"A January Cliche" Revisited…

Earlier on this year, I came up with some goals and resolutions that I wanted to accomplish and achieve this year (see the post here).  I thought that now, about midway through March and just a week until the official start of Spring, that I would have a reality check with myself and see where I was in accomplishing those goals.


So, without further ado, let’s re-hash!



My goals for the upcoming year:
1. Write in my blog or write in my novel at least once a day
OK, so I already lost out on this one; perhaps the goal of making a point to write in both more often is more practical…
  • Well, I actually think I’ve written less in my blog now than ever before.  I have been fairly busy with work and school (excuses, I know!) and haven’t taken the time to post travel stories and pictures like I thought I would.  I’m hoping that the spring flowers will help me get in the creative mood as well as provide for some good material.
2. Lose 55 pounds
  • I have already lost over 20 pounds since Dec. 31, 2011…  My goal is to lose another 20 before my next journey in early June!
3. Cut down to three pops per week
  • Check!  To my knowledge, I haven’t had more than three pops per week, sometimes less – and I think this is contributing nicely to #2!
4. Cultivate a cleaner room
  • For a time, yes.  Did I think I would get some more done during Spring Break?  Of course!  But, with working 40 hours this week and having to perform and interview and write an accompanying essay, as well as revise a couple of others, I will have to get back with you on this…
5. Sleep more
  • See above.  🙂

6. Set up a dream board

  • I indeed did!  I set up some inspirational places and things, as well as places I want to go and things I want to achieve/acquire, on Pinterest.  I think it’s helping!
7. Be on time more often!
  • I do believe I am doing much better on this; however, I still do slip up.  I’d say I’m now on time about 80-90% of the time for my first class, which is a huge improvement over last semester!!
8. Continue to travel
  • Depending on how you look at it, I have sort of failed on this front.  I haven’t really taken any trips (big or small; if it was small, it must have been really small because I’ve clearly forgotten about it) so far this year and decided to work during Spring Break.  However, working = more money for future travel!!
9. Learn more Spanish
  • Check, check, check!  I have learned some new words and phrases and reinforced what I already knew – success!  I will continue to learn throughout the semester…  I think a trip to Mexico to use it is surely in order (been watching Q’Viva)!
10. Learn how to shoot better with manual settings on my camera
  • The closest (which really, it isn’t) was shooting with my friend’s 55-200 lens that she let me borrow (thanks, Katy – you’re the best!)…  I still can’t figure out how to focus on something – either my camera doesn’t like me or I can’t figure out how to use the dang thing!
11. Be more helpful and understanding with family and friends (and spend more time with each)
  • I feel like I’m improved a bit on the first, but I have really slipped on the second.  I am going to make sure I take more time to share with friends…  What is life without good friends, and how can you have good friends if you don’t keep up those relationships?!
12. Work out with a renewed frenzy
  • See #2.
13. Get through some pictures and share them
  • See #5.  😉
BIG ONE – Spending more time reading…  CHECK!

Here’s to accomplishing more goals throughout the year!

A January cliche…

The beginning of the year couldn’t possibly pass without a post about resolutions, could it?!  I suppose I have already broken some of my goals (I prefer this term over resolutions) for the year, but look forward to a year of discovering more about myself and the world I inhabit with billions of others.

To come up with some of these goals, I used the Goal Setting Workshop app on my iPad.  If you know me, if tech is not involved, the likelihood of me doing it gets lesser and lesser (hence why I now have a Kindle for reading convenience!).  The app got me thinking about the things I wanted to accomplish not only this year, but for the next great while.  Below are some of the things – and the reasons behind them – that I’d like to accomplish this year.

My goals for the upcoming year:
1. Write in my blog or write in my novel at least once a day
OK, so I already lost out on this one; perhaps the goal of making a point to write in both more often is more practical…
To advance and keep sharp my writing skills and to keep my creativity going.
2. Lose 55 pounds
To live a longer, more fulfilled life. To feel better and do more things. To become the me and look like the me I’ve always wanted.  – PLUS, it will make traveling easier and more pleasant!!
3. Cut down to three pops per week
To help me lose weight and feel much better. To keep toxins and artificial sweeteners away from my body.
4. Cultivate a cleaner room
So I can be more presentable, have more space, be more organized, and become less materialistic by letting go.
5. Sleep more
So I can be at 100% each and everyday, to be more attentive and active, to feel better and become healthier.
6. Set up a dream board
So I can visualize my goals and dreams, and through doing that visually, know what I want to accomplish and get out of life.
7. Be on time more often!
Unfortunately for me, my first professor of the day last semester didn’t place a lot of emphasis on being on time, so I wasn’t.  This bad habit of being late everyday needs to go away!!

Outside of the above list, I want to continue to travel (if I can find a travel mate, I’d maybe like to see the Chichen Itza in Mexico – being 2012 and all), learn more Spanish through a class I’m taking at college, learn how to shoot better with manual settings on my camera, be more helpful and understanding with family and friends (and spend more time with each), work out with a renewed frenzy (BIGGEST LOSER!!), and finally get through some pictures and share them!

However, one of my biggest goals which is so far working out, is finding more time using some of my spare time to read.  I’m already halfway through a short novel (“Deadline”) and am in the reading mood.  Let’s hope it lasts!

Here’s to a year of goal-making and goal-achieving!!  Happy 2012 – I think it’s going to be a good one.

Luke