Happy new year! 2015 was a pretty good year to me, but I don’t think it’s any surprise when I say I am so looking forward to 2016.
I have been trying to write this blog post for a few weeks now and some mental block has been stopping me. So, instead of waiting for this post to magically appear somewhere, I managed to get this posted by sheer will before midnight on the first of the year.
This year, I’m not in the business of setting lofty resolutions, but rather, realistic ones. Goals and resolutions that stretch and challenge me but don’t break me. I’d rather set an attainable goal, and exceed it, than set a wildly aspirational one and fail at it. Goals need to be S.M.A.R.T., that is, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound.
That being said, here are a few of resolutions/goals I’m putting on the board for 2016 (and I’m putting them in writing so I can revisit in 365 days and see all that I accomplished. It’s short, but, it’ll grow):
- Read one fiction book every month
- Read one non-fiction book every month
- Note: I have a Goodreads challenge to read 30 books – which is more than the 12 fiction/12 non-fiction, but here’s where the “accomplish then exceed” part of my resolution comes into play. Side note: know a good book that’s missing from the growing list? Tweet me and I’ll throw it in there.
- Try three new exercise classes (aerial pilates, Bari and… a third)
I love revisiting the past. I check Timehop daily, and am obsessed with track important dates and times. On January 1, 2014, I created a ‘100 in 1001’ list. That is, 100 things I want to do in 1001 days – which ends sometime in September 2016. Revisiting the list for the first time in nearly two years, it’s also pretty humorous to see the fears and aspirations I had back then.
Stuff such as “get a passport” and “visit the Newseum” were done within that year, “be interviewed for a blog or magazine or website for a good reason” was accomplished just a few months ago. (Granted – it was the Penn State PRSSA newsletter, but it still counts!) Some items I know are unlikely to be accomplished – “climb Mt. Nittany,” but who’s to say that doesn’t become some other hiking-related goal?