Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 To Do List...

I didn't make any goals for this last year because at the end of 2009 my main goal was to merely survive. Survive school, survive PPD/Anxiety, Survive motherhood. I'm happy to report that I'm in a much better place and 2010 was a far improvement over 2009. Not only did I survive motherhood but I'm the healthiest and happiest I've been in years. I graduated with my masters degree from Yale, I found my first "real" job, we moved across the country again, it was a busy almost surreal year.

I imagine that 2011 may also be one of more changes. Possible moves, job changes, Marcus maybe returning to school, but I also have many specific goals for this upcoming year that I really hope I can stick to, and even if I can't or won't I just really like the practice of making lists and goals.

1.) Start some kind of retirement account. We're big kids now and need to get on this. I think I'm going to open a Roth IRA, but I need to do some more research.

2.) Pay off our credit cards. We've never carried a balance until now. Between our cross-country move, a few months of unemployment, and our stupid car for the first time we have a balance and I don't like it at all.

3.) Start running/exercising. I really need to make this part of my everyday again. It just makes me feel so much better when I do.

4.) Read 150 books
As a subset of this goal:
a). Read 50 books that I already own and haven't yet read (I own 68 that I haven't read yet oops).
b.) Read 5 presidential autobiographies or biographies (eventually I would like to read one for each president)
c). read more theological related books

5.) Meal plan... *sigh* food and meals are really the downfall of my existence I suck at it. I don't cook, I don't particularly like food, I hate grocery shopping more than almost anything, but if Marcus and I could come up with something that works for this we would be so much happier with life. It's been an ongoing struggle for our 7 years of marriage.

6.) Organize/file/throw away the stuff I've been carrying around for decades. (I'm a pack rat and keep everything and Marcus bless him has watched me pack it up and move it across the country and back). I really need to force myself to re-evaluate the things I keep. For example do I really need every birthday card from my 14th birthday? Probably not and yet I have them all...)

I think that's about it for now I'll see if anything comes to me. Hope everyone has a happy and safe new years. Bring on 2011!

1 comment:

~Jess said...

Those are definitely some good things to have on your to do list...i haven't even started to think of that yet.

i'm sure your MIL would be more than willing to help with the cooking thing and I know i have a few cook books to recommend.

Happy New Year!