This post comes a bit late, considering the first quarter of the year is already over but since resolutions last all year there is never a bad time to stay on top of the goals you set. I don’t make resolutions anymore. I figure I’d rather focus on positive ways to improve myself than negative things that I don’t like about myself, which is basically what resolutions are. So, I have decided to do some new things in 2013 and I have listed my “resolution list” below.
1. Schedule and take the PMI CAPM Exam – Scheduled for April 23, wish me luck!
2. Schedule and take the GMAT Exam
3. Join a photography group in the Sacramento Area – Sacramento Outdoor Photography meet up group, I have yet to attend a meet-up but I will!
4. Throw a dinner party
5. Drink the recommended ounces of water a day for at least 1 month – March 2013. It has been harder than I expected but I am developing a very healthy habit
6. organize and transfer my iTunes library to my new computer
7. Subscribe to 1 magazine – National Geographic Traveler is currently satisfying my traveler’s itch
8. Attend a Cirque du Soleil performance
9. Work up to running 5 miles without stopping
10. Try Happy Hour at 10 new places
1. Blackbird restaurant (January – as a celebration for my first promotion at work)
2. Blue Cue Bar (March – on a fun night out with friends)
3. Lau Brau Eatery (March – on a weekend causal double date)
4. The Porch Restaurant (February – for a late brunch, just the two of us)
11. Spend a day with each of my brothers
12. Buy one piece of furniture I love – We made an awesome coffee table that I am in love with, which technically I did buy all the parts for so I am going to count it!
13. get a facial
14. Attend a professional hockey game
15. Read 20 new books
1. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (March) – Such an amazing ending and the sweetest man in any story
2. In the Shadow of the Cypress by Thomas Steinbeck (January) – A great look into the culture of the Chinese and their California settlements in California. Plus there is hidden treasure!
3. Looking for Alaska John Green (February/March) – The first love of a boy and how damaging small words can be to a small child
4. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (February) – The most amazing account of what some children live through and retain their optimism and innocence
5. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey (March) – Tina Fey talking about being a woman, comedy, family, being unfit for life…she’s awesome.
6. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (February) – the most visually stunning book you’ll read this year, I had to return to certain passages to get the full effect
7. The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander (March) – a very interesting account of Russian history with an interesting twist
8. Little Bee by Chris Cleave – Currently reading
9. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
10. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
11. That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo (January) – A frustrating man who lets go of his marriage and then tries to save it
12. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
13. The Fault in Out Stars by John Green
14. The Prestige by Christopher Priest
15. IQ84 by Haruki Murakami
16. This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
16. Take a portrait that can be used for professional reasons – Scheduled for April 5
17. Watch 10 classic films
1. North by Northwest
2. Annie Hall
3. Roman Holiday
4. China Town
6. Cool Hand Luke
7. Duck Soup
8. A Streetcar Named Desire
9. The Lady from Shanghai
10. The Blue Dahlia
18. Find out my blood type
19. Give away (and don’t replace) 10 pieces of clothing that I no longer wear – In March I did some Spring cleaning and got rid of many tank tops that I had held onto since high school. plus some other stuff that didn’t fit any more.
20. Take a weekend trip…but where to?!?!
21. Double my savings account by December 1 – I am proud to say that I am already more than half-way to doubling my savings account! I am very excited about this!
I will continue updating throughout the year to make sure I reach my goals and (hopefully) give everyone some good ideas for your own yearly goals.