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December 30, 2012


Every year I like to make resolutions—goals I’d like to work on in the coming year. I like the idea of having a few things to try to accomplish over the next 12 months.

These are my goals from 2012:

  • Travel somewhere new (I have this one every year.) — Check. I’ve traveled to Charlotte, N.C., many times since my parents moved there last January; I’ve enjoyed getting to see this new place. Matt and I went to Jacksonville, Fla., for a U.S. men’s national soccer team game in May; although I’d been to Jacksonville for the Georgia/Florida football game before, I’d never really seen different parts of the city or Jax Beach. Then in June, Matt and I went to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic with some friends; it was a very relaxing week-long vacation at an all-inclusive resort.
  • Eat healthier, exercise more (My goal is to get back into the shape I was in in college.) — This is probably my biggest accomplishment this year. I’m currently 15 lbs. lighter than I was last New Year’s. I was closer to 20 lbs. down before the holidays hit, but I’ll be healthier again after the New Year. It was a slow and steady course; cutting out bad foods without totally depriving myself and running three or four times per week. Slow and steady.
  • Run four races this year (Already signed up for one, and I will be signing up to run the Peachtree Road Race again on July 4.) — Well, I ran three races (two 5Ks and a 10K), but I did join the Atlanta Track Club after the Peachtree this year. My membership is good through 2013, so I definitely need to run more free races next year.
  • Do more; veg out on the couch less — This was pretty vague. I mainly meant to get out more and do fun activities. I think I did a better job of this when the weather was nice, but there’s always room to do more. Now that it’s cold and rainy, I think vegging is just fine.

So what are my resolutions for 2013?

  • Travel somewhere new
  • Lose 10 more pounds — This is to build on last year’s resolution to eat healthier and exercise more. While the number on the scale is not most important, it does help keep me in check. And again, I plan to do it slow and steady as a continuation from the last year.
  • Take a photography class — I recently purchased a Nikon D3100 and I want to learn how to use it correctly. Photography and graphic design go hand-in-hand, so this is a good skill to gain.
  • Take a few guitar basic guitar lessons — I got an acoustic guitar for Christmas years ago, and I’ve never really learned how to play. I think a few lesson would set me on a good path to be able to continue learning on my own.
  • Join a professional networking group — I’ve been thinking about this one for a while, but haven’t picked one yet. I’m trying to decide between a marketing group and a graphic design group.
  • Learn to shoot a handgun — First of all, I am not big into guns, nor am I a proponent of them. But I feel like this would be a good skill to have, just in case. If for some reason there’s ever a scuffle and a gun slides across the floor, I want to be able to pick it up and know what I’m doing. Random, yes, but still good to be prepared.

Do you have goals for the coming year?


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