HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s a shiny, brand-spankin’-new year, full of promise and renewal.

5 New Year's Resolutions to Keep in 2015A hopeless romantic masquerading as a semi-pragmatic adult, New Year’s saturates me with nostalgia for what has been and optimism for what could be. Yesterday, we reminisced by revisiting Your Top 14 Favorite Recipes of 2014, and today I’m fixed on possibility by sharing a few of my goals for 2015.

New Year’s resolutions stir up controversy among my friends. Some love them, some loathe them. Personally, I’m a fan, if for no other reason than the new year prompts me to pause and reflect on the areas of my life that could use a little (or a lot) of tuning. While I could probably take a note from my Thankfulness List and write 100, five resolutions seem like reasonable, somewhat attainable places to begin.

In the spirit of accountability and fresh starts, here are five of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2015.

1. Sleep more. 

New Year's Resolution- Sleep MoreUnless you either have a will of steel or don’t have a day job AND employ a full-time personal trainer, dietician, hygienist, doctor, and masseuse, at some point or another, we all make choices that compromise some aspect of our health. For me, it’s sleep. I don’t seem to have a problem finding time to go to the gym or cook a decent dinner (full disclosure: I define grilled cheese as “decent”), but sleep? It’s the first thing I sacrifice in favor of other activities. For me those “other activities” are almost always something lingering on my to-do list.

As much as sleep sounds like a reasonable area to skimp—God did give us coffee—in 2014, not sleeping enough affected my health. Besides being completely dependent upon caffeine, lack of sleep also caused me to make silly mistakes when I wasn’t rested, be a less-than-pleasant spouse, and eventually come down with a horrendous stomach bug. Message to self: Sleep is important. Really important. More important than the last three items on my to-do list. In 2015, I’m striving to leave my list unchecked and go to bed instead.

2. Be on time.

New Year's Resolution- Be on TimeMeet my Waterloo. I am chronically late, with the best of intentions. I never mean to be—my problem is that I think I can accomplish more in a set window of time than is physically possible. In 2015, I need to admit that I can’t to go for a run, blow dry my hair, whip up a batch of cookies, respond to email, and meet Ben downtown for dinner in less than 45 minutes. Being on time for social events and appointments is a way of showing someone that they are a priority. It’s important, and I want my behavior to reflect that in 2015.

3. Build physical strength.

New Year's Resolution- Get StrongerGive me an open path, and I will happily run for miles. Give me two dumbbells, and I’m done in 30 seconds. Lifting weights bores me and, honestly, embarrasses me too. a) I don’t know how 75% the machines at the gym work, and b) the amount of weight I can lift is pretty pathetic. That said, running isn’t enough. In order to protect myself from injury, maintain a healthy weight, and be able to help with home maintenance, I need to be physically stronger. In 2014, we had to call a neighbor to help move our furniture. In 2015, I want to be able to lift it myself.

4. Read things that have absolutely nothing to do with food.

New Year's Resolution- ReadI love to watch the Food Network, listen to food-related podcasts, and read cookbooks like novels. Food is my passion. It is not, however, the only part of my brain, a brain that is craving to be nurtured with more than the beautiful science of creaming butter and sugar. This year, I want to read more novels and news articles that have absolutely nothing to do with food. Not only will I be more well-rounded, but also I suspect it will help me bring fresh perspectives to the food-related aspects of my life. Any book recommendations? I’d love to hear them!

5. PATIENCE.

New Year's Resolution- PatienceThis virtue has been on my resolution list for the past two decades. I hope someday to listen contentedly without interrupting, to be tranquil in grocery store lines, and to keep my road rage to a minimum. In 2015, I’m taking a deep breath and making a fresh, concerted effort.

Phew. My resolutions are on paper (well, screen), which makes them real and something to which I am accountable. Hi there, 2015. Let the good work begin.

 

What about you? Do you make resolutions? Anything you are focused on this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts and goals too!