Happy New Year!!

I hope everyone was able to ring in 2013 happy, healthy, and safely! I also hope you are all enamored with the new year and all the positive possibilities it holds!

Now, when it comes to making positive changes in your life, or setting new goals, it is absolutely not necessary to wait for a specific calendar date to start. However, the “clean slate” mentality surrounding the New Year offers a great opportunity to set some goals for yourself! Here are a few I’ve got planned for me:

Keep running. Last year was a huge year for my running: 3 half marathons and my first full marathon.This year I’d like to keep up my base, but back off the intensity a bit. A few half marathons and some 10Ks are likely in my future. I want to keep up my momentum and endurance, but 2013’s focus will be on other hobbies and pursuits than just running.

Read! I have set a challenge for myself on Goodreads.com to read at least 20 books in 2013. I would like to think I’d read more than that, but I’m trying to be reasonable. I’m starting the year off with some actual literature, and finally reading The Great Gatsby – not sure how I made it through high school without ever having to read that one!

Write. This will be one of my bigger focuses of 2013. I started The Garden of Clio to provide myself with an outlet for writing, and in this coming year I’d like to take it to the next level. I will begin with a goal of one month of intuitive writing – an early morning journaling process. First thing in the morning I am going to give myself a half hour of journaling time to really get the creative juices flowing. Perhaps a few stories will be completed, maybe in November I’ll be ready for NaNoWriMo!

Get Crafty. This one is more a matter of necessity than desire. Ha. Being a maid of honor and a bride in 2013 means I’m going to have to get my craft on. I’ll likely be spending a fair amount of time on Pinterest this year!

2013 has a lot in store for me. The past two years have been really fundamental for building a strong foundation for myself. I’ve done a lot of work on “me.” I’ve spent plenty of time reflecting, molding, changing, and prioritizing. While self improvement is always a task at hand, this year I am going to back off myself a bit and actually start enjoying the person I’ve become and the wonderful life that it has led me to!

Any new years goals for you??? Please share!