Thursday, January 1, 2009

Turning Over a Fresh Page...and a New Leaf?

It's January 1st. Time to clear out the old and make way for the new: fresh starts, new beginnings, changed plans and different paths.

For the week until we relapse back into same-old, same-old.

Before I set my intentions for 2009, let's look back and see how I did in 2008:

1. Make more money - I succeeded here, but I'm also working way more hours. Sigh.

2. Find a new place to live - Almost crossed this one off the list, but unfortunately I'm back to square one. Hopefully I'll be able to cross it off my 2009 list soon, but I break another 2009 resolution: "Don't kill obnoxious neighbor."

3. Get out and meet more people - Well, if the people from my new job count, then I've aced this resolution. Unfortunately I spend so much time working I don't have time to hang with any people other than my co-workers.

4. Read more - I managed an average of a book a month (even more!) for a while there. I need to find a way to squeeze this back into my schedule. I've only managed a handful of pages of Anathem so far...

So for 2009:

1. Find a new quiet place to live in Santa Monica SOON!

2. Accumulate less STUFF - I'm going to try to recycle more and buy used (especially furniture and appliances) wherever possible. It will be hard to scale back my clothing habit (I think I've given or thrown away more clothes than most people wear over a lifetime...), but I'm definitely going to work towards buying less.

3. Be a better friend - I have some good people in my life, but haven't been all that great at keeping in touch. I'm going to try to do better in 2009.

What are your goals for this brand new year?

1 comment:

  1. love this post. it's inspiring
    1) work fewer hours
    2) work out personal relationship by the end of 2009 and I mean rearrange my life to make me happy
    3) looking for that new job or that new something
    4) workout more
    5) care about me more-- be a bit more selfish and concerned about what I want first and then see how it goes with the flow
    6) hang out with friends more.
    (it helps when someone is here in the so. bay area to car pool. driving home at midnight after drinking is NOT a good idea)
    7) listen to more music, podcast more, write more,
    sounds like work more huh