Happy 2013

Jan. 1st, 2013 12:06 pm
athra: ([HP] I have sex with commas)
I hope everyone had a great New Years Eve! And hopefully you aren't too hungover (::cough[livejournal.com profile] lonelyarchercough::) ;) We didn't do anything, just hung around home like the old married couple we act like.

I'm not a huge believer in thinking that the start of a new year can turn your life around and all that. You do that for yourself, not the passing of one year into another. However I have to say, I started out 2013 by waking up to some very good news, so if that is going to be an indication of how the year is going to go, I'm quite pleased with it. 2012 started out very badly and only got worse throughout the year, so having a good year in 2013 would be great for my sanity.

Though to be fair, I'm getting married this year, so no matter what else happens it will still be a good year! ♥

Anyway, new year things: I don't really like resolutions, but I do have a few goals for myself, mostly centered on improving myself, of course. But here's a short list:

1) I did really well through most of 2012 in the "get healthier" department. [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster and I have taught ourselves a lot about eating healthier and in better proportions and whatnot, without actually dieting, so that you don't just gain it all back later. I've lost something like 25 pounds, which is great-- but I need to lose about 30 more. With the holidays and stuff I stopped being good about using MyFitnessPal, and I stopped losing weight (though I didn't gain anything back, so that's good at least!) I have about 9 months to lose those 30 pounds in time for the wedding, which is more than reasonable; I really want to make this happen. So goal #1 is to start tracking my food and losing again, and start going on my walks again to help feel better and healthier, too.

2) Write. I joined [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout for the first time in years, at the lowest level of 150k words for the year. To be honest I don't believe I will reach 150k, though that would be nice. I don't have a specific word goal in mind for myself necessarily, I just want to be writing again, and I'm hoping the boost of being a part of this comm will help me do that. I have a couple things I started and never finished in 2012 that I'd really like to clean up and put to rest, and then I'd like to do some more original things again.

3) Crafting... just in general. Basically this one and writing tie in together. I am a pretty creative person, or I like to think so; but the last couple years have been somewhat rough and I've gone through a lot of depressive bouts, and I just kind of stopped using my creativity. Towards the end of 2012 I actually started doing crafty things again... scrapbooking and nail art and kitting, mostly, all of which I want to continue with, but I want to branch out into other things, too.

4) Be a better friend. I'm a pretty shitty one, and I know it, especially these last two years or so. I've lost a friendship or two because of it, which I regret a lot to be honest, and there's a few friendships I'm both surprised and grateful to still have. It's very circular -- I get depressed and hole myself up in my house and never do anything and don't talk to anyone much, and then I'm depressed because I never spend time with my friends and am home all the time. I really need to stop that pattern of behavior and start actually seeing my friends again; I miss you guys.

5) GET A DAMN JOB I CAN LIVE WITH. Pretty self-explanatory, really.

Honestly I think the last one is going to be the hardest, but I am out of excuses and reasons to be beating myself up and treating myself badly. The turning of a new year is just an arbitrary passing of time, I know this, but dammit I'll use it anyway, because I need to make myself a happier and better person from here on out.
athra: ([WW] car keys)
So, an entry! I got a little behind on posting...

[livejournal.com profile] imthelobster's surgery went well, as most of you already know from either his journal or twitter, but it seemed strange not to mention it. We've been watching a looot of tv since we got back home haha

I finished reading Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch yesterday. cndjcvbjbj I LOVED IT. I don't know why I continue to doubt [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers when it comes to books, because she very, very rarely fails me. I almost wanted to read it over again as soon as I'd finished it, but I figured that might be a little much, so instead I've started Graceling, by Kristin Cashore. By 'started' I mean I read 200 pages last night when I should have been going to bed and then had to physically stop myself from reading more and force myself to go to sleep.

I need some sort of icon from Lies of Locke Lamora. [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers should get on that for me. >.>

11113 / 200000

I had a bit of a breakthrough in the original novel I'm writing. Now I just need to figure out where I'm going with it... and, again, type it all up. I wish I wasn't doing so much of the writing by hand, because I soooo prefer typing in the first place, but writing at work is way too convenient to pass up. :/
athra: ([Avatar - movie] John Sully)
So, happy 2010 guys! I hope everyone had a good New Year. Ours was pretty quiet at home, with a sickly [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster, but we did manage to stay up until midnight, so that was something.

I'm trying to decide if I want to set book and movie goals for 2010. I already have my big writing goal, but my reading has been up and down as of late, so I'd kind of like to have something to strive for. I was thinking like 50 books, but then I think maybe that's too low... opinions?
athra: ([SYTYCD] Jeanine!)
[livejournal.com profile] imthelobster and I just got around to watching the finale of So You Think You Can Dance. I'm happy with the winner, but disappointed with the season overall; I just really hope that next season will be better. It was all just sort of blah for me most of the way through. Also, I miss Mia as a choreographer, a LOT. :(

We've also been watching Chuck... do any of you watch? We aren't caught up yet, but I am enjoying it a LOT. We're on epsidoe 4, I think, of season 2. It's a lot better than I thought it was going to be when we started.

Good lord I watch a lot of tv. lol

In other news, I did end up pledging for [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout. I ended up going for the 200k multi-project. I actually hope that I can make myself focus mostly on one thing, but at least this way if I get distracted by something I won't completely screw myself over, word count wise. I'm getting really excited to start writing again...

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