The problem with New Years resolutions is that they last AN ENTIRE YEAR. Mid-february, I’m already bored, out of willpower, and looking for another adventure.
So in 2014, instead of one long boring New Years resolution, Richenda and I picked 12 mini-resolutions, each lasting for a month. Some are healthy, some are difficult, and some just downright sexy. 12 resolutions, 12 chances for epic failure. Stay tuned for updates!
January is summertime in the southern hemisphere, so we’re starting out with a bit of fitness. We’ll run every other day, and yoga (Richenda) or weights (Kyle) on the alternative days. We’ll be holiday in Bali and California (!!!), so this will likely be the most stressful part of January. Rough life, huh?
January holidays are for spending, so February will be for saving. We’re going to save 50% of our take home pay for an entire month… which pretty much means no-fun February. Apparently, if you live on 50% of your take home income, you can retire in 16 years.
March: Live like Tourists
On my walk home everyday from work, I pass two hostels bursting with Euro backpackers. I’m never sure if I should be jealous of the care-free life, or if I should feel sorry for them all cramped into a 8-bedroom dorm.
In March, we’re planning to living like the tourists in our own city. We’ll visit museums, explore the city at night, and take the V-line train out of town (with a backpack of course).
No cars. No taxis. Not even busses, trains or trams. For the month of April, we’ll be on bicycles only. Hope it doesn’t rain much!
May is the Great Ocean Road half marathon. In 2012, Richenda ran her first half marathon, and this year we’ll finish another one together!
May will also be a month of (ahem) training… together… every day. You figure it out. Looking forward to this one, don’t think it will be much of a challenge.
I have a confession to make: I take a bunch of pictures but never share them. This June you can look forward to a photo uploaded daily for your pleasure. And there will be plenty to see — we’re in Greece for holiday, Spain for Damiana and Sinan’s wedding, and California for Mandy and Miles!
Also, in June I will finally admit to my wife that frequent flyer miles are awesome, and it was worth getting a Virgin Airlines credit card.
July: Digital Detox
No social media, no TV, no internets after 6pm, and iPhone must be docked immediately when arriving home. Phone calls are still allowed, as well as emergency laptop use for work, but this will be a serious digital detox for us. Will we survive? You’ll have to wait and see.
August is month of looking beyond ourselves. Outside of groceries, we’re not allowed to buy anything, and instead, find a few good causes to support.
In addition, we’ll be cooking every meal from scratch (no restaurants allowed!)
September: Curfew and Alarm Clocks
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”
– Benjamin Franklin, author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.
Clearly the strategy worked for Benny-boy. In November, we’ve got a strict self-imposed curfew: in bed by 11pm, and up by 7am. September will be heaven for Richenda, and hell for me. Are naps allowed?
31 days without booze.
November: Wild Card!
Honestly, we’re all out of ideas. Suggestions welcome! 🙂
December: Friends and Family
Decembers, and the holidays, are best spent with friends and family. Every day in December we’ll share quality time with friends or family, either in person or over Skype for the internationals!
Happy 2014! It’s gonna be a fun one.