Every year about this time, I jot down a list of goals for the upcoming 12 months.
In past years, I’ve vowed to write a book (check), learn to make fire using the bow method (check), swim a 200 butterfly without fins (check), and run with scissors, figuratively (check.)
I haven’t accomplished every item on my New Year’s resolution lists over the 15 or so year’s I’ve been making them, but I’m at about a 75 percent success rate. Even better, some of those goals have turned into habits that stuck around longer than a single year.
I’ve cut back on single-use plastics, I pick up trash more often, I’ve improved my photography skills (still working on that one), and tried to live more honestly, letting people know I care about them and being truthful about things that hurt.
I think it’s a great exercise. And so, without further adieu, here are my 2023 New Year’s resolutions:
- GET PICKY – I made 34 trips in 2022, including 16 by plane, five to other countries, and six in my campervan. Once, I woke up and lay in bed for 20 seconds trying to remember where I was. This year, I’m going to get more selective about work-related trips.
- GO CAMPING – Vincent VanGo, my campervan, spends too much time on the driveway. But my husband just retired, and we’re going to let Vincent out of the stable more frequently.
- PEDAL MORE — Back when I was a staff writer at the Austin American-Statesman, I rode my bicycle to work almost every day. Now that I work from home, I don’t bike as often. But I’m going to pedal the 7 miles home from swim practice at least three times a week.
- FLY GIRL – I’m bringing back a classic here. I’ll swim a 200 fly (fins OK, since I’m old) by year’s end. Plus, I’ll going to swim at least a 50 fly at the end of every swim practice.
- DIAL BACK THE BOOZE – During the pandemic, I slipped into the habit of kicking back with a glass of wine almost every night. No more. That’s fine on weekends or special occasions, but my liver deserves a break.
- VISIT MOM – My mom is in her 80s, and isn’t in good health. I’m going to visit her as often as possible.
- READ MORE – My parents always told me I could stay up as late as I wanted if I was reading a book. I love to read, but I want to read more fun stuff, with no goal in mind other than enjoyment.
- DINNER PARTIES – This one’s easy. I love my friends. I love entertaining. I’m going to host more dinner parties.
- VEG OUT – My good eating habits have slipped. It’s time to amp up the vegetable intake and throttle back on meat a bit.
- DON’T SWEAT THE BS – It’s my hardest goal, but I’m going to try to worry less and enjoy more.