2009 Goals

And it’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last
I can’t remember all the times I tried to tell myself
To hold on to these moments as they pass

Counting Crows, A Long December

The end of 2008 is nigh, and now is the time to reflect on the year that has past and start looking toward the year that is coming.

I started my 101 in 1001 as an impetus to change.  I needed those clearly-defined goals to define what I wanted and needed out of my life, in the baby steps that made sense in a way to attain those things that I’ve wanted.

Do I think I’ve succeeded?  Sort of.  I like having been able to tick things off of my list; and some of those accomplishments are truly astounding to me.  I, for one, never thought I would make it to Chicago, and do all of the neat things I got to do.  But I did.  I also “knew” I was going to go to graduate school, I just didn’t know when, and I feel a huge sense of accomplishment that I’ll be attending classes in January.

Here are some of the highlights from 2008:
13. Set up an Etsy shop to sell my jewelry. [Link]
17. Buy a DSLR camera. [Link]
43. Open an electronic savings account. [Link]
46. Roll my balance to a lower-interest credit card.
68. Obtain my Life and Health license. [Link]

The financial goals were some of the biggest.  On January 2, I’ll have another huge goal accomplished, and I’ll explain in detail the financial goals.

Below are some of the bigger goals I’m looking to accomplish for 2009:
9. Donate to Planned Parenthood.
12. Create a body of work for my jewelry-making hobby.
33. Go to a blog convention.
35. Get my own domain.
44. Build a 3-month cash reserve.
69. Move out of my parents’ house.
80. Sell something on the internet.
101. Go to Lebowski Fest.

This isn’t all I have on my dance ticket for 2009, but these are the ones that I’m most excited for.  It looks like a lot, but some of them are pretty small, easily-accomplished goals.  They’re also all goals that I’m very passionate about accomplishing, so I don’t see them as a lot of goals.

I’m still very much involved with my 101 tasks, and doing this makes me feel very good about my “New Years Resolutions”.

As of today, December 27, 2008: 22 down, 79 to go.