Who needs resolutions when you’ve got goals?

by Ginger on January 5, 2009

in Becoming Myself, Random

I don’t really believe in resolutions. No one ever sticks to them, they tend to just be a way to make you feel bad about yourself until you give up completely and frankly, I’ve never successfully stuck to a single resolution.

Goals on the other hand I do believe in, and feel can be beneficial. I’ve been thinking about what my goals for 2009 are for a while–some I’ve already started and/or put in motion, some can’t happen until later in the year, some have come to me during my holiday travels. But I’ve got goals for most of the areas of my life, and I think they’re all things I can strive for realistically.

To help hold me accountable, I’m listing my goals for 2009 here. I hope to be able to come back in 2010 and say I sufficiently achieved everything here…or face public humiliation!

Ginger’s goals for 2009:

  • Be a grownup about my health. Rather than resolve to lose weight or work out 3 times a week (setting myself up for failure right from the start), I’m making a goal to start approaching my health like a grown up. I’m almost 30. I’ve gained weight. I still eat (a lot of the time), like I did when I was 19. I don’t go to the doctor enough. I haven’t had a physical in 2 or 3 years. I need to go to the dermatologist. I need to find a primary care physician. I need to eat better. I need to get more calcium. I need to drink more water. After the holiday and seeing my mom’s health, along with a few other relatives, I see now that I need to start treating my body like this is the only one I’m getting.
  • Be more realistic about finances. What I mean by this is…If I want a house someday, we have to start saving. If I want to be out of debt, we have to start paying more down. Or, we need to stop telling ourselves that we’re buying a house anytime soon, or that we’re getting out of debt anytime soon. The feeling of failure doesn’t accomplish anything, so we need to be more realistic about what we’re actually doing.
  • Learn more about photography and photoshop. I don’t have a concrete output for this goal (i.e. # of photographs a week, etc.), but I want to continue to grow this little hobby of mine. I think some of that means forcing myself to contribute to more online contests, getting more familiar with and comfortable with Flickr, and maybe taking a class or two. We’ll see. But I really enjoy photography in the short time I’ve been doing it, and really want to continue on this path.
  • Find some additional income sources. I’ve often felt guilty that N.C. not only works, he also freelances, and he paints–any extra money that comes in is from the sweat of his brow alone. Now, I contribute the stable paycheck and the health insurance, but I want to start contributing more “extra” money (read: any extra money), and I’ve finally come up with a few ways to do that. I don’t think I’m going to be jumping into my own business anytime soon, but I feel confident that there are things I can now do to bring in some side money. And who knows, it may lead to more full-time work in the future.
  • Grow this blog, and all the networks associated with it. I love my little blog. I can’t tell you how nice it’s been to have a place for me. For Ginger. Where my husband is just a character, not the star of the show (at least not most of the time). And frankly, I’m amazed at how much it’s grown in the short time since I started it…but of course, I want more. I want more interaction, I want more readers, I want more connections. I’m not going to be the most popular blog on the street, nor the wittiest, or most charming, or any of those things. But I want this little blog to be all it can be.
  • Refocus my career. I’ve been off track for a bit at work. I can’t fix all that ails me there (there is some stuff out of my control you know), but there are things I can do and things I can stop doing that should help. I used to feel accomplished at the end of the work day…I’m going to get to that again.
  • Travel. Ok, I’m not going to get to go to Italy any time soon, and 2 week vacations are a luxury that only occur occasionally. But frankly, there are enough 3 day weekends to satisfy a little bit of wanderlust. And while I may not get to go out of the country, there are ever so many places within this country that deserve exploring. I refuse, absolutely refuse, to go through 2009 and never have a vacation…mini or not.

So those are my main goals for 2009. There are a few other ones percolating in my head, but since they’re not resolutions, they can come about whenever they feel ready!

If you want more lists, as usual, head on over to Anna’s!


Sarah January 5, 2009 at 10:51 am

My goals are almost EXACTLY your goals to the “T” although I’m already 30 (ok 31, going to be 32 in April. ugh)

Glad you’ll be here in your corner of the Internet to get inspiration from!

Sarah´s last blog post..The Ten Best Days of My Life

Keely January 5, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Travelling – FANTASTIC goal. I need to incorporate that one, like, stat.

As a bonus, it will give me something to blog about 😉

Keely´s last blog post..4 pictures that pretty much sum up my New Years Eve

Kat Argonza | Tough Girl 101 January 5, 2009 at 6:45 pm

You and I have the same goals, except the “growing my blog” and making extra money are both the same thing to me! I wish you luck with yours though.

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Jessica January 5, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Great list, traveling is a perfect goal. And I like how you said you want to be “a grownup about your health.” That is a great way to put it.

Jessica´s last blog post..A love letter to my LBD

Nilsa January 6, 2009 at 7:47 am

I love these goals. They show you’ve really put thought into where you are today, where you’d like to be, what it will take to get there and how you need to change your mindset if you’re not going to get there. And like you, I don’t do resolutions. This year, I made a choice instead (blogged about it yesterday).

Nilsa´s last blog post..Annual

Teresa Wu January 8, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Learn more photoshop has been my goal for about five years running. Agh…

I love the header on your blog though! So glad I stumbled across you. 🙂

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