13 New Years Resolutions for 2013


I have never made New Years Resolutions in my entire life. Sure, I’ve stated that I will do this or that but I was never serious enough. I never wrote them down and thought through about what I really want to do over the course of a year.

The year of 2012 was full of dozens of surprises, both good and bad. I’ve learned to find the blessing in everything and I also learned that I will be an uncle X2 in July of 2013!

So what does 2013 have in store? The following are 13 resolutions that I have thought about and crafted for hours over the past 2 weeks. Some have been in the making for years including the two on traveling.

What are YOUR New Years Resolutions for 2013?

Mine are to…

1. Read 52 books

Today, I love to read. As a child I despised it. My comprehension was literally the worst in grade school and while it did improve in high school and college, it did not excel until I dropped out of college.

What books do I plan to read? Find out here.

2. Meet my 33 favorite bloggers

I love the blogosphere. Reading countless blog posts has made me realize that nothing is black or white. It’s all grey folks. Just take a look outside in the middle of winter in Chicago or West Michigan. A typical day is a near perfect analogy for everything in life.

Who are my 33 favorite bloggers? I have 29 right now and you can help me find the final 4. Find out who they are here.

3. Hug 20,130 human beings

I’ll have to hug an average of 56 human beings a day to surpass this mark. This may seem unreasonable as my brother likes to tell me, but let me ask you a few questions to put life into perspective:

  1. In the 1950’s, was it reasonable for man to land on the moon? Is it today?
  2. In the 1800’s, was it reasonable for man to fly in the air in an airplane? Is it today?
  3. In the 1990’s, was it reasonable for man to hold a computer in the palm of his hand? Is it today?
  4. Prior to the year 2000, was it reasonable for man to easily communicate with millions in the world from anywhere in the world? Is it today?

Do you see what I mean? Nothing is impossible. You just need the desire. If you want to do something bad enough, then you will do it. Trust me.

Why hugs? It’s a way to show how much I appreciate you. We are all amazing beings. Every single one of us has something incredible to offer to this world. A hug is a way to show appreciation and/or to spark confidence in both of the individuals involved in the hug. It’s a phenomenal de-stresser.

4. Sleep in all 50 states of America

I’ve been itching to travel for more than 5 years now. I went to Oahu, Hawaii in September/October for 40 nights last year with a credit card and then Austin, Texas for 34 nights in October/November this year with cash. I’m becoming less stupid!

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been sleeping on a awfully high air mattress at my brothers condo in Chicago. I’ve been sleeping GREAT too. It helps to own glasses that block blue light and a sleep mask to block any light that shines through the window like you would never believe.

For 2013 I plan to sleep on couches, floors, air mattresses, grass, comfortable beds and non-comfortable beds. I want to experience it all and so I will.

Life sucks when it’s comfortable. Life is toadally kick ass when it’s full of adventure. (tweet this)

5. Visit 13 countries outside the US

In my entire lifetime of more than 24.5 years, I’ve only been to Mexico, Canada and, well the United States of America.

Trips to Canada and Norway are already being planned. Where else should I go? Europe? South America? Asia? Australia (that’s just one country though)? Africa? You tell me.

6. Move 4,000 miles

If I can walk 65 miles in 5 days in Austin (which is 13 miles per day), then you can bet your ass that I can manage to walk 4,000 miles in 365 days which is just less than 11 miles per day. Sometimes I’ll walk 30 to 40 and sometimes I’ll only manage a single mile.

I may not be walking across America from coast to coast in 2013, but if I manage this resolution it will certainly be close enough in my book. Who said I can’t walk coast to coast another time? I have bigger and better plans for 2013!

7. WWOOF on 13 farms

What the hell is WWOOF you ask? It stands for WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms.

I’m a foodie. A foodie who enjoys high quality food and who wants to go deeper into knowing how food gets from earth to plate. I think that is the ultimate question after all when it comes to wondering if a food is healthy or not before consuming it, and thus knowing for sure: How did this food get from the earth to my plate?

When you WWOOF you are volunteering your time of about 20-30 hours per week in exchange for room and board at no cost. I’ve been wanting to volunteer to add value to my life and others and WWOOFing feels like a fantastic place to start.

8. Consume 0 grams of factory farmed animal food

I don’t remember the last time that I have gone a full 24 hours without eating any animal foods. If I am to conquer this resolution then there will certainly be several days where I consume only plant foods.

Do you wish to join me and hundreds of others who are aiming to be done with factory farmed animal food? Then like the Factory-Farm Free for 2013 fan page!

9. Earn a WISE Traditions Nutrition Certificate

I want to earn it with a 4.0 to boot. There are 6 classes that one needs to take to earn this certificate. I took the first one in June 2012 and earned a 95% which is an A. I began taking WISE 102 and scored a 95% on my first exam. I have two exams left and then I need to write a paper.

I’ve learned much more than I had imaged I’d learn and am super stoked to continue this venture. Because I have a deep passion for the truth on nutrition, I think that this will be the easiest resolution.

