I don’t call my New Year’s resolutions as such; I prefer to think of them as goals – I find calling them goals motivates me more to keep them. I wrote down my goals for 2010 on my Facebook page, and in one of the many profile revamps they have disappeared, but I do remember them for the most part:
- Graduate with my MLS: Probably the easiest of the 2010 goals to keep, because I was only one semester away from my degree, and barring catastrophe that would bar me from finishing the semester, this was going to happen. And happen it did – I graduated on May 17, 2010.
- Travel More: I think I traveled the same amount in 2010 when compared to 2009, if not a little bit more. In 2009 I went to Washington DC, Seattle and Vancouver. In 2010, I went to Tampa (twice), Seattle, Washington DC, and western Maryland. I never did make it to Northern California or Portland like I wanted to, though.
- Learn to Cook: Done. I experimented with Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and several vegetarian recipes, and found my niche in the latter.
- Relax: Done, in some small part. As a Type A personality, this may have been the hardest of my goals to achieve, and I have made some progress. Part time work and unemployment forced me to slow down my lifestyle and realize that it is okay to be idle, in fact, very healthy. The extra time allowed me to manage my days better and get more rest.
And now, Goals for 2011, broken down into several broad categories:
- Physical Health: I went on a bit of a health kick in 2010, phasing out meat for the most part (though I will still eat it occasionally), running more, trying to sleep better, and giving up alcohol (this was my Lenten sacrifice and I enjoyed it so much I stuck with it). I’d like to continue with all of these in 2011. I will start running again in late winter/early spring.
- Travel: I’d like to exceed my traveling for 2010, and I’m on pace to do so when planned trips are taken into consideration. I will be going to San Diego next week and New Orleans in June for ALA’s Midwinter and Annual Meetings, respectively. As I am becoming active in ASIST’s Leadership Committee, there is a chance I will be going to their annual meeting in New Orleans. Proposals for papers/presentations at other conferences may take me to Philadelphia and Minneapolis, and I will be hitting up my parents’ vacation house in Tampa and if things hold out, making a return trip to InfoCamp in Seattle or a first-time trip to the IA Summit in Denver.
- Professional: This is the elephant in the room. I need a full time job. I have been working at JSTOR part time since October, and there is a chance this may become full time. However, this is no guarantee, and I need to continue pursuing opportunities. I slacked on applying for jobs near the end of the year, and I need to make sure I send at least 1 – 2 applications a week. Furthering this goal, I need to continue pursuing professional growth by continuing to seek speaking/writing opportunities, and keeping up with technology and professional literature. My largest project the first half of this year will be my ALA Emerging Leaders project, but I would like to teach more podcasting classes, blog more, get InfoCamp New York City off the ground, pursue leadership opportunities on local, regional and national levels that fulfill my research interests (and maybe pick up a few new ones) – in short, take one of Andromeda Yelton’s inchoate lessons from 2010 to heart – be famous, even if I don’t have a job. I would also like to keep options open for a second master’s degree (starting in 2012 at the earliest), and will continue to research various programs in public affairs, public policy, and education policy.
- Financial: Given my current lack of full time work, this is a bit tricky to make goals. Unemployment forced me to cut back, and I have noticed more money in my checking account throughout the year as a result. I would like to spend less (but indulge now and then) and continue to pay down debt, particularly student loans so if I do end up going for a second master’s in 2012, I don’t end up with six figure loan balances.
- Podcast: Yes, I make podcast goals. I was very erratic with recording my podcast, and I want to stick to the every two weeks schedule a bit more. I want to experiment more with podcasting, including format and recording hardware/software, and be a better podcast marketer. With this, I can grow my experience and knowledge base, eventually fulfilling one of those professional goals of teaching podcasting lessons with a superstar lesson plan.
- Social/Cultural: I didn’t read or knit as much as I would have liked in 2010, and I want to do more of each in the coming year. I’d also like to take in more cultural events in New York – I’ve never been to Lincoln Center or the Metropolitan Opera, and I’m hoping to find some deals (signed up for Groupon!) and take in a performance or two. If I find time, I want to try some new hobbies and crafts, like embroidery and sewing.
- Mental/Emotional Health: I will continue to find that good mix of Type A motivation and Type B relaxation, worry less and enjoy life more. Ensuring that I build time in my day for personal pursuits, sleeping better, and incorporating those personal pursuits into my travel plans (yes, I do go to a lot of conferences) will help me stop and smell the roses.
And with that, I conclude blogging for 2010, and will see you all in 2011. A Happy and Healthy New Year to all.