Happy New Year!
I don’t believe in making resolutions; I believe in setting goals. As M said last year, “resolutions don’t stick; goals do.” While we’re on the topic of last year: My goal for 2014 was to find love (insert snarky rom-com/Patti Stanger comment here). Goal accomplished. In February, Boyfriend D asked me to be his girlfriend and we’ve been together ever since.
M and I met up on New Year’s Day and spoke about this year’s goals. Before meeting M, I had come up with a handful of personal goals. She showed me she breaks up her goals into 4 categories: Personal, Work, Social, and Health. She also creates a Must To Do list of things that must get done that year. I added these categories to my goals.
- Learn how to do my own nails – The Classy Cubicle always has her nails done nicely and it looks very professional. As I aspire to move up at work, this is one step I can make to help myself. It is also much cheaper to do my own nails as much as I enjoy going for manicures. I can save quite a bit of money if I go to the nail salon once/month to have my nails cut, filed, and cleaned up (for the life of me, I can’t cut or file my nails evenly). Despite daring to be called a beauty blogger, here’s what my nails currently look like:
Please ignore the very dry hands. I did not do this myself. I went to the salon yesterday to start with cleaned up nails and left with this manicure (I don’t remember the name of the color but it is by Essie). As this begins to chip, I’ll remove the polish and apply a new color. I bought the all in one base coat and top coat at my local CVS yesterday and I have various colors at home from Sephora points/giveaways and Birchboxes to try. Do you have any tips to make this easier, especially when using my non-dominant hand?
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night – I am cranky and unproductive when I don’t get a good night’s sleep so my goal is to get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep every night. I usually set my alarm for 6:30 am but if I go to sleep at midnight, this won’t give me my 7 hours. To help me accomplish this, I will set my alarm accordingly (if I’m in bed by 10 pm, for example, I can set the alarm for 6:30 or 6:45 am as I most likely will be asleep by 10:30). The other side of this is to stop hitting snooze and get out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off.
- Give myself time in the morning – This goes hand-in-hand with getting enough sleep and not hitting snooze. As most people can attest, I am not a morning-person. However, with enough time in the morning, I’ll be able to put more effort into my appearance, especially on weekday mornings. As I strive to move up at work, I need to do a better job of dressing for the job I want, not the job I have. This means wearing something nicer than leggings and a long sweater (confession – I am wearing the gray and black version of this sweater with black leggings today because I woke up feeling awful). It also means putting on makeup in the morning (I only do my eyes) and carrying this attitude into non-work days, when you’re pretty much guaranteed to find me wearing sweat pants and a sweat shirt. For workwear, I look to The Classy Cubicle for inspiration and Pinterest (see here, here, here, and here, for a handful of examples).
- Finn – My goal with Finn is to take her to the local dog park every weekend, weather permitting. As I wrote in a little notebook, NO EXCUSES!!! Finn is a dog who needs to run, explore, and interact with other dogs.
Weather permitting means it’s not raining. The picture above was taken over the summer in my neighbor’s backyard.
- Maintaining an organized house – This includes but isn’t limited to: putting clothes away (closet shelf or hamper) as soon as I take them off instead of leaving them in a pile on the floor; putting laundry away immediately instead of when I need the laundry basket; staying on top of laundry instead of waiting until I need a sock or underwear to do laundry; throwing away junk mail instead of letting it pile up.
- Own it – Own the person I am at work. Own the position I want to be in. Own my accomplishments. Have internal confidence for a job well done even if the job doesn’t reward it (don’t rely on external forces for confidence).
- Grow it – I turn 30 this year. It’s time I turn my department of 1 into a department of more. Stop taking no and keep pushing, pushing for that bigger department, pushing for that true management position.
- Make time for friends – I feel as though I have neglected my relationships with my friends because I spend a lot of time with Boyfriend D. I want to continue giving him as much time as I have been but also give more time to my friends. For the sake of sounding totally cliche, friends are the family you choose.
M uses this space to list the doctors’ appointments she needs to make sure to set. Since I stay on top of all of my annuals (regular physician, ophthalmologist, dermatologist, gynecologist) and semi-annuals (dentist), I don’t feel the need to have this section in my goals.
Must To Do
- Fence permit – As I alluded to above, Finn needs to run outside. I must apply for a fence permit to put around my backyard so she can run freely no matter the day of the week, time of day, or the amount of time I have.
- Organize papers – After I pay my bills, I need to file them accordingly, not throw them on some combination of kitchen counter, nightstand, and desk. I also need to go through magazines in a more timely manner, not three years later (more on this at a future date).
- Bathroom mirror – Since I moved into my house nearly three years ago, I have not had a mirror in my upstairs bathroom. One of Boyfriend D’s Chanukah presents to me was a gift card to Home Depot to finally get the mirror.