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New Year’s Goals

Life here at the Ramblings has been a little slow recently (as we’ve pointed out). I decided that it was time to breathe some life back on this site, though we’re going with a somewhat plain look for the next couple of weeks until I figure out exactly what I want this incarnation to look like.

I do know that we’re going to post every day, and I mean every day (well, at least until the end of May). Considering what I do nowadays it shouldn’t be that hard, but it has been. I figured I’d go back to what I started doing this as – an exercise in writing. It’s one of my goals for the coming year…

Yes, I said goal. Those who were regulars to this site are quite familiar with the standing list of lofty goals for myself that have a deadline of December 28, 2008 (though I must admit I hadn’t looked at it a lot recently). Resolutions to me are a little scary – you never quite know when you’ll stop following them. Goals seem to be easily manageable. At one point in my life while in Savannah I decided that I wasn’t going to make resolutions; I’d make goals for that year and see where they’d take me. I’ve strayed from that practice in recent years and realized that revisiting it may be the best thing for me.

This year’s personal goals are quite simple and derived from a few of the 101 in 1001 items:

To get into the best shape of my life.
To improve my writing skills on a daily basis.
To find new ways to relax and enjoy life to the fullest.

There are some goals pertaining to my professional life as well, but you’ll probably figure out what those are in the coming months. Yes, at first glance you’re probably thinking “Well, they look like resolutions to me,” and maybe they are. The one thing that I do remember from this exercise was that to accomplish those goals steps need to be taken every day. In my case a list of daily goals helped tremendously. There are some other great tools and suggestions over on Lifehacker. Even though most of my life is now based on the ability to run around crazily and react instantaneously, the need to relax and focus is necessary. A list helps that cause, not to mention the ability to know what goals can be reached and when they can be reached. Call it the most personal of personal coaching methods. I need to be content with pushing myself to reach new levels and goals every day, something that can be quite difficult at times in a city where people love to tell you why something can’t happen or why you’ve got to do it the way everyone else does.

We’ll see how this works out…

More later,


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