reflections: official “end of 2013” post

mulan reflection headstones
Who is that girl I see, staring straight back at me?

It’s that time of year! Having done a bunch of top-10-whatever lists in my early blogging days, I’m kind of over them now, but I like taking time at the end of the year to take stock, make goals, and figure out what I want to do as I move ahead.

I like goals better than resolutions. Resolutions are vague and scary; goals are discrete and therefore manageable. My goals can generally be broken down into a few predictable categories:


Let’s just get it out the way—my biggest failure this year was with my writing goals. I didn’t get much writing done, frankly, and I definitely didn’t finish anything, especially nothing I wanted to share with people. I have a simple goal this year, which is to do something writerly every day, whether it is write, revise, or what have you. (I guess write and revise are the only two options there.)

I will also be attempting to read 52 books next year.


One of my major goals for 2013 was to run a 5K, and I totally succeeded—twice! A goal for next year is to run a half-marathon, and I’m already signed up. So we’ll see how that goes. Sort of related, my knee didn’t dislocate once during 2013, and I’d like to keep that streak going in 2014.


In general my life went pretty well this year. I recovered from last December’s knee surgery, got a great new job that I love, moved into a great new apartment that I love, and had a pretty excellent time with friends and family. I’m sure something bad happened but I’m just going to look back through rose-colored glasses and pretend I don’t remember. In general, I feel like 2013 was a “settling down” kind of year—everything has kind of settled into place in my life and I feel like I’m at a good zero-point to move forward and have adventures. Overall I am very content. (Knock on wood. Please don’t hurt me, 2014.)

For 2014… this is definitely more of a vague resolution than a concrete goal, but my big one in this category is to be more intellectually curious.

So with that—farewell, 2013! Warp factor seven, 2014! Engage!


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