08 January 2013

2013 resolutions

After I turned 28 in June I made a list of 30 things to do before I turn 30, thinking that the years pass quickly, and I want to be intentional about actually getting to the things I always thought I would get around to someday.

We all know intentions and resolutions have a way of going by the wayside, which is exactly why I made the list in the first place, so I don't just keep letting time pass by, getting wrapped up in daily life, and forgetting about some of these good intentions. When I made the list, I had 23 months for the 30 items, and in the 6 months since, I did about 5 of them. I think New Year's resolution time is a reminder that it's time to get back on track!

2013 resolutions

So instead of making any New Year's resolutions for 2013, I'm turning to my 30 before 30 list and picking a few that I'm going to make sure to work on in the next 6 months:

2. Learn to make (yummy) fish tacos: this might be better in the summer for fresher ingredients, but in the meantime I can start testing out different recipes and working on my fear of cooking fish...

5. Learn a new piano piece well: winter seems like a good time to work on this while I'm spending plenty of time indoors anyway.

15. Eat at another Cincinnati top 10 restaurant: I think our upcoming anniversary is the perfect occasion to try out one of the fancy restaurants on the list.

17. Install graduate-level navigation: in March it will be a year since I revamped the blog look, so that seems like the perfect time to make a few tweaks, including figuring out how to install fancier navigation for the menu.

24. Save up for a couple of investment pieces: I already saved most of December's clothes budget plus some Christmas money for this - originally I had been thinking of a quality blazer when I came up with this item, or maybe some boots, but a grown-up handbag or good quality gold flats (since I've worn though a couple of cheap pairs) are also investment piece contenders.

25. Donate blood for the first time: I think it's a good thing to do, so it's time to just get over any needled nervousness and just do it!

27. Clean out the basement: our basement has needed some purging, reorganizing, and scrubbing for a while, but then things really exploded after I dumped all kinds of things down there while the kitchen was torn up.


What things that you've been meaning to get around to are you going to make sure to do in 2013?

10 comments:

  1. They all sound great. I'm a frequent blood donor. It's a great thing to do. Good luck!

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  2. Great goals Anne...I know you'll share that fish taco recipe when you find it right? I LOVE fish tacos!!

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  3. I love the idea of reminding yourself of personal challenges rather than making resolutions. I'll be joining you for #2- we have decent fish down pat, but the fish taco special sauce is where my recipe stinks.

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  4. Nice goals. When I saw "donate blood", I knew I had to weigh in. I am a phlebotomist (read, lady with needle) and I wanted to give you a "good stick" experience. Drink plenty of water the same day and day before. If you are a flinch-er, try not to do that. Talk to your phlebotomist, a lot of us have our favorite tricks for keeping you pretty happy. Also, eat right away after and don't do anything strenuous. My secret: I don't like being stuck either. ;)

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement! Definitely will keep these tips in mind. And talking to the phlebotomist is always my distraction technique when I'm having blood tests done - just avoid looking at that needle...

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  5. After donating blood, I always strut around like a superhero. "Hey, Aquaintance-I-Just-Ran-Into. What did I do this morning? Oh, just saved some lives, no big deal. How's your day been so far?"

    Hope your first donation experience is great--just go with the flow. (Hahaha, I apologise for that.)

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    1. I like to walk around with a little of that smug feeling when I've had a productive weekend morning (e.g., "oh, you spent the morning sleeping until 10:30? Well, I ran 10k AND vacuumed."), so I can imagine I will enjoy it with donating blood :) Thanks for the encouragement!

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  6. I just made some delicious, healthy fish tacos using a recipe from pinterest. I too, have a weird fear of cooking fish, but in this recipe you flake it all up, so you know for a fact that it is cooked right. You might want to give it a shot-it was super easy for me and I am a pretty horrible cook! Both my mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law loved it, and they can be pretty picky ;) http://pinterest.com/pin/50384089553087871/

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