Cath and Lar inspired me by their sweet and simple lists of goals for the rest of 2013. There may not be that many days left in the year, but that doesn’t mean we should just resign to complacency until we’re coerced into having resolutions. There’s no better time than now to begin working on the everyday awesomeness of life. Do what you can and don’t feel guilty about the rest. Here are my own little goals to complete before the new year…

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1. get off my butt

This is exactly how it sounds. For the greater part of 2013, I was slowly working towards an objectively healthy and beautiful body. The whole moving-and-starting-new-jobs thing really threw a kink into the whole effort and here I am, three months later not having worked out a day since the end of summer. Knowing that I’ve made exercise a part of my weekly routine once before makes it less daunting, but sluggishness is difficult to fight off when the weather outside is cold and dreary. My goal is to start off with exercising once or twice a week and slowly intensify. And yes, I want to keep doing this through all the heavy holiday dinners and leftover pig-outs!

2. start a new tradition

I fear that Christmas this year is going to be particularly disappointing for me; for the first time ever in my life, I will not be at home in sunny south Florida with my family. It’s habit for me to look at the dark cloud instead of the silver lining, but I know in my head that this is an opportunity to do something wonderful with the loved one I will have with me, the boyfriend. He doesn’t celebrate Christmas, but I know he’ll be happy to celebrate being with me. And so for that, he deserves merriment and hopefully we’ll start a new (however small it may be) tradition we can call our own.

3. create a drawing i’m proud of

This is always part of my list of goals, big and small, because it’s sort of a never-ending challenge. It’s difficult for me to create new things right now and even more difficult for me to be proud of it. But I need this very much so and I need to really break in my new studio space somehow.

4. be grateful

Everything has a bright side. I’m determined to be happy for the holidays, grateful for all things I have, and a general joy to be around. I have so many things to be grateful for and I really want to focus on that instead of pining over what I think I could/should have. I intend to see only beauty and love. Just say no to negativity!

Do yourself a favor and say yes to now. What little goals do you have to accomplish before 2014?

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