10. Save 13% of net income & spend $0 of it

It’s been 3 years since I have saved a set percentage of my income. I used to be an expert at this.

What happened?

My thriving eBay business got shut down which was a complete shocker (more on this later in 2013) but one of the greatest blessings. I’ve struggled to make a living from blogging and thus have held a couple of jobs I did not particularly enjoy, but 2013 is set-up to be my best year yet.

11. Become debt free

Debt sucks and takes away freedom. I’m sitting at $10,137 in credit card debt (which is 100% of my debt) but plan to easily pay it off within the first 6 months of 2013. Sleeping on couches as I travel around the US (and world) is one of my many action steps that I will be taking!

12. Meditate every single day

I’ve tried to meditate on a regular basis many times in the past with complete failure. I think I’ve learned that I don’t like meditation but to be honest, I have not given it a good enough chance yet. I aim to meditate daily even if it’s for 13 seconds. Once 2013 comes to a close, I’ll know if meditation is for me or not.

13. Sleep for 3,000 hours

That’s an average of 8 hours and 13 minutes per night. How will I keep track of this? I’ll record the time I go to bed and the time I wake up. I may or may not be sleeping for every moment but my main concern is resting without worrying about stupid shit. Naps count. Laying down and reading does not, but laying down just after waking, or trying to sleep while clearing my mind, or being creative, definitely counts.

In my book, sleep is more important than perfecting your nutritional intake. It’s better than exercising and allowing for as little as 5 minutes a day for bodyweight exercises.

Those are my 13 New Years Resolutions for 2013. I truly want to hear from you. Leave a comment below stating one or several of your New Years Resolutions for 2013. Are you with me in any of mine? Feel free to shoot me an email too for a more intimate engagement.

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  1. Tracy @ The Love Vitamin.com says

    Some people might think these goals were crazy, but I don’t… i think they are all definitely do-able and achievable! Way to dream big! :) Trying to make sure I did them all that in only one year would definitely stress me out though and might take away from the enjoyment of it all… don’t be too hard on yourself if you need to stretch it to two or three years to get all that in!

    • says

      Thanks Tracy! To be honest, I am not at all worried about fitting them all in. I just now have a clean focus of how I want to spend my life in 2013. I hugged 26 people at the bar I was at last night after Midnight and then one person on the street in Chicago who was backpacking! And I’ve walked 11 miles today even though it’s FREEZING outside! The most difficult one will be eating 0 grams of factory farmed meat but I’ve fallen in love with Wild Planet Albacore Tuna so I think I will even make that resolution!

      Trust me, I spent LOTS of time thinking about these resolutions. :)

      And for sleeping in all 50 states – I literally may do that, or at least 40 of them during the first 6 months :)

    • says

      Lol. Well I am at 27 so far! I’ll go days without a single hug and then I’ll hug 1,000 in a single day – really. Maybe even 2,000. If and when I do, it will be known for sure.

      I found out last night that people LOVE to be hugged. Both men and women. Yes, folks were intoxicated but they were alert and really surprised me. This resolution is going to be easier than I originally thought. Maybe 50,000? Nah…

      • says

        50,000?! People do like to be hugged and I feel like it’s rare. I really think our society lacks affection towards one another. It is amazing what a hug can do for someone.

        • says

          Lol. I just threw that number out there. I wouldn’t doubt it with me. But I’ve realized that I don’t really care about the # anymore. That’s not what it’s about. The simple fact that I set a high number forces me to hug someone at every opportunity I have. I’m not creepy in that I am not going to randomly go up to someone on the street and offer them a hug; only if it’s right. But when I meet someone I will definitely open my arms and ask if a hug suits them well instead of the traditional handshake. Or, why not both? This is what men seem to want. At least the intoxicated ones at a bar on New Years Eve night!

  2. says

    These are so well thought out. I love these ambitious goals!

    Thank you for writing Primal Toad and making all of us Paleo fellas in highly non-Paleo environments feel a little less alone. Happy new year!

  3. Paul says

    I’m curious as to how you’ll manage traveling and not consuming factory farmed food. Just from past experiences, I’d think it would be incredibly difficult! Any thoughts about possible precautions you’ll take in order to follow through on these specific resolutions?

    • says

      Yes, I think this one will be the most challenging. I am really not sure how I will do it but I have fallen in love with Wild Planet Albacore Tuna so perhaps I’ll down like 300 cans in 2013! And I’ll focus on living in cities that have Whole Foods, Trader Joes and/or good farmers markets. I know it can be done – it take some planning for sure.

      • Paul says

        Well, best of luck! I’m sure working on WWOOF farms will help quite a bit as any meat products consumed are likely “grown” right on the farm!

        • says

          Indeed. All the resolutions relate in some way. Volunteering my time on farms will surely have me moving a lot, will enable me to save 13% of my net income more easily, will allow for restful nights as they will be needed and more appreciated, high quality food and getting in a few hugs from those that live and work on the farm along with guests too.