The year 2013 is the first year since 1987 to have all its digits being different numbers. And it won’t happen again until…next year. SO APPRECIATE THE NOVELTY.
I got really wordy and deep last year with my goal post. I’m not quite as feely today. I still plan on rambling about things I want but still don’t do, though. That’s a New Years tradition!
Here are my goals from 2012 with a bit on how I feel I did for each:
have an increased feeling of independence and personal responsibility - Yes on this one. Totes. I live in my own apartment in Midvale. I still suck at managing money, but at least I consistently get a paycheck. I have made some very independent decisions this year. I won’t go into the details, but I feel like I have become a much more independent and responsible person over the year 2012. Yay for vagueness!
continue to be health conscious – Well, damn. That brought me down from the high of accomplishing my previous goal. Which means the answer is a big, fat no (pun intended). I did try to be a runner this year. I was actually successful at it for over a month. But then I stopped. And it’s REALLY HARD not to drink Live Wire Mountain Dew at work, okay? D:
continue to grow as an artist – Half a point. I took a colored pencil class in November where I made a very pretty color wheel, but still have no idea how to draw anything in colored pencil. So I’m not quite sure that I grew, but I still care and I still buy art supplies. Ha!
continue to grow spiritually – And another fail. I know what I want to do to increase my spirituality, but I’m certainly not doing it right now. In fact, I feel like I’ve sort of shied away from all things spiritual for various personal reasons. This is something I want, but currently I’m afraid to even approach it.
am happy- I’d say at the end of 2012 that yes, I am happy.
Okay, two fails, one half pointer, and two successes. I seem to do around half every year, don’t I? Goals aside, here are some noteworthy events from 2012:
I went to Disneyworld. That feels like forever ago.
In July, I adopted two kitties. If you remember what I said at the end of this post, I can now tell you that it is absolutely true. Life IS happier with kitties. But I never really doubted that.
I “ran” a 5K. It’s in quotes because while I finished it, I probably only actually ran 1/4 of it. I did the Dirty Dash with Eric and Kim Brown. I’m tempted to sign up again this year because for some reason I think signing up for stuff like that will motivate me to get in shape (even though it didn’t happen last time–isn’t that the definition of insanity?).
Saw The Killers in concert with Carly and Caitlin.
But anyway, enough of the past. Let’s set some goals for 2013! These may sound eerily familier, but if that bothers you, just read last year’s post again.
In 2013, I want to…
- Finish my novel. I’d like to try and figure out the actual submission process in 2014, so I’m giving myself 2013 to finish all the drafting.
- Lose 60 pounds.
- Read 30 books. I just picked 30 randomly. A bit more than 2 a month. I have over 100 unread books on my bookshelves currently, so I’m not lacking in options. I hope I review them all on here, too (so if you don’t like my book review posts TOO BAD).
- Complete at least one colored pencil painting (yes, they call them paintings).
- Keep up with my monthly budget spreadsheets EVERY MONTH.
So, those goals are not lenient. But they are all doable. And they all allow for a bit of slacking here and there. These are the kind, though, that I feel like I should actually post somewhere so I look at them regularly. If I don’t see them again until the end of December 2013, I’m going to fail.
They basically break down to this, though: write, eat healthy, exercise, read, draw, and keep track of my money. I just made them measurable.
Jamie asked me yesterday if I could pick one thing that I would for sure accomplish in 2013, what would it be. I couldn’t decide between losing weight, being responsible with my money, and getting a book published.
What’s something you REALLY want to accomplish in 2013?