New Year’s Goals

new-years-goalsI’m nearly 2 weeks late, but for the sake of putting thoughts and ideas to paper I find it necessary to write and disclose my New Year’s Resolutions Goals. After discussions with many people I decided goals was the preferred word compared to resolutions. Resolutions is centered towards correcting your mistakes, while goals is centered on your accomplishments. A different state of mind can often lead to a different outcome. I accomplished quite a bit during this past year, a key year, in my very short lifespan. I graduated from Portland State University with a double major in Marketing & Advertising, I secured a job coming straight out of college, I ran my first ever marathon, I put on 10 lbs. of ‘upper body mass’ on, and I successfully completed my first year refereeing college basketball. All goals I set and all goals accomplished. Every year’s a pivotal year, but I have some lofty goals in several different areas set for 2010.

Health & Wellness

Last year my goals were set on running a marathon while ‘getting huge’. They were pretty counteractive, but in the end both were accomplished. I’m STILL feeling the ill effects, nearly three months later, from running the marathon. As a result, I’ve decided 2010 is NOT the year to try and beat my time. I do plan to run a marathon again, someday, but I need a more consistent program without having injury cycles every 2 weeks. My running goals for this year are to participate, at 100% health, in Hood to Coast, for my 4th consecutive year, and run at least one half-marathon. If I can end the running season at full strength, heading into basketball season, I will call 2010 a success in the running department. On the lifting side, I want to continue to progress towards my goal of not physically looking like an ‘8 year old girl’ while gaining more functional strength. I think the proof is in the pudding and simply making the decision to lift three days a week every week, for the past two years (I’ve only missed about 7 days total in that span), has been the true testament to my results and success.

Knowledge

I’ve had a bit of a relapse since I graduated and found myself not having my normal curious nature since birth. This needs to change or I will become bored and a trouble maker just like when my mother started me in school a year early. I want to learn and expand my computer skills in the areas of web design, graphic design, and coding. I’ve always been a computer nerd, but currently have some extra time to actually dedicate to this mission. I specifically want to re-design this website and create at least one additional personal web project. This website has unfortunately become stale over the past six months because of the subject constraints. I enjoy working and learning about social media, but it’s not something that I can write about every single day. I became an exponentially better writer over the past year simply by going through the exercise of writing a blog post on a daily basis. I need to make it easier to write on a daily basis. By re-designing the website, and blog, it will open up my abilities to write on any subject I desire. My website re-design will also give me th opportunity to brand myself professionally. Look for the re-design to be released sometime in May if not sooner.

In addition, to the computer based knowledge I want to get back into the regular routine of reading. Not just blogs, but actual books. I believe when I was 12 years old and reading on a regular basis I was much smarter than I am today. The computer and the calculator have been the rebirth and death of me all at the same time. I was a math genius until someone said I needed to buy a TI-83 calculator and I use to love reading books until the Internet was born. My mission is to read at least two non-technical books per month.

Personal Skills

Like my knowledge, I feel my lack of curiosity has stunted my growth as a person over the past few years. I’ve become a shut in of sorts and have the social skills of a Hobbit. I’m over exaggerating a bit, but I do feel the need to get out of my comfort zone and leave the nest more than I ever have before. I’m still committed to my goal of buying a house, but I doubt that will be accomplished by my 23rd birthday. Instead, I want to get to know Portland better. I finally have a car and need to take advantage of this transportation source to get out. My mission is to make a more concerted effort to get out and see the Portland nightlife. I’ve met so many great new people during the past few weeks that it would be a personal injustice to not continue the trend into the warmer months.

In addition, to seeing Portland’s nightlife is my desire to increase my cooking skills. I can make the staples for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but I’m not going to wow a date with my cuisine’s flavor. My grandfather has always been curious in the kitchen and I feel it’s time the torch was passed to me. So get ready mom, a few more kitchen disastrous are on their way!

Conclusion

My efforts to return to my habits of high school, being as well rounded as possible, will help ignite my curiosity and peak my intelligence. In the words of Blink 182, “Nobody likes you when your 23” so why not do what I want to, when I want to, and how I want to while I still can.

2 thoughts on “New Year’s Goals

  1. It will be nice to see Curious Jesse re-emerge. You survived my kitchen disasters and I will survive yours. Just make sure the expanded knowledge includes clean-up duties!

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