I’ve spent a lot of time these past few weeks looking back over 2013, and two questions have helped me more than any others:
- What worked last year? and
- What didn’t?
The answers to both questions are hugely helpful. Today I’m sharing what worked for me last year. (While it’s helpful to pinpoint what didn’t work, those answers were a lot less interesting!)
Here’s what worked for me in 2013:
1. 10,000 steps. I have been flabbergasted at how effective tracking my steps with my Jawbone UP has been. My success with this has made me revisit my entire approach to goal-setting. (Post coming soon.)
2a. The Whole 30 (for Will, too). This rubric worked beautifully for us and we’re both so glad we did it.
2b. Sarah’s elimination diet got rid of her headaches and tummy troubles. After nearly a year off those foods, we’ve even been able to add a few back in with no ill effects.
3. Automatic deductions from checking to savings eliminated the friction between my good intentions and getting things done. Having a decent plan helped, too.
4. Family therapy. I’ve been thinking about it for a while; in October we actually did it. It was worth it just to hear a professional say I’m not totally screwing up this parenting thing.
5. Special breakfasts. This was easy and fun and totally worth it.
6. Hiring help. Getting some help with school and work and life was one of the best things I did in 2013. We found someone amazing who’s been coming a couple of times a week to help with school, play trains with Silas, supervise when I go to the office, and do my laundry.
7. Taking a photography class. I’ve been wanting to learn to shoot in manual for years. Usually I can figure things out by reading the manual, but that wasn’t helping with this goal! This class made things finally click.
8. Setting up “office space” in our home for me. Last winter, Will set up a makeshift table for me in the corner of a bedroom as an “experiment,” and I loved it immediately. This fall I’ve upgraded to a real desk (if a $20 Ikea table counts as a “real” desk) and a real bookshelf. This started as an experiment but it caught on immediately. I love, love, love it.
10. This. (Not for the faint of heart.)
On the blog
11. The summer reading guide. I have so much fun doing this, and I get thank you emails for the book recommendations all year.
12. Long, weird post titles. Like…
- For every woman who’s ever spent $100 at Target and had her husband say, “WHAT did you BUY?!“
- When the planes hit the towers on 9/11, I was over the Atlantic Ocean, in an airplane bound for New York City.
- How to know yourself, determine your personal style, and get a Stitch Fix box you love.
- What neon lycra and chapped nipples taught me about denying it gets hard sometimes.
- 39 stocking stuffers that will actually be appreciated, don’t feel like a total waste of money, and won’t be broken/forgotten/destroyed by New Years.
From the department of shallow
13. Learning to contour. I’m not a pro, but I’m getting better with my weapons of choice.
Off the top of your head, what worked for you in 2013?
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Reminder: the link-up to share your favorite books of 2013 is tomorrow!