There are two blogs I like to read consistently: the first is Minimalist Adventures by Dusti Arab and Blog of Impossible Things by Joel Runyon. Gathering ideas from these two amazing writers fits quite nicely with what I am trying accomplish in writing this blog which is to reduce my spending, i.e. minimalize and to weigh less, i.e. increase my activity.
While it is easier to focus on all the goals that I have fallen short on, it is important to recognize what I have accomplished.
- I have worked on a project consistently for more than two weeks. This is my fourth month blogging and a huge step for me.
- My writing skills have improved.
- I am volunteering with the International Girls Group of Portland a.k.a. "Kinetic Midnight Energy"!
- Goal Setting: Goal setting is huge when trying to get something done. I have not really used this tool much in the past. When I started this blog, my "goals" were too vague. Having something specific in mind makes a task much easier to manage and complete.
- Procrastination: "Why put off tomorrow what you can accomplish today" This old wives' tale rings so true for me. I am a huge procrastinator and constantly put off things for later, someday, next week, etc. My husband is forever accusing me of procrastination but I did not understand how this effects not only myself, but it also effects my family. Plus, my son is starting to become a procrastination. Nothing gets accomplished with procrastination.
- Networking: With my sister moving away to another country, I have learned to rely on the other people in my life. I was too dependent on one person which is not healthy for me. Also, I am beginning to open up to my husband more about my thoughts and feelings; he is actually more insightful than I gave him credit for.
- Minimizing: I no longer need to keep clothes that do not fit or does not fit my style. Since my main goal is get healthy and loose weight, I need to make room for clothes that reflect my personality and style. I really love fashion from the 1920s through the 1960s.
This will serve as a starting off point as I am sure that I will add to my list as the year progresses.
- Ace the job interview: Some people have no problem with the job interview but for me, it is a huge obstacle. I have the knowledge and the talent but I freeze up.
- Run a race: First, I will start with walking the Shamrock Run (Portland, OR) and ease myself into actually running a race slowly. I have not run since the Army when I was 20 years old, so this is a big goal for me.
- Visit Saudi Arabia: This will be accomplished one of two ways, by getting a job with the same company my sister works for or by saving money and visiting my sister. I have always wanted to visit the Middle East.
- Scrapbooking: I have procastinating for years with scrapbooking my pictures into a single books vs pictures spread out all over the house. This will also help with minimizing.
- Lose 50 lbs by June: While I will love to be ina bikini by June, is more manageable to loose 50 lbs first.
Well, this is what I have so far. I am sure I will think of some more things. Let me know if you can help with accomplishing any of these things, especially practicing for a job interview!
What are your goals for 2011?