I used to hate New Year’s resolutions. I hated the idea that I could say I was going to do something, write it down in black ink, and then fail to accomplish it. I thought I was just setting myself up for failure and disappointment. Instead, a few years ago, I started a New Year’s Eve tradition of writing down all of the things I had accomplished in the past year that I was proud of. I still do this, but 2 years ago I decided to bite the bullet and write down a list of goals for the coming year.
And you know what? I liked it. It wasn’t that scary after all. I liked having a list of goals, some more attainable than others, and they gave me direction and a sense of pride when I crossed them off my list. And I didn’t mind not accomplishing all of them, because I just put them on the list for the following year.
So here goes: some of my goals, mostly fitness-related, for 2013.
It’s gonna be a good year.
– Run a sub-2:00 Half Marathon
I ran my first half marathon in September 2012 in 2:08:09. I’m not running at all right now due to my injured foot but in 2013 I’m going to come back with a vengeance and run a half marathon in under two hours!
– Complete the NYRR 9+1 Program
To run the 2014 NYC Marathon – 26 miles at 26 years old
– Unplug: Social-Media-Free Sundays, and No Technology one day a month
I spend way too much time on the internet, and in front of a computer every day at work, so I’m going to self-impose a ban on social media one day a week and a ban on technology one day every month.
– Go stand-up paddle-boarding
This has been on my to-do list for a while. Summer 2013, it’s gonna happen.
– Take one dance class a month
Before I started running, I was a dancer for, oh, 16 or 17 years. Tap, jazz, ballet, modern, theater dance, afr0-brazilian…pretty much everything but hip hop. I don’t dance as much nowadays, and I miss it. Dance classes are so expensive in New York, and when it’s a toss-up between a dance class or a run outside, running always seems to win, whether it’s because I’m training for a race or because it’s free. But I’m going to take one a month in 2013, regardless of where I am in a training schedule and how many miles I ran the day before, because I always leave a dance class smiling euphorically.
– Make a really pretty three-layer cake
I used to work at a cupcake shop and got pretty good at decorating cakes and cupcakes, but I have never attempted to make a decorated three-layer cake all by myself from scratch. This is the year.
– Make Macarons
I guess since this is half a baking blog, and macarons are in the title, I should figure out how to make these sooner or later. These are my Culinary Everest. If they don’t happen in 2013, well…there’s always next year.
– Make a 30-by-30 list
Before I turn a quarter-of-a-century-old in May, I’m going to write a list of 30 things to do before I’m 30. Stand-up paddle-boarding will be high on this list. (But sky-diving won’t, because that was crossed off my bucket list five years ago! Maybe it’s time to go again…)
– Enjoy the journey
I tend to get stressed out about the future and worry about a lot of things. Last year at this time I couldn’t have imagined that my life would be what it is now (new job, new apartment, new shiny half marathon medal on my shelf) and in retrospect, I caused myself so much useless anxiety and stress over things I couldn’t control or see into the future. Last year, “live in the moment” was on my list of goals for 2012. And I was pretty good about that one. This year, it’s made its way back onto my list, rephrased for 2013: enjoy the journey.
Happy New Year!
Do you make resolutions? What are some of your goals for 2013?