Committing to #13in2013

#13in2013, Balance, Fitness, Social Media, 13 Jeriff Cheng








2012 is coming to an end and it’s a bit hard to believe.  My 2012 Year In Pictures post yesterday was fun to put together.  It showed me just how many changes my family and I have been through this year and how wonderful things have turned out.

This year I’ve realized just how easy it is to take health and happiness for granted.  I really am thankful to be healthy (I’m trying to overlook the cold I have and the fact that I reinjured my back by sneezing yesterday).  Although I have depressive tendencies, I have a lot to be happy about as well: I have not one but 2 different roofs over my head, and I have people (and a pup) that I love and that love me in my life.

I’m thrilled that this is the post to end my 31 Days of Blogging Project.  This project has taught me quite a bit about blogging (it is a lot of work!) and has strengthened my commitment to continue my own contribution to my piece of the social media world.

While it’s customary at the turn of the year, I don’t love to make New Year’s Resolutions.  I can’t help but think of the word “broken” whenever I hear the word “resolution” but I do like the word and the idea of goals (which to me implies continual striving).

I’m certain that having fewer than 13 goals would be more easily achievable and more focused but I like symmetry and cheeziness so:

Here are my 13 goals for 2013 (#13in2013):

  1. Complete a half marathon (the original #13in2013) – no injury derailment!
  2. Perform 13 acts of kindness (inspired by Sandy Hook)
  3. Read 13 books (it’s embarrassing but since becoming a parent I barely read books anymore)
  4. Take 13 different fitness classes and review them
  5. Improve nutritional intake: Cook 13 new dishes featuring high nutritional value foods
  6. Commit to my blog via true launch/promotion and a minimum of 2 posts/wk
  7. Launch a private nutrition practice
  8. Attend 2-3 Professional Conferences (2 on my list: Fitbloggin‘ & FitSocial Conference)
  9. Get organized: Create daily and weekly structure for work and home efficiency
  10. Begin phase 2 of decorating the CA house (now we have to look like we’re staying awhile)
  11. Be more present by instituting (and upholding) a daily no phone/computer time policy
  12. Become more financially responsibile – get over the fear of personal money management
  13. …and there is one Duran Duran related thing that I can’t yet reveal (and it’s a good one)

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful 2012.  Cheers to 2013!

Images by: Jerrif Cheng


  1. says

    Meilssa – I LOVE these 13 goals/commitments for the new year. I can’t wait to follow along with you in the new year. And I’m so excited for you and this blog. Happy New Year my friend. PS You should go to Fitbloggin. It’s pretty great.

  2. Stefanie says

    I just discovered your blog. Looking forward to reading backwards.. Wishing you the happiest of everything this year. Love to you, Jay and Micah.

    • says

      Thank you Carolyn. That means a lot coming from you.

      Hope the craziness at your house has calmed down a little bit. Happy 2013 to you. I know you’ve got things in the hopper too. Can’t wait to see!

  3. Maribel Reyes says

    I’d love to read about your recipes for #5, specially since I’m always looking for ways to switch our meals to healthy! As for reading, yes since having kids I barely read. Mostly read online or magazines. Only book I’ve read in the past 7 years is Eat, Pray, Love… Which of course the first chapter made me gain weight along with Elizabeth! I kept eating Italian. I too need more time offline, phone and technology. -don’t we all? Loved your list!

    • says

      Thanks, Maribel. I hope to post some of the recipes I cook. I need to get my first book or the month will be half over and I can’t believe I barely read anymore.

      I’ve been trying to shut the computer off by 9:30 each night but I doubt it will happen tonight. Now, if I could shut off nighttime Netflix….


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