Before posting my 2014 goals, a few things I accomplished in 2013 I hadn’t planned on:
Being more like an adult
- I’ve been living on my own since 2010, but this year I have made significant strides in being responsible and learning to be accountable for my own personal growth. I’m still not fond of this whole “grownup” thing, but it’s not such a preposterous concept anymore.
- I’ve learned how to stop living like an incomeless student – if I need things (that I will actually use) I can responsibly buy them now. If I need a kitchen utensil, I buy it instead of doing without. I can buy fancy loose leaf tea, so long as I actually drink and enjoy it. If something breaks I can repair or replace it.
Being More Fashionable
Working in an office has given me the chance to dress up more, experiment, and develop a stronger sense of personal style. From hipster boots to chambray jackets to stacked bracelets to colored leggings, it’s been a lot of fun.
- One – working out is half of the equation but diet needs to be just as important. I can indulge from time to time but I can’t negate my workouts every time. I’m focusing on the two halves more equally now.
- Two – it’s a long term process, but that’s okay. I am slowly getting stronger and more toned but getting in shape is not the kind of thing that takes 6 months to complete. I’m in this for the long haul.
I’m writing way too much about these resolutions but it’s so healthy for me to write and process. Looking back at my goals and everything I’ve learned this year is helping me plan for a better next year. Growing as a person does happen naturally but if you can be intentional about it, even more so.
And I’d like to geek out and end with a quote from Doctor Who to close:
Times change, and so must I… we all change. When you think about it, we are all different people, all through our lives and that’s okay, that’s good! You’ve gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.
I’ve read several articles the past week, all saying something along the lines of “New Year’s resolutions are bad, don’t do them!” Nevertheless, I participate in the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions, but I don’t think this is a problem since I tend to always be setting personal goals for myself during other times of year.
I guess to start, it is best to recap my existing goals, and look at how I did. There’s no point setting goals if you don’t measure them, right?
- Get a job – CHECK
- Get a job in marketing – CHECK
- Get a job for an interesting company – CHECK – I think of the jobs I applied for that I would have gladly settled for, and it’s frightening how dull some of them could have been. Pet Products – how did I luck out?
- Get a job where I can use my MBA – CHECK – Seriously, couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to combine creative and strategic projects.
- Get a job that pays appropriately – CHECK – After several months of job hunting you start to lower the bar a little more every day, salary is often the first to go.
Get In Shape
- Run a half marathon – I continued jogging but did not reach this goal due to very hot summer. I’m still jogging when I can, focusing on longer distances often up to 8-9 miles. I did start mid-distance biking, so I’ll consider this one PARTIAL.
- Toned arms – I don’t have the ripped, female-version-of-Daryl-Dixon-arms I’ve been dreaming of, but I have a lot more muscle definition than before. I have to remind myself progress is slow and steady. PARTIAL/CHECK
- Healthy Eating – Being in the workplace generally causes me to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch at least 5 days a week, room to improve but not bad. PARTIAL
- Daily writing – well, I haven’t been writing daily but I did get my blog up and running. I can improve a great deal here but I’ve made steps. – PARTIAL
- Read 12 books – I’ve read a few since starting full time employment, but definitely not 12. I do have quite the collection of free books on my Nook, if that helps. – MISSED
- Crafting – PARTIAL. I’ve been somewhat crafty…but I’m not the Pinterest wizard I hoped I’d be. I think there is only so much you can do when you have a full time job.
Be A Better Person
- Embrace the geek – CHECK YEAH. The number of action figures on my desk is a good indicator of my success. In all seriousness though, I have really embraced my passions, both geeky and not, and who I am as a person lately.
- Travel – Even as a new employee, I’ve had several chances to travel with work, including Las Vegas. I’ve made it back to Nashville twice. I’ve gone on a few nice personal trips, including Washington D.C., Charlotte and Chicago. I’ve seen so many parts of scenic Virginia for the first time, often by foot. – CHECK YEAH.
This post is too long, so I’ll split up and post my resolutions tomorrow or Wednesday!
Two weekends ago I staffed a consumer trade show for the first time, one of the early steps in my project to improve our presence at future trade shows. It was a weekend full of hands-on experience and many opportunities to learn. It was a lot of work, but equally fun.
Aquatics is a male-dominated industry, and simply by chance we ended having an all female show staff. Two ladies from sales joined me for the weekend, due to their territories being somewhat close to the show’s location.
Oh. My. Word. We received more attention from the other exhibitors for being a bunch of pretty ladies. (It wasn’t as creepy as it sounds, fortunately.) Yes, a few people were of the leering-type, but for the most part the guys were just grateful to see some women in the hobby. They were happy to know we were interested in the same things they were so passionate about.
After the show each day, and sometimes during, there were many opportunities to socialize with the other exhibitors and experts, and I now know what it feels like to be a 9 or a 10. Now in everyday life I’m not ugly, but nobody would ever mistake me for a model. However, at the show I had the chance to feel like I was one for the first time in my life. People wanted to buy me drinks and were happy just to have me in their presence. They were paying a lot of attention to me and interested when I was around.
Being treated that way was fun, and made me feel good about myself, but it was honestly not as fulfilling as it would seem. I, along with my two co-workers, wanted to be respected for working hard and making a conscious effort to know as much as we can about our products and industry. That being said, I am always glad to receive a free drink, but I’m not going to work any less hard just because I’m a woman.