I may have mentioned before that I don’t really like the concept of “resolutions” – I prefer goals. There are a few reasons for this. When we talk about resolutions we can’t help but associate them with New Years. That means that a few weeks down the line, they are forgotten when life gets in the way.
This is why I prefer to set goals. Plus I think the concept of goals is less frightening for most people – inherently you know that you aren’t going to make all of them, but you try anyways.
Last year I set several goals for myself on January 1st. I met some, I exceeded others and I flat out missed on some. Those goals were:
- Pay off at least 1/3rd of my student loans (This is part of my long-term goal of getting out of debt)
- I paid off all my loans – possibly the greatest feeling ever.
- Travel to at least 3 new states (tentatively on the list: Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont)
- We had a lot of great travel this year. I made it to Vermont and Minnesota. New Hampshire and Maine were a bust because of weather. I wouldn’t change anything about my trips though.
- Travel to a new country
- I finally visited Canada. We spent a few days in Montreal, which is a fantastic city
- Complete another 5k
- Done, and with that I have finally established a running routine.
- Complete a 10k
- This was a miss but I am ok with that. I did run my first mud run, which was a blast.
- Be more regular about my checkups
- Continue to stay on track with writing
- This is sometimes a struggle for me, but I think I have gotten better. This is an ongoing goal.
- Learn a new skill
- I don’t know if I have learned anything new, but I feel like I am continuing to improve on existing skill sets, which is possibly more satisfactory
- Cook a new dish a month
- Done, but if you asked me to replicate any of them I might be at a loss
- Start sparring again
- Sadly this is a miss, but it’s on my list for this year
- Improve my photography
- I have taken little gains, but not as much as I would like
I feel like 2014 is going to be a good year, with lots of exciting things in store. Some of the things I would like to do this year are:
- Start sparring again
- Work on my writing
- Learn to stick with my priorities and not let life throw me off so easily
- Visit a new state
- Visit a new country
- Run a 10k
- Run a few 5ks
- Build up a 4 month reserve now that I don’t have student loans
- Continue to improve my photography
What does this year have in store for you? What kinds of goals are you setting?