I don't put much stock into the New Year and resolutions - autumn has always felt more like a time for new beginnings to me, and the cold and dark of winter kill any motivation I have. But there are some things I definitely need to accomplish, and I need to start now. I just feel very lost and unfulfilled, like I'm floating along without much direction and have no support system to help deal with it.
I haven't made New Year's resolutions in years, but two major things I will accomplish before the next turn around the sun are...
I have started C25K a few times over the years, usually making it to week 3 or 4 - but then something happens with my schedule, or depression hits, or the weather changes and ice makes it too slippery to run outside, or I have a looming deadline, and suddenly making the time is too difficult. Whenever I get overwhelmed the first thing to go is my diet and exercise.
This time I am pushing through to finish all 8 weeks. I want to run the Disney Star Wars half-marathon someday (next year?), I want to be stronger and fitter, I want to know that in 10 or 20 years I'm not going to have weight-related health problems that could have been avoided - and if I want these things, then I better quit thinking about it and start making them a reality.
Finish my dissertation
I am sick of being a graduate student, feeling like I'm waiting for "real life" to start, fearing what is going to happen after grad school (what am I even going to do with this degree???), and fielding questions from relatives who have no genuine interest in my work beyond "When are you going to finish?"
I am going to finish my dissertation for a spring 2017 defense date so I can move away and move on with my life. Find a job that pays a livable wage. Just get on with life.
Do or do not, there is no try. And I am choosing to do.