Thursday, January 1, 2009

Goals Not Resolutions

Every year, until last year, I started the year with a set of New Years Resolutions which went out with a whisper just like the old year. Last year, I set goals for myself - measurable goals and guess what? I actually changed my life. I lost 25 pounds and kept it off. I started eating healthier and exercising regularly. So, this year, I'm not making any more resolutions, but I am going to share some of my goals for the new year.
1. Continue to exercise at the gym at least 3 times a week and exercise everyday at home.
2. Make healthier choices with my eating, especially in the after dinner area.
3. Lose 35 pounds by next New Years Eve.
4.Enjoy more outdoor physical activities with my family.
5. Take a gratitude walk everyday where I focus on the things that I am thankful for in my life.
6. Pay off all my credit cards and STOP using them.
7.Enjoy every day with my family- take time to stop doing the things that need done and enjoy the moments that make life worth living.
8. Tell my family I love them every day.
9.Blog at least once a week.
10. Work on completing my stories and submit them to a publisher.
11.Work on maintaining friendships.
12.Ask for patience with those in my life who need it the most - especially my MIL.
13.Save a portion of my pay every month.
14.Read the following books:
The Brothers Karamozov by dostoevsky

The Castle by Kafka

Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by McCullers

The French Lieutenants Woman by Fowles

On the Road by Kerouac

From Here to Eternity by Jones

The Postman Always Rings Twice by Cain

Atonement by McEwan

Terrorist by Updike

Plus 82 more!

15. Blog at the end of each month on how I am doing to achieve these goals. Wish me luck!!

What are your plans for the new year??


Rural Writer said...

Way to go girl! I love the idea of goals vs resolutions. Attainable goals are important for personal growth no matter who you are.

Half my Heart said...

I LOVE number 5... more of the world should do that and we'd be a nicer place to live. I'm going to start that too.

Moonaroo said...

Have you joined the Authors Den on Cafemom? It is hosted by a published auther, Ellenmeister. Maybe you already know about it. If not, check it out, there is some good information about writing and publishing to be had. Good Luck with your 2009 goals.