Monday, January 3, 2011

2011 Outlook

Wow, it has been a LONG time since my last post! I'm always thinking... "I'd like to blog about this, or that" but I never seem to get around to it. Since it's that time of year for resolutions, I'm (once again) adding a 'blog more often' resolution to my list.

Speaking of resolutions, I've read that writing down your goals is directly associated with success in achieving them. I figure sharing my goals (formerly known as resolutions) with you and the rest of the world is the best way to do just that. Nothing truly groundbreaking here, but I'm hopeful nonetheless!

1. Cook twice each week. It's no secret that I love to eat out. The social aspect of going out is one side of the appeal, and sheer laziness and lack of skill on my part comprise the other reasons it's enticing. But I know I'll only get better and faster at whipping up delicious meals through practice. I broke out my crock pot today for only the second time since I've owned it. Beef brisket with carrots and potatoes is what will hopefully be waiting for me when I get home. I'll let you know how it turns out... for better or worse.

2. Exercise (at least) 4 times each week. I love working out, it's weird I know. But lately, I've had a hard time consistently getting myself to the gym. However, I signed up for the Tri Latta Triathalon with Team in Training, so I won't have any excuses NOT to work out. And I'm excited to get back into swimming, finally use the bike that I bought a few years ago, and raise more money for LLS!

3. Contribute a minimum amount to savings each month. I've never been a good saver, and lately that's scared me. I've figured out an amount that's manageable for me to put away each month and I'm looking forward to having a rainy day fund by the end of the year.

4. Find a church and attend twice a month. This one will be a challenge. Weddings, showers, and visits to friends keeps me on the move (and also makes #3 more difficult), but I'd like to find a church where I feel comfortable and welcome. I suppose it'll be trial and error on the first few visits, but I'm hoping to find a good fit in 2011.

5. Read one book for improvement and one book for pleasure each month. I use the term 'improvement' loosely here. I'm going for books of substance with that term. Books that challenge me. I was inspired by Dave Fleet's post on How to Read 26 books in a year, but I didn't want to overwhelm myself the first time around.

This month it's Selling the Invisible, a service marketing book recommended by the president of my company. I'm a marketing specialist for an architecture firm and we serve public clients. It's difficult to influence school board members and county commissioners by Twitter updates or Facbook pages, so I'm interested to see what the book has to offer. If you're interested, check out the books I'm reading on GoodReads.

6. Blog (at least) once a week. I'd like to become and remain active as a blogger. I'd also like to expand my readership, not that the eight of you aren't enough! Finally, I'd like to make the blog more interactive, so please, comment away!

What are you hoping to accomplish in 2011?

1 comment:

Abby said...

You can do it Lauren!