Notice I didn't say "resolutions" -- a word that is just so daunting in its absoluteness. My sister actually gave me the idea to, instead, identify a set of "goals" for myself.
So, on Dec. 31, 2012, I wrote up a document titled "Six Goals for 2013," and taped this document to my closet door where I can see it every day.
This document begins: "I aim to work on getting myself to a better place:" and then lists the six areas, with detailed action steps.
They are, in particular order:
Physically. I want to lose about 10-15 pounds and increase my strength and stamina. I've started on this goal by going back on my tried-and-true method of counting my food "points" via the Weight Watchers plan. I've also acquired more at-home workout equipment -- and have been using it!
Financially. My goal is to increase my roster of long-term, well-paying freelance gigs.
Emotionally. I will consciously work on those areas of my personality that could use improvement (my patience level, for instance) and also on my communication skills when it comes to expressing my needs, feelings, and boundaries (which can always be improved upon!).
Sprititually. I want to re-connect with my "higher power."
Socially. I aim to re-energize my existing friendships, open myself to new friendships, and become a better friend to all. I have already reached out to old friends and signed up for activities that will introduce me to new people.
Romantically. Because my current relationship is in its ending stages, I am going to open myself up again. Although I won't make it a focus of my efforts, I will be open to whatever might come along in the course of my journey toward my five other goals!
Here's to 2013 -- may it be a great year for all of us.