2018 Resolutions

I'm going to do this a little differently this year, and put these into different categories. Some won't be super measurable, but I still want to focus on them.


  • Take daily vitamins
    • Subscribed to a personalized Care/of subscription
  • Focus on cross-training to prevent injuries from running
    • Swimming, cycling, weight-training, HIIT, etc.
  • Run a half marathon
  • Eat better
    • More greens
    • Fewer carbs
    • Less alcohol


  • Do a 30-minute tidy at least once each week
  • Replace my carpet


  • Keep up with my Passion Planner
  • Write in my 5-year journal at least weekly
  • Read 24 books
  • Make progress on my novel
    • Maybe a first draft by the end of the year?
  • Put myself in control of my own happiness--it's not and shouldn't be dependent on what other people do (or don't do)

2017 Resolutions

1. Finish graduate school

Okay, this one is pretty easy. I only have one class left and should be done by the end of February!

2. Keep my condo tidy and make necessary improvements

I say every year, and it's always very hard for me, but in 2017 I need to be better about adulting. I also want to make the changes that I've put off for so long, such as replacing the carpet and installing ceiling fans.

3. Read 24 books

Hopefully I'll find myself wanting to read more once school ends, but that kind of depends on what I decide to do about the CPA exam, too.

4. Work on my mental health

At the end of 2016, after a series of panic attacks, I was diagnosed with a generalized anxiety disorder. This year I want to start managing that better, including figuring out medication, continuing therapy, and maybe writing more for stress relief.

2016 Resolutions

Here we are on January 1, 2016, so what better time to share what I plan to do and achieve during the new year?

  • Use all my vacation time

This was a goal last year, and I ALMOST made it! I only lost two days, and hopefully I can get that down to zero this year. I'm going to Capri and Sergi's wedding in June and will try to make a decent vacation out of that trip, so hopefully that will help! I also hope to go to Arizona and Florida at some point, as well, and I'll likely have to take a few days off for CPA exam studying...

  • Read at least two books per month

I always try to read 40 books each year and fail miserably, but in 2015, that was largely because of school. I'll still be in school during 2016, but I'd like to try to read more than I did last year, even if that means swapping out a few Netflix binges.

  • Keep my condo tidier/organized

This is a really hard one for me every year, but I'm 30 now, and should be able to adult better, right? (Yes, I just used "adult" as a verb.)

  • Pass three sections of the CPA exam

If I have things planned correctly with school, I will start studying for the exam in May. Goodbye, life!

2015 Resolutions

  • Use all my vacation time

Or at least not lose any, since we can only carry over 40 hours into the following year. I lost eight days in 2014, and that’s pretty ridiculous.

  • Go to at least one new state

Maybe I’ll go visit Jenny in Rhode Island this year!

  • Go to at least one new country

With my 30th birthday coming up, I’d like to celebrate by finally taking a big trip. It’s been more than five years since I last went to Europe, and there are so many more places I want to see. As of now, I definitely want to go to Switzerland and Spain, but I’m flexible. Iceland, Germany, and France would be fun, too.

  • Read 40 books (or 14,000 pages)

This is my goal every year, and the best I’ve ever done is 39. (And, actually, that year my goal was 52 books.) I’ll get there someday.

  • Keep my condo tidier

It’s in pretty good shape to start off the year (and has been since the end of October), so hopefully I can maintain that. My parents are helping me put together a storage cabinet tomorrow, and that should make things a bit less cluttered.

  • Figure out how to get my 5th year of college credits, in order to take CPA exam

This is the year, I know it!

  • Buy a new car

It’s always been my goal to buy a car by the time I’m 30. I don’t know if that will actually happen, because I have other things I need to spend my money on and it’s not like my car is going to die in the next six months, but we’ll see.

Making plans, trying things

I’ve been feeling a bit better, mood-wise, over the last week-ish. Maybe the turmeric supplement is finally kicking in? As a result, I’ve been a little more excited about doing group activities, or at least getting them planned, and I have the seeds planted for what I hope will be some good outings.

Book club (check!)

As mentioned in an earlier post, I sort of slacked off on the book club I joined last summer, and I wanted to get back into it. The book they chose for February was Slaughterhouse-Five, and since I had read it a few years ago, I RSVP’d for yesterday’s event. Well, it turns out I don’t remember that book at all! The book club is pretty laid back, though, and most people either hadn’t actually read it or also read it years before. Although we did talk about the book a little, we mostly talked about vacations, the Seahawks, and the stuff of small talk. It turned out that the bar had trivia on Monday nights, so some of us decided to do that, and we didn’t do too terribly!

Ladies work happy hour (Wednesday)

It has been EIGHT MONTHS since our last ladies happy hour at work, and I took it upon myself to get the next one scheduled for this week (tomorrow). We’ll see who all makes it, but I’ve had a lot of “yes” responses so far.

Sweaty Betties meetup (Saturday)

Some of the meetups in this group are either ridiculously early or ridiculously sponsored, so I don’t know how many I’ll make it to. However, this weekend some of them are doing a 5k race where you get an awesome fleece pullover, as well as hot chocolate and chocolate fondue. Other than the 5:45am suggested arrival time, this sounds like a dream!

Underdog kickball (March)

It seems like Underdog sports teams are a great way to meet people, so I finally decided to give it a try. (I’ve only done mini golf through them before, and I wasn’t a fan. That gets boring after nine holes, let alone 18 holes every week for six weeks!) I’m not super confident in my sporting ability at this time, so I went with kickball, since I can do that reasonably well even when I’m drunk (yay sloshball). I signed up as an individual, and will be put on a random team in March. Hopefully it’s a good experience and a fun, easy-going group! And at least the field is really close to home, so it will be easy to attend, even if it does take over my Sundays.