The End of Fifteen

Family. Friends. Vacation. And selfies. Pretty much sums up my life. #2015bestnine

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As the year draws to a close, I, like more people, will begin planning for the new year with big lists of to-dos, both personal and professional. Whether they be big goals (start this blog...) or small goals (do a better job with the ironing), they are all important in some shape of form. Important enough to end up on a New Year's Resolution list. And therefore, they have merit and should be taken seriously. Obviously, there is a reason why I think it is important that I spend a few minutes of my morning ironing diligently. And this blog should serve some purpose other than rambling. It should be a place where I can visibly track my year, keep abreast of my resolutions and hold myself accountable. Like the ironing, it will be easy to see if I am keeping up on things. Do I appear slovenly today? Did I post on the blog today/this week?

So, here goes nothing. My 2016 Resolutions. In no particular order. Some loftier than others. Some a bit too simple maybe. All important in their own way.

1. Be outside more. Try not to come home every day and sit in front of my computer and/or the TV. Plan activities (especially during the cold months) that will have me (and Melvin!) out and about. Enjoying friends, family and not the comfy, comfy couch.

2. Fill my early mornings with purpose. As an early riser, I want to do more with my precious morning hours than lay in bed and bury myself in my iPad. Meditate! Workout consistently (more later). Practice yoga. Go for a walk. Work from home so I can be done earlier. Make a healthy breakfast. So many options, the morning is my oyster. Ha. Ha.

3. Invest my evening free time in cooking. Learning how to bake, cook and prepare well. I am a terrible cook and a very picky eater. Not a good combination when my health, wellbeing and weight need to be the central focus. I need to figure out what I like and how to best prepare food. Try to cook 2-3 times each week.

4. Start contributing to this blog consistently. Lifestyle posts. Health and fitness. Design and photography. Workouts. Eating. Fashion. Whatever is important to me, you will find it here.

5. Run (another) Half-Marathon. Duluth, Mn June 18th, 2016. Already registered and started (pathetically) training. Every day that I have a bad run because I am so out of shape, I just have to think, "this is better than yesterday, yesterday I was probably on the couch." I want to use a combination of body weight exercises using circuit/HIIT training, interval running, and hiking to get in better shape than I was for my first half-marathon (last year).

6. Learn how to better taylor, create and sew clothes. I have a whole Pinterest board of things I want to try. I just need to go for it. And document my progress here, of course. 

7. Start using my D Mark-II more often. It is sitting in my closet alone, sad and probably with a dead battery.. I could use it to document my DIY efforts, keep track of my design projects or even  take it out on a photo shoot and stretch my creative juices.

8. Learn how to be comfortable in my own skin. I understand as a twenty-something, single white girl that grew up in the age of photoshop and paper-thin models, I am socially and probably genetically wired to hate my body. I think that is sad and pathetic. This is the only body I will ever have. I need to figure out a way to take better care of it (eating, exercise) and love it.

Cheers to a Happy New Year!