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?

20 Something Bloggers Blog Swap!

December 20, 2010 at 7:28 am | Posted in Career Moves, Life and Living | 1 Comment
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Welcome to a very special Monday post!  I’m taking part in 20 Something Bloggers‘ Blog Swap!  I’ve been paired with Karen, a blogger/life coach from Ontario, Canada.  Check out her blog, Igniting Your Life for some real inspiration!

Here’s the topic: “What will you do next year that you’ve been putting off for too long?”  I hope you all enjoy Karen’s post!

2011 is The Year of Dreams

I approach 2011 with some trepidation.  It’s the year I turn 30.  Growing up, I thought 30 was old.  Now that I’m nearly there, I realize that life is just beginning.  While as a 10 year old, I thought life would be much different at nearly 30, standing here in present day, I actually think that I’m right where I ought to be.

Looking back over this past year, I see 2010 as a preparation year.  It was year of soul-searching, looking deep within, challenging myself and stretching my understanding of who I am.  I went back to school while working, I moved back home to save money, which now has an added bonus of being there for my parents in some rough times.  I’ve also changed how I view myself.  I am starting to see myself as competent, intelligent, resourceful, smart… things that I’ve been told for years, but didn’t believe.

As 2010 winds down, I’m looking forward to what the new year will bring.  I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, they far too often fail for one reason or another.  Rather, I would prefer to pick a theme or an overall idea for the year.  2011 is going to be the year of realizing my dreams and doing things for me, without guilt.

I am starting my own life, career and wellness coaching business, I am putting myself out there.  For so long I wished I could find a way to be self-employed.  It’s not that I don’t love my human resources career, but it just didn’t allow me to do what I liked, be as in control of things as I want and to connect with people.  But I always put it off because I was scared to take a risk.  Now, I’ve decided that 2011 is the right time.

There are always reasons not to do something.  And there’s never a perfect time.  I look at my life right now, and there are some very big reasons to slow down and maybe not try to start this business.  But the number one reason to do it?  I’ve always wanted to.  That reason trumps them all.  And because I’m doing things for me, sans guilt, this is a must do.

Those obstacles that are standing in my way can be dealt with, worked around and overcome with a bit of tenacity, thinking outside the box and some help from friends and family.  I decided that I wanted this business bad enough that it was worth sorting things out to make it a go.

The last few years I’ve decided that age 30 is going be The Year.  The Year for big, wonderful dreaming.  The Year I come into my own.  The Year that I take my life by the horns and get things I always wanted done.  And I’m working hard for that.  It’s something I’ve never done before!  I’ve rarely decided that I’m worth making such an effort.  Not anymore!

Look out 2011!  I’m turning thirty and it’s the year my dreams will come true!

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