Hello 2019

It’s a new year.  The time when everyone makes grandiose resolutions.

  • Lose weight. 
  • Get organized. 
  • Travel abroad.
  • Find true love.

Not me.  I like to manage expectations. My resolutions are much more attainable. 

  • Don’t die.
  • Don’t murder anyone.
  • Make some brownies.
  • Eat some brownies.

Seriously though, 2018 was a pretty decent year all-in-all.  I may have started the year in the emergency room but it finished well. My job is awesome. My kids are doing great. Lex has a job she loves and is very, very good at. J is excelling in school and has a plan for College. Mike is as awesome as ever and his kids are happy and doing well.  There were ups and downs, as there always will be. But it was a good year.  My goals for 2019 are to just keep on keeping on. Have another good year.  Yeah, I have a few goals, but nothing crazy and nothing that, if I don’t 100% succeed, will kill my motivation and remove my will to live. 

Goal #1:

Start exercising again.

This goal is vague for a reason. I don’t want to define it too much because any kind of even semi-regular exercise will be more than I did last year.  So even if it is to take a walk a lunch 3 times a week or do some Yoga 4 times a week or something more ambitious like getting back into a regular running schedule … even if it’s a tiny bit of activity, it’s something.  Obviously I’d love to lose the 30-40 pounds I gained back.  But ya know what … I lost that weight primarily because I was super unhappy with my life and now things are great and I’m happy and a little chubbier because of it.  Big whoop.  Fat and happy was my Dad’s favorite way of answering the question “how are you?” So if it worked for him it’ll work for me too.  And if something happens and I drop a few pounds.  Bonus.

Goal #2.

Read more. And read more intentionally.

I’ve recently discovered a fantastic book lover podcast called Reading Glasses.  I found it late in 2018, but just in time to hear them talk about their book goals. Both what that did in 2018 and what they plan for 2019.  They have a Readers Challenge for their Podcast, but one of them mentioned the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge and so I checked that one out too … and I love it!  I love them both actually.  They go way beyond “read 20 books” or “read a science fiction book” and get very specific about what to read. 

The Reading Glasses Challenge has 5 book goals and 5 activity goals.  Book goals like “Read a Translated Book”  or “Read a Non-Fiction Book on a topic you know nothing about” and the challenges are things like “Reserve a book at the library” or “Send your favorite author a tweet.” It’s short and sweet and I hope to check all of the goals off of that one.

The Book Riot Challenge is a larger list (it also has its own Journal, which you don’t NEED to do the challenge, but the journal junkie in me is 100% nerding out over).  Books on this list range from “read a book written by a journalist or about journalism” to “read a book written in prison” and super specific things like “read a book in which an animal or inanimate object is a POV character” and “read a book published prior to January 1 2019 with less than 100 reviews on Goodreads.”

I’m excited about these reading goals.  I tend to aimlessly shuffle from book to book with no real idea what I want to read next.  Now I have some very specific things to find and the research portion of the challenge appeals to me just as much as the actual reading of the books. 

Do you have any fun and interesting resolutions or goals for 2019. Anything beyond the boring old “exercise more” or “lose weight” or “meet Kit Harrington and become Mrs. Jon Snow?”  Let me know in the comments … and Happy 2019!