2013 was a great year, and I’m a little sorry to see it go…but I’m always excited about the possibilities that come with a new year. Last year I made 13 resolutions, and only stuck with half of them. This year, I’m going to try and narrow my resolutions down to things that I REALLY want to make happen. Quality vs Quantity, ya know?
So, here they are:
// Read Some Classics. I just made a list of books I’ve always wanted to read. I figured I’d start with ten, and if I get through all of these, I can always read more:
Middlemarch, by George Eliot // Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen // Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens // Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte // Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte // Emma, by Jane Austen // Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott // Tess of the D’Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy // Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo // Sense & Sensibility, by Jane Austen
// Do the 52 Week Project — “A portrait of my child once a week, every week, in 2014”. This is pretty self-explanatory. I believe it originated with blogger Jodi Wilson (of Che & Fidel), and many of the blogs I read participated in 2013. I didn’t catch wind of it until a couple of weeks in, and since I hate starting in the middle of things I had to wait for the New Year to begin! I take so many pictures of my kids that this shouldn’t be too difficult to achieve.
// Take Some Classes. Any classes, about anything. They can even be free. Now that I am done with school, I am scared that my mind will atrophy. I want to keep learning, always keep learning. I’ve got my first one lined up — Arrow & Apple’s Study of Light photography e-course. I’m really excited to learn more about using available light to take better photos.
// Leave My Savings Alone. I have a savings account that gets twenty dollars put into it every week. I constantly find myself transferring money from it for things I supposedly “need,” but really just “want.” By December 2014, I’ll have $1,000 saved if I don’t touch it.
// Write Lots of Snail Mail. This is something I have been working on for a couple of years now, but I really want to concentrate on it this year. If you’d like a letter from me, please add your contact info to my address book –> click here.
With only five resolutions, I expect to see a check mark next to every one of them on December 31, 2014! I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s Day!