I received the Flexcut Starter Carving Set to pair with my existing carving knife, and I’m hoping to use that to finish some of the projects that I stopped working on due to lack of tools. In addition, I’m hoping to try my hand at relief carving, as I have a few simple ideas that I’m hoping to try out. My goal here is to have a couple of basic relief carvings done midway through the year (definitely nothing complex, as I’ve never done it before) and at minimum finish the two carvings I’m 80% of the way done with.
It is probably inevitable marrying into a family that speaks Spanish, but I am due to try and remember everything I learned in 4 years of high school Spanish. I’ve found in the past I don’t have too much of a desire to think hard after work (a convenient excuse to not want to practice), but I need to find some sort of reason to practice every day without frustrating me to the point of not wanting to learn. Maybe starting with a half hour or hour a day in the evening to try and start recalling vocabulary, or using the DuoLingo iOS app I downloaded a while ago.
The end goal is to become fluent at some point, and it probably makes sense to start now.
It wouldn’t be a list of resolutions without making some remark about exercising. Ever since moving to New York City (and leaving behind the Lakefront Path in Chicago), I have been extremely lazy. While we did train for and run a half marathon right before moving, the last 6 months have been pretty devoid of any running (and I’ve not been known to do any strength training).
My goal this year is to do 30 minutes of some sort of exercise every day, whether it be running, lifting, stretching (maybe that is pushing it), etc. Again, this doesn’t seem all that unreasonable, particularly when I make the definition of exercise pretty vague. I’m hoping by the end of the year to be in solid running shape (at least, able to run 10+ miles – it’s hard to believe I ran a marathon 14 months ago) in order to enter 2015 ready to train for the New York Marathon. And it might even be in Vibram Fivefingers thanks to a recent reading of Born to Run.
Looking back on 2013, I started laying the foundation for some of the things I’m hoping to accomplish in 2014, but I never actually put any structure around most of them. I had a pretty successful year both from a personal and professional standpoint, but I’m always looking to improve myself in both spaces. I think the items I outlined above should be attainable (none of them are stretch goals provided I prioritize my time well), and if I accomplish them all I will be much better off by the time 2015 rolls around.
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