Thoughts & Essays

New Year’s Resolutions: 2021

Today’s the day I look back on the year and my resolutions and make some new ones. Here we go.

Obviously 2020 was a dumpster fire, so I didn’t make the kind of headway I’d been hoping for with my resolutions. They were, in no particular order,

  1. Make vegetables the main part of evening meals, instead of carbs or meat.
  2. Exercise daily. (I’ll settle for 5 days a week, but I’d like to make it a daily habit.)
  3. Read more books.
  4. Blog more (and better).
  5. Do one household chore a day.

Number One just straight up didn’t happen. 2020 was a year for carbs, sugar and fat, and I’m not gonna take any blame for that. It was a bad year, I ate a lot of potatoes and pasta and chocolate, and I’m not sorry about it.

I actually did pretty well at Number Two. Since there was literally nothing else to do in 2020, we spent a whole lot of time walking the dog around and around the neighborhood, the local parks, all over. I didn’t hit seven days a week – I don’t think I even hit 5 days a week. Not regularly, anyway. But we sure walked a whole lot this year. I bought an exercise bike three weeks ago and I’ve been pretty good about using that almost every day, too.

I read 47 books this year, compared to 58 last year, so Number Three didn’t work out, either.

Number Four is kind of a wash? I definitely blogged more, but I don’t think I blogged better? I did a lot of short little blogs with one or two links, or one thing I found or noticed. Basically, I’ve been refining tweets and copying them over here. Whatever, it’s a blog, I’m not gonna stress out about it.

I actually did pretty well at Number Five, too. I’ve been strictly work-from-home since March and one thing I’ve noticed is that, being trapped here all day every day, I have very little tolerance for mess and clutter. I haven’t done “one chore every day,” but I’ve been pretty good about keeping the basics mostly caught up, and I even managed a big deep clean back in September or October or so.

Looking ahead to 2021, here’s a few things I’d like to work on.

  1. Keep the household chores caught up, and manage a big deep clean at least a couple of times this year. I feel like the deep cleaning should happen quarterly, at least, but I’m not gonna stress out about it.
  2. Keep working on making my diet healthier. We eat a lot of processed food, which means tons of sugar and sodium we don’t need. I’d like to work on getting some of that out of my diet and replace it with more fresh food.
  3. Be more active. My goal is to work out at least 20 minutes a day. Exercise bike, long walk, yoga, something.

That’s it. That’s my list. Eat better, move more, keep the house clean. Usually I try to be a little more motivated with these, but man, 2020 was exhausting. I’m taking it easy this year, if 2021 will let us.