January 1st is a terrible day to set goals. Think about it–it’s just a gross day full of hangovers and cold weather and the end of the Christmas season. Who really wants to set major goals on a day like that?!
I much prefer an indeterminate date that falls around the beginning of the school year. Even if you’re not in school, there are so many things on the horizon–the weather is on the verge of switching from sweltering summer to awesome autumn, football season is right around the corner, and fall television shows are about to debut. Since everything else that matters in life (haha….I’m only sort of joking) is on the verge of revamping itself, why shouldn’t I do the same?
I find this urge to be especially poignant this year, as I’m beginning a new job in a new city in my first year out of any kind of school (so weird!). So before my life changes anymore, there are some big goals that I want to set…and actually achieve.
These are the kinds of goals I’ve always kept in the back of my mind for as long as I can remember. They’re things that I either didn’t have the money or the time or the resources to achieve…or things that I just thought were silly or not worth it. So, I’ve decided that this is the year I’m going to publicize my goals….because somehow I feel that telling the abyss that is the Internet about my personal goals will keep me accountable…as hilarious as that is.
And although goals like “I want to travel” are definitely on my list, I’m going to try and make my list more specific so that these are goals that are actually achievable and not so broad that they don’t really mean anything. Besides, my Travel category would probably take up all of the room on the Internet.
1. Go to Paris.
2. Give back.
3. Go to yoga class at least once a week.
4. Learn when to say nothing.
5. Spend more time outdoors.
6. Keep in touch.
7. Cook more often.
8. Save 20% of each paycheck. (This is probably going to be the hardest one to fulfill…)
9. Become more comfortable saying what I feel.
10. Follow politics.