Looking into 2013

2012 was certainly a doozy! There was so much that happened and still now I have a hard time believing that I spent three months in Peru in the jungle! Sometimes I wonder about the choices that I make for myself. But what’s life without a little adventure…right?!

So what is 2013 going to hold for me?  There are certainly a few things I’m keeping my fingers crossed for and am really hoping that I can accomplish my goals this year!

1. Birding Throughout the Year

I am making this my year of birds. I have a pretty ambitious goal of recording every bird throughout the year, EVERYDAY I bought a new notebook to record my daily list of birds and I’m excited to see how this is going to workout. I am not doing a Big Year, where you try and see the greatest number of bird species throughout an area, but just a species list for everyday. I am doing some fun traveling this year like Florida this weekend (for someones wedding!!), Arizona in February to run Ragnar with Jenn, Hawaii hopefully later in the year and who knows where else!


I’m trying to get in as much birding as possible because most likely in a few years I will be living in Hawaii if Whit has his ways and birding will be…well, not what it is in the U.S. I won’t be able to see the two families of birds that I love the most, hummingbirds and hawks, so I’m making them a focus this year and until we go to Hawaii.

2. Running!

I’m back in the game (fingers crossed, knock on all wood everywhere) as far as running goes and already have my first race planned: Arizona Ragnar Relay (with Jenn!)at the end of February! I’m hoping that this year I’ll finally be able to get my distance up to my favorite race: The Half Marathon! I haven’t planned any to run as of yet, since I never know where I’m doing to be living/working, but I’m hoping to run one in California and maybe one in Oregon or Washington. I ran one in Oregon a few years back and really loved the outdoor feel of the race I ran. What better for a biologist, right? I can’t wait!

59425_604223229886_24501181_35082268_4538845_n(Picture from the Oregon race!)

3. Staying on the Road of Recovery

Notice that it doesn’t say TOWARDS recovery, but OF recovery because truthfully I finally think I have gotten there.  FINALLY. I has taken almost 10 years of some serious hard work in every way shape and form (which you can always read on my Side Notes Page). I probably won’t be writing too many Side Notes now but I’m sure they will pop up occasionally.  Or, for my readers who are recovering, if there is a topic you would like me to discuss please feel free to let me know! I want nothing more than to help out those who are recovering and want to learn more about it.


4. Being Vegan

I have been vegetarian since I was a freshman in college back in 2003 and haven’t strayed since. I have a huge compassion for animals and truthfully believe that if we have the ability to live without consuming the meat of other living beings then we should. So I’m finally making the final step I’ve been trying to make for years and becoming vegan. I never thought I was going to  be able to give up the last remaining non-vegan products like eggs but after living off of them in Peru this summer I just about cringe at the thought of a scrambled egg! So because my family knows me all too well I got some awesome vegan cookbooks for Christmas and am diving right into them for the New Year! I also plan on sharing them with you on my Recipe Wednesday features of course!


So, not too many goals for the new year, but I’m trying to take more of a backseat and relaxed approach to them this year.  There is no reason to stress out over these kinds of things.  And besides, they can always lead to other things I’ve always dreamed of doing!

What do you have planned for 2013?! I would love to hear about what you’re looking forward to and please link to them so I can read about them if you have a blog!

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10 Responses to Looking into 2013

  1. Biz says:

    I think your goals are awesome Mel! My husband and I loved that movie The Big Year with Steve Martin – we had no idea something like that even existed!

    I have no concrete goals, other than to make the most of each day I have. :D

  2. Maggie says:

    There’s a really awesome half-marathon in late September in western Nebraska…and we’ll still be running our banding station, so I can promise you some new birds in the hand too! Might not even be too far of a hike, depending on where you are in the fall. :) Plus, it’ll be hawk migration time…

    • Maggie says:

      Oh, right, my plans for 2013. Break 2 hours in the half-marathon, buy a new (actually new, not new-to-me) car, learn to make goat cheese/milk a goat, really figure out where I want to be/what I want to do with my life and take solid steps towards realizing those dreams.

  3. CONGRATS!! Love these goals and excited for you to try veganism. So great to have you back!

  4. Travelling in South America was what initially turned me vegan, I was so sick of eggs + cheese so when I got back I made the plunge and haven’t looked back since! Good luck with it! I have quite a few goals for 2013 but my main ones would be a sub 25 min 5k, sub 2 hour half and to try one new recipe a week!

  5. Joanna says:

    Good luck on your resolutions! I can’t wait to start running, too. You’re a much better and faithful runner than I am but it sure is addicting for even the laziest runner like me. And if you have seen it already, OhSheGlows is currently writing some posts about becoming Vegan.

  6. Woohoo! What a great year ahead. So excited for February (ahhhh!), and congrats on the decision to go fully vegan! That’s awesome news, and I’m excited to see some of your recipes. :)

  7. G says:

    Honeycreepers! There are definitely species that fill the hummingbird niche- they are the darwin’s finches of Hawai’i. There is also a crazy big moth that looks like a hummingbird. Also, there is a hawk, the ‘Io or Hawaiian Hawk, Buteo solitarius. I love Hawaii and there is so much awesome research going on there.

  8. Mary says:

    Love how passionate you are about birding. I am in the process of transitioning to a vegan diet; just need to stay away from cheese and processed foods that contain dairy.

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks Mary, I do love my birds. They’re just so fascinating to me! And good luck transitioning to becoming vegan. I’m having a rough start but don’t worry, we can do it!

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