone who benefits from similar things). I should try to bring awareness to suicide and depression, something that affects me greatly as well as many others either directly or by proxy.
I don’t know how I plan on doing any of these things, but there’s still time to find out.
To me, that is what life is really about. It’s about fun and discovery and truly enjoying each day. My mother-in-law has somewhat planned a road trip to Indiana and then to Nashville, Tennessee. Halfway through the year we will be moving again. It will either be in or close to my old college town, a place full of cafes and shops and restaurants to discover.
I’d love it if hubs and I could get together the funds to attend more conventions. For me to visit the bestie in Portland, Oregon. Also, I’d like there to be more hiking and perhaps some kayaking to come in the year.
EIGHT: Moar Tattoos
Because we are a married couple, we often shower together to conserve hot water. I’m not kidding. Hubs commented today that I should get a huge back tattoo as the space is still pristine. I’m not so sure that I’m down for a back piece, but I do like the idea of a back tattoo. Oh, and a thigh tattoo. Aaaaaand all the other tattoos I have planned in my mind.
While hubs reserves tattoos for things with great sentimental value, I’ll drop cash for ink at the drop of a hat if I like the idea. The only thing sentimental about my foot tattoo is that I designed it myself. I tell people that my arm tattoo is for my grandmother, but I added that after the fact. It’s honestly just really pretty.
I’m a baker at heart. Always have been. Always will be. One of my goals should be to post more geeky sweets, collect more cookie cutters, and share my recipes with you! I’ve always wanted to master iced cookies.