New Years Resolutions: Goals for 2013
It is said that when one door closes another door opens. This is the way I view New Years. We all get to close the door on one chapter of our lives and open the door to new possibilities. New Years provides an opportunity for a clean slate to make changes and improvements. While it is true that a person can make changes for the better at any time in their life, New Years is a perfect time for people to set goals and start fresh. This is a list of goals I wish to accomplish in 2013. Some of them are very ambitious while others should be easier to complete within the year.
A few months ago I began and completely failed at losing weight. I documented weekly reports of my progress or lack thereof and ended up just giving up. While I did maintain a 5 lb loss overall, that is no where near the point I would like to be at. This time around I am not doing it alone. My office has agreed to start a "biggest loser" challenge and a co-worker is going to exercise with me in the mornings before work. It is my greatest hope that making this a group activity will increase my chances of success and will provide a healthy support system if I start to stray from the goal. So, what is the ultimate goal? I would like to be healthy again. I don't want to have to worry about one day getting diabetes or any other illness related to obesity. In order to gain that peace of mind then I would ultimately like to lose a total of 62 lbs before the year is over.
This is one of my more ambitious goals for this year, and in reality it will flow over into next year as well. Owning a home has been on my agenda for a few years now, however I haven't been financially ready to take that step yet. In the next two years I hope to change that. This year I would love to be able to save $25,000, which would be a huge sum of my overall goal. In a perfect world I would like $100,000 in the bank to use towards down payment, repairs and having enough left for emergency funds should I need them. Obviously I am still a few years off from actually making a purchase. I would love to be able to own a home before the interest rates go up again, which is why I have set such an ambitious goal for this year.
At my current salary and my expenses the way they are, I will be about 9K shy of my goal. I understand this means I will have to work overtime or get a second job, but if I work hard enough there is no reason why that number should be unachievable by the end of the year.
One thing that could potentially aid in my monetary goal is to work on my writing goal. I have been a member of the Hubpages community for about 4 years while not really being active. In all that time I have only published 44 hubs, half of which should probably be deleted or re-written. I have learned a lot in the last couple of months and my promise to myself this year is to be a more active member and to write more. Instead of getting a second job right away and having no free time to do anything I would like to think of this as a second job. I have already scheduled time just for writing. I have a semi started novel that I am itching to finish as well. This might be slightly ambitious as well buy by the end of the year it would be fantastic if I could earn $500/month on Hubpages and have a rough or second draft completed of my novel.
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I certainly plan to have a busy year! In addition to losing a ton of weight, making a ton of money and writing more than I ever have, I also hope to spend more time with friends and family. I have a very small family that I don't see nearly enough of and it is my sincerest hope to change that this year. I have also almost completely lost touch with most of my friends so I intend to take some time rekindling friendships and making new friends. It is important to have a healthy balance of work and social life and I have been neglecting my social duties for too long.
Recent events have hopefully proven to a larger number of people that we need to start taking better care of our planet if we expect it to be here for us in the long term. Becoming more environmentally conscious and helping others become more knowledgeable is one of my biggest goals this year. Recycling, energy and water conservation and being more mindful of waste are the starting points. In the spring I also plan to start growing my own fruits and vegetables on my balcony and I would love to be able to compost food scraps.
I believe anything is possible if you get up off your butt and try to achieve it. Here is hoping 2013 is better than 2012 and even if I accomplish only half of what I set out to do then it will be a successful year. Good luck to everyone is achieving your own goals and dreams this year!