2014 Goals + New Year’s Day Cuisine

Happy 2014 (a few days late)!

I know some people are vehemently against New Year’s resolutions, and I don’t totally understand that.  The first of January provides a great, if only symbolic chance to start fresh and dream about what life might look like in the coming year.  It’s as good a time as any to make a change, so why not?  Why wait for the sake of rebelling against the tradition?

At the beginning of January I like to set goals rather than make standard resolutions–they might be functionally the same, but goals seem more attainable and specific than resolutions, which I tend to think of as more vague concepts (“Put 20% of my paycheck into savings” rather than, “Save money.”)

Here are some of my goals for 2014:

1. Run 750 miles. I’ve never tallied my mileage over the course of an entire year, but at roughly two miles per day, this seems attainable.

2. Run a marathon.  This was on my list of 2013 goals, and it just didn’t happen (I did, however, run three races last year, which was another goal :)).  If I succeed at this, running 750 miles during the year should be no problem!

3. Perform one random act of kindness every week.  Preferably anonymously.

4. Write three highlights of every day.  I purchased a small planner that has room to write something for each day, and I plan to journal at least three high points daily.  I am already really looking forward to having the completed journal at the end of the year and being able to reflect on all the good times.

5. Cook dinner for other people once a month.  I love cooking.  I love sharing food with others.  Friends–come over for dinner, and let us love you by cooking you (hopefully) delicious food.  😀

So far I am off to a good start:  On New Year’s Day Andrew and I ran 3.5 miles (this was a big deal as Andrew does not enjoy running; half a mile in he said, “Are you ready for me to start complaining yet?” ;-)), I’ve written in my journal/planner each day, and Wednesday night our friends Amanda and Diron came over for a New Year’s Day dinner!  We made a rosemary-garlic pork tenderloin, baked apples, black-eyed peas, and collard greens & kale.  (I don’t think of myself as a typical Southern girl, but my family definitely has some Southern traditions when it comes to food.  We also eat oyster stew on Christmas morning.  Anyone else? :))  I forgot to take any pictures on NYD, but thankfully we had most of the leftovers for dinner last night, minus the pork which Andrew finished for lunch.  Here’s the modified leftovers meal:



Collard greens & kale, baked apples with butter and brown sugar, black-eyed peas with tomatoes, and lemon-thyme chicken

Not a bad start to the year. 🙂

-What are your goals or resolutions for 2014?
-Does your family have any interesting food traditions around the holidays?

13 thoughts on “2014 Goals + New Year’s Day Cuisine

  1. We did have to eat black eyed peas on New Years Day. My Mom would give us exactly ONE pea for good luck and you would have thought she was giving us poison – we needed a minimum of 8 ounces of milk to get one down! Happy New Year!

  2. You should so run your first marathon this year! I am running my first one, so we can go through this journey together! (Well at least we can go through this together through the blog world, ha!) I also really like your goal to cook for people once a month. I love to cook and serve others, so this would be a good idea for me too! So glad I found your blog! 🙂

  3. I love your goals!! And agreed – I don’t get being PASSIONATELY against planning positive things. Cool if you don’t want to do them for yourself… but why hate it when others do it. More power to you! Can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for you! Any ideas on potential marathons??

  4. I just found your blog and I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve read so far. Your goals look great- how nice to include reachable goals that are good for both you and others around you- life really is amazing, and people don’t take enough time to step back and realize it! I wish you all the best with them! I too am a married girl looking to live the best and healthiest lifestyle with my man- I write about living organically on a budget. Feel free to check it out 🙂 Looking forward to reading more from you!

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