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Monday, January 4, 2010

10 Things for '010

I'd like to start the real new year (let's face it--the new year really doesn't start until you go back to work) with a list of goals that I'd like to accomplish in 2010.  I figure letting the world know about them will hold me accountable.  Here's a list of my 10 resolutions, in no particular order, as well as my "action plan" to achieve them (geez! That sounds like a teacher in-service!).

Keep in Touch with Far-Away Friends More Often
Well, this really shouldn't be hard, but that's what I say every year and I totally suck at it, so I need to really lay it out.  On my Google calendar, I've listed all the people I've lost touch with and would like to talk with at least on a monthly basis, giving them a time and date slot based on their work schedules, time zones, etc.  I've set up the calendar to email me two days before to remind myself that the call is coming up.  So, even if they don't pick up, I know that I've done the best that I could, and can shoot them an email instead.

Get My BMI Between 18%-20%
Right now it's sitting between 24% and 26% (eek!).  That needs to change ASAP, so I intend to stick to going to the gym and working out Grok-style: Low-impact activity 3-5 times per week (yoga, pilates, walking, slow biking, and slow swimming all count), 2-3 days of strength training with the medicine balls, and 1 day of sprinting every 7 to 10 days.  Hopefully, that will do it.  I've been pretty good about going to the gym for yoga and pilates classes; now, I need to get myself pumped up for lifting.

Write more
I really enjoy writing, but it always takes a backseat to other "priorities" like the gym, hanging out with friends, work, watching Hulu, etc.  I'd like to devote more of my personal time to writing--be it blogging, fiction, poetry, or something else.  I'd like to get (Mis)Adventures of the Captive Kitties going again (I haven't touched it since the first blog post!) and see if I can come up with any coherent ideas for a picture book.  I'm aiming for blogging on (Mis)Adventures at least twice per week.

Cook Dinner 
At least five times per week, no excuses.  I like to cook a lot, but it's wicked hard to get myself motivated after work, especially when I come home ravenously hungry and attack whatever is inside the cabinets.  This is a money-saving resolution and a health resolution. It is intricately tied to my next goal.

Eat More Primally
I got away from the primal diet over the holidays, and definitely noticed several negative consequences of doing so.  I gained weight, slept less peacefully, broke out more, and ate a lot more (stupid carbs!).  The hubs and I also spent a ton more money since we were eating out more rather than cooking.  So, I'm gladly making more of a commitment to eat more protein, less carbs, and a ton of veggies in 2010.

Take NavyGirl's 50-Book Challenge.
My friend who writes the blog Marrying the Navy has decided to try to read 50 books in 2010 (harder than it sounds!), and I've decided to join her in the challenge.  I'll keep a list of books that I've read on Western Shorebirds to track my progress.  

Become More Active in Animal Welfare
Many of my readers already know how passionate (read: bizarrely obsessed) I am with animals.  I devoted a week of posts to the sad issue of puppy mills in Minnesota last year, and hope to become more involved in animal welfare in 2010.  I can accomplish this by blogging more about animal issues, volunteering with different animal rights groups that support my views, and (hopefully!) working in the field for a shelter in some capacity.  

Try to Save Between 10% and 15% of the Household Take-Home Pay  
Kiplinger's magazine has a crazy table in its February '10 issue that shows that if you save less than 5% of your pay, you can plan on working indefinitely during retirement age; 5% to 14%, work part-time; and 15% or more, be work-free.  I think getting at least 10% into a savings account, 401(k), and Roth IRA is a noble goal for 2010.  Having this goal in mind will also keep us honest about saving for a new home.

Spend More Time Outside
I'd like to do more of the things I love but don't make time for, like backpacking and canoeing.  The hubs and I like to take walks around Lake Calhoun, but I'd love to get up north and spend some quality time in the woods listening to the songbirds and on the lake with the loons.  

Spend More Time with the Hubs 
Especially time that doesn't involve a computer or television.  We've gotten into this rut where we rarely do things together that aren't media-based or errand-based.  I'd like to go out to dinner (versus pizza delivery), enjoy a concert or a show, and the occasional movie (again with the media!).  This also is connected to the previous goal.  The hubs isn't what you would call an outdoors guy, but I'd still like to show him how awesome northern Minnesota is.

Wow! That's it I guess.  Thanks in advance for helping me stick with my plan!     


  1. Hey Amanda,

    I haven't seen you since last holiday season, but sounds like you are well. I really like your 2010 list and think all your points are great! Good luck with all of them and maybe I'll adopt a few myself.

    Take care,
    Sarah (Faasse) Herrin

  2. Thanks, Sarah! I hope you had a wonderful holiday--I didn't make it home for Christmas because we were going to spend it with my husband's family, but then we got snowed in and didn't go anywhere! It was nuts, but nice in the end. Your wedding looked beautiful!

  3. As well as phoning you could vistit :) By the way, I still want to read your last short story!