I wrote out some resolutions for 2014, and since that’s kind of what this blog is all about, I thought I should post them here, as well. The actual goals are from a few weeks ago, but the additional comments were written today.
- Go to at least six book club meetups
Last June, I joined a book club group on meetup.com for Seattleites in their late 20s and early 30s. However, since then, I’ve only gone to one book discussion (for Murakami’s Norwegian Wood) and one non-book-related social (karaoke at Hula Hula). As time went by, other things popped up. I didn’t like the book choices, or I didn’t read the books fast enough. I got busy with work, or with spending time with other friends. Suffice it to say, there was always something. Now, though, I want to make an effort. I need to make an effort. My social network in Seattle is so small, and I need more people in my life who I can just text to see if they want to meet somewhere for an afterwork drink. I lost two huge sources of my social life in the last year and a half, and it can be depressing not to have much to look forward to, on a day-to-day basis. I end up staying at work too late or going to bed too early. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut is the next book this group is reading, and I read it a few years ago, so I will definitely try to make it to the February discussion. If all goes well, hopefully I’ll become more of a regular there.
- Read 40 books (or 14,000 pages)
At first glance this isn’t a very social goal, but given the one above, it might be a good one. Maybe I’ll even read some books I wouldn’t have chosen otherwise. I try to have a resolution like this every year, and the closest I’ve gotten was in 2010 when I read 39 books (but my goal was 52). Maybe this year…
- Keep my condo tidier
A few weeks ago, my sister posted a link on Facebook to an article called “6 Harsh Truths to Make You a Better Person.” I didn’t actually read the whole thing, but one of its points really stuck with me: “You hate yourself because you don’t do anything.” The takeaway for me was that you can’t expect your life to change without making an effort. For example, maybe I shouldn’t wonder why I don’t have the social life I want, but instead focus on becoming someone with whom people would want to be friends. I think the state of my home really affects my mentality, which in turn affects how I relate to other people. I’ve turned into such a slob, with boxes and mail and crap in so many random piles, and even though no one really sees it, it’s still embarrassing. I think that by giving up on my space at home, I sort of tune out in other areas of my life, too. If I can get this taken care of—get into more of a routine with cleaning and organizing—I can have friends over more often and hopefully start making more of an effort in general, as well.
- Visit a new state
I’ve already made it to two new states so far in 2014 (New York and New Jersey), bringing my lifetime total to a measly 10 states, and I’m also going to Florida next month! Yay! I can’t wait! Well, I wish I had more time to get in swimsuit shape, but I also wish I could be there right now, regardless. As much as I’m excited to get to the warm weather and be on the beach (it’s currently snowing in Seattle, which is awesome, but…brrrr), mostly I just want to see my friend, and to be there for her, and for her to be there for me. (And, I want to see a manatee. Mariana, please make this happen.)
- Visit a new country (Iceland in September?)
Since I went to the Super Bowl, this probably won’t happen, but who knows. Other than a work trip to Canada last year, I haven’t been outside of the country since I went to London and Paris in 2009. That’s was a long time ago, and I would really like to gain a bit more cultural experience, especially while I’m still youngish. (Is 28 young? I don’t know where the line is anymore.)
- Figure out how to get my 5th year of college credits, in order to take CPA exam
I sort of screwed myself over by jumping right into the working world after getting my four years of undergrad done with, rather than sticking around to get a few more credits, in case I wanted to someday take the CPA exam. I think I didn’t understand what it would someday mean for me or my career. I knew I didn’t want to be an auditor, so I didn’t think it was important. (That said, if I had stuck around UW longer, I probably wouldn’t be working where I am now, or have met the people who helped shaped much of my adult life thus far.) Well, now I want/need to do this, and it’s going to take me a lot longer to do it now than it would have when I was 22. So, I need to figure out how to make it work…
- Study for and take the GMAT
For the goal above, I may or may not decide to do grad school. If I do decide to go that route, at least I will have taken the GMAT to give me that option. If not, well, at least it’s practice for studying for something, since I will have to do a ton more of that for the CPA exam.