(Hal and I actually toasted and made out a la NYE last night before passing out at a whopping 10:30pm, my new goal "bed time" because I suck at going to bed before 1am and that needs to change. Amongst other things. Like using parenthesis so much.)
Happy New Year FOR REAL today.
I realize that New Year's Resolutions are painfully obvious ie:
1. Look better.
2. Feel better
3. Do better.
... And I agree with all the eye-rollers in the house who are like, "shut up with your fucking resolutions, ahhhhh we get it you want to lose weight and write the Great American Novel ahhhhh."
However, I find it remarkable that we all (even when we pretend we don't) have things about ourselves we'd like to improve, whether it's because the year has changed or the day or the season. Good for us for knowing we can rock harder and working toward making it happen. Good for us for building better selves.
My #1 personal goal of 2013 is to get strong, physically and then everywhere else. I've spent the last several months throwing my back out and feeling really lousy and out of shape, mentally and emotionally and I think a lot of that has to do with my physical self feeling weak. SO. I've decided to change that with an early morning workout, sans kids, yoga mat at the foot of the bed in the darkness, pushing myself, strengthening, BAM. I've been going strong for a week feel really great and happy. Sore and uncomfortable and happy. (I'm absolutely terrible with routine and even worse with mornings so this has been hugely challenging for me even though it probably sounds very no big deal whatever.)
I've decided that everything I've been struggling with comes from a lack of core strength. My body is telling me something and because it's 2013 and I have a starting line, I'm going to take full advantage and become a more solid citizen and able-bodied weight-lifter. Because 24/7 heating pads on my person is no longer an option.
When life breaks your back, fight... back, I said to myself this morning, doing crunches in the dark.
Anyway, that's where I'm at with this new year. Read more books, have more sex, drink more wine, eat more amazing things, write more, dance more, build a stronger body, celebrate these last ten years of blogging (whoa) with something different and new.
Which is where you come in.
Dunt dunt DUNT!
For the next twelve months, I want to pull away from memememememe and make it more about ususususususususus so I was thinking I'd take this opportunity today to solicit you guys for post topics so we can create a dialogue together. So that we can share our stories no matter how insane, sane, significant, seemingly normal, etc.
I've spent the last ten (twenty?) years writing specifically about what is happening in my own life and me me mememememe and I'd love for GGC to get more conversational. Because so much of what I love about this space is your insight and stories and advice and I want more of that action up in this mix, you know?
SO. If there's anything specific you'd like to discuss in 2013, please let me know. I'd like to designate a (weekly?) slumber party so that we can come together in a non-judgy space to talk love and kids and life and everything etc dot dot dot.
SO. You want to talk porn as a marital aid? Let's do this. The conundrum that is (or isn't) taking a spouse's last name? Yes, please. Birth control woes? I could talk about them for days. (I said as I squatted on three maxi pads, c/o my Paragard. Thanks, Paragard!)
Let's get TMI. Or not. Photography? Best of: Children's Books? Favorite movies of the year?
I'm going to take every comment in this post and print it out to address in 2013. Doesn't matter how small, how huge, how crazy in the coconut (nothing is crazy because everything is), 2013 is my ten year blogiversary and I'd like to celebrate with a slumber party where NOBODY is allowed to freeze anyone's underwear.
(We can totally play light as a feather, stiff as a board though.)
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The photos on this post were taken by my Dad after I lost my phone and all of the hundreds of holiday photos that were on it. RIP holiday photos.