I know this is a few weeks late for New Year goals, but I promise you I've been trying to write it since the 1st of January. Tomorrow Sam and I will have been married for a month. And quite a good month it has been! It's given me cause for reflection, and I've come up with some personal goals for this year.
Toilet train the cat
This one is already in progress. I'm pleased to inform you all that my cat is en route to being one of the awesomest cats around...by the beginning of March, he will be able to use the toilet instead of the litter box, and we will never have to deal with litter, smells, or excess germs ever again!
Complete every room in the apartment to the vision of what I want it to be
This goal is already in progress too; it's nearly complete as a matter of fact. The living room is well on its way to being exactly how I want it (we have 6 huge bookcases in here...don't judge). The bedroom is finished. The second bedroom is nearly finished (it's only missing a few bits of furniture). The bathroom is pretty much done. The kitchen is also well on its way. I'll have to do a post of a house tour once it's all done the way I like.
Read 25 books
I'm already 1.5 books down for this goal. I'm keeping track on the sidebar on this blog. I think it will be a lot easier to read more come summertime.
Do something out of my comfort zone (something big...for me)
So far the thing I have planned for this goal is to run the waterfront at a cub scout camp, rife with little boys. If you know me at all, you know this is kind of a big deal thing for me to do. Boss little boys around? Ha! We'll see how it goes.
Graduate from college
Hopefully this semester will be my last. However, I'll still be finishing up my two Independent Study classes in Spring term (and possible taking one last GE class), but my goal is to graduate in the middle of June. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
Go to the temple twice a month, every month
So far we've failed at this one, but I guess January is still a couple of weeks away from being over, so we could still do it. Hooray!
Stick to a budget, and never be overdrawn
This means that we will have to be frugal with our food purchases and work as many hours as we can in order to be able to make rent and bills at the beginning of every month. I also have a goal that we will be able to pay for summer rent by the beginning of the summer so that we can go to Connecticut for July and part of August without having to worry about the apartment. This goal is probably the biggest for me, since I don't have the best history of saving money, but hopefully with food now stocked in our cupboards and pretty much everything we need already set up in the apartment (THANK YOU wedding gifts!!), we won't have to spend money on much and we'll be able to save up some.
Show Sam every day that I love him
People say the first year of marriage is the most difficult. I'm determined not to let that be true for us. I love him, so it's easy for me to be good to him, especially since now we're married and we're always together. But there's going to be a lot of patience, understanding, and patience (did I mention patience?) required, so it will definitely require some work.
SCUBA dive somewhere outside of Utah
Hopefully I'll be able to check this one off when we take our honeymoon (finally) at the end of April. We're probably going to be in Hawai'i, so it'll be fun to dive there.
Blog more often and be more open
I feel like I barely blog anymore, and when I do, it's usually something lame like a video I like or a song or something. I'm trying to resolve to be a little more personal on here, and write more often. This blog often takes the place of my journal writing, so I'm trying to make sure that I do it often enough, and still get the emotional needs from it that I would with a journal. I'm not that worried about people reading it because I need to be honest anyway, and not that many people really read it. I think it'll be a good year for the blog.
Here's a picture of a path that I took in Hampstead Heath in England a couple of years ago (wow, I can't believe it's been that long). Think of the path as a metaphor for my goals or something. Mostly I don't want you to feel like you've been visually gypped.