So maybe this photo is from our Fourth of July a few years ago. But it seemed New Years-y, right?
I can say with certainty that I made New Year’s resolutions last year. I know that because I make them every year. But I can also say that I definitely don’t remember a single one of them. And the ones I made the year before? Nope, don’t remember those either. And I think Johnny’s in the same boat. Year after year we make resolutions. They’re usually written down on little notecards > that soon evolve into bookmarks > before becoming safe havens for chewed gum > that finally meet their end as another piece of garbage in the trash can.
Even without our resolutions, we manage to accomplish a decent amount each year… I mean, it’s a whole year. How can we not? But that doesn’t change the fact that our resolutions fall by the wayside. So it’s time, yet again, to set some resolutions.
And 2013 will be different because our resolutions aren’t just going on a notecard. They’re going on the World Wide Web-isphere. Right here, to be exact. So we’ve got to own up to these babies. That said, we’re keeping our resolutions attainable and reasonable. I won’t be resolving to become a petite brunette, and Johnny won’t be aiming to evolve into a stocky body builder. We’ll save those resolutions for next year.
But enough babbling… here are the what’s and why’s of our resolutions for 2013.
- Take a long vacation together (at least a week). For one reason or another, we haven’t gone on a legit vacation for a very long time. We’re talking nothing more than a 4-day weekend for two years. So we’re gonna remedy that this year. We’re thinking 10 days? No, not realistic… but at least 6 days. That’s a weekish. And with or without Baby? Not sure yet…
- Add $25k to savings. We’ve never put a quantitative number on the amount of money we hope to save in a given year. The goal has always just been “Save.” So this is a test, one we hope to pass with flying colors.
- Start contributing to a Roth IRA. We both contribute to our companies’ 401k and 403b. But we’re ready to invite a new member to our exclusive club, and Mr. Roth IRA seems like a responsible choice.
- Have our freaking baby. That’s right. We’re resolving to have our baby. Hopefully this resolve will help her to show up already! COME ON, girlfriend!
- Run a 10k. I haven’t run in a very, very long time. But when I’m not pregnant, I like to run a few times a week. So I’m hoping to build up to being able to run a 10k after Baby.
- Save up enough side/freelance money for this 24-70mm lens. I like to take pictures to document our lives. And I will be wanting to do this even more with Baby Girl added to our brood. The 24-70mm lens is all-purpose and it takes gorgeous photos… I should be a spokesperson for Canon.
- Read 5 financial books. I read all the time. But it’s about 99% fiction. And often young adult fiction… erm… ANYWAY, I’ve got a few financial books in mind to help change that statistic.
- Fit into my old jeans. This is a given. I’m hoping to not wear maternity jeans for the rest of my life, thanks! The day I say goodbye to elastic waistbands, I’m gonna shout it from the rooftops.
- Figure out the most cost-effective/practical second mode of transportation. We’ve done a single car for the last four months without any problems. But with my work being 20 minutes away, it might complicate life for Joanna and our baby. So it might be time to consider getting another ride. Car? Bus? Horseback? I intend to crunch some numbers and figure that out.
- Start rock climbing at a gym twice a week (and figure out how to pay for it). You’d probably be shocked to hear that I’m not a “gym dude.” Yes, yes, this wiry, 160-lb. frame is all self-made. I can’t do monotonous exercise, but I need a more consistent exercise plan. So I plan to join a local rock gym, boulder twice a week, and figure out where the $50/month is going to come from.
- Read 5 fictional books. I read two or three novels-worth of news, blogs, and other non-fiction every week. But as a writer by trade, I need to soak up more adjectives, character development, prose, etc. So that’s what I intend to do.
- Make a piece of furniture with my hands. My hands are too clean, too unscuffed. And 2013 is the year that changes. I don’t know what I’ll build, but I look forward to “building” something other than IKEA furniture this year.
And so it is written. And sealed with the figurative blood of our blog. How do our 2013 resolutions line up with your own? Anyone out there giving resolutions the cold shoulder this year?