I’ve never really been big on New Year’s resolutions. Even as a kid. I think my subconscious knows I won’t keep them and then I’ll feel guilty about it.
Besides, why load up the new year with heavy demands on willpower? We’ve got only so much of it, and I’m using mine already.
But there’s something nice about taking stock, starting anew, putting a positive spin on my need to keep growing as a person. I’ve decided to call these my “do better” goals — areas where I still want to grow — for 2014.
1. Listen more.
Stretch goal: Talk less. (Ha!)
And stretch more – I can tell I’m losing flexibility. Plus I’ve been really lazy about exercising and that’s bad.
Found a cool yoga app on iOS that seems to make people pretty happy – going to try that for morning stretches.
3. Eat plenty of “real foods” mostly from local sources.
I want to expand my use of wonderful vegetables and historic grains, and make it all taste awesome. Because life is too short to eat bad food. Or gross food.
4. Read more long-form writing – mostly books. I find myself consuming articles and short pieces non-stop. It’s interesting and informative but I think it’s shredding my attention span for book-length reading.
5. Schedule these elements into my day so they become habits rather than ignored goals.
Schedules, not deadlines, build habits …and habits are powerful tools.
I could list others, but I think 5 is enough to start with.
What are your “do better”s for 2014?
I write. I design. I cook. I read. I make music. I talk to people -- all kinds of people.
I used to teach and hopefully will do so again someday.
My dream job would be a cross between barrista and consultant, with a large helping of international travel and bohemian wandering through concerts, museums, galleries, and open spaces.
Somewhere back in time, my students started calling me "RameyLady" and the name stuck. I like it. There's a Ramey-man too. He's a much better writer but he seems to be too humble to share it with the world....at least, not yet.