Monday, December 31, 2012

Goals for 2013

It's that time of year again, when folks start asking (or getting asked) about resolutions for the new year. I don't have resolutions so much as goals, so here are my goals for 2013 (not in any particular order):

Finish the current work-in-progress by the end of February. Actually, this one is a pretty top priority. It's been awhile since I've written a book, for various reasons and it's time to get back in the game.

Finish at least one more manuscript before Dec. 2013. See above re getting back in the game.

Book a trip (and go to) somewhere in Europe. We have many, many aeroplan miles we must use, or lose. Nice problem to have but only the air fare is free. Which is why we haven't used them already.

Lose ten pounds by May 4 (aka Daughter's Wedding Day). Although the dress I'm wearing is forgiving (empire waist, jersey knit), I need to lose at least 10 lbs. anyway.

Eat less junk food. See above.

Get back to walking either outside or on the treadmill EVERY DAY. And not just because I need to lose 10 lbs. I feel better and sleep much better if I exercise.

Spend more time in the hammock at the cottage. How can I say that after the above? Because last summer I spent a lot of time doing necessary yard work. The year before that, it was painting. I don't want to have it ingrained in my brain that cottage = work. That kinda defeats the purpose of having a cottage, doesn't it?

Finish making the small front yard at the cottage all garden.Again, this seems to go against what I just said, but I think it can be done without becoming a Major Project. I can hopefully get the bulk of the work done in a weekend, or maybe a week.

Be more positive. I've been finding myself seeing negatives before positives far too much lately, and that's got to stop. To be honest, I think this may be the most difficult goal of all. Thinking optimistically, though, it may also yield the best results for a happier me.

Whatever your goals are, and whether we reach them or not, I wish all of you a happy, healthy, safe and wonderful New Year!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

For some reason, most of my goals for 2013 seem to be dog related.

Ilka is going to her last AKC obedience trial later this month. I am hoping to get the last qualifying score we need for her CD title, but she's retiring, regardless. She is too reactive to be a good competive obedience dog. So, we are switching our focus to tracking and lure coursing.

For Leontine, my goals are to get her spayed and get her AKC listing number. With any luck (and a lot of hard work), we will start competing in obedience and rally later this year. I am also planning on tracking and lure coursing with her.

I am going to be walking them more, too. They need to be in shape for coursing, and I could stand to lose a good 20 pounds. I only walk the girls now. My 12 year old Rat Terrier can't take the distance any more.

Otherwise, just the usual stuff of getting the house and yard straightened up, and keeping them that way. I make those goals every year, and haven't managed to keep them yet, but hope springs eternal in the human breast.