I'm horrible at keeping them. Do you know anyone that isn't? I'd like to be jealous of them.
I've learned that setting "goals" is much more motivating for myself, especially when they are pretty specific. I.E. "Get in shape" has a 98% chance of becoming me eating a sleeve of double stuffed oreos while watching E! reality TV instead of gyming it 3 weeks (OK OK, 2 weeks) into the New Year, whereas "Sign up for a local dance class" has a higher likelihood of follow thru, commitment and results. Seems so obvious, and yet I still struggle every year. This year...thanks to you and this little blog...I'm going to be held super accountable. Promise. Fingers crossed. "Bible" (as taken from the Kardashians...the E! show I will most likely be housing oreos to).
So, in the spirit of a traditional New Years Eve, my broad 2011 life "resolutions":
* Drink more wine.
* More kissing...etc. :)
* Be kind.
* Be grateful.
Top 6 Measurable Goals:
* Have something published...poem, short story, greeting card...doesn't matter. Submit, submit, submit until the rejection almost pushes me to insanity. Then submit some more. I'll give myself the full year for this as I have no idea if/when I'd be picked up...but come January 1, 2012...I will be published.
* Become a regular volunteer. Currently I scatter myself here and there and everywhere with no particular time commitment and I'd like to be more dedicated in my volunteer-hood. I'd like to be held more accountable for a schedule of volunteering; a true commitment. I've selected 2 programs; one where I'd essentially be a 'big sister' to a youth in the city (a weekly commitment), and one through the Sierra Club that takes inner city kids on outdoor adventures to help them experience and love nature. My applications for both will be submitted by February 1st.
* Travel. Money, time, work...these will always be an 'issue' for travel. Screw it. If you really wanna go, then make it happen. First up; Portland with my gf Jenny. Next; camping in NorCal (so cheap!). And the big one...which is a huge stretch, and admittedly may not be possible since I'm in 2 weddings this summer; Australia to visit Noodle. But that doesn't sound very positive, now does it? I'll reword...The BIG one, which I'm so excited for and grateful will truly happen; Australia!!
* Take a dance class. It has to be one with a regular schedule otherwise (moment of truth) I won't go. It has to be fast paced. It has to play great music. I'm so ready to shake it.
* Learn another language fluently. Holy big challenge. First I need to actually *pick* a language. I've narrowed it down to 3: 1. Spanish, as I've got a base knowledge already from high school and college. It's so commonly spoken in the US that it will probably be the most handy while I live here. 2. Italian. It's just so damn gorgeous and I like the idea of being linked to my heritage that way. Plus, I'd love to live there for a period of time. 3. Slovenian. This will be the most difficult by far but I'm just so enamored with the idea of being able to speak to my relatives that I met this past summer in *their* native language (most of them were rock stars at English). Again, would be cool to be linked to my heritage that way. I also plan on visiting them again within the next 3 years and I'd love to be able to communicate to the non-English speaking persons. I vow to select the language and have the first set of Rosetta Stone purchased by March 1st. After that, would probably be a good idea to take a class.
* Blog 6 days a week. Because even God encourages a day of rest.
Are you ready for 2011? To hold me, and yourselves, accountable for our goals?
Happy New Year! Be safe, be happy, be well. Toast to the future, send thanks and forgiveness to the past, and live fully in the present.