Back when this blog lived at Stellar Path, I tried to do resolutions on a few separate New Years. Some I kept, some I didn’t. I am going to plan for 2016 to be the biggest, best year of my life. I’m doing four resolutions this year. And I’m going to make sure I meet them by the end of the year by giving me a target for each resolution for each month.
In the past, I’ve done fuzzy “I want to be healthy” resolutions. Not this year. I’m doing numbers. Feet to the fire. Time to be accountable.
Finish my doctorate.
I am done with coursework for my doctorate in post-secondary leadership. (If you’re wondering what this means, it is hopefully gearing me up to have an administrative career in higher education in the not-too-distant future.) Now that the coursework is done, it’s time to finish the dissertation. I should easily be able to meet this goal this year. Here’s a little “stretch” goal: I want to be done by August.
Goal for the end of January: Complete (and pass) my qualifying exams and prospectus proposal.
Reduce debt by $20,000 this year.
This one is going to be tough. We owe a lot of debt. ($20,000 will make a dent, but not take care of it.) And I do not anticipate a $20,000 raise this year, either. This one will require more work. Fortunately, I’m not afraid of hard work. I’ve got some passive income coming in that I plan to ramp up, some freelance work on the horizon, and some other avenue sources. I’m not going to divide this evenly by 12, and I’m starting off slow, because I don’t want to burn out.
Goal for the end of January: Reduce debt by $500.
Complete my young adult novel.
I enjoy writing for pleasure, and if I’m not careful, every spare second of my writing time this year will be dissertation. I want to make sure I take some time to write for me. It’s rejuvenating and enjoyable, and I have to make time for it. I’ve got an idea that I love that I’ve been plotting out for a while, but it took a bit of a backseat this past semester.
Goal for the end of January: Finish plotting novel and write out two sections.
Lose 120 pounds.
This one is the biggie. I came across this photo on my hard drive. At left is me at around 330 pounds in 2008. At right is me, this past Christmas at Disney, at around 415 pounds. (Note: The “before” picture is just an exceptionally good photo of me. I don’t think I looked this thin at that weight, but still… it gives me hope for the future, knowing this could be me again. (And it also reminds me that I need to start dyeing my gray hair again.)
I’m going to do this with cardio, weight lifting, and calorie counting. Eating healthy foods and exercising. No tricks, no expenses. Just the simple math of calories-in, calories-out.
Goal for the end of January: Get down to 403.