Well another year has passed and looking back, I'm not sad to see it go. Last year was a pretty tough year for me, and I'm hoping that 2010 will bring a better scene to my life. My biggest enemy last year was myself, and I'm planning on rectifying that situation this year. I have some normal goals as well as some new ones.
As this time of year rolls around, people plan resolutions like clockwork. I don't like to plan for resolutions because I feel it gives the connotation that there is something wrong with who I am. Even if there is something wrong with me, which I'm fairly sure there is, I don't like the negative impact of the word resolution. So, I have set some lofty goals for myself this year, and in an attempt to make sure I follow through with them, I have purchased a daily planner for the first time in my life.
I only have 3 goals that are year long at this point and they are as follows:
1) Lose 120 pounds.
2) Drop 25% of my debt.
3) Read a new book per week.
Now, I've been slowly gaining weight ever since I graduated high school and although it's never been a huge burden, I've never been really happy with myself, physically. I don't plan to be one of those super skinny peoples, but I want to be in a situation where I don't have to wonder if I'm going to make it past 40.
Financially I've been a wreck ever since I got my first credit card at 18. I've slowly built up my debt like my weight and it's starting to become a scarier number month after month. I was able to cut about $3000 off my debt in 2008 when I worked a 2nd job for about 6 months, but I was fairly beat on a daily basis, and I would like to leave that as a last resort for bring my overall debt down. I'm fairly certain with a solid budget plan, I should be able to do this.
Lastly, I've always been a hobby reader with highs and lows in terms of consistently reading. From high school to 3 or 4 years ago. I didn't really read much at all if any at all. Over the past few years though, I've been slowly building up a collection of books reading most of them. I still have about 30 or 40 books from recent book sales at local libraries that I have yet to read but that is what this goal is all about. Pretty much all of these books are books I've never read before and I hope this goal can be accomplished and kill 2 birds with one stone.
That's all for now. I hope everyone's 2010 is going spectacularly, and if you make any resolutions or goals, I hope your progress is going as expected if not better. If for whatever reason they're not going as planned, remember we still got 353 days left so don't get down. If they're already completely ruined, remember that there's always 2011.
Here's to a grand 2010!!!