Send more snail mail. It makes people happy, and I spent money on a lovely return address stamp. Win-win.
Read at least 40 books. C’mon, self. Let’s aim for 50, but at least add one title to the annual total!
Not be obsessed with a scale or calorie counting. If my clothes still fit, I’m exercising regularly, and I could run a 5k without any advance notice…let’s just let it be.
Do laundry and dishes regularly and keep my apartment presentable.
Travel. I’d love to do something (??) for Spring Break and attending Maria’s Swedish wedding in August is pretty much a definite in my mind. Eurotrip 2013, you’re not all that far away!
Budget better. If this means acknowledging I’m going to spend a ton on restaurant meals with friends…so be it! But then, Elena, spending less on things like clothing and lattes is gonna have to happen.
Explore Chicago. More museums, restaurants, breweries, plays, long walks.
Give compliments and praise when they’re genuine/warranted. Whether to strangers, teaching assistants, students, friends, family, etc. We all like to hear good things.
Monitor my happiness. Feeling down? Then change something. Be proactive and always in pursuit of joyful, smile-inducin’ experiences.
Continue to grow as an SLP. This especially means more assistive technology & feeding/swallowing training.
Maintain friendships, whether down the street, across a state line, or over the Atlantic. Always good to keep in mind.
Basically…I just want to enjoy you, 2013. I think I’ve built a pretty darn nice life for myself here in Chicago and now it’s time to just live it. Let’s do this.