Posts Tagged ‘goals



08
Apr
08

quarter year review

Now that we’re a quarter of the way through 2008, I thought it would be a good idea to evaluate my goals for the year and see where I’m at. I’m going to rate myself on a scale of 1-5 (5 being completed; 1 being a failure).

Start blogging (2-3x per week)

4 – So far so good! I’ve been blogging regularly since the end of December and loving it. My blog has provided me with a great creative outlet and has allowed me to explore my writing. It’s weird. I thought I would run out of things to say, but I haven’t. I still struggle with how much to disclose and where to draw the line. Some days I wish I could be more candid. Other days I freak out that I’ve disclosed too much.

Thanks to all of you who have been loyal readers and supporters. Your clicks and comments have given me the confidence to continue writing and blogging. As of today, I’ve reached 51 posts; 4,634 views; 137 comments, 10 categories and 195 tags. My best day ever was 210 views.

Experiment with new recipes (at least 2 new recipes per month)

4 -Success! I have been trying new recipes and overall it’s been a lot of fun. For me, the hardest aspect of cooking is making the time for it. I’m looking forward to summer when the local produce will be ripe. I’m going to explore as many local farmers markets as I can. I’m open to suggestions if you have a favorite.

Continue going to the gym (3x per week or more)

3.5 – So-So. Up until my vacation I would have given myself a 4, but since I’ve been back from Punta Mita, the workouts have been few and far between. I’ve been good this week and I WILL get back into a steady routine. As summer approaches, I’m hoping I can train myself to get up and workout in the morning. That way, I’m free to play in the evenings. I’ll keep you posted on how that progresses, I’m not much of a morning person. It’s going to be tough.

Finish book proposal by the end of March

1 – Uh, not so good. I have worked on it, but it’s not even close to complete. I’m bored of it. Maybe it’s not as good of an idea as I originally thought. I’ll have to think about this goal a little bit more and decide if it’s worth revising. Maybe I should just ditch it. Or maybe I’m just being lazy and the thought of writing a book proposal has completely overwhelmed me. Not sure yet.

Pay off my car loan by the end of April

3 – I’m going to rate myself a 3 on this one. I’ve had a couple unexpected expenses come up. I don’t think I’ll have it paid off by April, but I do think I’ll have it paid off by August. Not too shabby.

Go to the dentist

5 – Complete! Well, actually that’s not completely true. My first visit is complete, but because my mouth situation is so bad, I now have a treatment plan (5 sessions and over $1000 later). I go for my second visit next week. Sigh. Now I remember why I never go to the dentist. Hopefully I’m on my way to better oral hygiene. I’m doubtful.

Overall, I’d say I’m doing pretty well. I’m averaging 3.417. I’ll keep checking in as the year progresses.

07
Jan
08

five-day work week

I would like to know who I can thank for implementing the five-day work week. Were they stark-raving mad? They really thought five days of working and two days off sounded like a good idea? Now we’re stuck with them. There is no way we can change it now; we’re in too deep.  When are we supposed to do our chores? When are we supposed to pursue our personal projects and goals? Why not four-day work weeks? That seems much more reasonable to me. THANKS A LOT!

02
Jan
08

reckless resolutions

There has been a lot of recent blogging about New Year’s resolutions and personally I think they’ve been getting a lot of bad publicity. What’s with all of the cynicism? Yes, there are a lot of people out there who make resolutions that they don’t intend to keep.  Their eyes are bigger than their stomachs.  I agree that it’s annoying and frustrating to listen to someone year after year vowing to lose weight, save money, be a better person, etc. when you know they won’t put forth the effort to make it a reality. You know the type; we all do. In fact, you might even be one.  I call them reckless resolutioners.  These people give resolutions a bad reputation.

At the heart of New Year’s resolutions are good intentions to become a better you. Who wouldn’t want that? Personally, I prefer to make “goals” rather than “resolutions.” (Maybe it’s just semantics, but those reckless resolutioners have tainted the word in my mind too).  I’ve always been goal oriented and I like having something to work towards. Below are my 2008 goals. 

– Start blogging (2-3x per week)

– Experiment with new recipes (at least 2 new recipes per month)

– Continue going to the gym (3x per week or more)

– Finish book proposal by the end of March

– Pay off my car loan by the end of April

– Go to the dentist

Although I’m no expert, I would like to offer a few suggestions to the reckless resolutioners out there.  1) I have found that measurable and actionable goals work best for me. For example “I will lose weight in 2008” is a bad resolution.  How do you measure that? Instead, put a realistic number to it. “I will go to the gym 3x per week”. This is much better.  2) Be realistic; don’t set yourself up for failure.  Initially it might feel good to set lofty resolutions, but you will feel worse when you can’t follow through.  3) Write them down and post them where you can see them daily.  This will remind you to make them a priority.

At the end of the day, this is your life.  It’s your prerogative to you make yourself feel fulfilled and satisfied. You can either sit back and wait for life to happen to you, or you can steer your life in the direction you choose.  If you choose to sit back and wait, you waive your right to complain about your life.  

Happy New Year!   

20
Dec
07

finally

Greetings world wide web! I have finally started my own blog. I can’t tell you how good it feels – I’ve been thinking about it for a very long time.

Yesterday I wrote out my goals for 2008. One of my goals was to start blogging in 2008. I’ve been blalking (blog stalking) for awhile now and I’ve been feeling an intense calling to start contributing to all the noise. The good news is, I’m early! It’s only Dec. 19th 2007. I wanted to set up my page early so I’m all set for January.

I’m still very unsure on how this blog thing will go. I don’t know how often I will blog or if I will even like it. I don’t know what I’ll blog about or how much personal information to share. I can’t decide if I want people to read this, or if I’m doing this solely as an outlet for myself. Should I talk about work? Will future employers someday look at this? Clearly I have some issues to work out.

Lastly, I want to give credit where credit is due. “Just another day in paradise” is a phrase that a former coworker used frequently. It would be wrong not to mention it.

I’ll be back in January – stay tuned!




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