I try to set goals for each year. Last year I didn't because life was in the middle of the chaos that comes with moving across country. But this 2011 I'll be making up for that lost year.
I like to set goals and not resolutions, because resolutions sound so permanent. As if I weren't to somehow miss my resolution on day one then I would be a complete failure. Which I'm sure makes sense to only me.
Basically I assume if I don't attempt something I'm only allowing life to come at me. I want to pursue life.
1. Read 45 Books. Normally my goal has been 40 books, and I generally reach it. So this year I thought I'd challenge myself a little more. In a couple of days I'll outline some of the books I plan to read and/or finish.
2. Enroll in a couple of courses at the local community college. One course on something that just interests me. And the second I'll listen to the recommendation of some advisors. (maybe I'll take a class and work on my Spanish. Or they offer a cake decorating course. They even have a blog writing class. Any suggestions?)
3. Watch half of all the movies on AFI's Top 100 Movies list, both lists, that I have left to watch. Only 27 more to go.
4. Get a pet. I'm thinking a fish.
5. Buy a bike and ride it.
6. Go to the doctors. A regular check up is probably wise. An appointment with an allergy and asthma specialist would also do me good.
7. Get a new phone. And, perhaps, new cell phone service.
8. Visit a city that I have never explored before. (Atlanta?, Baltimore?)
9. Visit 3 MLB ballparks I have never visited. (Atlanta? Washington? Baltimore?)
10. Run in the White Deer Dash 5K. (sometime in August).
11. Send more mail than I receive. Of course that's exaggerated, seeing how I get a ton of junk mail. Essentially I just think I should send more letters, postcards and thank you notes. Sub-goal: go to the post office and buy lots of stamps.
12. Organize and minimize my closet. I hate knowing that I own clothes that I never wear. I got to get rid of them. It's incredible how much crap can accumulate.
13. No Dr Pepper. I did this back in 2008 and am going to give it another go. What I learned then was that if I wasn't drinking DP I didn't choose to drink any soda. So essentially this is a no soda year. I figure that at some point in the year, probably at the start of July, I'll narrow down my drink options to just water.
14. Mission Trip. I don't necessarily want to commit to a mission trip in 2011, but I do want to be making plans for another mission trip by at least 2012. Perhaps taking students with me.
I may have another one or two, which I will add later if I choose so. What about you? Do you set yearly goals?