New Year, New Resolutions. Six Goals.

I have never been one for resolutions, but for some reason this year feels different. I am really excited about this year, I have a very good feeling about it, and I think that perhaps making resolutions could just add a little bit of spice to it.

I was going through some of my old files in my mom’s storage room the other day and found a beautiful letter from a good friend of mine that she wrote a few years ago. It inspired me to try to make a conscious effort to be more of what my friends love about me. What stood out in what she wrote was the following:

“I love that you say what you mean and you mean what you say. Thank you for being my partner in crime even when we have no opportunity to commit a felony.”

Now, she wrote a lot more and made it very poetic (it is great stuff, makes me in awe to think she wrote it all about me), but those two sentences really embrace what I want to focus on in 2009. I am a very open person, and I often voice my opinion, so this year I am going to be sure to only say what I mean to ensure that I am not making promise I cannot keep and I want to take a pause to think about what I am going to say before I say it. Also, I need to mean what I say so that I don’t make promises I cannot keep, there is so much I want to be involved in and would love to do, but there are only 24 hours in a day and only 7 days in a week, so I must remember this and plan accordingly.

As for the partner in crime part, I think that is just a natural part of being good friends with someone, so I am going to be more selective about the people I choose to spend my time with. I have already started on this, as I used to be a chronic phone call “just to catch up” with someone every week or two kind of person, but if that is all the friendship consists of then it is not really a friendship worth keeping. Not that I wouldn’t help that person out if they needed me, but if there is no particular reason for talking or meeting up with them, then no reason to force it.

I also have some simple goals I want to follow:

1. Work out a minimum of twice a week. This is easier with doing pilates once a week, so even three or four times can happen in a good week.

2. Get my American passport

3. Renew my Canadian passport

4. Get my Driver’s License. (Yes, I know. Would you believe me if I said I was 16 at heart so it is okay?)

5. Have at least $15,000 in savings by the end of the year. (Unless I go to grad school, then I am allowed to spend it)

6. Finish re-doing my book of my Grandpa’s letters so that it could be published.

I am sure I could add more, but those are the most simple to think of…..



  1. Oh crap! I keep forgetting to send you your files. Can you call me or text me some evening sometime so I remember? Yikes. Sorry about that.

  2. Dickens McDawson

    7. Update blog more frequently.

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