Looking to 2011: Goals and Resolutions

December 30, 2010 at 7:38 am | Posted in Life and Living | 10 Comments
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There are those who make resolutions each year — some keep em, some forget about them — and there are those who think the whole thing is a big joke, perhaps because they tend to lead to failure.  But being a goal-oriented person as I am, I take this time to reassess my goals to make realistic resolutions that support these goals.  This allows me to be more successful when I make resolutions.

My first resolution is to give more (if I can).  I feel I have been blessed with some job security and domestic partnership that have made my finances reasonable.  I will continue to be conservative in my giving, as you never know what can happen, but I know a lot of people are suffering with the poor economy and other sad circumstances.  I will do what I can to help others.

My second resolution is directly tied to my first one.  I have set a goal for myself to pay off my small student loan but the end of 2011.  This means I need to spend wisely.  I will not force myself to go without as I have done in the past, but I will harness my inner bargain shopper to ensure I get good deals on the things I need and the things I want.  I will also not fear going too low in my bank account.

My third resolution is to take better care of myself.  I’m not getting younger, and yes, I know I’m not old.  But I want to age gracefully and live a long and healthy life.  This means eating better on a regular basis, working out consistently, and a little bit of pampering.

My fourth resolution is to live in the moment more.  I find that women tend to have a way of always worrying about the future while men are much better at living in the moment.  There needs to be a balance of both.  There sometimes needs to be some planning so that you can live in the moment.  In 2011, I will continue to seek out exciting experiences and enjoy the simple moments of being with my boyfriend, my friends, and my family.

In writing this list, I came cross the lists I’ve created over the past few years.  Many of these same ideas have been appeared in the past.  But I’ve also been able to cross off several items, too.  By affirming these resolutions, whether new or old, I am recognizing their importance in my continued growth and life fulfillment.

I ended 2009 on a low note, and am happy to be ending 2010 on a high note, with just some typical life stresses to worry about.  I’m looking forward to continued growth in 2011.  Bring it on!

What are your resolutions? How will you meet them?


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  1. New years Resolutions 2011
    Take my art to a new level(more shows, more shows and attempt to market more). Also, I want to write more…I use to love to write (journalism degree) and Im starting to get the itch again. Save more money…easier said then done with mortgage and rugrats but I will do my best…oh yeah workout so I can continue to attract younger ladies…just joking, serious!

    • scratch the itch! 🙂

      • Yeah your right…Congrats on your first year blogging…I know it was hard but very entertaining…keep doing your thing. Oh yeah, thanks For the marketing advice…I may be inspired to create something for you..maybe as a wedding gift in 2011…peace Dana.

  2. Mm, I agree with your fourth one, that’s one I need to do. I think I do an okay job of it really, but there’s room for improvement and I think it’s a goal I would gain a lot from. Unfortunately, it’s not really a goal that I can cut up into steps and track my progress on, it’s just a general mindset thing, you know? Which makes it a very difficult goal.

    • absolutely, I think all of these resolutions are really a matter of changing one’s mindset, though some are more easily measured than others. That’s why us bloggers are lucky. We can track our mindset by the tone of our posts over a period of time. Are our posts constantly sad or worried, or are they getting progressively more confidence, happy, and determined? Writing is such a blessing! Happy New Year to you!

  3. Urgh student loans, my payments have just started coming out of my paycheck. Ah well. Happy New year! I don’t really make resolutions as i have the will power of a cheese string but i wish you luck with yours (they seem quite reasonably achievable).

  4. I completely agree! How many times do we put off going to the bathroom until you’re just about bursting because other things need attention? This is my resolution this year – do what you wanna do 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMimqfJVedE

  5. […] I look at my New Year’s Resolutions from last year (after I write them, I do not revisit them as I hope to have internalized them/forget I actually […]

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