I had a great final semester and graduated college. I got married and Austin & I moved into our first apartment together. I started my first real-world job. I'm still a vegetarian. I've made a lot of time for writing. I started another blog with one of my best friends. I ended in a much better place with my word of the year (I think I may make one final post about that). I learned about breathing, courage, and patience. I learned that just because something is traditional and normal, that doesn't always mean it's the right thing to do for everyone.
I want to continue to be more consistent with exercising. I want to continue to scrapbook. I want to take the GRE and apply for graduate school (for real). I want to journal more often (because I clearly don't spend enough time writing each day). I want to have less "screen time" (as today's newest parents are calling it). I want to get out more. I want to keep a better home and become a more patient wife. I want to be more hospitable and better about returning phone calls. I want to sleep . . . better. I want to send out queries for a manuscript. I want to get out more (because it's probably healthy to have social interactions every now and then). I want to build relationships and serve others.
One really useful thing I learned as a psychology major is that goals should be SMART - specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely.
I'm starting off the year with these smart goals:
#1. Leave the apartment 1x per day. Take Nelly for a walk, take myself for a walk, do some laundry (see further down), get the mail, whatever. Leave the apartment complex at least 1x per work week. I usually get out a day or two on the weekend, but I'd like to get out a little during the week too.
#2. Do a load of laundry every other day. It's been piling up something awful around here. Really awful. It's difficult not having a washer/dryer inside our unit to get on a consistent schedule for laundry. But I'm determined to make it happen.
#3. Move more. I work at a desk all day and I'm abnormally skilled at staying in the same position for hours. So I'm gonna not do that . . . 2 days/week I'm doing strength training, 2 days/week I'm doing cardio, 2 days/week I'm doing a really deep stretch work out, and 1 day/week I'm getting out and doing something fun (soccer, walking the mall, tennis, swimming, biking, whatever).
I've already been working at those goals, but moving around 1x a day for 30 min isn't enough for me.
I want to do little bits of movement throughout the day as well. I have a list of little things that don't take much time that I can do during breaks or just in the evening that aren't very strenuous but give me some movement time. Stuff like doing crunches during television commercial breaks, dancing to a couple songs on iTunes, or doing a quick ballet barre (okay, that's a little more strenuous).
#4. Watch less television. I think I'm about to cancel our cable actually. The price just went up a lot, our attempt to switch to Dish during one of their promotions failed, and if I'm wanting to watch less tv this kind of seems like a good idea. I'm trying to think of what we can spend that money on that would really be beneficial because I think that would seal the deal for me. I'm thinking maybe a weekly tap class? I miss tapping so much and even though I have a board that allows me to do it from home, it's probably not the most neighborly thing to do when you don't live on the first floor.
What are you doing this year?