As today is the last day of 2013, it’s time I joined the trend of new years resolutions. I prefer to call this a list of goals for 2014. Success will not be measured by whether these are achieved, but by how much effort I use. Even if I don’t meet all of these goals, making any significant progress is success in my eyes.
To be a better friend
I have a problem. More often that not, when I decide to do something, I don’t consider who else might want to participate with me. I’m used to planning D into every aspect of my life but haven’t ever considered anyone else. This was never a problem for me in the past. There are many reasons why this may be, but that’s not the point. The point is, I’ve hurt a friends feelings this year. We would discuss that we’d like to do, but I never felt like we assigned a date and time to anything. As such, the discussion did not register in my mind. I would go on to do those things we discussed without that friend. I need to learn that people to value my presence and want to do these things with me. They want to have fun, be my friend and enjoy these activities with me. In the new year, I aim to tell my friends of my plans. If I have to text them every time I decide to do something, then that’s what I’ll do. I need to build a habit of inviting my friends to hang out with me because I value their companionship as well.
To talk less and listen more
This is related to the above goal, but I want to expand it to all other aspects of my life. I aim to work on saying just what is needed to be said and nothing more. If people want more information out of me, they’ll ask. If I still have words I need to say, I’ll blog them. That’s one of the reasons I started this blog after all. By talking less and listening more, I hope to become a better friend and a better employee.
To be worth more than $-20,000
In an earlier post, I discovered that, in addition to the money I already put in my savings account and on student loans, I will need an additional $1,200 to reach this goal. That amount can be reduced a bit due to a bonus I received from work this month. I’ll still need to find some extra cash in 2014, but that helped out a lot. I see no reason I can’t achieve this goal by this time next year.
To wake early enough to get to the coffee shop by 5 am and write until I leave for work
This goal is an umbrella over a few smaller goals I have for 2014. I still aim to write at least 1000 words a week and to have the first draft of a book completed by then end of the year. Given the time Starbucks (the only café within walking distance of my apartment) opens and the time I typically leave for work, this goal will give me a good three hours of writing every day. I don’t expect I will do this during the weekend because I am always busy. My January is already nearly full of plans. During the week, however, there is nothing stopping me from getting my caffeine high going. Nothing is more inspiring than caffeine (not even wine).
To have $1500 in savings
My plan for 2015 is to take a vacation to Machu Picchu. I’ve looked up the prices of flights and the various activities I plan to engage in during this trip. I’ve decided I want to have $5000 for the trip, which provides me a couple thousand dollars of give for emergencies (which means I actually intend to spend $3000). In addition, I’d like to have $5000 saved up for emergencies, such as loss of job, and another $5000 saved up in case I need a new car. I expect my car might make it to 2015, but it’s old. Who knows how much more time it has. When I return from Machu Picchu, I want to have enough in my savings that I can handle unexpected emergencies.
To go Paleo through February
We’ve already established the insanity of this goal. The fact is, I loved how I felt on the Paleo diet. I can tell, after all the junk food of the holidays, that my body is running a little slower. I want to kick the sugar I’ve become accustomed to over these past few months. So, Paleo it is. I’ll keep you posted on how I’m feeling and the money I’m spending. I’m hoping to buy good, organic meats from local farms. Here’s a sneak peek. Right now, I’m looking at ordering two dozen eggs, one pound of ground sirloin and 10 one pound packages of ground turkey for 83 dollars. Ideally, this will all last me more than a month, but we’ll just have to see. I’d rather spend extra on food now than spend even more on health conditions in the future.
To read 36 books
This year, I set a goal to read 50 books and failed in that goal. Instead, I read 42 books, many of which were manga. In 2012, I did meet my goal of reading 25 books. I wanted to set a goal between those two numbers for 2014. Thirty-six, or three books per month, seemed like a good place to aim. In addition, I’m still sticking to my weekly goal of reading 100 pages (not counting manga).
To add something to my portfolio every week
This goal has suffered over the holidays, as I expected. Nonetheless it remains an active and important goal for 2014. Just because I’m happy with the job I have does not mean I shouldn’t be ready in case I need to start looking again.
To clean my entire apartment every week
This goal still makes me laugh. Since I set it, I think I’ve accomplished it once. Other weeks I’ve cleaned parts of my apartment, but never the whole thing. That still seems ridiculous to me. How hard is it to clean (it’s really really hard!)? This goal is more about the process. I want to work at it until cleaning my apartment every week becomes normal. It won’t happen over night, but by them time next year, hopefully it will have become a habit.
Yes, I still plan to schedule video games into my daily life. I’m busy and games are just as much of a hobby as reading is. I want them in my life. I’ve started to play Assassin’s Creed II and find the game fascinating. The game was made by a multicultural team of varying religious beliefs. It’s a historical fiction story which, at the moment, takes place in Florence, Italy. There’s a button I can press to learn about certain buildings and people I encounter in the game. It’s like someone made a game just for me. There are more games coming in the future and I can’t wait to explore them all.
A secret goal
I have one other goal for 2014, but I can’t disclose any information about it, yet. Let’s just say you will know when the goal is achieved.
There you have it, my plans for 2014. I hope I’m not getting in over my head.
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