14 To Dos for 2014 – An anti-resolution post

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. If you want to make a change in your life, don’t wait until the start of the new year to postpone, make it now. After all, if it’s a lifestyle change, shouldn’t it be made now and not at an arbitrary time of year? If you want to change something, or do something, do it whether it’s in the winter, summer, may, or today.

However, we use the calender to mark time, and sadly (or gladly), 2013 is ending and a digit will need to be updated every time I write the date. Hard job for a girl who likes to still sign off as “LK 12/20/2012.” So here’s 14 things I want to do in 2014 because I don’t have enough of 2013 left to do them all.

14 goals for 2014

14. Do more yoga – I used to take bikram classes, than I got lazy.. need to go back, because the fact that my 5ft tall hands can’t touch my toes is sad.

13. Spend 1 day a week where I don’t eat sweats – For the sake of my teeth, I really need to cut some sugar out. Tooth fillings are pricey and dental plans suck.

12. Try a new recipe every two months – Monthly would be a stretch, every two months, i think I can pull off. Slow-cooker counts.

11. Hate the MBTA a little less – I can’t fix it, need to just realize Boston commute sucks.

10. Run 3,000 miles – I’m down to 2,600 miles for 2013, what’s an extra 400?

9. Read 12 books – one for each month. Always a goal, one that I rarely complete. Although, if you ask me, I think Game of Thrones should count at 3 books each and then I would be set.

8. Visit a new U.S. National Park – 2013 brought me Bryce Canyon, Zion & Grand Canyon, I probably won’t top that many in 2014, but a new one would be nice, more than nice. You know, before the oil companies and fat oil dogs destroy them all.

7. Bike a century – I barely made it for 50 miles, how bad could 100 be?

6. Donate my donation bins – These been sitting in my closet too long, if I can get them out before 2013 is over, even better

5. Do a 100 push-ups – There’s an app for that and I got no excuse

4. Join a Master’s swimming class for Triathlete – http://www.runtomunch.com The class I took at the Y was a waste of time, but I’m hoping to find something better that also works with my schedule. Sadly the better Y classes are at 8:30 and I don’t live in Boston

3. Swim 2.4 Miles – I want to be an Ironwoman – but I got some work to do.

2. Complete a 50 Miler – Pinelands Running Festival in May 2014, hoping for a better year than my 2013 attempt

1. Complete a half Iron-man – I’m signed up Pumpkinman in Sept 2014!

What’s one of your goals for 2014?

9 thoughts on “14 To Dos for 2014 – An anti-resolution post”

  1. I’m like you – I don’t do resolutions but I love lists!
    I’m trying to decide if I’m going to attempt another 50-miler. I tried one this year and it wasn’t great…..Maybe if I take the lessons I learned!!
    Love your list of 14 to-dos!

  2. I’m with you on so many of these!
    #14 – yup… more yoga
    #13 – more like go without sweets during the weekdays
    #9 – so many books I want to read, but with doorstoppers like 1Q84 and Song of Ice and Fire, the numbers will be low…
    #7… well longer rides anyway, don’t know about a century
    #5… got the app… don’t do the push-ups.

    Good luck! See you in a goal-rich 2014!

  3. You know how I feel about resolutions. Yeah I’m hitting up the pool and hopefully won’t sink like a stone. I’m thinking a century is within reach for 2014 as well. I always considered the 2012 Boston jacket more of an orangey red. Or reddish orange??

  4. I absolutely loved your list…especially the one about reading 12 books in 2014 (you’re right, the year 2012 did have a much nicer ring to it!)…I think I’m going to pick up that “non-resolution” too. I live reading, but just can’t find the time! Any spare time I do have gets dedicated to running! My other goal is to run my first full marathon!

  5. I’m in the same boat, I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions either! When you mentioned teeth and dental work I thought I must immediately share with you something that has remineralized some of my kids’ teeth and dramatically improved health – you can just Google Cure Tooth Decay (http://myculturedpalate.com/blog/2012/10/22/curing-tooth-decay/). It has changed our life, so I just want to share!

    One of my 2014 goals is to focus more on our photography business and book more wedding and maternity/newborn clients, because it is what we love doing most!

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