That is how I hope to go into this year. Resolutely, with goals and aspirations and most importantly a work ethic. I used to have one, so I know they exist.
Anyway, I did set some goals last year and I know I met some of them (read 52 books, meet the Maccabeats, run a half marathon) and didn’t meet others (knit 12 sweaters, finish a book, run a full marathon), and this year I’m tweaking a few and adding one big one that I’ll talk about tomorrow. In the meantime, my general
Goals for 2013
Run another half marathon
Run a full marathon
Knit, start to finish, 12 Sweaters/vests/skirts this year
Finish the other 2-4 sweaters on my needles
Learn more Hebrew, Italian, and Yiddish
Finish a novel and either self-publish it or start sending it to publishers
Start auditioning and acting again
Move somewhere I’ve always wanted to live, like the east or west coast
Pay down the rest of my credit debt
Pay off my smallest student loan
I’ve decided this year not to set “blog this many times” or “run this many times” goals, because I forgot about them easily. I’m also starting small with my financial goals but might add more later on in the year, if I finish these; same with the writing ones. I also cut down my languages I want to learn a bit to the ones I actually did start working on in 2012. I also don’t know if I’ll blog any of the books I read this year, but I’ll try to keep a list on Goodreads, something I didn’t do last year.
Really though, my goals for 2013 could be summed up in one thing: Not need a day job. Is this realistic? I don’t know. What I do know is that for the last 4 months I was working part-time as a server at a local restaurant. Not a hard job. Paid pretty well for the time. And I still hated it. Not so much for the job as the fact that I had it, that I had to be on someone else’s schedule again and the amount of work I did, and the money I made, was really just up to everyone else. So if I can avoid that in any way by the end of 2013- through freelance, acting, writing, whatever- and be able to live mostly on my own schedule, I will try to do it.