I am really awful with New Year’s Resolutions. And by really awful, I mean they never happen.
And while I like the idea of starting over and attempting to get more things accomplished each year, I find that making resolutions never really allows for me to reach my goals.
So instead of making New Year Resolutions, I’ve decided to make a New Year To Do list. These are goals, areas for improvement, and little things to work on throughout the year.
So without further ado…
1. Turn our house into a home.
I know I’ve tried to make this goal happen before, but somehow life gets in the way. We’ve lived in this house for almost 2 year now, which honestly I can’t even believe. I still sometimes feel like we’re playing house.
I love my house, but it’s not quite a home yet. Mixed and matched furniture. Sparse pictures and decorations on the walls. Same plain jane colors on the walls from the previous owners.
I’m not talking about cleaning or organizing, I’m really talking about decorating.
I would love to put more pictures on the wall, do creative things with canvas and wood, and maybe even try my hand at remaking things salvaged from Goodwill or estate sales.
2. Spend my days doing the things I want to do.
Today I felt really strange. I was supposed to go skiing but the communication wires got all crossed. I had yesterday and today off. Yesterday I spent the day at the gym, grocery shopping, making dinner, and couponing.
Today I woke up with an uneasy feeling. No matter what I have planned for my days off, they always seem so jammed packed. By the time I get home from running around getting groceries, couponing, or the gym, half my day is gone and I feel like I haven’t even gotten one second to relax.
The problem is, I have a problem with sitting down and just relaxing. I constantly feel as though I need to be doing something. Whether that’s cleaning, working out, grocery shopping, checking my phone, or organizing. I feel bad that I don’t help out much on the weekends when I’m working, so I try to make up for it during the week. I’ve talked about this with other practitioners who work in the ED, and they feel the same way. They can’t sit down at home, they’re constantly on the move, or doing something. I think it’s the way we practice in the ED. Constantly trying to be faster, and see more patients, and provide faster more efficient service.
I’m trying to change that. And I’m trying really hard. For some people it’s really easy to sit on the couch all day and watch TV or look at Pinterest or read. For me it’s legitimately hard. But today I am doing that exact thing.
I haven’t blogged in a while, and honestly it’s something I enjoy doing much more than mindlessly browsing Pinterest or watching TV. It gives me a space to get things out of my head and onto something more substantial. I’m hoping this will help me slow down and actual enjoy my days off relaxing.
3. Improve myself mentally and intellectually.
There are SO many things I want to learn and improve on. I want to understand medicine better. I have a ballin’ ass camera but no idea how to use it. I have a wonderful dog, who needs more obedience. I have a huge house that needs some things fixed, but not the slightest clue how to start. I love flowers and gardening but have no real backbone to learn and improve. I love being creative, but have no output to show it.
Whether it’s reading books to develop a greater understanding, watching tutorials, or reading articles I want to expand my mind and continue learning all throughout my life. I feel so distracted by TV, internet and social media. I really feel like it’s causing my generation to become very anti-personal, and that’s not the type of person I want to be.
4. Improve myself physically.
I am already working on this now, and enjoying the process. However, I still remain interested in Crossfit, and am seriously considering just trying it out. I miss the “team” atmosphere and having others present to challenge me. Right now at the gym I’m kind of stalling and hitting a plateau. I really thinkCrossfit might be the next best step to making me feel better and more accomplished about my fitness goals.
5. Always being present.
This is hard. With social media constantly present at out fingertips, and our emotions of never wanting to miss anything that’s happening, we often times are not truly present with our company. I have been to many parties where instead of conversation, people are sitting around looking at their phones. Instead of talking at work, we’re staring at a computer screen or again looking at our phones to pass the time. When I hang out with people, I want to really hang out with people. I want to talk, and enjoy their company. I want to listen to their conversation, more than expressing my opinions. Instagram, Facebook and Twitter can all wait, and really aren’t that important in the grand scheme of things in life.
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Well, those are probably my most important “to do’s” for 2014. I’m working on them everyday, and will have this post as a reminder. I think the important thing here is to take time for me. Enjoy my time off, enjoy my friend, and enjoy my life.
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Do you have any “to do’s” rather than resolutions that you want to work on for 2014?