Ok, so honestly, I don’t believe in resolutions. Like many people, I find that forcing a major change on oneself just leads to frustration and disappointment if one fails to meet that change. Instead, I like to set goals for myself. If, at the end of the year, I have not met that goal, I will look back and figure out WHY it didn’t work. Then, the next year, I will adjust my goals to something that is still a challenge but not unattainable.
The other thing that people often fail to take into consideration is that life simply DOES NOT WORK OUT the way one expects. In my last post, I talked about how in January, I had absolutely NO plans to move again and certainly never planned to buy a home! Yet I did it, because the time was right for me. That messed with my financial goals bigtime. It also meant that I had to delay some major business plans because there was no way to do both a new business AND a home purchase. It just wasn’t possible for me. I don’t consider my business plan a failure; it is just something I will have to revisit another time when I’m ready.
So here, in no particular order, are my goals for 2010. Some are big, some are trivial, some are important and some are simply wishes. Let’s see if I can meet them this year!
In 2010, I will…
…participate in RavOlympics, which is a Ravelry.com-wide event where you choose a fiber goal to achieve while the Olympics are in session. As mod of Abby’s group on there, I am a de facto Captain of Team Suck Less. My personal goal will be to spindle-spin 1000 yards of yarn in a single batch. Why I chose this goal: I tend to spin small batches on my spindles and large ones go on the wheel. It would be nice to have a real quantity of yarn spindle-spun for a single project. Level of difficulty: Medium. It’s going to be a real challenge but I totally believe I can do it.
…finish spinning the yarn for my Brown Sweater Project, and then knit the sweater. Why I chose this goal: The Project is over a year old and the remaining 2/3 of the fiber is taking up a lot of room in my stash. Plus, I want the sweater. Level of difficulty: Easy. The yarn is being spun long-draw on the wheel, and can be spun very quickly. It’s just a matter of sitting down to do it.
…build up my emergency savings fund. Why I chose this goal: Everyone should have a cushion of money for emergencies. I am determined to never need the sole credit card I own. Level of difficulty: Medium. I need to buckle down and stick to my budget.
…finish the socks from Socks in 2009. Why I chose this goal: I want to wear my socks! Also, I have too many projects on the needles at the moment, so it would be nice to clear out a few. Level of difficulty: Easy. Just knit! I can probably have most if not all of them done by the time the RavOlympics start if I’m diligent.
…set up my studio for real. Why I chose this goal: My studio room is an utter mess right now. After the move, my poor studio yet again turned into the storage room and the place where we toss stuff and close the door. No more! Now that the living room, kitchen, dining room, and bedroom have been organized, it’s time to get to work on the studio. I think I could do it in two weekends if I get some help–clear it out and paint one week, then move things back in and arrange them the next. I would really like this to be done perhaps over February vacation. Level of difficulty: Medium. I need help and a plan, and I will desperately need to go through my art & craft supplies before putting them back in. Sentimentally, it will be a very hard task.
…schedule four one-on-one classes per week. Why I chose this goal: If I can do four 1-hour classes a week, I will be able to achieve my financial goals. I also enjoy teaching individuals rather than large classes, so it works out well. Level of difficulty: Medium to hard. There are a few people who would be good candidates, and once I have spoken with them, I’m going to advertise in the paper. I can probably get two people fairly easily but finding more may be a challenge.
…set aside several times every week for exercise. We love our Wii Fit, and I have my Hoop, so why not put them to good use? Why I chose this goal: It’s obvious–I NEED to lose weight and get in shape. My eating habits have already gotten worlds better over the past few years, but now I need exercise to strengthen my body. The pulmonologist chided me about my overall fitness level (or lack thereof) after I recovered from pneumonia, and he said I would have been much better if I’d been in shape. Level of difficulty: Hard. I know myself, and this WILL be the hardest goal to achieve. I will never be skinny, but I can’t justify my current shape. I will need a lot of encouragement and help to keep at it.
I think that’s it for my major goals. There will be smaller ones that I’ll make over the course of the year, but these are the ones I’ve been thinking about for the past couple of weeks. I am realistic about them; I am sure I won’t see major improvements in my bank account for a few months, for instance. But I know that a few changes here and there will help me succeed.
Thanks for reading this far! I think this blog tends to be a lot of stuff for me and a few other people. Today’s question is: What are your big goals for the year? I am always interested to know what other people plan for themselves. Share in the comments!