New Years Resolution

As we are well into 2013, I have decided to undertake the challenge of making New Year’s Resolutions.  The origin of the New Years Resolution can be traced all the way back to the ancient Romans who began each new year by making promises to the God Janus, after which the month of January is named. My promises however are not to a Roman god but to myself. I’ve come up with a number of different goals for myself this year that have one underlining theme: they are all designed to make me a better, more well-rounded individual by the end of 2013.

In no particular order, they are as follows:

1 – Live a Healthier Lifestyle

I’m looking to continue and improve upon the progress I have made in the last few months of 2012 to live a healthier lifestyle. I plan on continuing daily attendance at Limitless Performance, while doing an additional 30 minutes of cardio throughout each day.  I have begun a daily food journal to help track what and when I eat as to help me target healthier habits with regards to eating. Lastly, the most important thing I want to do this year with regards to my healthier life style, is to stop snacking and eating after dinner.

2 – Read 12 Books

Walter Dean Myers tells us: “Reading is not optional”. Thus in 2013, I have decided to follow his advice. I have determined a dozen books that I myself would like to read this year. The last time I read book after book consecutively would have been in highschool. It’s something I got away from while in University and something I want to get back to.  The 12 books I’ve selected are, in one form or another, literary classics. As I finish each book I’ll post a small review and my opinion of it.  I’m currently working my way through Ernest Hemmingway’s The Sun Also Rises. Below is a list of the 12 books which I have determined are a part of my literary reading goal for the year.

For Whom the Bell Tolls Lolita Paris to the Moon The Spy who Came in from the Cold
Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1984 Dubliners Tuesday with Morrie
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn In Cold Blood Sun Also Rises Animal Farm

3 – Get back to playing organized sports

It’s been around a year and a half since I was a part of any organized weekly sporting team. I’m looking to start back up playing both pickup hockey and soccer in 2013. Although I’m still looking for a hockey league, I have found a pick-up soccer game that runs every Friday at RIM Park.

4 – Learn to speak Conversational Italian

Learning to speak conversational Italian has been on my list of things to do since I first visited Italy in 2006. Although I speak and understand basic Italian I can not hold my own in a conversation that doesn’t revolve around the price of something or the location of the nearest bathroom. I’m planning on accomplishing this either through Italian classes or through using Rosetta Stone.

5 – Take a Cooking Course

It may have been because I recently watched Julie & Julia but I want to enroll in a cooking course this year. I want to learn the basics of how to work in the kitchen and learn more about cooking.

6 – Write

a)      Journal

As a way to get back into writing regularly I’ve started to journal in 2013. I find it a sobering period during the week where I can sit alone and reflect and be honest with myself about what’s been going on lately and things for which I am happy and not happy.

b)      Book

Perhaps one of the loftliest goals I have this year is to write a book. I’m not yet sure exactly what type of book, be it a fiction novel or non-fiction, or a collection of short stories, but by the end of 2013 I want to have written a book. I’ve already started to get back into writing by doing daily writing prompts.

c)       Blog

Lastly, I want to do a better job at blogging by maintaining this blog.

So to everyone I want to say Happy New Year and I hope this has helped you think about your own resolutions and maybe convinced you it’s worth making your own or stealing one of mine.