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2014 Goals

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Hi Sparkfriends!!

I always stay in on January 1 and reflect on the previous year and decide what I want to accomplish in the new year. I suppose you could call them resolutions, but to me they are goals. I have a big binder with all the things I ever said I wanted in my life, categorized into six buckets. Each year I review them, reminisce a little (I'm a little past being a rock star...), and then pick one or two from each of those six categories.

So here's what I'm going to work on this year:
1. Get a promotion (financial/career) - some of this is out of my control, but there is plenty I can do to make myself as promote-able as possible. So I'm going to focus on learning my industry inside & out, hone my skills, and request side projects that will enhance my experience.
2. Eliminate debt (financial/career) - I don't have a ton of debt, but now that I'm done with school, my student loans need to be paid back. I just want to get organized and get this stuff paid off as quickly as possible.
3. Weigh less than 200 pounds (health) - I haven't weighed less than 200 pounds since 1993. It's a tall order, but I have been making steady progress toward that goal for 5 years. I will continue the fight by getting better about logging my food, drinking plenty of water, and being more consistent with exercise.
4. Run a 5k in less than 36 minutes (health) - My best 5k time is 41:30. I'm focusing on losing weight and adding a little speedwork into my training program to try and cut that time down.
5. Record 6 songs (mental) - A friend gave me the new Beck album, which is not recorded's sheet music. I want to learn at least 6 of the songs and record them, add in additional parts from friends, and post them on YouTube. This one is a strange one for me, but it should be fun!
6. Improve my marriage (home) - I have a great husband and am looking forward to our 14th wedding anniversary this year. But things can always be better, and I've neglected our relationship for 4 years while I finished school. Time to remind him that he's important to me.
7. Organize my house (home) - I have too much stuff. It must go.
8. Let go of the past (spiritual) - I have too much baggage. It must also go.
9. Improve my ability to participate in small talk (social) - I'm an introvert in an extrovert's career. It's important that I be able to socialize, but I really struggle to come up with anything to say after "hello." If I'm going to keep advancing my career, I've got to figure out how to socialize. This year's focus is research and practice.


So that's it - 9 goals for 2014. I'll check in periodically with progress reports. It's going to be a great year!!
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  • AMY-MIMI77
    Best of Luck on achieving your goals - I know that you will do your best
    keep reaching for them
    1131 days ago
    I think you have some great goals to strive to achieve in 2014.
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    1139 days ago
    Wow! Those are some fantastic goals! I totally love the idea of your big binder! (I may steal it.)

    I have no doubts that you'll make significant progress and tackle these. I picture you as this project management tough mudder rock star!!

    You are amazing and I know you got this!

    1140 days ago
    Wonderful goals Jen! You have put some great thought into them. I will be doing your number 7 as we gear up for a move on the next 4 weeks! Also working on your #4 I would like to be around a 222-24 mind 5k so we can sure support each other in our journeys diamond girl! Keep Dazzling!
    1140 days ago
    Good goals! It is obvious you really thought these out!
    1140 days ago
    These are some awesome goals. I love how organized you are to have a binder with all that. I would have to say that type of organization is something that I strive for. That may just have to go into my goals for this year.
    1140 days ago
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