Resolutions for 2013

Happy New Year!

With 2012 behind us, it’s time to look ahead. I’ve been making resolutions (and keeping them pretty well) for the past few years.

I never used to be a resolutions person, but ever since 2011, I’ve worked hard at finding some way to better myself. I don’t try to do everything, nor do I try to shoot the moon with my aspirations. Instead, I simply look for ways to make my life a little better. Even if those ways are small. Every little bit counts!

2012 was quite possibly one of the best years I’ve ever had. Keith and I bought a house, which we moved into and made our own, we went on an amazing holiday in the Mediterranean, and, of course, we got engaged. I also changed careers and have a job I love, I’ve been reading more and working out more.

Looking ahead to 2013, I’ve got a couple of things I want to do:

Get out of debt
OK, not totally out of debt because that’s impossibly hard. Instead, I simply want to get out of credit card debt. Or as close to it as possible. I’m going to owe close to $10,000 in taxes this year, and owe nearly that in credit card debt (thanks, Christmas!). My goal is to pay off both in cash — or at least pay back as much as I can on the credit cards so that I feel a little better in the short term financially. If I can do that — which I know I can — then I’ll be in a good place to get rid of my student debt next year.

Run 750K this year
I’ve been running a lot more in the latter half of 2013. Since September, I’ve run more than 100km. Not bad for a girl that tried running in 2011 and hated every second of it. I would have hit 150k for the year if Toronto hadn’t gotten a bunch of snow on Boxing Day (I’m still working up the whole run-in-the-snow thing). So I’ve decided to really up my goal in 2013. I want to run 750K before 2014 — Which is basically running around 15K a week. Totally doable. I plan to do a combination of treadmill running and outdoors running. I also want to run my first 10K race!

UPDATE 4 p.m.: I came across this article in the Toronto Star about Sharon DeVellis, whose 2011 resolution was do things that scared her. She’s gone speed skating, touched a tarantula and even done the EdgeWalk on the CN Tower! I’ve decided to incorporate Sharon’s enthusiasm in my resolutions and have decided to do three things this year that scare me. I don’t know what those things are yet. Instead, I’m going to wait until the right situation presents itself, and then I’ll take the plunge! Thanks, Sharon! :D

What are your resolutions for 2013? Got any you want to share? Or do you have any tips to help me keep mine?

(Photo via erjkprunczýk on Flickr)