Here is my dilemma: I have never, ever, EVER stuck to a new year's resolution. I always have these great ideas-- lose x pounds, go to bed earlier, try to run more often, be more organized, etc. After doing some self-analyzing, I've realized that the only hope that I have to stick to these goals (I refuse from here on out to use the word "resolution") is if I make a list. It's quite sad how much I love making lists (and checking things off of the lists). I am like Monica (and Ross) Geller, and I will literally shout "check" as I cross something off of my never-ending to-do list, as if the whole world could hear me. Anyhow, this, my friends, is my to-do list for 2012.
1. Use my camera more often
I'm not sure I could keep up with a 365 picture challenge for next year- however, there are a lot of ideas on Pinterest that have inspired me to REALLY learn how to use my camera.
2. Write a song- a GOOD one
I have all of these ideas in my head- I just have to put it all together so it will make sense. Who knows, I might be the new Taylor Swift (of songwriting, that is) by the end of 2012.
3. Learn how to make healthy food that actually tastes good
After cooking, baking, and eating a ton of deliciously fattening recipes since our wedding, I've come to the realization that I really DO feel more energized and happy when I eat fresh produce. I just need to find a way to make it yummy every single time... And it also has to taste good to DJ.
4. Learn to sew
My sweet in-laws gave me a sewing machine for Christmas, and I am SOOOO excited to learn how to use it!
5. Reconstruct the vintage $10 wedding dress I bought into something way more attractive.
A few weeks ago, DJ and I walked into a thrift store looking for tacky Christmas sweaters. We found the sweaters, but I also picked up this vintage lace ivory wedding dress for only $10. Apparently, the designer of the dress was very high-end in the 1920s-1960s. Anyways, it is something that I would certainly never consider wearing as it is (hello, it IS a wedding dress), but it has the potential to be something absolutely stunning that I could wear to some special occasions. We'll see how it turns out!
6. Do more Yoga
I always feel better after doing yoga- I probably could have just said "Do more stretching", but yoga just sounds so much cooler.
7. Read at least 1 book per month
This is kind of a sad goal, because I probably would have had the time to read 1 book per week before I started teaching. Alas, teaching and being a wife has taken over my life. I have missed curling up on my couch, and getting lost in a story that can make me laugh or cry; therefore, I am going to set a goal to read AT LEAST 1 book every month. It'll be good for my soul.
8. Make my rent house NOT look like a rent house
I haven't posted pictures of my house anywhere, partially because I feel like there are a lot of parts that are incomplete. However, there are several rooms that are starting to feel home-y. There are several "finishing touches" that I want to add to our house very soon!
9. Work out more than I have this past year
This is probably the worst I've done as far as working out.... It all began with student teaching. I'm sorry, but it's hard to find the motivation to wake up BEFORE 6 am every morning to work out, and after dealing with the joys of teaching every day, cooking dinner and doing laundry seems like the biggest accomplishment of all time. BUT, I can say that on the days that I have worked out, I have slept better, felt more relaxed, and I've had a more positive self-image. Therefore, I will work out MORE than I have in the past year.
10. Learn how to coupon
No explanation necessary.