If you’ll remember, back in June, I made a list of Summer Goals. Ten simple goals to strive for during summer. About two weeks after that post, I promptly forgot about that list and then got thrown into the hurricane that was my sad season so I had even less motivation to complete these goals.
But I think I needed the time off from striving towards goals and just live in the moment for once. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking about how I want to end 2012. It’s been a year of extreme highs and extreme lows. And I want to end the year on a high note, so I’ve been crafting ten goals to lead me through the end of this year.
1. Visit the dentist and schedule a consultation for my wisdom teeth.
I failed to make my second dentist appointment after my first one back in March so I’m a bit overdue for another cleaning. My wisdom teeth seem to hurt me off and on so I know they need to come out, but I’ve been hesitant about making my consultation appointment because of time off and money issues. But I know it’s something that has to be done and I have to stop dragging my feet about it.
2. Lose 15 lbs.
I usually don’t like to put a weight loss number with my goals, but I think this is a good one to strive for and it gives me a solid number to attain over the next 3 months. It’s a little over a pound per week (and in the midst of the holiday season!) but I need this goal to use as motivation to kick my weight loss into high gear. I’ll still have a lot to lose after these 15 lbs, but I’m hoping this will be the kick-start I need to bring me into 2013.
3. Carve a pumpkin and roast pumpkin seeds.
I didn’t carve a pumpkin last year, but I did attempt it in 2010. It wasn’t very pretty and then, for some reason, I just wasn’t up for carving another one last year. But nothing really brings in the holiday season quite like carving pumpkins so I’m making this a fun little goal to accomplish in October. Even if the pumpkin turns out horrible, at least I’ll have the pumpkin seeds to console myself with. Mmm!
4. Finish “Twenty Something, Twenty Everything”.
I had to put this goal on the list just because I’m still stuck on that darned journaling passage and I need some type of motivation to finish the book. It’s not like the book is terrible or hard to get through, I’ve just been lazy in picking it up and getting through all the journaling portions. Hopefully, if I set aside time every weekend to read through at least a few pages, I can cross this one off my list soon!
5. Spend a long weekend in Orlando.
I haven’t had a true Orlando weekend since July 2011 and that one was a short one, in itself. I want a true long weekend (3-4 days) there to enjoy the hotel, the amusement parks, and being in Orlando. I love that city so much and since my last foray there was for my mom’s marathon (i.e., NOT a vacation!), I need time to enjoy the city again. I’m hoping to go away for my birthday with my mom. We would leave the Friday after Thanksgiving and come back Monday or Tuesday so I am crossing my fingers I can get my finances in order to make this happen.
6. Start writing again.
Whether it’s for 30 minutes a day or 30 minutes a week, I want to get back into writing fiction. I have so many story ideas flitting around in my brain on a daily basis (it’s one of my favorite ways to escape when I’m bored!) that I need to just start writing. I’m letting lesser important things take precedence over the biggest dream I have for my life: to be a successful published novelist. My goal for the next 3 months is to just write on a regular basis.
7. Join a book club.
I was going to attend my first book club meeting yesterday afternoon but the meeting fell at the same time of my nephew’s birthday party so I’m hoping to attend their next meeting in October.
8. Participate in The Color Run.
Yep – it’s hitting St. Petersburg on December 15th and you better believe I am finding myself at the starting line of this race! I love the entire idea of this race and even though I’m sure I’ll be super slow, it’s one of those races you just run for fun and I honestly cannot wait. (Any locals doing this race, too?)
9. Drink more water than soda.
I am slowly trying to break myself of my soda addiction. I thought I had it under control earlier this year but it has once again snuck up on me! I really think my weight issues stem from lack of exercise, drinking too many caloric beverages, and too many sweets. The exercise issue I can’t help right now (I have the OK to do light exercise which is mainly walking, but wearing sneakers puts a lot of pressure on my broken bone) but I can work on drinking less soda and sugary Starbucks drinks (as well as the sweets issue). I know I drop weight easily when I cut down on my sugar intake. And since the cold turkey route doesn’t work for me (I’ve tried it – multiple times), I just want to focus on drinking more water than soda for now.
10. Host an end-of-year holiday giveaway.
I hosted my first-ever giveaway on this blog during Christmas Week 2010 and since then, I’ve tried to plan other giveaways but I never follow through. This will be a fun goal to achieve, I’m sure!
And there you have it! My 10 goals for the last 3 months of 2012. I can’t believe we’re at the last quarter of the year, how did that happen? This is my absolute favorite time of year and I’m excited for the holiday season to kick into gear. I tried not to be too ambitious with my goals, but I’m actually very excited to get back into goal setting and I’m starting to feel more like myself lately. Three cheers for that!
Do you have any goals for the end of 2012? Anything special you’d like to see in my holiday giveaway (I need ideas!)?