2016 goals

Early Christmas camellia
My tiny camellia in the front yard.

Mom instilled in us the annual tradition of goal-setting, and although we tend to approach it more loosely now, I still feel like I can’t start a new year without some vague ambitions.

Assessment of last year’s goals:

  1. Read 120 books. Read 152.
  2. Continue the pursuit of minimalism and eschewing clutter in my approach to our home and my wardrobe, specifically. This is a continual pursuit, but I feel pretty happy with what I accomplished, by way of throwing things out and taking care of what I have. 
  3. Invest in higher-quality and ethically made clothes and shoes. Stop buying cheap crap. Jump off the fast-fashion train. I also feel like I’ve done this; I am no longer tempted by Target T-shirts and Old Navy sweaters.
  4. Style myself like a French woman, as much as it is within my power. Maybe? I’m going to say yes. I don’t wear bright colors anymore, and stripes are the only pattern I don.
  5. Take either a Japanese or a French class, for credit. Maybe both, if I’m feeling extra-ambitious. Fail. I still want to do this, though.
  6. Eat healthier lunches. Maybe. I am very lazy about this still.
  7. Figure out how to read the Bible for pleasure. Not really, but we are in a Bible study now, and that has been enjoyable.
  8. Practice morning prayer/meditation/timid yoga sessions at home on weekdays. Nope, but I am taking a yoga class once a week, which is a big deal for me.

2016 Goals

  1. Continue the pursuit of minimalism at home.
  2. Achieve and practice some basic conversational French before we leave for London. Keep up with my Duolingo practice; take some pronunciation lessons with friends who are French PhD candidates; watch an abundance of French film in the Criterion Collection.
  3. Read through and translate the entire book of Japanese short stories. Keep listening to the audio of it while driving. Keep making your brain sweat and weep for all that it has forgotten over the years.
  4. Be a better dog owner and housekeeper; mainly, groom them once a week and wipe their paws every day; keep working on their leash reactivity; train them more thoroughly. Figure out how to keep your floors clean so that you do not live in domestic misery.
  5. Write that thing that’s been rattling around in my brain for years. Share it with a select few for editing and criticism.
  6. Keep doing yoga, even though I hate it; get stronger, more flexible.

What are your goals for the new year?

 

2015 goals

Back in the saddle again. Happy new year! #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #minimalism

It’s goal-setting time! I approach these resolutions loosely, as you can see from last year’s goals, with commentary in italics:

2014 Goals

  1. Read 100 books. Read 167.
  2. Read through the Bible in a year. Nope.
  3. Make exercise a regular part of my life. (Even if I can only walk for 30 minutes a day, do SOMETHING.) I don’t know about “regular,” but I spent more time walking and I felt better, having converted to a standing desk at work… does that count?
  4. Get strong. Do some kind of strength training? Hahahahaha.
  5. Buy a bike and use it to run errands around town or to get to work. No. I still should get a bike, though.
  6. Eat meat only once a week. (Excluding fish.) We didn’t do this faithfully every week, but I think we got pretty close.
  7. Keep a tidy, peaceful home. More or less, I think I accomplished this.
  8. Read at least three-fourths of each New Yorker issue I receive. Often.
  9. Be a better businesswoman, regarding my calligraphy studio. There are still many things to do to improve my business, but I felt like 2014 was a good year for Bluestocking Calligraphy.
  10. Continue weeding colors out of and cultivating a minimalistic wardrobe. I’ve made a lot of progress on this front, and I’m happy about how my wardrobe looks now. I don’t feel like I truly need anything. Except for those Everlane loafers…

This year, here are some simple things on my mind.

2015 Goals

  1. Read 120 books.
  2. Continue the pursuit of minimalism and eschewing clutter in my approach to our home and my wardrobe, specifically. I stumbled on the website Into Mind a few weeks ago, and I feel so radicalized by it.
  3. Invest in higher-quality and ethically made clothes and shoes. Stop buying cheap crap. Jump off the fast-fashion train.
  4. Style myself like a French woman, as much as it is within my power.
  5. Take either a Japanese or a French class, for credit. Maybe both, if I’m feeling extra-ambitious.
  6. Eat healthier lunches. I am wary of leftovers and I’m fundamentally lazy, so this means I’m usually eating Trader Joe’s frozen pasta lunches every other day. Which is pretty terrible. What do you health mavens eat for lunch?
  7. Figure out how to read the Bible for pleasure. In a related gesture, think more about the meaning of freedom in Christ.
  8. Practice morning prayer/meditation/timid yoga sessions at home on weekdays. I have the time to do this; I just don’t. Because, as I mentioned before, I am profoundly lazy. I’d like to spend more time in the Book of Common Prayer at home. And to pray with more sincerity/regularity.

