Someone recently told me I am addicted to change and they just might be onto something. While it was originally intended as a playful jab briannorriswearswomensunderwear, I am taking it to a whole new level this year and working it to my advantage. For the change-addict, a new year is quite the enabler.
I got right here two lists with what I refer to as “hard” and “soft” goals. The hard list is because I know myself well enough to realize I need numbers to keep me honest. I appreciate the “Do ____ ONCE a day, or you have failed,” kind of mentality.
The soft goals are my “doing _____ will probably make me a happier person” resolutions, and they are just as important as far as I am concerned. I know you are reading this thinking, “Why do you have two lists if the hard and soft blah blah blah are just as important?” And I would say to you that I just need two lists! You don’t understand, you aren’t a list person.
My name is Brit and I am addicted to lists. And change. Oh, bugger.
Boy: ‘Bugger’ is a dirty word in England, you know.
Me: Bugger off.
Ahem. Hard Goals for 2012 include:
- Walking my dog at least three times a week. (Don’t call the animal police (?) [Wow, I have no idea who you call with an animal complaint…] I swear he gets at least 2 walks a day. I’m just not the one who does it. Save your judgement!)
- Read one book a month. (I love to read. For whatever reason I just don’t do it enough these days. Remember when you were in college and all you wanted in the world was to a read a book for fun? Well, I can’t afford to go back to school. I will have to inspire myself for free.)
- Publish at least 3 blog posts a week. (Actually thinking after work is not easy but it’s totally worth it. Everyone should have a creative outlet even if it isn’t a blog.)
- Learn to knit. (I have the tools: needles, yarn, and two hands! I just have zero clue what I’m doing. I can’t wait to make a ton of ugly Harry Potter scarves for all my friends and family. Let me know your house preference ASAP.)
- Travel (by plane) to at least two different destinations. (These must be non-work related. And one of them should be to Austin, TX. In March.)
Soft Goals for 2012
- Explore Asian cuisine. (I will be honest, it intimidates me.)
- Buy less crappy clothes. (I need to stop going to Target to satisfy my impulse shopping problem. I wish everyone, myself included, realized what crapshoots these kinds of places can be – for a handful of different reasons. One of which being that their clothes completely fall apart. I am approaching 30. I can buy nice clothes that last.)
- Take more pictures. (I still treat my DSLR like a disposable camera. Why get scared to take a picture? You can just delete them now. It is such a luxury and I really need to get over it.)
- Not get completely flustered with, eeep, planning a wedding. (I am a planner by nature but I’m more on a wine and cheese party level. This is way out of my comfort zone. I refuse to be stressed by such a fun and joyful occasion. Where is Jennifer Lopez when you need her?!)
2012 is going to be legen, wait for it, dary.
Even if I fail at all of the above.
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. – Confucius
**Top of the Hancock Building, (Chicago, 2011) – I kind of almost threw up taking this picture.