On my 25th birthday, I posted my goals for the year. My half birthday is Sunday, which makes me halfway responsible for seeing how driven I have been in actually achieving some things instead of thinking about achieving them this year. Let’s check back in.
- Personal Goals
My number one goal is actually not able to be posted up on my blog. If you know me, you probably know what it is. If you don’t, feel free to go to my About Page, send me an e-mail and ask.
Update: Still secret. Still in progress.
Go on a solo trip. I don’t want to be held back on adventures because I don’t have someone to go with. I actually already have this one planned – I’m going to surf camp in Nicaragua later this month! I want to be able to just go out surfing on my own (granted I’m by the ocean and not in Pittsburgh) so I figured the best way to really hone it is to go to surf camp.
Update: Nicaragua, beaches! (Play on words, get it?)
Get Italian passport. I’ve seriously been meaning to do this for like six years. I have Italian citizenship through my grandmother and it’s just a pain to deal with the Italian embassy. It’s in Philly, it’s open literally nine hours a week in total. My grandmother gave me the name and number of an attorney who will actually do all the paperwork for me – I seriously just need to get it together (pun not intended) and call. From my adventures in third world countries and desire to go to Cuba, sometimes traveling as a non-American has its perks.
Update: AHAHA. I need to get on this. I did call the attorney (months ago) he just decided to not return my call. I need to
stalk him call back. A classic case of me being unmotivated.
Run a marathon. This is the year I’ve finally decided I’m ready. If I don’t get in the New York City Marathon, I’m going to run the Savannah Marathon with my great aunt for her 70th birthday. I would have ran Pittsburgh but I’m running the DC Nike Women’s Half the weekend before and I really want to focus on doing well at that race.
Update: In progress. I’m planning on running the Savannah Marathon. I accidentally ran 18 miles Sunday and kind of wanted to die the last two miles, but other than that, I feel like I’ll probably finish.
Take the GMAT. I’m not totally sure if I want to get my MBA yet, but just in case, this will be the year I take the tests
Update: Yeah, this hasn’t happened. I looked at a prep book at Barnes and Noble, immediately got a headache and left to get an iced coffee.
Start/finish my novel. I used to think this was stupid and unattainable until I read The Happiness Project. If you write 1,667 words a day, you can have a short novel done in a month. I am going to self-publish and see if it goes anywhere from there.
Update: The pattern of goal-achieving failure continues. I haven’t done a thing, other than think of a few ideas. I’m disappointed in myself, but it’s so hard to find time to write.
Go to Wanderlust/other yoga retreat.
Update: I still have six months for this. I’m considering teacher training this winter. We’ll see!
Read one book per month.
Start swimming again. I keep talking about it – I just need to do it.
Update: I went to the pool Monday. I swam 500 meters. I forgot how hard swimming was. I like berating a lot.
- Blogging Goals
Redesign my blog for a more professional feel. Self-explanatory.
Self-host my blog. Google Analytics would be nice.
Aim for new content three times per week. I want to have new content more often that that, obviously, but I know for goal making you’re supposed to set attainable goals.
Make a press kit. This is becoming my to-do list in a blog post.
Apply for one new partnership opportunity/guest blog/free lance writing gig a month. If I want my blog to be successful, I need to put a little time and love into it!
Update: Basically, I just need to make a press kit. At least I’ve made progress in my life somewhere.
- Friends & Family Goals
Spend meaningful time with my family at least once per month. I’m guilty of blowing my family off, screening calls because I’m busy or sitting at my grandparents house reading blogs. I seriously need to focus on them when I’m with them.
Make time to talk to my friends. I am also guilty of saying I’ll call and never do. A lot of my friends live in different cities and are always there for me when I need them. I really need to make more of an effort to pick up the phone and talk to them every once in a while rather than texting.
Reply to e-mails within 48 hours. Do you ever get an e-mail from someone and don’t want to respond right away so you can write a meaningful response and then totally forget to respond? Yeah, me too. I need to write a response, even if it’s short and sweet.
Update: I’m marking all of these as in progress because I’m making progress, but I’m not there. I haven’t seen my grandparents since June, when I just went up to get my hair done/have dinner with them. They live an hour away. I’m an asshole. I need to see them more.
I’ve been making an effort to talk to my friends more – Facetiming, Skype, actually replying to texts and e-mails. I went to Boston this past weekend to spend time with my friend Lorraine and we both agreed – it’s important to remember what matters in life: what matters is the people in it. It’s not work (unless you’re saving lives), not going out and getting wasted – it’s knowing what you enjoy doing and who you enjoy being with. It’s having pride in your work (but not letting it be your life).
Chat with me:
What are your current goals? What do you think I could be doing better to achieve my goals? I’m always down for constructive criticism.