What would you like to do in 2015?

2013 goals

Self, how did you do with your 2012 goals? I’d say… meh.

  1. Adopt, raise, and train a healthy and happy dog. (Done!)
  2. Keep running, even though I hate it. (Not really. I ran the 10-miler and that was IT.)
  3. Read 75 books. (Yesh. Read 142 books in 2012.)
  4. Stop interrupting people when they are talking. (Maybe? I have at least been more cognizant of this bad habit of mine.)
  5. Take the GRE. Start thinking more seriously about whether to go to grad school. (Nope.)
  6. Go hiking more often. (Not really.)
  7. Make books of all received letters; get them out of those musty shoeboxes. (Done!)
  8. Dress better; stop schlepping around in frumpy clothes. (Maybe?)
  9. Memorize scripture. (Didn’t.)
  10. Call my family more often. (Maybe.)
  11. Read that book of Japanese short stories in Japanese. (I read one of them?)
  12. Take a graduate-level English class at UVA, if feasible. (Nope.)
  13. Improve my calligraphy skills with the flexible nib. (Maybe.)
  14. Spend more time with women. (Yes!)

On that dismal note, here are my goals for the coming year.

2013 Goals

  1. Read 75 books.
  2. Read fewer books at a time; dare to re-read some things; concentrate on worthwhile tomes.
  3. Accordingly, read Infinite Jest.
  4. Also, finish Proust.
  5. Take an adult ballet class, even if it kills me.
  6. Take a personal finance class.
  7. Take the Claritas investment fundamentals exam and don’t fail. I think I will fail.
  8. Read the Bible every week.
  9. Train Pyrrha to be more comfortable around small children. (Accordingly, here are Pyrrha’s 2013 goals.)
  10. Wear pants less often.

What are some of your resolutions for the coming year?

2012 Resolutions

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In 2012, I resolve to:

  1. Adopt, raise, and train a healthy and happy dog.
  2. Keep running, even though I hate it.
  3. Read 75 books. (Down from last year, because I need to be less competitive with myself about my reading goals. I read like a maniac this year.)
  4. Stop interrupting people when they are talking.
  5. Take the GRE. Start thinking more seriously about whether to go to grad school.
  6. Go hiking more often.
  7. Make books of all received letters; get them out of those musty shoeboxes.
  8. Dress better; stop schlepping around in frumpy clothes.
  9. Memorize scripture.
  10. Call my family more often.
  11. Read that book of Japanese short stories in Japanese.
  12. Take a graduate-level English class at UVA, if feasible.
  13. Improve my calligraphy skills with the flexible nib.
  14. Spend more time with women.

How about you? Figured out any of your new year’s resolutions yet?

Things I want to do in 2012

Me, next year. Click for source.

Yes, I like to make my new year’s resolutions very early. In fact, one could say that I am in a perpetual state of making new year’s resolutions. Continuous goal-making is a blessing/curse we inherited from our mother. (Grace has the worst case of it, but then again, she’s the most accomplished of us all, so maybe there is something to this mania for making resolutions.)

Things I Want To Do in 2012

  1. Get a dog, which I don’t have to tell you. I already have. Like, a hundred times.
  2. Take a graduate-level English class at UVA.
  3. Take the GRE.
  4. Go hiking more often.
  5. Read 75 books (down from this year’s goal of 100, because I think I’ll be cutting down on my dog reading).
  6. Take a beginner’s ballet class.
  7. Try to take my writing more seriously; publish something, somewhere. (How’s that for ambiguity?)
  8. Improve calligraphy business; hone skills with flexible nib.
  9. Finish reading the remainder of Shakespeare’s plays (I think I have 19 more to go. Eek).
  10. Decide what I’m going to do with my life.

Do you have any goals for next year already? Am I the only one?