This will be my third Ball Drop List to post to my blog. You can see why I call it that here, but sometimes it helps to write goals out so they are in front of you. I didn’t post one last year, but you can see the 2011 version here. Getting to the point, in no particular order here is my 2013 Ball Drop List:

Become more minimalistic – I have recently decided that it is time to reduce the amount of “things” in my life. I hope to apply this minimalism to other areas of my life as well in order to focus on what is most important.

Write 12 Friday Flash Stories – Last year I didn’t participate in Friday Flash as much as the previous year. This year I am committing to at least 12 stories. Hopefully that will get me going and maybe I’ll end up with even more than that.

Be a better dad – There are a lot of little things that go into this one, but I’ll keep those to myself. The ultimate goal is to make sure I am spending intentional time with my family,

Submit stories for publication – I keep telling myself that I am going to start submitting, but I rarely get around to it. I have some specific targets for how many submissions I want to make, but I’ll keep those to myself as well. To be honest, any increase over last year would be a huge step forward.

Eat Less Processed Food – I enjoy experimenting with diet changes and my goal for this year is to experiment with eating fewer processed foods. I hope to start with chips and crackers and begin to eliminate other processed foods as I go. I am hoping it will increase my energy level and help me lose some weight. I guess we’ll see.

Paint – I have a few scenes in my head that I need to get on canvas. I must make this happen this year.

In keeping with the first item, that is all there is to my list. What about you? What do you hope to accomplish before the ball drops on 2013?