Conquering 2014: Goals for the New Year

This year will be the year of connections, if everything goes according
to plan. I hope to really strengthen my relationships with my friends,
family, and the communities I care about. Since I had so much trouble
with six goals last year, this time around I’m dropping down to just
three big ones.

Goal #1 – Get Fit

I’m going to several conventions this year where I’ll be cosplaying as
a Red Lantern (Denver Comic Con, Minneapolis Comic Con, and
Convergence). If I’m going to be in a skin-tight outfit, the gut has to
go. Toward that end, I’m going to make two major changes in my
lifestyle. The first will be to make 50% of most meals I eat vegetables.
That change alone should have a dramatic effect on my health, even if it
doesn’t give me the physique I’m looking for. The second change will
be to devote a portion of every day to strenuous physical activity. I’m
going to be looking to the paleo community for help on this. These two
changes will be very difficult for me, so I will need all the moral
support I can get.

Goal #2 – Connect with Family

Maintaining contact with people I don’t see on a daily basis has always
been hard for me. I don’t know why, exactly, but I guess it’s just a
matter of tunnel vision. So this year, I’m going to focus on keeping in
touch with my family at a minimum. To do that, I’m planning on making
three changes in my life. The first is to call my sister and parents
every week. The second is to make a habit of updating Facebook every day
with the highlights of that day, or maybe the plans for the next day.
The third is to carve out at least an hour every weekday and half the
day on weekends for spending time with my awesome wife Treasure, whom I sadly had not been spending enough time with in 2013.

Goal #3 – Draw Daily

Since college, I haven’t drawn much at all. Sure, I do color work for
Silver Gryphon Games on a regular basis, but my other art skills have
been neglected. So, in 2014 I’m going to make it a habit to draw for at
least ten minutes every day. It doesn’t matter whether that’s
practicing life drawing, sketching random things, or doing full-on
finished renderings. As long as I draw for ten minutes, that day will be
considered a success, even if the end product is awful. It would be nice
to document this by posting the result on Tumblr, but I’m not going to
commit to that.