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To Infinity…

Well well, here we are again. The beginning of a new year. We actually made it through the last despite all the morbid predictions. Now there is no excuse wallow in what ifs. It is time to keep moving forward and to do great things.

I didn’t intend to get off the writing bandwagon last year. However, life happened. Quite a bit. Nothing like getting lost on a mountain or anything. Wait, that did happen. Good news, I made it back safely! That was a hell of a weekend, and a completely separate story. I’m back now, and there is a lot going on. I won’t spoil it all in a single post, but I wanted to share with you my 2013 goals (not resolutions, I gave those up.)

One of the important things to emphasis this year is that I’ll be following the SMART plan for 2013. Each item needs to be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Because of this I am breaking the list into a first half and second half goals.

January – June Goals:

  • Pay off the $1500 in consumer debt between my Capital One and Target Card.
  • Pay off at least half of the $5000 remaining on my truck loan.
  • Develop my core strength.
  • Visit at least one new US city (new metro area).
  • Get my body weight down to the low 170’s.
  • Talk more with others about the books I read.

July – December Goals:

  • Run a sub-5 hour marathon.
  • Visit another country, preferably in another hemisphere.
  • Visit at least one new US city (new metro area).
  • Develop my upper body strength focusing on chest, back and shoulders.
  • Pay off the balace of my truck.
  • Pay off the remainder of my smaller student loan, approximately $2600.
  • Get my body weight down into the 160’s.

These are all specific goals for common generic items; get in shape, get my finances in order, read more, travel more. Some of them need to be more specific still. Visiting another country in a different hemisphere, for example, leaves a lot of options on the table. Since this is a second half goal I think that it is alright for it to still be somewhat vague. I would love to go to Ireland. But there are many factors the first half of the year can have on that goal. Also, visiting another US city is kind of generic. I’ve already got plans to go to New Orleans, but I’ve been there before. I do have a trip planned to another city, but those details have a reason for being withheld currently.

I’ll address some of the measurable factors, and how I’m going about attaining these goals in later posts. One item I will need everyone’s help on is talking more with others about books I’ve read. It is all well and good to read a book, but if we don’t communicate with others regarding what we read we aren’t really growing together. You can find me on GoodReads.com. You can see what I’ve already read and if you read it too lets grab coffee or hang out sometime and talk about it, and whatever else is going on. In all I read 11 books (novels, biographies, short stories and audiobooks) last year. Those would be the best to start with as they are fresh in my mind, but any book is welcome. You can also see what I’m currently reading (Brave New World Revisited) and want to read and determine if it is something for you.

What are you getting started this year? What are you plans? I’m hoping for a lucky ’13, but I’m also following the adage that, “you make your own luck.”

January 10, 2013   2 Comments