Friday, December 30, 2011

2012 Goals

I'm lucky enough to get 2 new years every year. Of course there's the standard New Year you know of, January 1st. But I also get the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, which comes around in mid-September, to reevaluate how the year is going. For the new Jewish year this year, I started this blog. So far, so good on that goal. For long term goals I'm going to post not only the goal but WHY its a goal... so I can remind myself later when it seems to hard why I should keep trying.

I don't really like New Year resolutions. The last resolution I made, in October 2009 for Rosh Hashana, was to give up pork (to become a better Jew, of course) and since then I've only knowingly eaten pork maybe 3 times.  I say knowingly because I'm sure some Mexican restaurants around here put pork fat in their beans or ground pork their ground beef and I'm not going to become one of those people who interrogates the servers about food content. If it says there's pork, I pick something else, if it says "seasoned ground sirloin" I'm going to take their word for it. Sorry for that digression. Anyways, I like goals more than resolutions because goals are measurable. I can say I'm doing awesome at my resolution to not eat pork (despite a couple slip ups) but if I had said as a goal "Never eat pork again," then I failed. Thrice. Or more if you count all the potential refried beans. So I will set measurable goals, things I will attempt to accomplish by years' end.

For the year of 2012 I have 4 major goals:
  1. Half Marathon. I have set my sights on the Wine and Dine Half which is November 10th. But whether that's what I choose, or if I do a different one, this is the year that I will complete 13.1 miles.
    Why it's important: I want to stay fit and active. Having a race in my sights will motivate me to keep pushing myself rather than hit a plateau, or worse- quit!
  2. Home cooking. My goal is to experiment, expand my palate (especially for vegetables) and then develop a repertoire of go-to meals that I can shop for and cook without having to look up the recipe.
    Why it's important: It's amazing the amount of time I spend planning meals. I need to be able to call up quick healthy things when I don't have time to plan, so I don't resort to eating crap; especially when I'm a wife and mother one day, and it's better to start practicing now!
  3. Enjoy life. I worry too much. This will be the year that I remember that this part of life is amazing and unique, different from the last part and from the next part. I'll never be here again, and I'll probably miss some things about it that I can't ever get back.
    Why it's important: Well, so I don't die of a stress induced heart attack at 40. Also because one day when I'm married and have to share my house with a man, I might be sorry I didn't paint the bathroom lime green (actual color I've chosen is "Honeydew Melon") with bright purple towels when I had the chance.And then I saw this, which made me laugh. Source
    Maybe I should give this goal up and go about miserably forking over my money to AT&T, Nissan, Amazon, and (of course) Lululemon.
  4. Grow the blog. Get to the point where I have a steady stream of page-views (20+ on each post) and Twitter followers (goal would be 150 but that might be a pipe dream). Its nice that my mom reads my blog, but maybe someone else could read it too?
    Why it's important: Writing is a bit of a passion for me. I always wanted to write something that people would read, but I also wanted to go to space and so here I am in Mission Control rather than a professional writer. But maybe the blog is my second chance at my other love.


  1. I would like to comment on number 4. It needs to be re-worded. I don't think your version of success is to feed people garbage because you find more people will read garbage. So let's not make it into a numbers game. You want value-added as a statistic. I know other bloggers that base success on just readership and I want to karate kick them in the throat (ahem) I mean I would like to politely tell them off. You have a job, you have a life, and you're smart, funny and beautiful. You don't need page views, but you do want to share what you've learned with the world in hopes to improve someone else's quality of life with your witty written words.

  2. You make a good point- it isn't all about the numbers and I will not start posting garbage. Oh gosh, do you think I have already started posting garbage? I actually worked the hardest on that goal because it was the hardest to articulate. I want people to read what I write and to enjoy it.
    But I need resolutions/goals to be measurable. How would you measure success of a blog besides increased readership?