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My goals for the coming year

Updated on November 5, 2012
This year was the first time I really saw snow... I want to do more stuff like this in the coming year!
This year was the first time I really saw snow... I want to do more stuff like this in the coming year!

As I'm sure everyone else is already (or has already) made their lists of resolutions for the new year, I might as well type mine up as well. I find it's always more helpful for me to have a tangible list to refer to and even cross items off of in order to keep me on the right track.

  1. Follow my life purpose. I feel like I've already found it this year by working with City Year. Since high school, I always thought I would change the world through journalism. However, I was blinded by the glory of bylines and print that I saw that that's not really what I'm meant for. In Jim Collins' book Good to Great, I read that one of the most important steps to take toward success is to realize what you can be best at; then you can pour your heart into it. (Of course, you have to love it as well.) I was good at journalism; in college, I got As in all of my print journ classes (except for that stupid marketing elective...). I would get little awards, like Department Certificates of Achievement. However, I never got THE award, THE most prestigious credits... maybe the third- or second-best. In my last year, I was awarded nothing, and that was when I put the most effort into my presence in the journalism department. That was a clear signal to me that journalism was not my calling, though I enjoyed it very much. Working with City Year has shown me that I am meant to work with nonprofits to make a difference. I don't mind not making money, but I do love working directly with the community. That is where my passion lies.
  2. Continue with the PASSIONS program. For those who are unsure of what the program is, it's something that's been very dear to my heart in the past few months, and my attempt to make a difference in San Jose. I will keep working on it, and with hope, it will become something wonderful.
  3. Either get a job or start school full-time. I am applying for a position as a community organizer, which would be wonderful to get. If I don't, however, I have a back-up plan to join an MPA (Masters in Public Administration) program at the local university. If neither work, well, maybe I'll do another year with City Year :)
  4. Get another laptop. Mine crapped out today, so I'll have to figure out which one I want, and then put it on student loan...
  5. Learn more about myself. My time thus far with City Year has shown me that I don't know nearly as much as I thought I did about myself. I need to put myself in different situations and positions and try my hand at how I would deal with certain things. Then maybe I won't be so awkward.
  6. Go to more restaurants. As I have I gotten more into Yelp, I've realized how I should go to more different restaurants. It's hard when you don't make much money, but it's a luxury I don't mind spending money on. Food is one of my favorite things, after all.
  7. See more places. Ever since I graduated college (six months ago), I've visited more places and gone out of the state more than any time in the rest of my life. I love seeing new places, and I want to keep doing that this year! I already have my ticket booked for Florida in February :)
  8. Spend more time with the people I love. In the past year, I've lost a friend - not to death, but to apathy and naivete - which was a big deal to me. It helped me realize that I don't have to be friends with people just because we've been "friends" for a long time. I can be with who I want to be with, and love it. I've realized who my friends are, and am happy having a small number of great friends, and family whom I am very comfortable with.


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    • glassvisage profile image

      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you so much to everyone for your encouragement!

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi glassvisage, it is wonderful to see you passionate about life. :-) I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and the holidays. I love reading your goals for the coming new year. It is true, writing it all down does make things more tangible and thereby doable. Go girl go! Take care.. :-)

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      laringo 9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      I admire you for being a young woman and very focused. The variety in your goals is very attractive and an excellent recipe for a happy life.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 9 years ago from USA

      Excellent hub!

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      jsmlive 9 years ago from Oregon

      Wow, your artwork is really excellent. I checked out your personal website and really enjoyed it. Thanks

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      Jerry G2 9 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      Great Hub! I love how your goals are a combination of very practical little things that are easy to do once you set your mind to it (like going out to new restaurants more), and others are very self aware, lofty/philosophical goals. Great blend, and great luck with all of it in 2009! Keep those great hubs coming, too!

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      katyzzz 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      My goodnes, you're a star already, you certainly are achieving a lot in a short time. I'll be along to visit again soon

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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you everyone for your support and kind wishes. I hope for the best for all of you as well, and can't wait to read more from you here on HubPages!

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      ArtSiren 9 years ago from England

      I love your number 8, a resolution very close to my heart. Especially as most of my work these days is online, and I only interact with humans for about 2 hours a week!

      So I'll pick that one for me as well: nurture my friendships a bit more!

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      SweetiePie 9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Wonderful and inspiring hub for the new year. Hope you get to do all the big wishes on your list, but I am sure you will because you are a hard worker.

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      elitesystem 9 years ago from VA, USA

      i am setting my goals and resolutions! i believe it will work out for both of us ! cheers :)

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      Tom Rubenoff 9 years ago from United States

      I wish you the best in the coming year. May you accomplish everything you set out to do.

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      anjalichugh 9 years ago from New York

      Hi! I found goals 1 to 7 cute...really cute and I sincerely pray that you achieve whatever you have aimed for. Goal # 8 was really my goal. That's what I intend doing. Let's hope God gives us enough strength to stick to our goals.

      I left a reply to your post in my hub. Thx a lot for visiting.

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      indy cindy 9 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      What a marvelous set of goals. The Passions program is intriguing. I have two teenagers and can see how this is a worthy challenge.

      You've also stirred my interest in Yelp ... particularly as I am a self-confessed 'foodie' and love going out to eat. I also love exploring and am certain I could contribute a review or two.

      Spending more time with loved ones is an easy goal to understand.

      Very nice hub. Well done.