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New Year, New Goals

New Year, New Goals: 12 Goals for 12 Months in 2018

My strategy has been to incorporate my overarching goals into smaller projects. So, general items from my life-long bucket list are on my 30 by 30 list; items from my 30 by 30 list make it onto my seasonal and monthly goals list. I like this approach as it allows me to keep my goals flexible, adding new elements to them as they arise while still seeking to achieve my overall goals.

This 12 Goals for 12 Months complements my 30 by 30 list and perhaps even my monthly boot camps, but it’s not a duplicate.


1. Catch up on podcasts

I’ve been listening to Gretchen Rubin’s “Happier” podcast for quite a while. I started from the beginning and am up to episode 121 of about 150 podcasts. That does not include the “mini episodes” in between. When I made the decision to have this be my goal, I was on episode 90, so this goal will be super achievable for me.

Thus, I’m adding another podcast to this: I will totally catch up on Hidden Brain (I have about 30 remaining). Then I will make a decision on a third podcast to focus on. I’m leaning toward My Favorite Murder, as I’ve heard great things about it. However, they’re on episode 100, and I find that very intimidating, especially since those are LONG episodes. What does significant “progress” on a podcast look like? Am I the only one who likes to listen to them from the beginning?

2. Learn how to wear false lashes

Much more self explanatory than the podcasts, I have no idea how to apply and wear false lashes. I want my measure of success to be a day in which I apply them fairly easily and can make it through the day with them.

3. California – Winchester Mystery House

Visiting the Winchester Mystery House has been on my bucket list forever. I’m finally going to do it this year! There’s a film coming out in 2018 about the Winchesters, and I’m so excited for it as well.

4. Scrapbook Year in Poland and Utah

This is one of those tasks I have made no progress on since I assigned it to myself. Right now, my living area is a mess of disorganized scrapbooking. I need to spend a day working on that mess so I can actually spend time scrapbooking.

5. Refurbish chair

I got this gorgeous mid century modern chair at an antique store that needs a fresh coat of paint and to be reupholstered. I don’t even know where to start with this, which has been a slight problem for actually completing this task. But you have to start somewhere!

6. Go to ND

I’m not quite sure how or when I’ll get back to Notre Dame this year, but if I don’t finish this task this year, then it’s unlikely I’ll finish it by 30. I love campus. It’s gorgeous, and stepping onto campus just feels like coming home. The upside of a trip to ND is that it is close enough to drive for a very quick, exhausting, weekend trip…

7. Go to lantern festival

I’m a little disappointed that I let this opportunity pass me by this year and the year before. I very much want to go to a lantern festival, and I’m confident there will be an option this year. I just need to seize it.

8. Finish a crochet project

This seems like something I can do while listening to my podcasts… I have a book of dog sweaters that would be a good task, I have a pair of gloves that are in progress, and I have a semi-completed afghan if I’m going to be very ambitious.

9. Finish Polish course on Duolingo

When I decided to make this my goal, I really underestimated how much time it would take. I had let my language learning slip. So when I picked up Duolingo again, I was racing through the lessons I had already learned. Then I got to the point where I was facing difficult lessons again, and everything slowed down to a crawl. At the end of December, I was up to about 35% of the Polish course completed. That’s just 65% remaining for the rest of the year… At the current rate of doing new lessons for 15 minutes a day, I’m not even gaining a percentage point a day, so this may be a little more challenging than it sounds.

10. Run a 5K

I dreaded putting this on my yearly bucket list. But again, it’s on my 30 by 30, and if I don’t do it now, I never will. It seemed like a good idea at the time. My company does sponsor us on some 5K charity races, and it’s convenient to join those. They also have a gym on site, so I can easily work out during my lunch or after work. There’s just a mental block for me. Even when I use that gym to work out three days a week normally, stepping off the treadmill and onto the pavement at a competitive, public, race is overwhelming to me. I think I will be a happier and healthier person if I can just confront that feeling and run a 5K.

11. Keep an ongoing project pan

I started Project Panning back in October. It’s been fairly successful so far, opening my eyes to the type and quantity of products I have as well as the amount of time it takes to complete a project! So far, I’ve pretty much planned them seasonally, reported once in the midst of it, and reported a completion. I like this approach and will continue this throughout the year. My current project pan is 9 by 29 on the 9th. I imagine this take a few different iterations, like maybe choosing an eyeshadow palette to focus on one month rather than doing a themed panning project.

12. Finally get my tracking badge from Lose It

I log a lot of things. I have habit trackers to track no buy days, language learning, exercise. I have a clothing app to calculate my cost per wear. I love trackers. Since I started being more actively aware of what I have, I found that I have been making smarter decisions on how to spend my time and money. My least favorite tracker is my food/exercise tracker. I use Lose It. It’s great and super convenient. But it also is difficult. They have a badge you get for tracking your food intake every day for a year. I was up to about half a year when I lost track last year. This year, I really want to get that badge. Tracking doesn’t always mean restraining from eating things, but it does mean being totally honest about portion sizes and including even those two M&Ms you snuck from the work candy bowl.

Do you like to set goals to coincide with the new year? What are you doing for 2018?

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