2013 Resolution Wrap-up

So, wrap-up time.  My 2013 resolutions were a thing. Given the nature of my goals, some of which were more of a becoming thing than a doing thing, it’s kind of hard to know exactly how I did.   I’ll try to give my thoughts about how they went, and some thoughts about how I want to proceed in 2014. Look for a new post with those as I finalize them (still considering how I want to approach them. I’m thinking of doing an RPG style game/goal this year.)

[ ] Create more  – I’m gonna give this a Fail. I don’t really think that I specifically created more this year. Although I tried a little, it wasn’t as much of a focus as I wanted it to be.  I did work on a model airplane for a while at the beginning of the year, I never really finished it.  I had wanted to do some video blogs, but never really got anywhere with that. 

[ ] Be kinder – With a few notable exceptions, I think I was a little kinder this year. I have to continue to work on it. I’m not very patient sometimes, and that leads me to do things that are unkind.  Pass, with continuing efforts.

[ ] Be more active – I’m going to say I achieved this goal. It probably could have been more measurable.  I can use my step count as a fairly good surrogate for my activity level.  In 2012, I recorded 1,880,902 steps.  In 2013, I recorded 2,198,161, a 16% increase.  On average, I took 6211 steps per day in 2013, compared to my long term average of about 5499 steps.

Here’s my step Beeminder goal this year.

[ ] Row the length of the Huron – Nailed it.  This was a symbolic goal (I did very little on the actual Huron this year, I think one float on Labor Day…), so it was really to pull 21,000 strokes on my rowing machine. Going into this, I wasn’t sure if I could do this. In the end, I probably could have doubled it, if I had really tried.  I finished up at the end of November.  I had a few eep! days, but I never fell off the road.  Here’s my Beeminder graph:

[ ] Cook more – I don’t have a baseline to compare to, but I think I did do a better job after I got several talkings to by my doctor.  Vegtember helped a lot, since it is very difficult to find vegetarian meals in the frozen food aisle.  I’ll give it a win.

[ ] Spend out – This one was one of those becoming goals.  I defined it as a reminder to not hoard, to use, to be willing to spend on quality.  It’s one that I need to continue to work on, but I feel like I’m remembering to spend out. (Now if I could just convince myself to replace my ragged work shoes with quality!)

[ ] Take a real vacation – I’m going to give this a double win.  The purpose was to take a vacation to a place I wanted to go and see things that I wanted to see on my own. In April, I visited Washington DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival and in October I headed down to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky.  Both were incredibly cool. (I was playing with the idea of Costa Rica or Orlando for the October trip, but I delayed planning too long for both of those. Maybe this year!)

 

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Me at the Cherry Blossom Festival in  DC
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Mammoth Caves – Rainbow Room

 

[ ] Plan better – I’m going to give this a Fail.  I was terrible at it this year. I think I did ok with the planning for our Family Reunion in December, but that was about the only thing.  Both of my vacations were fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants experiences, and I missed out on a conference I wanted to attend because I didn’t plan far enough in advance.  Could use some better planning at work too, although for routine things, it went alright.

[ ] Plant a garden – Winner.  I planted a great garden. I struggled to keep up with it, my squash failed to thrive, and I regretted not planting green beans, but it was a resounding success. This year, I plan to expand my raised beds (I converted my non-raised bed into a bulb flower garden), and do a better job of eating what I grow!

[ ] Be ok- This one is a hard one to measure. I’m going to give it a pass though, based on one experience.  In the late summer/early fall, I could tell I was slipping back into depression (stupid brain not doing what it is supposed to!). My sleep was disordered and I was finding little joy in life. I asked for help, and got it, and am doing much much better now. That qualifies as being ok, I think.

[ ] Be braver – Again, a hard one to measure. I’m going to mark this goal as one to keep working on. I can’t think of anything that says I failed, but I can’t think of anything that says I didn’t fail, either.

[ ] Be believing – This is one of my major struggles. I’ll keep working on it.

