January 2, 2012

The Promise of a New Tomorrow

Yesterday, I wrote about how much I love the New Year and making goals and lists and the promise of a new tomorrow. I listed a lot of abstract things I want to do this year to make 2012 awesome. In 2008, I had just come back to the US from having the best time of my life being abroad in Geneva and London and traveling all over Eastern and Western Europe in the mean time. My 2008 New Year's Resolution was simple: make 2008 better than 2007...and boy, oh boy it was.

2009 was an alright year. 2010 wasn't bad. 2011 was pretty good. 2012 is going to be even better. Aside from the abstract, random things I want to do like continue to eat as much Nutella as I can stomach and to continue taking spontaneous, out-of-the-blue trips like those to Houston and Minneapolis, I have a few concrete things I'd like to try to do over the course of 2012.

1. Try a spin class. I need to find out what the hype is all about...and maybe spinning will get me to finally attempt a triathlon. We'll see.
2. Do more yoga. I did a fair amount of yoga last year, but all of the moaning at Yoga to the People creeps me out and I don't really have the money to throw around on expensive yoga classes, but I am a pro at finding free yoga classes in the city, so I'm going to attempt to incorporate more yoga into running regiment. I would like to be able to be more flexible...and be able to touch my toes.
3. Leave my apartment more. This may come as a shock to some of you, but I can essentially go an entire week without ever leaving my apartment and still do everything I need to do. I work in my building, I work out in my building, I study in my building, I eat in my building...you get the picture. Since I'm not taking any classes this semester, my plan is to get out more...and not just to hop on a plane somewhere or go to the grocery store (which is also absurdly close)...but to actually go out and do things and stop being a hermit.
4. Finish my college scrapbook. This is on my 25 Before 25 list and well, I haven't done a heck of a lot with it. I finished my first year and am up to about half way through the first semester of my sophomore year and senior year...but I need to just buckle up and do it...and then start putting the last 3 years of my life into photo albums.
5. Get The Pilot to run a race with me. This is simple. I think I've convinced him to run a half with me...but he wants to choose which one. Fair...although I think that caveat is what's keeping us from actually registering. It doesn't have to be a half, but I'd like us to run a race together. I think it would be fun...even though sometimes when we go running, he kind of hates me a little bit.
6. See the rest of the ballparks. I'm at 15 1/2 (Minneapolis counts as the 1/2). I'd like to try and see the rest of them. I don't think this will be tremendously difficult since I'm not planning to spend my summer traveling around the world this year. We'll see.
7. Go to an NFL game. Preferably the Jets.
8. Visit my BFF in Kentucky/Cincinnati. She just moved out there and I haven't seen her in almost a year and a half because for the last 4 years or so, she's been living 4 1/2 hours from the nearest airport. Now, she lives miles from the nearest airport. There also happens to be a baseball team in Cincinnati so this will be happening. Most likely in spring time.
9.  Do something big to celebrate my birthday. I don't make a big deal out of my birthday...ever. When I was 15, I stopped celebrating it all together until I turned 21 when my friends decided that I had to do something big. I think 25 years is a big deal and I'm proud of having done so much in my short 25 years on earth, so I'd like to do something big to celebrate...I have no ideas for this whatsoever, so feel free to throw some my way.
10. Read more books that I want to read, not that have to read. I recently amended The Book List from reading the top 100 books to 50 of the top 100. Why? Well, aside from the fact that it's impossible for me to read 50 more books before February, there has only been a handful of those books that I've enjoyed and as a result, I've skipped out reading books that I genuinely want to. I miss going to the bookstore and just perusing the shelves for my next read.
11. Read the newspaper more. I'm a big slacker on this and I love reading the paper so I need to start reading it more.
12. Move out of New York. This is the big one. It's no secret that I don't like New York. Actually, I kind of hate it. There really aren't a lot of things about this city that I like and I just don't want to live here anymore. A lot of this is going to be contingent on where/when/if I get a job come May so we'll see what happens there but if I only accomplish one of my goals this year, I want it to be this one.

I got really excited about the fact that I wrote this out and have 12 goals for 2012...and then I realized I have one more...so we'll say this one is "one for good measure."

13. Run a sub-4 hour marathon. I have two chances. Madrid and New York City. I ran a 4:03 at Marine Corps. I can totally do this. 

So that's that. My goals for 2012. There are 365 days left in the year (it's a Leap Year!) and I've got big plans ahead. It's the promise of a new tomorrow and I can't wait for it.

What are your plans for 2012?


  1. I'm working on my goals post, too! I just know that you are going to crush that 4:00 marathon!

  2. Great goals and totally doable! Good luck!

  3. # 10 makes a lot of sense. There are too many good books out there to waste time on books you don't enjoy.

  4. These seem like some great goals for 2012. I think you'll really like spin class!

    And good luck with moving out on NYC! I did in September and I am so much happier now!

  5. Before I moved to NYC, I bought all this stuff to make a scrapbook of my year abroad while I was at home. My mom reminded me of all the materials that I had not touched when I was home this past week making my inspiration board. It is now 3 years later. Oops. Thing is I actually love doing stuff like that. Clearly it is not a priority for me though. Sad.

    I am wondering if 2012 is the year I move away from NYC too...it has been wearing on me...

  6. sub4 is going to be yours, lady. and i don't like spin class, but i'm cranky. move to DC!

  7. Love your goals! I want to attend/help celebrate this BIG 25th birthday! Even if it means I bake something for you :) I love that the Pilot is going to run with you. Maybe I could convince M to run a 5k with me...maybe lol. Happy New YEAR!!!

  8. great goals! you so have a sub 4 marathon!

  9. I am the worst at not leaving my apt in the winter, especially!!!


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