A New Year, A New Start


Happy New Year!  Today is the first day of 2013.  Are you all excited?  Have you made your resolutions and are you ready to stick to them?  I’d love to hear about what my Wonderlings are planning on accomplishing in the New Year.

I know I talked about resolutions yesterday, but I didn’t really get into what mine are.  By now everyone should know that I started this blog last year and resolved to write a minimum of one post a week.  I achieved that goal and I am so glad I did.  Resolutions are a great way to start a habit.  It takes many attempts—I once read the magical number was 21—before a behavior/activity becomes routine and it is practically effortless from there on out.  Plus, when you tell other people, you subconsciously hold yourself more accountable than if you were to keep your resolutions private.  Now that I’ve got the blogging down, but here are the things I’m planning to work on for 2013.

Read more non-fiction.


Reading has been a hobby of mine since I picked up The Baby-Sitters Club #13 Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye.  Novels are a big part of my life, but I feel that I’m missing something by primarily sticking to fiction.  This year, I vow to alternate every novel with a non-fiction book.  I’m working on Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking at the moment and I love it.  There is something to be said about stories that people have actually gone through or books that make you a better you.  I’ve got a few non-fiction picks in the queue (The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp, and Spunk & Bite by Arthur Plotnik—thank you Rian for making me aware of each of these), but I would love some suggestions for more.  Three non-fiction reads will not last me very long.  Bring on the recommendations!

Eat something healthy every day.

Healthy Foods

Rather than promise to lose weight or give myself a number of pounds to drop, I am choosing this year to focus on better eating habits.  You gotta start slow, people.  When it comes to eating healthy, I have my good days and I have my bad days, but I’m just not consistent with it.  For each day in 2013, I vow to eat something healthy whether it be some non-buttered or cheese-smothered vegetables, fresh fruit, lean protein, or unsalted nuts.  I’m not saying that I will be completely revamping my eating habits, but I will be starting with some small changes.  My hope is that incorporating singular healthy choices on a regular basis will help me make smarter choices throughout each day.  But I certainly won’t kill myself if I eat a piece of chocolate.

Be more aware of diet and exercise.

Keeping Track

Now this may seem pretty obvious, but being aware of what you are doing makes doing the right thing even easier.  This year, I am trying SlimKicker to help me track food consumption and exercise.  It’s a great website and app that allows you to earn points for keeping a food and activity log.  Plus, there are fun challenges that will earn more points that are redeemable for prizes.  How cool is that?  If any of you would like to join (it’s free!), I would love to be your buddy (my username is DefiningWonderland).  We can motivate and support one another.

Stop Facebook stalking guys I’ve dated.

Facebook Stalking

It’s true.  I look up past flames to see how miserable they are without me how ugly their new girlfriends are how they’re doing.  And you know what?  I never feel better after doing so.  Yet, I find myself time and time again typing their names into the search field, scrolling through their timelines, and feeling horrible.  So from now on, I’m going to stop.  No more stalking on a lonely Saturday night, no more justifying the pathetic behavior.  I’m done.  Because why should I waste my time on these guys who are no longer a part of my life?  I sincerely doubt they are wasting their time on me.  If they did, we might still be together.

Even if you didn’t make a resolution (after all, resolution-keeping has an 80% failure rate) I hope you all are pumped for a new year of living whatever kind of life you want to live.

All you have to do is try.

9 thoughts on “A New Year, A New Start

  1. Arthur Plotnik says:

    Hi, Jessica. Had to laugh at the typo (see below) that reduced my book SPUNK & BITE to SHRUNK & BITE. Hey, the writing biz is hard enough without the mini-sizing! A nirvanic New Year to you and your followers. Cool site.
    Yours, Arthur Plotnik
    TYPO: ” I’ve got a few non-fiction picks in the queue (The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp, and Shrunk & Bite by Arthur Plotnik—thank you Rian for making me aware of each of these),”

    • Jessica says:

      Sorry about that, Arthur. I think I’m so used to typing “Shrunk & White” that my brain inadvertently Shrunk your Spunk. I will correct this and return your book to its rightful size. Thanks so much for commenting and your well wishes. May your 2013 be filled with continued Spunk and endless happiness.

  2. Simply Stephanie says:

    Oh my gosh Jess I love your honesty. Facebook stalking is so fun, but you’re right and I’m adding that one onto my list too! Have you read The Happiness Project yet? You may enjoy it. 🙂 I am thinking about starting a virtual book club…maybe we can have a Skype Book Club, lol. Or…if you’re a MAC – Facetime.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks, Steph! I figure, if I can’t be honest here, why even have the blog in the first place? I have read The Happiness Project. It was so good and full of so many great tips. Virtual book club… sign me up! I would love to. I don’t have a MAC, but I do have an iPhone so I can definitely FaceTime or Skype.

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