It’s that time of year again. Out with the old and in with the new year’s resolutions. Tracy and I are going to take a couple minutes to review how we did on our resolutions this year, and make some new ones for this year.
Here were my 2014 resolutions and how I did.
Read more – Mission accomplished. While I’m not reading fifty books a year, I certainly read more books this past year and I intend to keep going this year. I’ve got several great books lined up and I’m really excited about them.
Catch up on select TV shows – This was partially successful. I’m closer to catching up on Doctor Who then I was last year and I’m working my way through Arrow. I really didn’t touch Breaking Bad or Lost, but I have been watching almost all the new comic book shows out this year, so I’m doing better, but there is room for improvement.
Lose more weight – This was a total crash and burn. I’ll be working on this one for 2015.
Be more social – While I have not transformed into a social butterfly, I like to think I’ve made progress on this. I’ve gotten out and gone to conventions and local geek events and made new friends. There is still plenty socializing I can do, but I’m not quite the same hermit I was before.
New for 2015
Read all of Uncanny X-Men – Yes, you read that correctly. I will be reading all 500-something issues of Uncanny X-Men. I really love the X-Men and I figured this is a good way to really improve upon my knowledge. Also, a friend of mine did it last year, so I know it can be done.
Read the graphic novels I already own – At one point I had read close to 80% of all the graphic novels/hardcovers/trade paperbacks I owned. My library has expanded considerably and I’m down somewhere less than half now. That needs to change.
More social gaming – I’ve already got a Pathfinder game started with some friends, but I would love to do more fun stuff like that. Maybe I can get out of the house and play Magic more often, or perhaps a board game night every so often. These are really fun things that aren’t all that difficult to pull off; I just need to try.
Go to bed at a reasonable hour – I’ve always been a night owl, but when I have to be up at 6:00 am for work, that doesn’t work so well. For my own mental and physical health, I need to be better about going to bed at a reasonable time, at least during the week.
Well, I can’t say that I made good on any of my resolutions from last year—in fact, a couple of them just didn’t get any attention at all. Still, that doesn’t discourage me from renewing some of my resolutions, and creating some new ones.
My first resolution from last year was to learn to swim properly. I have to say that I did not make a whole lot of progress on this one. I still need to learn this skill, so I’ll be renewing this resolution for 2015.
Secondly, I wanted to spend some time researching and reading Cloak & Dagger. Unfortunately for me, I completely forgot about this resolution during the summer when I had the time to do it, and so I really haven’t read any more Cloak & Dagger in 2014 than in earlier years.
I wanted to read fifty two books in fifty two weeks in 2014. While the list of books I have read from beginning to end is just short of that number, I read a lot of excerpts as assigned reading in college, so I’m sure the average is probably higher than fifty two. However, the real goal was to increase the number of books I read for pleasure or self-improvement, and I certainly accomplished that.
My last resolution from last year was to graduate a semester early. While I was unable to accomplish that goal, I will still be graduating on time in the spring of 2015. It would have been nice to get everything done early, but I am still on track with school and did not fall behind so I will consider this a win.
New for 2015
This year I want to start by enjoying my life as it happens—to be mindful of what is going on and preserve special memories more. I’ve started by putting down the camera phone and really enjoying events with friends and family, and I want to continue. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy documenting the fun stuff that I get to do, but five or six pictures is more than sufficient to remind me of the great times I get to have.
I also want to continue the trend of reading more books and comics for fun. I always take in a lot of media, but sometimes it is easier to just let a season of a favorite TV show on Netflix flit past than to turn off the TV and sit down with a good book, but I want to do more of that in the coming months.
In conjunction with turning off the TV, I would also like to become more active. Since all of my jobs and fun activities currently are very sedentary, I’ve found myself sitting and snacking more, while going outside and moving around less. This is definitely a trend I would like to change in 2015.
Finally, and this may seem like an odd resolution, I really want to learn how to cook more kinds of seafood. I thoroughly enjoy the kitchen and have been expanding my expertise into all types of food, but haven’t really gotten the chance to mess with shell fish very much. I’m especially interested in scallops and mussels, so if y’all have any favorite recipes, please share!
2014 was hands down an amazing year both for us personally and especially for the blog and podcast. We sincerely hope that this continues and we know that our awesome fans are as excited for the next year as we are. From all of us at Therefore I Geek, we hope you have a safe and happy new year!