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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