Ringing in 2014 with a To Do list

I am totally behind in my resolution posting, but I have just finalized these (it usually takes me a week or three to get back to the daily grind) and I want to have a record of them somewhere. There are a few resolutions from the last couple of years that I will continue, but they are habits now and don’t really need any extra effort to maintain. (Examples include monthly book club, extensive reading (50+ books per year), sending birthday cards to all my siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews, and making real dinner at least twice a week.)

This year’s goals all seem to revolve around this quote by Madonna Badger:

“Go to wherever the light is, because anything else is darkness.”

This is the year to sweep away all the heaviness, the darkness, and the unhappiness, and to focus on the good things. This doesn’t mean ignoring the ugly or nasty that will inevitably come along, it just means I don’t want to dwell on it or allow it to consume my life or my heart (too much of that last year).

2014 Resolutions

  • Date night every week with Mr. Blue Eyes, something more than “just dinner.”

  • Plan one Harriet-Blue Eyes vacation

  • Sweat three times per week (good weather/air permitting, once a week outside)

  • Hike a mountain, a big one (at least 12,000 feet)

  • Train for a half marathon in the fall (!!)

  • Consistent meal planning, reduce wasted food

  • Invite people over for dinner once a month

  • Revamp and reassess emergency kits & emergency plan

  • No extra spending in March (more about this in a later post)

  • Save $$$/month to savings account – change in HR for direct deposit

  • Contribute $$$/month to  retirement account – change in HR for auto deduction

  • More experimentation with the big camera and new lens

  • 3 posts per week at FeistyHarriet.com

This is quite the list, and some of these seem lofty (mountains, (half)marathons, etc). Others I think are quite manageable and one email to HR will cross off two for the entire year. Many of these will lead to consistent behaviors and habits that I know will make me happier, i.e. regular date nights, having friends for dinner, eating healthier and exercising more regularly, the accomplishment of hiking a mountain and the satisfaction of improving my photography.

Yes, 2014 will be all about inviting more happiness into my life and side-stepping as much ugly as possible.

What are your resolutions?

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0 thoughts on “Ringing in 2014 with a To Do list

  1. Forty-some the Elderly

    I didn’t make any resolutions this year. I thought about it. In fact I had a couple at the forefront of my mind ready to go, but right now everything seems so difficult without a job. It’s that uncertainty factor that makes planning anything so difficult, and that includes resolving things. Someday I’ll get past the “if only” stage and move on to accomplishment. Hopefully sooner than later.

    1. Feisty Harriet Post author

      Ha! Well, The Elderly, I hope that you can find something solid to just BE for a while. And I certainly think that when you hit that place it is perfectly acceptable to make some new goals or whatever. 🙂


    1. Feisty Harriet Post author

      I’m actually quite wary of the 3x/week sweat and train for a half-marathon ones….they seem SO FAR AWAY from my status quo the last few years. (Which, if we’re being honest, is why they are on the list.)


  2. Dahn

    Regarding mountain hike….head over to Great Basin National Park and take the Wheeler Peak trail up to the lake and see thousand year old trees. Good stuff plus they have a real nice camping sites, caves to tour, and there isn’t a lot of people to deal with. Real nice place to cool off during the hot summer.

    1. Feisty Harriet Post author

      Oooh, Blue Eyes and I have had our eye on that one for a while! I want to hike it, of course, while he wants to ride his dirt bike (motorcycle, not pedal) up to the top.


  3. Audrey

    If you feel like hiking a fourteener, Pike’s Peak is a good one, and I know a place you could stay in Colo. Springs with fun people who would help you recover and celebrate your accomplishment.

    1. Feisty Harriet Post author

      Oh goodness, I hope so! There are a few other, more personal resolutions that I didn’t publish, but if I can accomplish the lot of them 2014 will be FAR SUPERIOR IN EVERY WAY to 2013. So, thats exciting! 🙂



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