Yes folks, it’s that time of year again! Time to start thinking of the goals you want to accomplish and the things that will be top priority for you in the next coming year. Last year I posted a list of 50 things to do and was only able to scratch off a pathetic 11 of them, boo! This year, I vow to be more productive, more driven, and most importantly, more fun. Here are the 50 things I’m going to try my darndest to do in 2013.
1. Finish my novel, for real this time!
2. Finish the reno on my project room, share the results.
3. Reach 5000 views/month on LiteraryLima.com.
4. Reach 500 social media followers.
5. Tackle a sewing project that requires a pattern.
6. Always be reading a book.
7. Practice using my camera, take way better photos!
8. Create a fictional story about a fantasy land that someone will want to hear over and over again.
9. Make more time to watch the Flames play, and watch at least one game live!
10. Come up with a DIY tutorial that goes viral (and by viral I mean gets pinned a lot).
11. Run another ad, afterall, it worked the first time!
12. Make more of an effort to see friends outside of large gatherings.
13. Hug both my dogs every single day. Sometimes I get busy and forget they won’t be here forever.
14. Show more patience with the cat, even when he’s clinging to my back with his claws.
15. Organize my nightmare paper drawer. Permanently!
16. Fix the ceiling in the bathroom. I don’t care who does it, as long as it gets done!
17. Spend more time with my grandma. She’s so much smarter and funnier than everyone else.
18. Do something with my Barbie collection.
19. Make risotto once, just to see what the fuss is about.
20. Buy a good pair of sunglasses and keep them for the whole year!
21. While I’m at it, get new eye glasses, and take a risk!
22. Go to the dentist, no matter how much it scares me.
23. Make the backyard more suitable for entertaining.
24. Invite people over more often.
25. Pay for a stranger’s order.
26. Walk homeless dogs at the local shelter. They need it, and so do I.
27. Get a new sofa, this one belongs to the dogs.
28. Do something with the beautiful vintage poster I bought over a year ago. It’s a sin that it’s just sitting there, collecting dust.
29. Put up a Christmas tree this year. It’s time to start loving the holidays again.
30. No more road rage. Period. Only smiling and waving, even if it hurts.
31. Read books in French. It’s a good way to practice.
32. Practice doing the splits until I can get all the way to the ground.
33. Replace my stolen iPod, fill it with 1000 songs I absolutely love so I never have to skip again.
34. Learn how to create moodboards using design software.
35. Clean up the wires behind my desk from all my electronics.
36. Do something with the 2 chairs in my shed. Reupholster them, sell them or toss them, but do something!
37. Only tackle DIY projects for things that I love or need. No more useless clutter.
38. Have a garage sale.
39. Start an Etsy shop and sell something.
40. Get family portraits done again this year.
41. Watch Downton Abbey.
42. Read Jay Z’s biography so we’ll have something to talk about when we meet.
43. Limit fast food to once a week. Busy or not, it’s terrible!
44. Give dog fostering a try again. Don’t let that one bad experience ruin it forever.
45. Make toys for the dogs and kids I know. They’re the only ones who will appreciate my craftsmanship.
46. Share more of my own photos in the blog of daily activities, projects, recipes, whatever! What’s the point of blogging if you don’t share?
47. Find 10 new blogs I love and follow them daily. Other bloggers are the absolute best resource for ideas and inspiration!
48. Pick one big challenge for this year and kick its ass.
49. Eliminate the two words from my vocabulary that I use the most, but shouldn’t really use EVER. I’ll let you guess which two.
50. This year’s going to be a big one. Start documenting it now.
You may have noticed a couple of repeats from last year’s list. These are things that I really wanted to tackle, so I’m putting them up again with a new found drive to get ‘em done! I’ve never been a resolution maker, but this system seems to work for me. All throughout the year, there’s a tiny nagging voice in the back of my head that says “why are you watching reruns when you could be working on your flexibility or making smoothies?” These are important questions that one must ask oneself to remain focused and productive. Wish me luck!