Goals for the New Year

We can learn a lot from trees: they’re always grounded but never stop reaching heavenward.
–Everett Mámor
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I’ve never been one for New Year’s Resolutions.
 
In the past, they’ve been based upon mistakes made on New Year’s Eve (“I will not kiss a boy who I do not like.”) or jokes (“I will start smoking.” That one lasted about two weeks–just long enough to give my voice that “husky” edge I so wanted at that time).
 
My friend Cass, who unfortunately does not have a blog but only a predominantly friends-only livejournal (http://mightyfinewine.livejournal.com/), recently posted her New Year’s GOALS.  That’s right:  GOALS and not RESOLUTIONS.
 
Although the distinction between the two is slight, I can get behind goal-making.  It seems much more based upon the act of progress than just accomplishment–it gives you room to grow and room for mistakes.
 
So, without further ado, here are my goals for 2009:
  1. Do not use any of my credit cards. With exceptions. I’ve done so good at this goal for the past few months and I look forward to continuing it. Of course, I must be practical and place a few exceptions: (a) If I have saved $500 cash and have all cards paid off or within $100 of payoff, I can buy a laptop (more on this to come); (b) I can use it for car or health emergencies; and (c) In the event I am not employed come August, I can use it for necessary living expenses.
  2. Pay off all credit cards. I have about $1200 total in credit card debt ($600 of it not my actual debt . . . ) and yet I feel like a big failure. Only $600 of my own, personal debt really isn’t too bad! Regardless, I want it GONE. When you have about $125,000 in student loans, it’s nice not to have to worry about anything else.
  3. Save money for a laptop. My laptop SUCKS. I originally took out my Apple rewards credit card so I could buy a laptop at 0% for 180 days. Then my limit wasn’t enough. Then I started using the card for crap. Then I had car emergencies. If I can get that card down to ZERO, and save at least $500, I will allow myself to get a new laptop. Fingers crossed. I really want one! (On a side note, I’ve “really wanted” a new laptop for almost two years so far and have not given in–that is AMAZAING for me!).
  4. Be employed come August 1st. My job ends August 31st. This speaks for itself.
  5. The old standby: stick to working out! I did so awesome with working out last year, then I got a stress fracture. Then I got back into it and had to stop because of surgery. I’m thinking of seeing a personal trainer once I get back to a “normal” activity level to get me started in the right direction. I think Dam to Dam will be out this year (probably won’t be ready to run 12 miles by May as I can’t even JOG yet because of surgery), but perhaps a half-marathon in October? Totally doable.
  6. Participate in Script Frenzy in April with Candice and complete a script.
  7. Participate in NaNoWriMo in November and complete 50,000 words.
  8. Give back more. I will continue being a generous tipper, but that’s as far as my monetary commitment can go. I will look up options for doing good in my community, find one that FITS, and DO IT.
  9. Read at least three non-fiction books.
  10. Get my groove back. If someone who doesn’t give me the heebie-jeebies asks me out or expresses interest, I won’t automatically shut him off. I will give a chance, and I will also start liking dudes again instead of hiding behind the insecurity of having gigantic boobs, because THE BOOBS ARE NORMAL NOW.

So, that’s it. I’ll probably think of more stuff. But ten seems like a good, solid number.

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