Chances are, most of the eyes on this blog have seen their fair share of New Years.

That’s not a thinly-veiled insult regarding everyone’s collective age — no, man. Come on. Back off.

But seriously, we’ve been around the block a couple times or decades, and we all know what’s up. People make resolutions, break them, sign up for expensive weight loss programs, ditch it a week later, and wait until the next year to set new goals.

WELL I SAY SCREW THAT.

While I believe that real goal acquisition can occur at any time of one’s life, no matter the date, no matter the calendar year, no matter the age, I also believe that goals should be realistic. Goals are just another way for us to try new patterns in life to see what works. We make resolutions to lose weight because whatever habits we have are not serving us and causing us to feel unfulfilled, or fat, or unhealthy, or bloated, or greasy, the list goes on — so the resolution is hopefully a jarring-enough effort to imprint a new pattern.

But that principle underneath it all? The idea of trying new patterns and approaches, to see what ultimately benefits us? I really like that.

So, in the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions, I offer to my readers my own attempt to shake up my own snow globe. I never make New Year’s Resolutions, but this year I will think about some areas where I want to direct my attention, because attention to our patterns and habits is always a good idea.

SHANNON’S 2014 LIST OF RESOLUTE IDEAS
1. Make a list of New Year’s Resolutions for the blog (ACED IT)
2. Use the tag “Ways to Explain That Unexpected Pregnancy” at least one more time in a legitimate context
3.Buy a laptop that doesn’t feel like the weight of a dead adult male after carrying it for five minutes
4. Drink less coffee………………maybe
5. Continue my dedicated Ashtanga Yoga practice
6. Enter another short story and/or travel writing contest
7. Move to another foreign country (might be goodbye to Chile soon!)
8. Complete an unaided yogic headstand
9. Actually read more, like things that aren’t being wildly passed around facebook. Although usually good reads from NYT or Slate or whatnot, I want to get back to books and magazines.
10. Write. And write. And write write write write!!

What resolutions, goals, inclinations and ideas do you have?