Break a bad habit.
Learn a new skill.
Do a good deed.
Visit a new place.
Read a difficult book.
Write something important.
Try a new food.
Do something for someone who can never pay you back.
Take an important risk.
These were my goals for 2014.
How did I do?
Well, I intermittently did better on some bad habits. Clearly I need to work harder here, or get some help. I do plan to read Gretchen Rubin’s new book on habits as soon as it’s available.
Topsail Beach was my new place. I fell in love. It was perfect in every way. I also went to San Diego, which was fabulous!
I have learned a new skill at work – well, maybe not a skill. I have learned a tremendous amount about the world of low-income housing. It is not a pretty world. It is gritty and heartbreaking and probably the most difficult thing I have encountered, career-wise. There just isn’t enough safe, decent, affordable housing available. Not in Charlotte, not anywhere. Learning ways to improve that is an ongoing struggle.
I tried to do good deeds. The one that stands out the most was paying for breakfast for an older veteran who was eating alone near our rather raucous family. I just took his check and we paid it, and I told him “thanks for your service, sir. Breakfast is on us.” I think it made me cry a little.
I read The Goldfinch. I read All the Light We Cannot See. I read If I Stay, and Where She Went. I read The Fault in Our Stars, Life After Life, The Signature of All Things. I am not sure if these are what the author of the original list meant by “difficult” but for me, some aspect of each of these books was difficult.
Write something important – yes I did that. I don’t want to say any more than that. But yes. I did that.
I tried sponge candy (no), I was able to eat shellfish again.
I don’t know if I did something for someone who can never pay me back. Does my work count? I got a dog, but he pays me back with love…and fur everywhere.
Take an important risk…yes, I did that too. No further comment.
So I guess I did ok. I think I will continue the tradition and keep these as my resolutions again!
Happy New Year, everyone!