Yesterday I wrote my goodbye post to 2012. If you read it then you’ll understand why I am so excited to welcome 2013. Aside from having the day off work, I’m using the day to reflect on the what I want to accomplish both personally and professionally. I’m a firm believer you can’t get anywhere without a plan and a to-do list.
Here are my resolutions for 2013:
I can easily spend hours upon hours online researching, studying or just wasting time. For 2013, I’m going to start the day with a fully charged laptop battery and then unplug that power cord. Once I’ve drained my battery, I’m done for the day. Cell phones do not count.
Cook More Often
With a kitchen full of small appliances, spices and all the gadgets a person could ever want, I have no excuse for not cooking more. It’s something I really enjoy doing and for me, it can be a stress reliever. I have many happy memories that revolve around cooking for my family and my friends. Not to mention, some of my most popular posts have been recipes that I’ve shared. Cooking at home solves so many problems for me personally and professionally. I’m able to save money, control calories and have content that my readers find useful.
Focus on Quality Instead of Quantity
This applies to so many things for me. Every year I say I’m going to be focused on my blog, only to fall into the same traps of churning out content that isn’t always relevant or even interesting for the sake of making a few dollars. Not this year. If I’m not 100% invested in the post, then I’m not going to write it. I want to get back to the things that I find interesting: cooking, traveling and the occasional craft/DIY project.
Whether it’s traveling, volunteering or just getting out and about, I want to experience more. Just a train ride away I have a wonderful city to explore and learn about. I’ve always wanted to live near a big city and now that I’m in the Chicago area, it’s time to take advantage of that.
Spend More Time With Family & Friends
Just think, I can accomplish all my resolutions in one! On my recent visits home, I’ve blown in and out so fast, the only evidence of my being there is a dirty towel and tire marks in the snow. Time with family and friends doesn’t have to be planned out with agendas but it should include more than a quick meal and a five minute conversation. I definitely need to get better at this.
What are your resolutions for 2013?