Continue the pursuit of minimalism and eschewing clutter in my approach to our home and my wardrobe, specifically. This is a continual pursuit, but I feel pretty happy with what I accomplished, by way of throwing things out and taking care of what I have.
Invest in higher-quality and ethically made clothes and shoes. Stop buying cheap crap. Jump off the fast-fashion train. I also feel like I’ve done this; I am no longer tempted by Target T-shirts and Old Navy sweaters.
Style myself like a French woman, as much as it is within my power. Maybe? I’m going to say yes. I don’t wear bright colors anymore, and stripes are the only pattern I don.
Take either a Japanese or a French class, for credit. Maybe both, if I’m feeling extra-ambitious. Fail. I still want to do this, though.
Eat healthier lunches. Maybe. I am very lazy about this still.
Figure out how to read the Bible for pleasure. Not really, but we are in a Bible study now, and that has been enjoyable.
Practice morning prayer/meditation/timid yoga sessions at home on weekdays. Nope, but I am taking a yoga class once a week, which is a big deal for me.
Continue the pursuit of minimalism at home.
Achieve and practice some basic conversational French before we leave for London. Keep up with my Duolingo practice; take some pronunciation lessons with friends who are French PhD candidates; watch an abundance of French film in the Criterion Collection.
Read through and translate the entire book of Japanese short stories. Keep listening to the audio of it while driving. Keep making your brain sweat and weep for all that it has forgotten over the years.
Be a better dog owner and housekeeper; mainly, groom them once a week and wipe their paws every day; keep working on their leash reactivity; train them more thoroughly. Figure out how to keep your floors clean so that you do not live in domestic misery.
Write that thing that’s been rattling around in my brain for years. Share it with a select few for editing and criticism.
Keep doing yoga, even though I hate it; get stronger, more flexible.
It’s goal-setting time! I approach these resolutions loosely, as you can see from last year’s goals, with commentary in italics:
Read 100 books.Read 167.
Read through the Bible in a year. Nope.
Make exercise a regular part of my life. (Even if I can only walk for 30 minutes a day, do SOMETHING.) I don’t know about “regular,” but I spent more time walking and I felt better, having converted to a standing desk at work… does that count?
Get strong. Do some kind of strength training? Hahahahaha.
Buy a bike and use it to run errands around town or to get to work. No. I still should get a bike, though.
Eat meat only once a week. (Excluding fish.)We didn’t do this faithfully every week, but I think we got pretty close.
Keep a tidy, peaceful home.More or less, I think I accomplished this.
Read at least three-fourths of each New Yorker issue I receive. Often.
Be a better businesswoman, regarding my calligraphy studio.There are still many things to do to improve my business, but I felt like 2014 was a good year for Bluestocking Calligraphy.
Continue weeding colors out of and cultivating a minimalistic wardrobe.I’ve made a lot of progress on this front, and I’m happy about how my wardrobe looks now. I don’t feel like I truly need anything. Except for those Everlane loafers…
This year, here are some simple things on my mind.
Read 120 books.
Continue the pursuit of minimalism and eschewing clutter in my approach to our home and my wardrobe, specifically. I stumbled on the website Into Mind a few weeks ago, and I feel so radicalized by it.
Invest in higher-quality and ethically made clothes and shoes. Stop buying cheap crap. Jump off the fast-fashion train.
Take either a Japanese or a French class, for credit. Maybe both, if I’m feeling extra-ambitious.
Eat healthier lunches. I am wary of leftovers and I’m fundamentally lazy, so this means I’m usually eating Trader Joe’s frozen pasta lunches every other day. Which is pretty terrible. What do you health mavens eat for lunch?
Figure out how to read the Bible for pleasure. In a related gesture, think more about the meaning of freedom in Christ.
Practice morning prayer/meditation/timid yoga sessions at home on weekdays. I have the time to do this; I just don’t. Because, as I mentioned before, I am profoundly lazy. I’d like to spend more time in the Book of Common Prayer at home. And to pray with more sincerity/regularity.
Yes, I like to make my new year’s resolutions very early. In fact, one could say that I am in a perpetual state of making new year’s resolutions. Continuous goal-making is a blessing/curse we inherited from our mother. (Grace has the worst case of it, but then again, she’s the most accomplished of us all, so maybe there is something to this mania for making resolutions.)
Things I Want To Do in 2012
Get a dog, which I don’t have to tell you. I already have. Like, a hundred times.
Take a graduate-level English class at UVA.
Take the GRE.
Go hiking more often.
Read 75 books (down from this year’s goal of 100, because I think I’ll be cutting down on my dog reading).
Take a beginner’s ballet class.
Try to take my writing more seriously; publish something, somewhere. (How’s that for ambiguity?)