New Year’s Resolutions

We’re already a week into 2013 and I haven’t even shared my New Year’s resolutions with you yet.

Actually, I wasn’t going to make any. Last year, I said that I don’t usually make resolutions, and that’s been true for years.  However, posting my resolutions made me feel like I had to stick to them, and it was fun to post the follow up.  Overall, I did a pretty good job sticking to most of my goals for 2012, so I figured this year, I’d post some resolutions too.

2013 Resolutions @ Suburban Style Challenge

This year, I’m doing it a little different. I’m breaking it down into short term and long term goals.  The short term goals are ones I’d like to complete by the end of the month.  I figure short term goals will keep me focused a little better right off the bat.

Short Term Goals

  • No shopping for myself in January. I had intended on not buying myself anything in December, but failed miserably, snagging some great stuff on sale at Kohls, and some good thrift store finds.  The only exception to this rule will be using store credits I have from exchanging Christmas gifts that didn’t fit.  But I’m only allowed to use the store credits–no going over, even by a couple dollars.  No money is allowed to come out of my pocket to get something for myself.
  • Get back to the gym twice a week. Once I kick this darn sickness, I need to get back to the gym regularly again.  Our beloved trainer left the gym and my husband wasn’t able to work out because he hurt his back.  Because of that, I stopped going as much–the 2 of them kept me accountable, and I really do despise working out by myself.  But I need to make a standing date with the gym at least 2 nights a week.  No more excuses!
  • Three posts a week. I really need to get back to regular blogging, and I’d like to see three posts a week for the month of January.  Ideally I’d like to see this going forward as well, but I figured I’d make it a short term goal because that’s easier to manage for me right now.

Long Term Goals

  • Balance better. Fellow blogger Blessed Elements posted about finding life’s balance and had some really good ideas.  I need to better balance my work, blogging, social life, and home life, and will be taking some of her ideas to do just that.  I particularly enjoy her idea of taking as much time to appreciate the creativity already surrounding me as I do to create.  I don’t do nearly as much appreciating as I should, I think.
  • An SSC Editorial Calendar. I’ve done this a couple times in the past, but have failed because I wasn’t able to properly execute my ideas.  In 2013, I’d like to have a set monthly editorial calendar in place that will help guide my posting better and make things more consistent here at Suburban Style Challenge.
  • No more unnecessary shopping. I’m in the process of cleaning out my closet and I don’t need to buy more stuff.  In 2013, I’m going to try to only buy items I need to replace pieces that are worn, broken, don’t fit, or otherwise in need of replacement.
  • More DIY. This was something I resolved to do last year, and while I did a decent job of it, I’d like to do even better this year.  Since I’m resolving not to buy unnecessary items, I figure I’ll look at items I have when I have the desire to add to my closet, I’ll look at what I already have and see if there’s anything I can update or change the look of.  I’d like to start making more jewelry too, and finish all of the projects I’ve started.
  • Cook more. Another one I resolved to do last year that I did ok on.  I definitely need to cook more, and don’t know why I don’t; I rather enjoy cooking and definitely have the space, the knowledge, and the means to do it.  So yea… I’m going to cook more in 2013.

So those are my goals for 2013.

What are yours? Share in the comments!

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