In the spirit of resolutions and goal making, since this is the season of transformation and generally trying to 'be better', I started thinking of what I would like to make out of 2014. What do I want to do with my year? What would I like to look back on a year from now and have accomplished, and be proud of?
I want to be more intentional with my friendships, for starters. I have started to realize how much I truly treasure my friendships (be it online or in real life), but I rarely make legitimate amounts of time for them. I want to spend more time working on these relationships, because they are so important to me!
Another thing I am wanting to do is cook more often. To be specific, I want to use my crockpot. Ha! What a silly goal, I know. But I'm no cook, and when I do get around to using our crockpot, I am always amazed at just how easy it is to make delicious meals! I made a pot roast in the crockpot last month and I'VE NEVER EATEN SOMETHING SO TASTY EVER. I'm exaggerating a little, but seriously, it was so good and I am going to make more use out of that little contraption this year.
And lastly, I want to read more. Junior high and high school were the glory days of my reading lists. I would read book after book, and could spend entire days reading (once in high school, I spent the entire first day of winter break reading a book that I had intended reading over the whole break - so I was little bummed when I finished it in that first day!). I have yet to read another book the way I used to read them in high school (with the exception of the 50 Shades series, but that's another can of worms, y'all. We won't talk about that one). So, my goal is to read five books. That's all. I don't want to overextend myself with a huge reading list when I have spent the better part of the last four years only reading magazines. I'm going to scour Barnes & Noble and Amazon for five good books today and tomorrow (I judge by covers... terrible habit to have), and truly commit to those five this year. And if I read more than that, great! I'll have started a new, great habit and I'll be super proud of myself. SO! Do you have any must-read recommendations? I'd love to hear them!
And as a small project, I'm making a playlist for each month. This is something I do quite regularly, but rarely do I keep the playlists after the month is over. So this year, I'd like to start keeping the playlists instead of deleting them. It's kinda fun to look back over a year of music and see what each month held within 10-15 songs. (Ps, you should join me because I love seeing what other people listen to!)
(and if you have Spotify, here is a link to the playlist to subscribe to there!)