Some goals I've been thinking about include getting more exercise, trying new things, and being happier. I'll begin with the first one.
Exercise. There are very few ways I actually like to get it. I hate to jog, but I like to walk. But I hate to be cold, so while it's cold out, I'll work out at the gym at work. It's free and it's pretty nice, too. When it gets warmer, I'll probably walk to the park and enjoy being outside. There's a nice riverwalk in town that I'm excited to explore, too. Of course, there's always exploring more of downtown Boise, as well. So much to do throughout the year! I'm excited to start... on Monday.
As for trying new things, I guess that's pretty broad, but it's meant to be. I'm going to try new foods, new recipes (thank you to those who got me cookbooks/entertaining books!) and new experiences. In Spokane I used to grab an Inlander every Thursday and read about the events going on throughout the week, then make a plan for what I wanted to do on which nights. There is a similar paper here in Boise and while I haven't been able to go to a few events (like the art lecture back in November that started at 6 when I didn't get off till 7... SIGH!) there are plenty to come that I will be able to go to. I love that there are multiple museums and art galleries, not to mention all the other odd little events going on. Art house movies at that weird little alleyway cafe, theater shows, concerts... I can't wait. I've already started trying new foods a bit. I now crave sweet potato fries like no other! I'm also eating more vegetables, too, which is hard for me since I hate most of them. Still, I feel better already and excited for all the new things in life!
I definitely need to be happier. I know myself too well and the tendency to sink into an artist funk where I lie on the couch desperately trying to make myself sad is higher than usual in bad weather. So, to try and be happier I'm starting to read a bit more, knit again (I did make a lovely scarf with some very pretty yarn I got from a shop down the road) and focus on all the hobbies and things that I love. My latest project is finishing my parent's Christmas present which is partway done. Just have the big one to finish now that I've done some preliminary sketching and have the bare-bones final sketch in place. It's been fun! I sometimes forget how blessed I am in spite of all the hard things I have in my life. It really is pretty good and I need to be more grateful and more happy than I have been. And I will!
A Very Happy 2009 to All... and to all some delicious sweet potato fries, too.