I don't usually make resolutions for the new year, but I figured this time I'd give it a try. Not too many, just a few things to strive for and help keep me on track. And, since saying something in public makes you accountable and therefore, more likely to follow through, I figured I'd share them with you all.
So here's my goals for the next year...
1) Improve my health and waistline:
I started working on improving my health this summer and was doing good for a while. But, then I got sick, got sick again, and eventually kind of fell off the fitness wagon. I'm not happy with that. So, it's time to get back on board.
I'm not concerned with weight so much as I'd like to feel better physically, reduce stress, and trim my waist a bit. Embarrassing info here... I'm currently at a 38 inch waist. I was down to a 35.5 within just a month of steady daily walking. So, loosing a few inches won't be a problem. My goal, though, is 30 inches at the waist.
I also need to get back on the vitamin routine. It wasn't much, just a multivitamin, a fish oil, and a Magnesium Citrate called Calm that I add to water once a day. It really helped improve my mood.
I also need to get Matt and myself back onto healthy eating habits. More salads, soups, leaner meats, stuff like that. Thanks to Kerri, we now have a wonderful crock-pot set as well as some awesome cookbooks. Which, takes us into resolution number two...
2) Learn how to cook:
My mom was a little resistant to having me mess up her kitchen when I was a teen and I lived in dorm housing throughout college. So, I never learned. I can do stuff if there's a recipe to follow, and I'm good at rice and noddles, but it's nothing spectacular. So, I'd like to start figuring this whole cooking thing out. One thing I'd like to do is share my attempts here on the blog. Remember, cooking is an art, after all. I'm thinking of posting the recipe, the estimated price of the meal, how easy or difficult I found the process, and possibly some photos. What it comes down to is cooking is a skill that I've been deficient in for too long. So, it's time to fix that.
Matt and I are also more likely to eat healthier if I'm in control of the kitchen. I don't enjoy sweets as much as he does.
3) Find my fabulosity:
I really don't know how else to put it. Saying I want to pamper myself can come across as wrong, but that's basically it. I want to take time to do my nails and hair, find a style that I feel suits me, update my wardrobe bit by bit, and start to feel pretty again. I miss feeling pretty.
This doesn't mean frilly skirts and silky things, no. I'm more of a denim, white shirt, chunky silver jewelry kind of gal. The goal is comfortable and durable, while still looking pretty.
4) Look into getting contact lenses:
I've been wearing glasses since sixth grade. As you can guess, I'm a little fed up with them. I've always been curious, but a bit uncertain, about contact lenses. Well, maybe it's time to talk with the optometrist and see if they'll work for me. I'm due for an appointment anyway.
5) Continue to learn to draw:
This is pretty much an ongoing thing. I've been really happy with the process so far. It's been frustrating at times, but I think there's at least a small bit of improvement starting to pop up. So, the goal is to keep going as I am and try out new media and learning aids. That will be exciting!
6) Increase my presence in the furry fandom:
With CN:H basically going back to a hobby comic, I can now focus on other things. Things such as commissions, live draws, and chats. I've been pretty quiet in the furry fandom these last few years. I'd gotten the impression a while back that many furries really aren't that interested in comics. And it's hard to find things to share on Fur Affinity when most of your work is sketches and comic pages in progress. But, now I can try new things. Cool! I'd also like to hit a few more cons, but time and money may make that a little difficult.
And, I think that's it. They sound a little vague because my mind is a little vague at times. Also, a little wiggle room may make keeping these resolutions easier. That's the goal anyway.
I'm looking forward to the new year. It's a new slate, a good time for change and possibilities. So come on, 2012! Bring it!
"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man."
-- Benjamin Franklin