Goals – they help keep me focused, give me something to shoot for, and offer me so much motivation. Writing goals down makes me accountable and putting them out there in the world helps them come to fruition.
Last year I set 13 goals for 2013, and while I wasn’t successful at all of them, I did accomplish the ones that were my top priority. Which started me thinking, this year I’m going to par down my goals to those things that are most important to me. Too many goals just cloud the issue and make me lose focus.
One of my friends posted this on Facebook today, to which I commented, “this should be my New Year’s Resolution.” So, in the spirit of keeping things simpler, these are my priorities in 2014.
- Reach my goal weight of 150 pounds. I have approximately 50 pounds to go to reach this goal, so reaching this milestone in 2014 is completely realistic. For my height of 5″3′, tables and charts say I should weigh no more than 140, but I don’t live my life by those. I go with what I think will look best on my body, which is curvy and solid. 150 pounds will be perfect, I think. And if not, I can make adjustments.
- Get out and enjoy a social life. This means seeing friends regularly, dating, going on vacations, and getting out of the house more. Going to dinner, seeing movies, attending plays, seeing local concerts. Seeing and being seen. I can’t wait to start having more fun in 2014.
- Continue having adventures in fitness. In 2014 I want to continue my run/walk intervals, join a run club, and do lots more 5Ks. I want to try new fitness classes at the gym. I want to go on hikes, try skiing or snowboarding, and incorporate new water sports. I want to bike to new places, swim in the ocean, and go skating (ice and roller).
- Read more books. I only read 11 books in 2013, which is absolutely abysmal for someone who enjoys reading as much as I do. So, I’m going to set a goal on Goodreads that I’ll read 30 books in 2014, which is a little more than 2 books a month. Totally doable.
- Tap into my creative side. I want to spend 2014 creating things: completing my scrapbook, crocheting, taking photographs, and learning to speak Italian. I don’t want to limit other creative areas that might want to explore, but these are the first few things that come to mind.
There you have it – 5 goals for the new year. 5 priorities for 2014. I can’t wait to get started!