Every year I make [the dreaded] new year’s resolution list. While slightly short of cliche, it’s one of my favorite traditions. In fact, I keep it in a small, hidden box alongside my dresser that holds all of my previous years’ resolutions. It’s fun to look back on them and see what was important to me in previous years. Usually my lists consist of 10+ resolutions – I am not an overachiever by any means; I merely think that, if I have more, I will accomplish more over the year.
While I will continue my tradition of writing them down in my box of secrets, I thought I would share a few of them on here as well (hopefully I encourage the spirit amongst some of you!)
1. Lose 10 Pounds
Who doesn’t have this goal? I think that it has been on my list for over five years (try six or seven)! However, as I’ve grown into adult status, I’ve started becoming more realistic in the sense that I need to create “smart” goals in order to attain them. Really, ten pounds in one year is less than a pound a month. That’s 100% doable! So, this is my short-term goal: to lose one pound per month. However, I would also like to get fit; losing ten pounds means very little to me if I don’t gain some muscle along with it. My side goal for 2014 is to fit into a size 2 jeans. I’m currently about a 4 so losing one pant size will be a welcome accomplishment.
2. Obtain a Job
Vague? Yes. However, there is more to this idea than those 3 words. As I have previously mentioned, I am graduating from college in May 2014. I am searching for an entry-level recruiting position in human resources, and I would like to start making a decent salary (I have the number in my head, but I do not wish to share it with the world) with benefits (once again vague) that is preferably located somewhere without dramatic winters.
3. Find a Companion
Not a companion as in a male (or female) companion – I already have a wonderful man in my life. This resolution is referring to a pet. 2014 is the year that I will get a dog. Growing up on a farm, there were always dogs and animals running around. It’s a lifestyle that I grew fond of, and, unfortunately, I haven’t found the opportunity to get my own. The absence of a pet has been an incredible burden on my life, especially when Garrett works late or is out of town. I often get lonely, even when I’m with people, due to the fact that there is not a fuzzy friend waiting for me at home. Anyone who has grown up with pets and are animal lovers will know what I’m talking about!
4. Enjoy a Healthier Lifestyle
The days of college are soon to be ending, and I’m ready (and have been for a long time) to find a healthier style of living. While I eat relatively healthy and exercise already, there is much room for improvement. Not only would I like a constant clutter free, clean home, but I would also like to cook regularly, partake in my hobbies, and spend time with new friends. Working full-time and attending school gives me very little time for a social life or free time in general, and I need that to change in order to fully enjoy the life that I have been given. Graduating from college will finally give me this opportunity and will relieve an incredible amount of stress (can you tell I’m excited to graduate?!)
5. Lose Verbal Fillers
“Like,” “um,” and “uh” are frequent terms in my vocabulary. This needs to be something I start to monitor and stray away from, especially since I will be moving into a professional setting in the near future. This is a goal that I have already set for myself and have been trying to change, but I would like to accomplish by the end of the upcoming year.
6. Plan for a Family
Yes, another vague goal. I’m currently 23-years-old, and I am ready to start thinking about having a family. Would I like to start it in 2014? No, however, I would like to start preparing financially, emotionally, and internally. Currently, I’m a cigarette smoker, for example, and, while I don’t smoke on a regular basis, I need to cut this out completely. There is no way that I want to get pregnant (on purpose or on accident) with tobacco and other terrifying ingredients soaked inside my body. Also, I have very little money saved, as I am a college student, and, whether I want to think about getting married or having kids, financial security is a must.
I’m sure there will be plenty more to come (probably a million small, easily attainable goals), but I think this is a good head start. January 1, 2013 is right around the corner, and I’m more than ready for a change!
What are your goals for 2014?