New Year’s (REALISTIC) Resolutions

It’s 2014, biatches and big things are coming! 

…. is what I would have said if I was still 21 and still had hopeless ambitions on what I want to complete in my year. Honestly, I am not sure what it is about new year’s, it really does instill a sense of fresh and hope for a year when really, the difference between December 31st, and Jan 1st is the same as any other two days in question. 

Well, for me, this year not so much as I had spent the new years in Sunny California and with the time difference there, you could really say I rang in New Years twice this year. Even now that new year has been over for 12 days, I am still holding onto that newness nostalgia we called new years. Of course, I was drunk as heck at that point so that excitement and absolutely thrill I felt at new years could have been contributed to that.

However, back to the real purpose of this post, New year resolutions. A “false” sense of goals that one goes through every  new year, I say false because January is the month you see an overabundance of “resolutioners”  in the gym and lists being put up, give it 2 months and I will not wait 2 hours for a treadmill again. (lying here, I don’t go to the gym.. but I am assuming!) 

So that is it, I don’t want to lull myself into a false sense of resolutions this year beause for 1) the more unrealistic resolutions are, the more unhappy I get as the year goes on because I am no way close to filling them. 2) It is easier to give up on them or by telling yourself ” its okay, they were too hard anyways, next year”. I for no, am not falling into this fallacy again. 

Instead, I have made a pact with a friend to make 5 SMART goals–an idea I got from goal setting at work actually. Yes, I guess those evaluation forms they have us to fill out are quite handy sometimes. SMART stands for “Specific, Measurable, attainable, relevant, and timebound. Here are 5 I think that I would like to accomplish this year: 

1) Learn conversational Spanish – With the help of duolingo, this is actually quite fun.  

2) Run a 10k AND OR Tough Mudder – Well, I finished the Spartan race last year.. how hard can this be, right…? 

3) Learn how to be by myself for a year – From someone who has not yet been single since high school, this may be one of the most difficult tasks at hand. Being alone and being okay with myself are two very different things, I will elaborate on this in another post sometime.

4) Get a USA CPA / some form of a license – I will be receiving my official CA sometime in August (FINGERS CROSSED) and hopefully, I will add something onto this plate. This may need to be refined a little depending on what the next goal as well. 

5) Get a new job by the end of this year – As much as I love my current team, I know for sure I do not want to stay in audit forever. Once I qualify, I hope to leave right away. 

And goals for 2015 (yes, I am THAT ambitious) – 1) find an overseas opportunity 2) Down payment on a house/ life insurance policy or something big. 

Of course, I have also more general goals like: get better posture, be a better family member, eat healthier, be a better person blah blah blah. The way I intend to keep to these type of goals is just to be more aware of what I do when I do it. I have already tried limiting my calories intake and just trying to sit and stand better. 

Goals are hard, no doubt. I think the only way to continue to make sure you are on track is to always monitor them and to not let them slip your mind. Human conditions allows us to make a goal and forget them as quickly as they come. 

2013.. that year end reflection will come another time. For now, let’s focus on 2014! Happy new years, everyone! 

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