Top Ten Goals for 2012

by - Friday, December 30, 2011

1.  Keep learning to be healthier- to me this year, this means making exercise more of a priority, as well as continuing to work on the things we are eating. The goal is to cut some of the nasty habits (really, anything that has to do with carbs and sugar) from our diet, especially by buying more ethical food and shopping more at the farmer's market and so forth. This also little stupid things like remembering my moisturizer and sunscreen everyday. Nothing that is all that shocking, but I learned last year that I feel much better about life when I can turn these things into habits. The goal this year was 500 stickers and I got in the 420's. Next year, the goal is 550, and I am hoping to get almost 400 by the wedding at the end of August.
2. Rework old papers- Now I have all of these old projects that I want to return to, to give attention to, and to hopefully make a lot better. I would like to take this time to figure out how to be better at these things.
3. Get involved in a charity, and in generally being a better citizen of where I live- it is well-established that I am not too crazy about where I live, but it is time to stop complaining and have a more positive impact in that place. Some of this is just being more willing to be an engaged citizen and to make an active commitment to help other people.
4. Have a good conversation with a stranger that intimidates me- it's time to buck up and stop letting myself be so intimidated by like everyone I meet in a professional context. As some point, you have to decide what you have to say is worth saying to. I am hoping 2012 is that year.
5. Really be moving on my Dissertation- in a lot of ways, this is the most important thing I can do for myself and my life at this moment. I feel like I have hit a major stall in productivity in the last month, and when I get back to school it is time to hit it out of the park. It is a sort of impossible decision, but like so many things in my life right now, I just need to suck it up and make the leap.
6. Have our wedding be a good thing that happens, but not the only thing that happens- Obviously, I am excited about getting married and so forth, but I think life this year will be a sad thing if it becomes the only happy thing that is really happening, so that it overtakes my energy, money, and time in every way.
7. Eat a meal in Napa- we live so close to fussy food land, and it is time we try the grub.
8. Figure out that whole life balance thing- This one comes with a lot of pressure, because 2012 will be the first year of my life since I was a toddler that school and classes doesn't naturally structure my time. Now I have to structure my own time. I want to dive into my dissertation, but I still want to live in a healthy way as well. We will see how I do, but I feel like this year sets the tone.
9. Throw someone else a really good party- I am not sure whether it would be a shower, birthday, or bachelorette, but I want to do it up big for somebody else.
10. Get that cupcake tattoo! Seriously, this is getting ridiculous now.

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