Not sure how 2014 can be better than my last year, but I will resolve to improve

To all my family, friends, and readers, Happy New Year’s.

This is one of my favorite times of year because many folks like myself bound themselves to resolutions with the hopes of bettering their lives, their bodies, their situation, or all of the above. I love that. I love the goal-oriented among us. I strive to be goal-oriented every day. That’s what drives me to get out of the bed. To win the day, so to speak.

Claudia and I celebrating the New Year. [/caption]This year is no different. I have my resolutions, which I’ve shared in this space since 2008. But when thinking about what I’m trying to accomplish, I have to stop and grade myself. How did I do in 2013? Pretty fantastic actually.

For my wedding (which was awesome), I resolved to lose 15 pounds to get under 200. I hit 196 in early July, with just enough time to spare for the nuptials July 6.

I also resolved to get a side hustle and was able to do that with some sporadic freelance assignments. Sporadic was better than nothing, which I’m thankful for.

Lastly, I resolved to be quite a bit more responsible with my cash flow. It was a wedding necessity. Thankfully, I was able to save more than enough money to deal with all of the costs associated with a ceremony thousands of miles away. And, by doing so, I was able to give a special gift back to the family with Claudia.

This year, I have a couple of specific goals I want to achieve. Here’s what I plan to knock out:

1. Get healthy again — Football season has been ruinous for my workout regimen. It’s messed up my whole sense of what to do on days off, what to attempt during work hours, and what to do on travel days. If there’s one thing I know about working out, there has to be some regularity. So my goal is to find regularity — after the football season. And when it’s over, hopefully the new workout schedule will transfer over during the fall of 2014. That’ll be my test.

2. Lose 20 pounds in three months — The clock starts Monday Feb. 4, the day after the Super Bowl. Deadline is April 28.

3. Drop some responsibilities — You ever have that feeling that you have all these things to do and absolutely nobody cares? Yeah, that’s how I feel some days. That’s when you know it’s time to re-prioritize. And there’s no better time than right now.

4. Something new

Claudia wants to go to Australia. We’ll see if it’s meant to be. I’ve always wanted to go to Egypt and she has a sister staying in Dubai right now. There’s also the matter of the World Cup in Brasil, although I’ve been there before, and South Africa seems tempting. So there are some options to consider. We’ll see.

What do you have in store for 2014? Anything new or different? Did you stick to your resolutions in 2013? Let me know.