I’m not a big fan of New Years resolutions mostly because they rarely seem to stick. Now that I have a blog, however, I like the idea of documenting my goals for 2011 and coming back periodically to check my progress. I prefer to think of them as goals just because of the preconceptions I have about resolutions. Here goes…
1. Improve the quality and content of my blog. My initial goal will be to blog a minimum of once a week. That may not sound like much, but I have a tendency to compare blogging to journaling and journaling to a dreaded task. Despite the fact that it’s difficult, I know blogging helps me to learn more about myself and I want to continue. It’s best to ease into these things though, and set myself up for success rather than failure. I also remain mostly clueless about web design and my blog reflects that in the lack of header or any original elements. I also want to increase my competency with Windows Live Writer and Photoshop Elements. Both are resources I currently have, but don’t use simply because I don’t know how.
2. Focus on Relationships. The word I like to use to describe myself is socially awkward. I was painfully shy as a child. I’ve overcome a lot of that shyness but I think that because of my lack of social interaction when I was younger, I just never learned how to do it well. I’m no good at small talk or organizing get-togethers or really ever getting past the casual acquaintance phase with people I meet. I have to admit that most of the relationships I do have are because of the perserverance of that other person. I complain about being lonely or having nothing to do, but I can’t really blame anyone but myself. This year I want to get out of my comfort zone and try some new social experiences. I also want to be a better friend to those already in my life.
3. Turn 30 gracefully. I am dreading the big 3-0 for several reasons, the biggest of which is that I remain unmarried and childless. I feel as though at 30, I can add the term “spinster” to that list. I realize my last statement is not necessarily true, but it is a prevailing thought in my mind. This is not how I expected my life to go, but I want to embrace it all the same. I want to focus on my relationships and discovering the things that bring me joy. 30 is just a number, and maybe if I repeat that mantra enough times, I will believe it.
4. Get healthy and stay healthy. In other words — DON’T QUIT. I don’t want to put a number on the pounds I plan to lose or the days of the week I will work out. I just want to try my best everyday to make healthy choices and treat my body right. I will have ups and downs, but if I don’t quit, I can’t fail. As I go along, I will make more specific short term goals, but if I have made any positive changes by this time next year, I will count that a success.
5.Become more organized. Organization does not come as naturally to me as chaos. I am spontaneous rather than a planner, I organize my belongings in piles, and spend my time trying to get caught up rather than living in the moment. Though this part of my personality is not all bad (lets face it, spontaneity can be fun) it also adds to increased stress, missed deadlines, perpetual lateness and unfinished tasks. I will become more organized by picking up after myself, getting rid of possessions that I do not need or use, planning meals, allowing more time to get to my destinations and writing appointments and important dates on a calendar.
In addition to these 5 goals, there are 2 things that I am looking forward to in 2011. In May I will be taking my first international trip to St. Petersburg Russia with my MBA class. I’ll be getting my first passport, taking my first international flight and stepping outside North America for the first time. To say I am excited is an understatement, as this is something I’ve always wanted but wasn’t quite sure I’d ever get the opportunity to do. Second, I will be completing my graduate degree with a masters in business administration in August and accomplishing another long-time goal.
I’m looking forward to the opportunity to improve myself in 2011 and embracing the experiences and lessons this upcoming year will bring.