The Possibilities of a New Year

Don’t you just love how renewed and full of possibilities the new year brings? Opportunities for growth, self-improvement, learning, and just plain getting more out of life.
2009 was a year for big change in my life and I feel like I’m a better person because of it. During the latter half of the year I focused on changes to improve my quality of life.
For 2010 I want to continue focusing on quality of life by getting the most out of each day, and by setting some long-term goals that will have lasting effect.
Here are some of my goals:

  • Continue my “lose 10 pounds per year”. I’ve lost 21.5 in the past 2 years! While it’s slow, with periods of months where I’m either not losing (or even gaining a few) this is the first time I’ve been able to sustain weight loss. I don’t feel like I’m on a diet. I feel like I’m learning how to live more healthy and balanced life. I should note here that I fought very hard *not* to change this year’s goal to 20. I know it goes against everything I wrote about this but I’d love to lose an extra 10. I’m not changing my goal because I’m more afraid to fail because I set the bar too high. But I still want to lose 20 😉
  • Start yoga. I sustained a nerve injury back in May and it’s been very slow to heal. I’ve read that stretching and flexibility can help and yoga seemed like a great choice. I’ve signed up for a beginning yoga class by work, and starting next Tuesday I go twice a week for four weeks.
  • Cook more. I love to cook, love to learn new techniques, and it beats getting take out any day. It’s so much easier to know what I’m eating if I’ve made it and leftovers are great for lunches. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s far cheaper than eating out at restaurants all the time.
  • Be more committed to UFOs. I think I have around 10 UFOs (projects that I’d like to use once they’re finished). The call to start something new is so hard to resist. One thing I’ve found recently to help is starting a quick project when I get the start bug. I recently finished a Star Crossed Beret and a pair of French Press Slippers. They were relatively quick and both from stash yarn. They fed my need to start something but were done quickly enough that I didn’t lose interest and it helped me get back to one of my other WIPs.
  • star crossed beret and baktus french press slippers pre and post

  • Rediscover what I already have.
    • Break open some older books. I’ve joined the Neglected Pattern Challenge in the Ravelry Stash Knit Down group. It will encourage me to look at books, magazines and downloadable patterns that I already have. My goal is to knit 10 things from this group in 2010.
    • Continue to destash. I have (mostly) a great stash, but like many of you shiny, new yarn is so much more appealing. I did another inventory in November and have been tracking the stash ever since. Just having those numbers in front of me help a lot. And let’s face it, I have a ridiculous amount of stash. See the latest numbers on the sidebar, or the month-by-month tracking on my stash page.
    • Focus on sock yarn. I love sock yarn, but wow I’ve gone a little crazy with the sock yarn stash. I have enough sock yarn for approximately 65 pairs of socks and I’ve only completed about a dozen pairs (I have lots more UFOs though). My goal is simple – to have less sock yarn at the end of the year than I do now. That should be doable, especially if I’m holding myself accountable here on the blog.

So what about you? What are your 2010 goals?
I’ve made a conscious effort to set attainable goals this year. Goals that I will be proud to have achieved, but also goals that I believe I can achieve with hard work and commitment. I’ll be doing an update post each month because I need the periodic check-in to keep myself on track.
Enjoy the long weekend…I’ll be spending some time on each my goals.

9 thoughts on “The Possibilities of a New Year

  1. Ooh, I’m in the same boat as you are with respect to sock yarn. I’ll join you in the goal of having less sock yarn a year from now.
    I’d also like to renew and refresh blog relationships. As I get busier, my online time is the first thing to go. And I really miss the creativity and connectivity of being an active part of this online community. So here’s to a more vocal 2010. :)

  2. fantastic goals! i’m actually headed out to yoga in about and hour – i thought it would be a great way to start out the new year. not only does it improve flexibility and blood circulation, it’s so great for the spirit – if you truly embrace it 360, it can help you be more at peace with yourself and the world around you. so good luck – here’s to a great 2010 – and we’ll be here along the way!

  3. Your beret is very flattering and chic! I took my first yoga class ten years ago. It was hard at first, but I kept going and now love it. I hope you do, too.
    Good luck on all of your goals and Happy New Year!

  4. Happy New Year! Your goals seem to be very reasonable and well thought out. That seems like the best way to improve your odds at success! I really like the idea of casting on something small when you feel the need to do something new. I’ll have to give that a try.

  5. LOVE your goals!
    I have WAY too much sock yarn and not enough gumption to knit too many socks. Lately I’ve been into big yarn for quick projects. :) I like the WIP idea though to use a quick project and then get back to the WIPs. I’ll have to try that.
    GREAT job on the weight loss and for signing up for yoga classes…it will help with your weight loss goal too. :)

  6. Thanks for sharing your goals – it’s motivating me to get my own together! Yours are pretty similar to mine – I planned on getting WIPs out of the way, yet I still have a few lingering (that I started this year, even!). I guess we knitters keep doing the same things, but we can try. Good luck!

  7. Your goals sound great, and I wish you luck in achieving all of them! My crafty goals always remain the same: to continue challenging and pushing myself. Happy New Year to you!

  8. Happy new year! Congrats on losing over 20 lbs in 2 years AND keeping it off! I know how hard that can be. I lost 40 last year and gained back 15 already. Sigh. I’m back at the gym and hope to get it back off and KEEP it off this time.
    My other goal is to take a picture every day for a year.

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