Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Say 'I will'... whatever it is you want to do, just keep on saying it every day.

 Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
It amazes me that this year is almost over.  I feel like it has went by in a flash (each year seems to move quicker and quicker) and that we are venturing into another year.  I always get the itch after Christmas to get a jump start on my goals and resolutions for the new year.  I don’t think that people should necessarily wait until the new year to make goals, but to continuously do so, however, this does set an easy starting point.  I always like to look back and reflect on the year and think about the new things that I would like to accomplish for the next year. 
goal steps
Some Pointers
  • Set realistic goals.  I’m not saying to not push yourself, but if you aren’t active at all, set smaller goals (such as doing a 5k) and move onto the larger ones (i.e. marathon).  Setting yourself up for unrealistic goals will only lead to feelings of failure, frustration and stress.
  • Set goals, for yourself and tailored to yourself.  Just because everyone is setting the same goal, doesn’t mean its perfect for you.  Your goals should reflect YOUR role in life.
  • Be specific.  The more specific you are the more likely you are to get what you want.  Sometimes making a bunch of small goals, can help you achieve a bigger one. Start small, work towards getting bigger.
  • Set guidelines and steps for obtaining your goals! I always like to set a guideline so I have a specific date, number and/or thing to strive for.  Set out the steps for yourself and really think about what you need to do to get there. 
  • Give yourself a reward for obtaining your goal.  Whether it be a pat on the back, the thrill of obtaining it, or a new wardrobe/spa day…whatever it is that you would love or that would compliment your accomplishment.
My Goals for the Year
  • Run at least 3 races (5k and higher).  I know for sure that I’ll be participating in Warrior Dash, but want to do many more, especially those benefiting causes I love (autism, cancer, habitat, environmental).
  • Do yoga once a week.  I’m thinking about signing up with a class at the university.
  • Meatless Monday:  I want to start incorporating a bit less meat in my diet. 
  • Wash my face before bed.  This sounds like a no brainer, but most nights I’m falling asleep and just crash into bed.
  • Graduate in December with at least a 3.5 gpa
  • Find an amazing, paid internship for the summer.  Really want some amazing hands on work.
  • Learn Photoshop and feel comfortable using it.
  • Blog at least once, preferably 3 times per week.  I know that I’ll be super busy with classes and work so would like to at least have a maintainable goal.
  • Learn to use my DSLR.  Right now I am a complete novice and have no idea what I’m doing.
  • Craft more.  I really want to learn how to use my sewing machine and become a master with my Silhouette.
What goals do you have for the year?  Are there any tips that help you achieve your goals? I’d really love to hear others resolutions! Smile
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.  ~Henry Ford


  1. My main goal is to train for and finish my 1st marathon while raising money for diabetes research (my brother was diagnosed with type 1 when he was 2 years old). On days that I really don't feel like working out I remind myself that it's not just for me. I try to tell myself during particularly difficult workouts that it has to end sometime lol One quote that helps me (don't know who said it) is "if you want to do something, all you have to do is do it." Sounds so easy but it's so hard at the same time!

    And I have a hard time washing my face before bed too. By that point I just want to sleep!

  2. ooooh LOVE.
    I blogged about the same sorta thing yesterday in the sense for me it is ALL ABOUT WILLINGNESS.

    bring on 2011!


  3. @Sara

    I always remind myself that its going to end sometime soon! I just keeping thinking, "5 more minutes, just finish strong" during hard workouts or low energy days!
    That's awesome about training for the marathon for diabetes research! That's something that I would love to do at some point in my life, but don't think I love running enough yet to do so. lol.

  4. @carla
    Thanks! I tried to check out your blog, but your link (from your name) wouldn't let me view it. :(

    I'm so ready for 2011 too! Hoping for a year with lots of triumph!

  5. I like the dSLR tutorial by Canon. (Unfortunately, it requires the Adobe Flash plug-in.)