30 December 2010

2011 Goals

I really love the resolutions I made for 2011, but I'm beginning to feel as though they might be a bit too.. big.  Even broken down month-by-month, it still feels like a lot to take on for only 365 days.  And yes, I did say that my main goal was progress, and while I believe that being ambitious can get things done, I also believe that being too ambitious can be setting yourself up for failure and lead to disappointment.

So I've decided to make some specific goals instead.  Specific, attainable but still demanding goals.  The objective is the same - to do it on purpose - but I think that by giving myself more concrete, explicit goals, I'll be better able to mark my progress and feel good about what I've done.  I've put the short version of each of my goals in the sidebar to keep myself on track and accountable all year (plus, who doesn't like crossing things off a list? ;)).
  1. Keep blogging! I'd like to maintain a minimum of 3 posts a week, but I know that student teaching will be busy, so I'm willing to give myself a break for the first half of the year.
  2. Finish my Master's (and get certified in Missouri).
  3. Be able to run at least 5 miles. Gotta start somewhere!
  4. Read 10 new books.
  5. Eat more vegetables. Confession: I hate vegetables. How do you eat your veggies? Favorite recipes/tips/etc? Help ya girl out!
  6. Be healthy. Running more and increasing my veggies will help; I want to feel healthier (dropping some lbs wouldn't be a bad thing either! ;)).
  7. Find a job I love.
  8. Save money. I spent way too much this fall and my bank account is going to be recovering for awhile. I'm going to be more conscious of how I spend my money (and will use my Fiscally Responsible October tips too!).
Are you making any goals or resolutions for 2011? (And how do you plan on pronouncing it - twenty-eleven or two-thousand-and-eleven?)


  1. Okay so here goes. 3 blog post a week!!!! While you're in school?

    Running. You'll get there no problem and probably faster than you think. I followed a great program I found in Womens Health. I was amazed at how fast my distance increase.

    As for the veggies. I can totally help you out there. Just let me know when you need help with a particular variety.

  2. Yeah girl! I usually write posts on the weekend/free time and then schedule them during the week. Not sure if that'll happen between February and June, but we'll see ;)

    Same for running - it'll be finding the time that I think will be more difficult than increasing my mileage. I think I've seen that Women's Health program.. do you have a link?

    And I will DEFINITELY be calling on you for some veggie help.. I need it so bad! Thanks for offering :]

    Happy New Year :D

  3. I'm right there with you on the veggies!!

    Don't know how you feel about asparagus (it's one of the few veggies I DO eat), but there is a recipe I use for asparagus risotto which is amaaazing. You can find it here on my blog. Happy New Year!!

  4. For me it's the actually process of making time (for both the blog and the working out). For the working out part, if I don't do it in the morning before I start working it won't happen because I'll get too busy with orders, prepping for the kitchen or actually being in the kitchen, or prepping/going to market and then I'll work until my battery dies and it's time to go to sleep. But that's me.

    Anyway, here's the link

    And remember veggies are your friends!

  5. It's also really tasty grilled with some olive oil and sea salt. If you don't want to go out side to grill or don't have a grill pan it also works to put them on a cookie sheet and bake them.

  6. I can't wait for you to come back so we can read books, blog, and eat vegetables together! I'll get you to like them :)

  7. Mmmmm I LOVE veggies! I have some good recipes for you...as you likely remember, my go-to meal in the flat was sauteed mushrooms with garlic and olive oil w/ pasta. But I have TONS more recipes. My resolutions will be up later today, good LUCK! <3