(1) Learn Spanish: Dan is working on his Spanish, and he has repeatedly asked me to do it too so that we can learn together. We did a couple of the Pimsleur classes on our road trip and I really enjoyed it (pear-don senior, habla espanyol? I have a long way to go). They are short, about 30 minutes, and you are only supposed to do one a day max. My goal is just to complete all units and see where it gets me. I am not planning on being super fluent, but I have a lot of Spanish speaking clients so it would be useful to be able to have a conversation.
(2) Learn How to Make Drinks: Since we have a really great enclosed bar in the house, I want to get it fully stocked with liquor for when people come over to the house. The problem is we don't really drink a lot of hard alcohol (which is probably a good thing), but I thought it would be fun to lean a new beverage every month and add that liquor to the bar. Dan used to bartend so he promised he would teach me.
(3) Become a more active member of the Dallas legal community: I don't know about you, but I loathe networking. Small talk and being around a bunch of people that I do not know makes me so uncomfortable, but unfortunately it is "how business is done". I am a member of a local bar association, but I probably need to get involved in some bigger chapters. I also really want to become involved in some more pro bono organizations in the area, and maybe take on a couple cases. So in the spirit of drilling it down, I am going to join another bar association and attend their CLE's, and sign up to volunteer for a local legal pro bono group.
(4) Try new things: There is a yoga studio on the corner I have been wanting to try, and I have been toying with the idea of taking an art class just for fun.
(5) Take some deep breaths: In the spirit of keeping it real, one thing I did a really poor job with this year is maintaining a check on my anxiety levels. My job is likely not that much more stressful then any other legal job, but I did a really poor job handling it. I went to the doctor recently and was told my blood pressure was way too high, and it didn't surprise me one bit. My productivity is frequently driven by high levels of anxiety, and this is something I have to get in check otherwise I know I am going to burn out. This year, I am going to try really hard to keep it zen and not "take work home with me." Not in the sense that I wont ever work at home, because that's not possible, but mentally I need to learn to check out once I leave the office and not stay up all night panicking about the brief I have to get done or the hearing the next day. I an honestly am not quite sure how exactly I am going to do this, but I am going to figure out a way.
Now let's move on to some resolution you see frequently on this blog:
(6) Read: I had a rough year of books last year and only read 13- THIRTEEN? This is really bad for me, as the year before I read thirty-eight. This is due a little bit in part to number (5), as I generally was too busy working and/or stressing about work to concentrate on reading. So this year, I am going to try and read 20 books. I think that is reasonable goal to get me back on track.
(7) Travel: Dan and I have a bunch of small trips in the works this year, a couple weddings and a weekend in Memphis are already planned. But I really want to go on one big trip - just to two of us. Its a big year for me and for us - I'll turn 30 and we will celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary! Both big milestones. Also, we didn't travel much last year because we were saving for and moving into the house. Now that we have a little more financial freedom, I'd like to travel abroad or at least hit up a week in Maui. Also, one of my favorite people, Jen, recently moved to London and I want to visit her so badly! (PS You can check out Jen's blog over at Lady, Relocated. She travels so much it will make you green with envy). So lets add a solo trip to London on the travel list. That reminds me, I think my passport expires this year...
(8) Weight Watchers: Back on the good ol' WW for 3 months. Yea, yea, yea...
(9) Run a Half Marathon: This one is on here every year. IN FAIRNESS TO ME I injured myself pretty bad last year and haven't been able to run in awhile. Here's hoping I can pick running up again so and actually check this off the list.
(10) No Sweets in January Challenge: My yearly resolution. Today was day one and I already have had to stop myself numerous times from mindlessly reaching for the chocolate.
(11) Secret Resolution: Again, this has nothing to do with having a baby/getting a pregnant. If I get it done this year, I will share it.