New Year Resolutions

I believe in starting on New Year Resolutions in December โ€“ if I am still on them on Jan 1, I know I will continue through the year ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Read more books
Given my meagre reading in the last decade(!), this is one area I really want to get back to my younger-self and has been a resounding success.

Christmas break reading:

The Book Thief โ€“ my first 500 page book in years!
The terrible and wonderful reasons why I run long distances โ€“ compensated for the above by finishing this short and sweet one in a couple of hours

Jan 2015 reading:

Faster than Lightening
Born to Run (will finish this weekend)

2. Get back to learning and speaking Spanish โ€“ and keep at it
My on-off relationship with Spanish has to be taken to the next level. I did spend a fortune flying to Peru a couple of years ago and I could have a conversation with the locals there and even started reading some childrenโ€™s books etc., but without practice, all is forgotten faster than the learning.ย We hope to go to Cuba sometime this year and I want to be able to speak the language there and want to continue beyond this.
All I have managed this month, is getting back on Duolingo for 10-30 mins every day (actually, still trying to do this every day โ€“ but I do manage 2 lessons on most days). Need to step this up with all the material I have from Bombay and Cusco.

3. Strength training and speed work for my runs
I will write about my running in 2014 in another post but the focus this year is to run faster. I think I can do a half marathon โ€“ scheduled my first official one on Feb 28 but I really need to work on my speed โ€“ I am just really slow. End of last year, I learned to do strength training and I know I should be doing intervals but need more commitment to do more than the current 4 workouts a week โ€“ 1 swim class, 1 spin session, 1 gym (strength + cardio) session and 1 long run over the weekend.

4. Learn to Swim
I am scared of water, scared of drowning in a 5 ft pool.
I am spending too much money on this but I am not giving up. I know my confidence is growing a tiny tiny bit every time I get into the pool. Hopefully during the year, I will get to swim 25m non-stop in the middle of the pool.

5. Read more on the WWW (yes, the world wide web)
I installed the gReader and cleaned up my TheOldReader feed (the back-up I took when Google Reader shut down) and I am now reading the few people who still write blogs among the umpteen people I used to follow almost a decade ago.ย I cleaned up my Pocket feed and now using it a lot more on my chrome.
It is a smaller success but I hope to continue and increase the breadth of topics I read.

6. Write / Blog more
This is my fifth post this month – Not bad eh?

7. Watch less TV
Exercise, Books and Duolingo fight for time that TV inevitably loses out. Somehow A has also stopped watching all those weekly shows which has helped. We do listen to a lot more music these days, which is a good substitute ๐Ÿ™‚

8. Be more organised
Even though I am Monica-ish on how I like things to be planned and organised, the last year or so has been disaster in this regard โ€“ my paperwork is awry and my organisation and planning skills have been in a coma! I should get this back on track. Still not much of a breakthrough yet.

9. Find a new job โ€“ to find something I enjoy doing more
No, this is the worst of the list โ€“ I really need to do something about this โ€“ but again not focussed yet.

10. Wake up early
Donโ€™t ask โ€“ Disaster, with my boss traveling on work, I go into work a good hour late these days โ€“ I better correct this before she gets back!

It is not a bad start, but I have not been crazy busy at work โ€“ hopefully I will still be doing most of these when work gets kicking (soon) and also pull my socks up for the fewย that I am lagging on.

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