Plans for the New Year
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
A week into the new year, and I'm just now getting around to writing down my resolutions. To be fair, I've been sharing them with my support network here at home, I just haven't put them down anywhere. It's time to do that.
Also, I keep thinking to myself, "Do I want to call them resolutions?" To me, resolutions are those things that everyone makes at whichever New Year's party they've wound up at and they almost never plan to actually follow through. I will admit that I have fallen victim to this folly so many times in the past, but things are different now. I've shown myself that I can follow through on what I want, so my "resolutions" are a way for me to keep up with that.
1. Learn Spanish.
Really it's to learn a new language, but I have the means to learn Spanish and since it is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, that seems like a place to start. I bought the Spanish Rosetta Stone program months ago, but I haven't found the time to start it yet. I would like to aim to get an hour and a half of time in each week until I have completed the program.
2. Up my focus and time clocked at work.
This is a big one for me. I currently work for my father, and that sometimes makes me feel as though I don't have to work as hard. However, I am looking for jobs elsewhere because what I do is nothing like what I am truly interested in. If I were to get a different job now, I don't know if I would be able to handle it. I want to get myself up to 40 hours a week, like I should be doing, and to stop wandering social media sites as much during the work hours. This is a test of my willpower, which has increased greatly in the last six months.
3. Be active for at least 120 minutes per week.
It's a low number, but I expect it to grow as I continue to work on being active. While the snow continues to fly, I will maintain my time on the treadmill and with my weights. I would also like to learn to ice skate again. I was good at it once, but with the weight gain, the desire to skate lessened to the point where I have no idea if I can even do it any more. I live with a family of hockey players, and although I have no desire to chase that puck around the ice, I want to get back out there.
Also toward this goal, I would like to participate in my first 5k this year. Likely walking, but jogging for portions. When I mentioned this goal to my mom, she started listing off the races she knows about here in Vermont, and we've decided there is one in May that we could perhaps do together. It would be a good experience for the pair of us. Since we are both working hard on our fitness goals, it would be beneficial for both of us. And since most of our bonding time is sitting on our bums in the living room, this could make a nice change.
Yes, I know it's vague, but that's because I honestly haven't figured out where I'm going to volunteer yet. Perhaps United Way or a homeless shelter. I want to join the Peace Corps, and in order to do that, I need to have a voluteering reference. I haven't volunteered since my Girl Scout days, and those were five (almost six) years ago. I need something new and fulfilling in my life.
Those are my goals for the year. There are a million smaller things I want to do, but these will be what drive me and work toward the larger goals I have for my life. Learning a language, volunteering, and getting healthier all will help my chances with the Peace Corps, and that is something I want so badly. These goals will keep pushing me toward the woman I want to be and who has been hiding in me all these years. It's time I let her have a chance in the light.
Hope you all are looking forward to 2013 as much as I am.