The rest of the verse says,
"So this is the new year,
& I don't feel any different.
The clanking of crystal,
Explosions off in the distance.
So this is the new year,
& I have no resolutions
For self assigned penance
For problems with easy solutions."
Now, a couple of years ago, I had super high hopes for the new year. I made a list of 20 (yeah, 20. I don't know what I was thinking) resolutions for the new year, & I ended up keeping maybe half of them, mostly by accident. Then last year, I had kind of a "blah" attitude about the whole resolution thing, & I came up with a very general resolution to sort of blanket all resolutions: "Live more simply, so we can experience more." & this actually worked pretty well. We moved to my hometown, where we have much cheaper rent, & now we're able to do more of the things that matter to us. We don't waste time & money eating out or going to random places as often (mostly because we live in a town where our restaurant choices include 85 Tex-Mex places & 3 Sonics). We get to spend tons of time with my family, & have weekends & lots of time off to spend with Laker's family. We're saving up for some awesome experiences, like a Eurotrip & a few other vacations, we're both back in school, we have steady jobs with great hours (& school breaks off! Holla!), & we've got dreams of bigger things that actually seem like they can be accomplished. We don't feel trapped in a tiny apartment, barely scraping by from paycheck-to-paycheck like we were at this point last year. It's nice.
However, I've also realized that there are sacrifices that come with having a routine, & the whole "this is the new year, & I don't feel any different" thing really hit home when the clock struck midnight on January 1st.
While I don't necessarily believe that I can fix my whole world in the span of a year, 2014 is proof that we can make some huge steps to improving things. Like getting a dog (Life hint: Getting a dog fixes 90% of all problems everywhere).
That being said, I've got a few goals (call them resolutions or a wishlist or whatever you want) for my year, & I intend to accomplish them.
P.S. Some of them are somewhat general because I don't like to set myself up for failure.
My main goal is to prioritize & kind of keep this whole "living simply" thing going. I want to clear out anything I don't need, put things first that need to be first, & try not to stress so much about things that don't matter. I think these all sort of fall under that, but I'm trying to give myself some attainable things to achieve.
1. Read all of the New Testament (& part of the Old Testament).
2. Date Laker. We do a pretty good job of this, but there's always room for improvement, & our goal is to always be improving our marriage.
3. Find more creative endeavors to be involved with. Stay inspired. If any of you want help with creative projects, hit me up!
4. Read more instead of watching so much TV/wasting time online. (My goal is 12 books, as opposed to my 5 & two halves last year. I'm off to a good start - I read Carrie Fisher's autobiography in the car on the first. One down, eleven to go!)
5. Travel. Leave Oklahoma 5+ times. (Again, off to a good start, since I started the year in Springfield, MO).
6. Blog more. This is kind of self-explanatory. I'm really sporadic about blogging & need to be more consistent.
7. Journal more. I recently found some old journals where I had written sermon notes & prayers when Laker & I first started dating. It was really neat to look back on, & see how my prayers were answered & how my hopes & wishes changed (or stayed the same) over time. I still keep sermon notes, but I'd like to start a prayer journal of some kind again.
Seven goals. That seems achievable, right? I really just want to break out of the rut I'm in. Routines can be so boring, especially when there aren't many people your age who live in your town. I need to get inspired. I do think that's possible, though, & the past couple of months have already been helping to get things rolling along. I'm planning to make 2015 a great year.