2012 Resolutions

By January 1, 2012resolutions


It’s nearly impossible to get a cab around this place on New Year’s Eve, so I kicked off the new year walking about 16 blocks home in four-inch heels without stopping to take a break — proof that I can accomplish pretty much anything. =) As a result, I’m planning out a 2012 full of traveling, saving up money, and hopefully (finally) getting a photography business up and running.

For my ninth annual resolution post, I organized my goals for the year into categories. Some of these are new, some are old, and some are things I aim to accomplish at least once every year. The resolutions have become a recurring theme of this old blog, so this year, I’m going to make an effort to write about each one as I accomplish it.

Like I always say, the even years always better. So let’s get this one started right…about…now.

In the year 2012, I will:

People to see:
Visit Nicole in Texas
Visit Joelle in California
Visit Stephen in Pensacola
Visit Grace in New Hampshire
Visit Andrea in Roanoke
Visit as many people as possible in New Jersey

Places to go:
Soak up some rays at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola
Gamble at the Margaritaville Casino in Las Vegas
Dance the night away at a bachelorette party in Atlantic City
Take a long walk through Central Park
Go shopping in Chicago
Ride bikes at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Take pictures of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Taste wine in Napa Valley
Ride roller coasters at Busch Gardens
Spend a weekend in at least one other Northeast and/or Southeast city (Charleston, SC; Savannah, GA; Newport, RI…)

Things to do:
Attend a few good concerts
See a few good plays
Teach Diesel more tricks
Set up a photography website/portfolio
Volunteer for something
Join a gym
Keep up my monthly facials
Host a dinner party
Get contacts
Read at least 10 good books
Fit back into my Diesel jeans (again)
Frame some of my photos to hang up at my house
Learn something new every month and write about it

Old hobbies to keep up with:
Go horseback riding
Go ice skating
Go surfing
Go snowboarding
Run in a race
Draw a picture
Write poem
Do yoga

Wish list:
Get a white 16GB iPhone
Replace my favorite Ugg boots
Replace my favorite Tory Burch Reva flats
Acquire a bounce flash for my camera
Pick out a longer lens for my camera
Get a pretty camera bag
And a functional camera bag
Get a monogram necklace
Own a pair of diamond earrings

Financial goals:
Plan out a budget for the year
Stick to the budget using weekly and monthly cash allowances
Up my monthly TD Ameritrade transfer to $225 in January and $250 in July
Open a Roth IRA
Get a raise
Start a business

Monthly resolutions:
January – One month, no new clothes.
February –
March –
April –
May –
June –
July –
August –
September –
October –
November –
December –

What do you think? Good list?

Got any resolutions of your own this year? Leave me a comment and tell me all about them!

Happy New Year one more time, and best wishes for a fabulous 2012.

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