[ ] Deliberate practices – I struggled here too.  I’ve got a few ideas for deliberate practices for the new year including keeping a diary and possibly folding paper cranes for the sake of folding paper cranes.  Possibly some meditation.

[ ] Host more dinners – I hosted a few, including my first Thanksgiving at my new house.  I don’t know if I hosted more or less than in prior years. I don’t feel like I hosted enough dinners specifically, plenty of parties and get-togethers (and Rob did a lot of the planning for those…). I have a specific goal to host 12 dinners (at least 1 a month) in 2014.  That way I will know if I accomplished it or not.

[ ] Invest in relationships – I did alright with this one.  I’m doing better with my family relationships, especially now that most of my immediate family have begun to text more frequently. (Got to maintain favorite uncle status! I have a nefarious plan for that in 2014! Watch out, other contenders!)  I’d like to do better outside of my family. I’m considering The Friends Game to help myself in 2014.

[ ] Dress better, take better care of my appearances – I’m going to give this a win.  I bought (and used!) a can of spray starch, I made certain to iron my shirts, I invested in higher quality clothes, especially dress shirts. (I have one with a monogram on the sleeve now! How fancy is that?)

[ ] Take a class – A win, but kind of a combined win-slash-maybe I’m cheating.  I took a yoga class… See next goal.

[ ] Do more yoga – Yep, Winner. I took a yoga class, which I really enjoyed.  I should have re-enrolled, but I didn’t. Guess there’s always this year.  Also, Yoga X from P90X is intense. I can making it through the dynamic standing poses, but by about 45 minutes in, when it gets to static poses, I die, every single time.

[ ] Shave with a razor – Winner. I don’t think I used my electric razor more than once or twice while traveling this year. I don’t know why I never went with a regular razor before. I can get away with only shaving every other day, and my side burns have never looked better.  Also, so much smoother!

[ ] Do things I’m not good at – I’m going to go with Fail on this one. I think it slid off my radar, and I continue to avoid doing the things that I’m not good at. I’ll have to try again.

In addition to these resolutions, I also did a series of monthly challenges, although not every month got one.  I for sure won February, March and Vegtember.

So, mostly successful in 2013.  I’ve got some things to continue to work on.  I’ve got some goals for 2014, which I am still mulling over.

How did things go for you?  Did you win 2013?

 

13 thoughts on “2013 Resolution Wrap-up”

  1. Thank you for texting me so much in 2013- I really, REALLY suck at texting/talking to people and I appreciated it so, so much.

  2. Me gusta tu post. Creo que tienes harto que dar en todos los apectos que pusistes tus metas. Me gusto eso de 12 cenas y de ser el tio favorito. Te voy a copiar ambas.
    MUCHAS GRACIAS!!!
    Con harto amor, feliz año nuevo!!!

  3. Wow, I’m impressed with how much you did. Nice work. Also, I really like idea of The Friends Game! I might try it for 2014 too.

    1. I try not to think of it as doing a whole lot, but as a lot of steps towards becoming who I want to be. :D The Friends game seems like it might be the only way I’ll keep up with some people!

  4. I am impressed. One, at all that you accomplished. Two, just how honest you were with yourself. Three, for putting this out there for all to read. Good luck at keeping “Favorite Uncle” status.

    1. Thanks Aunt Sheryl! I am pleased with how my year turned out. There were a few ups and downs. I should put “write Family Letters” on the list for 2014, don’t you think?

  5. Woah, you accomplished a lot! This is putting my 3 sort-of-goals to shame! Well done, Brady. I also have a goal of cooking for others more often. I’m getting less scared of cooking for more than 2. I’ll take that as a win!

  6. Way to go Brady! It sounds like you had a great year. Don’t be too hard on yourself, you are amazing! Also — John and I are thinking about planning a trip to Costa Rica this summer (maybe June?) with some friends, you should join us! My father in law coordinates trips like this for his spanish students so I think we would most likely stay with a host family in San Jose and then hit some other areas on the weekends.

    Let me know if you are interested.

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