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100 Resolutions for the New Year

100 Resolutions for the New Year

H. Bradford


I like making New Year’s Resolutions.   In the past few years, I have had about 50 resolutions.  I accomplish about half of them.   And, to be honest, my New Year’s Resolutions tend to be more like a a giant “to do” list.  So, many of the things on the list are things I hope to do over the year.  Another portion of items on the list of resolutions are things to track.  For instance, last year, I tracked the books that I read, birds that I saw, and political events that I attended.   This year, I am going to be even more ambitious and have made a list of 100 New Year’s Resolutions.  (I am a little short of 100 in case I think of anything important to add to the list).  Some of this requires data tracking.  Some is more like a check list.  There is no science behind this.  I don’t expect that it will make me a better person.  Perhaps, it just creates a weird frenzy in my life to check things off or write down data.   But, I think it does shape the year and gives me things to think about or plan.  Here is my 100 Resolutions for 2018!

    1. Travel to Romania and Moldova:  This will be my big trip of the year- in late August.  I will visit a few other countries as well on this trip.


  • Take an additional trip:  I am not sure where else I will travel, but I would like to take a mini trip somewhere….



  • Read 30 Books



  • Read a Classic Non-fiction (among the 30)



  • Read a Classic Fiction (among the 30)



  • Read a socialist feminist book (among the 30)



  • Continue Ballet Lessons



  • Attend Yoga Classes



  • Play Soccer in the Fall or Summer



  • Take up Fencing Again



  • Run a 5K



  • Try Fat Tire Biking



  • Go to Two New State Parks



  • Try Paddleboarding



  • Go Camping Four Times



  • Go Snowshoeing



  • Go Skiing



  • Practice Violin



  • Study Russian



  • Study Spanish (so it is easier to travel to Central and South America)



  • Study Romanian (for my trip)



  • Find 50 Geocaches



  • Add 50 New Birds to My Life List



  • Substitute Teach



  • Visit the Planetarium



  • See a Meteor Shower (this did not make my list last year, but was on it the year before)



  • See the Northern Lights



  • Create a Painting



  • Celebrate International Bog Day



  • Celebrate International Squirrel Day  (I already failed at this goal!)



  • Write a poem about each book I read this year.



  • Get a Snowy Owl Tattoo



  • Get an additional tattoo



  • Take saunas for self care



  • Plant a tree



  • Attend Zumba



  • Do Polynesian dance with my DVD or in a class



  • Watch a Classic Film



  • Plant a Free Garden



  • Attend 50 Political Events 



  • Keep a Food Log



  • Try a Vegan Challenge (1 week?  1 month? Every Monday?)



  • Really Clean my Room



  • Donate 2 bags of clothes



  • Get rid of one tote bin of belongings



  • Try to survive one month on the USDA food budget challenge



  • Try to spent Less than 10% of my income on food  (yeah, yeah, I eat out too much…)



  • Attend the ballet



  • Attend a musical event



  • 365 Mile Challenge (hike, bike, swim, kayak, canoe, etc. 365 miles in one year)



  • Volunteer



  • Write 50 Blog Posts



  • Regularly Floss



  • Reduce Junk Food 1/2



  • Try a New Activity



  • Regular Dr. Visit



  • Regular Dentist Visit



  • Regular Gyn visit



  • Save Seeds



  • Successfully Dehydrate garden produce



  • Visit a New State



  • Visit a National Park



  • Attend an artistic event



  • Visit the Museum of Russian Art



  • Finish Book 5



  • Promote the Christmas Spider tradition



  • Focus on a Fungi of the Year



  • Focus on a Butterfly of the Year



  • Focus on a Spider of the Year: White Lady Spider



  • Attend a Conference



  • Hang out with someone new



  • Hang out with someone old (someone I haven’t spent time with for a while)



  • Send Valentine’s Day Cards



  • Focus on a Fern of the Year: Lady Fern



  • Focus on a Tree of the Year: birches in general?



  • Learn to Make Jam



  • Learn to watercolor



  • Grow in Domestic Violence advocacy



  • Grow as a patient educator



  • Try something new each week



  • Make a travel album



  • Start buying for x-mas in July



  • Do something towards teaching re-licensure



  • Try a new fitness class



  • Try a new food



  • Put more money away for retirement



  • Buy a kantele (this has been on my list for a long time, but I don’t really need any new hobbies…)



  • Read the news each day (already failed, so perhaps just try to do it more often!)



  • Try a new restaurant



  • Create a podcast



  • Go Shooting



  • Take a self defense course



  • Write an article for S.A.



  • Write something monthly for the Northern Worker



  • Take vitamins



  • Study Finnish (I have to many languages on my list, but we can dream…)



  • Learn to identify 50 birds by their song



  • TBD



  • TBD



  • TBD



There you go!  I am sure I will fail at some of these resolutions.  Perhaps others will create new patterns in my life.  A few will just continue the trends that I have already started!  Overall, I am always hoping to be a healthier, more knowledgeable, broader, more creative, and more traveled person each year!  I hope that 2018 is a great year.

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