New Year’s Resolutions 2023

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Part of me LOVES the idea because I like setting goals and achieving them. And then the other part of me is ready to just enjoy this last week of the year and not clutter it up with expectations for the new year.

This year I do have a few ideas in mind on how I’d like to start 2023, and you know they say “start as you mean to go on.” So here’s what I’m thinking about:

  1. Record more of my daily life. I talked about starting a common place journal a few months ago, and two weeks ago I bit the bullet and bought a Midori 5-Year Diary ($42). I don’t know quite yet what I’ll record, but I’m thinking what I’m knitting, reading and watching, plus any general thoughts or quotes I’m enjoying. I don’t plan to specifically record my inky adventures, but I do plan to use whatever pens and inks I’m digging at the time.
  2. Use more of what I already have. This has been a goal for a few years running now. I am lucky enough to have a wonderful stash of pens, inks and papers, along with crafting supplies. Though I don’t like to admit it, I suffer from FOMO and “oooo shiny” and add to my collections each year. I have so much that sometimes I forget what I have, and I certainly don’t delve into it as often as I’d like. Don’t worry – I’ll still find new things to share here, but I’d like to enjoy what I have.
  3. Explore new authors. I love reading. This year I was part of two book clubs, one of which was specifically geared towards more diverse voices. Even if I don’t always love the books that the groups pick, I am constantly pushed into new genres and new voices and I enjoy getting outside of my comfort zone.
  4. Be more active. I don’t want to make a fitness goal because that’s very cliched and also not very interesting to me. What I would like to be is more active. I’d like to take more breaks with a walk outside, get more comfortable riding my bike, and generally try and up my daily activity level.
  5. Enjoy the good times more. Let’s face it, sometimes the state of the world can be pretty overwhelming. But there are still so many wonderful conversations to be had, books to be read, hobbies to be enjoyed and time to spend with family and friends. I’m no Pollyanna, but I want to savor the good times even more and hold them close when things are less fun.

What are your thoughts on the new year?

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  1. Thoughtful and helpful — thanks! I’m going to try following your same thoughts to see what changes I might make for the coming year… but I know what won’t change: how much I enjoy following The Well-Appointed Desk Happy New Year to you all! ❤️

  2. These are great! I want to do all of them, especially 2 and 4. I’m thinking that keeping a better, more accessible log of all my pens and inks will help me minimize new purchases.

  3. I love all of these. FOMO is absolutely a real problem for me as well. Thank goodness i do not have the money for it. It still affects me. I also want to write more about my daily life. Since the Covid pandemic started, I have gone through some very tough times, mentally.
    Thanks for sharing your list. Happy New Year and best of luck meeting those goals.

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