I’m not really into the whole “New Year Resolution” thing, which is probably why I just came up with mine and it’s already the 9th of January. Resolutions feel ‘fake’ and chummy to me, especially when you stop and consider the small percentage of people that actually follow through with them. But I’m determined to be one of those people that makes it through to January 2013 with dedication to one thing….allocating 10% of my paycheck earned every month to my savings account. I’ve been fairly organized about my money and where it’s gone in the past year. I use Mint.com and try to avoid those red bar lines as often as I can. The 1st of the month is a success and a letdown all at once, but at least I have been able to pay those darn bills and feel good about the money that I can spend on fun things at the end of the day. But I want to save up and make sure I’m being wise about the future.
When I want to do something, it has to happen. That’s the way I work. No ‘ifs, ands, or buts’ about it.
I worked really hard last year to accomplish my running goals. And this year shouldn’t be any different. I have a feeling it’s going to be just as tough (if not tougher) to have a certain time goal in mind. On that note, my goal is to run a half marathon at or under 1 hour 40 minutes. My current PR is 1:43:48, so I’ll be focusing a lot on speed in the next few months. I’ll be running three half marathons before the end of April and I can’t wait.
These kinds of goals mean that I either succeed or fail every month. And to be honest, they’re probably the type of goals that breed failure more often than success because they demand true commitment. But I think it’s also important to stop and think about goals that maybe can‘t be measured. There are things I want to ENJOY this year. Rather than being a slave to accomplishing these things, I’m hoping I can take a step back and attribute time to doing things I love with people I love.
Here’s my short list:
- Enjoy reading a good book every once in awhile– the easiest way to do this is to read when I’m on the train and right before I go to sleep each night.
- Take the time to cook more meals at home and perfect easy recipes–it might take dedication but it always makes me slow down and enjoy my meals more often.
- Don’t be afraid to say “yes” OR “no” to someone–decisions can be hard but I shouldn’t feel guilty about deciding either way once I do.
- Write down my “moment” of the day every night before I go to bed–something that made me happy, something that made me chuckle, a deep thought I had on the train, a wish for the following day…anything! The goal is to be mindful of the good things in life.
It’s a short list, but it means a lot. What will you accomplish this year?