Thursday, January 3, 2013

2013 Goals

By 2013 Goals I don't mean 2,013 different goals. I am referring to goals for the year 2013. You may have figured that out on your own, but I just wanted to make it clear.

I don't generally make resolutions and I am not about to now. However, I do have some things in mind that I would like to accomplish in the upcoming year. Setting goals for yourself is not the same thing as making resolutions. Resolutions usually involve trying to improve yourself in some way. Since I wouldn't even begin to know where to start with that, I will let it slide. Plus, admitting any type of fault that needs to be worked on might cause Red to see a flaw in me that she is not aware of at this moment and I am going to try to maintain this perfect image she has of me for as long as possible.

Once again, resolutions involve making some sort of personal improvement. A goal is something you would like to accomplish and I do have a few of those in mind.
  • My first class in the TESOL graduate program just started yesterday. I intend to never receive any grades lower than a 97% for the entire program. You can believe I will keep you posted, especially every time I meet that goal in a new class.
  • Last year (2012) was a wonderful year. A large part of that was due to meeting Red. I know we have not given many updates lately, but things are going beautifully. I am making it a personal goal to make this year the best year she has ever had.
  • In August 2011, I created The List. It is my list of things to accomplish before I die. Of the 150+ items I have on that list, I have only marked off one in the 17 months since I first posted it. This year, I will average at least one list item per month for a total of twelve or more before the end of the year.
  • I want to maintain a steady blogging schedule. 120 posts for the year would break down to 2.3076923 posts per week. That's one post every 3.04167 days. Why does this have to be so complicated?
  • I will read fifty books this year. This is close to one a week. It is not a lofty goal, but with me being in school, it should keep me reading things other than just my textbooks.

On a side note and totally unrelated to anything else so far, I have a request. Today, January 4th is my daughter Kirsten's birthday. She will be 17 and is very excited to be old enough to go to rated R movies on her own.


After you leave this page would you take the time to leave her a birthday wish either on her Twitter feed @KirsteyDahl or her Facebook Wall (Kirsten Minor). If you would like to make it extra special, include a picture of a windmill. She loves windmills. The bigger the windmill the better. Any picture of a windmill will work, but I included a few here if you would like to use them.

Actually, she doesn't really love windmills. She is scared of them for some reason. So if you think I am being cruel, just send her a Happy Birthday message. On the other hand, if you don't mind torturing teenagers, then send her a windmill also. Either way, she will be thrilled to get a bunch of messages coming her way from people she doesn't know. Since she doesn't read my blog, she won't know where this is coming from.


Happy Birthday, Kirsten!!!

Have a great year everyone.

20 comments:

  1. Awesome. The company I am working for did some of the work involved at that giant wind-farm near Lafayette. Every time I drive by there now, I think of Kirsten. This is a great idea.

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    1. I forgot that you got to see this once. Luckily, she doesn't freak out like she used to.

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  2. (I'll have to look at that list. I'm happy to help you with most of them, and have done a bunch of them.)

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    1. okay.
      3, 24, 37, 49, 55, 57, 58, 85, 103. Totally do-able together THIS YEAR! There are many others that I would love to participate in, but not feasible in 2013.

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  3. Those are some really good goals to set for yourself. I really won't be surprised if you would be able to complete all of those goals and more. My favorite was the one about Red. That's just beyond sweet.

    I have nothing against torture teenagers by showing them things they're scared of, but only if they're my friends. Mostly because I like seeing their reactions. I will wish her a happy birthday though!

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    1. I like to stay busy except when I don't want to do anything.

      Not wanting to jump on the windmill bandwagon will work, but only if she is still sent a birthday greeting.

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  4. Writing two or three posts a week while reading fifty books is a bit much, I think, especially with everything else you do. I suggest you set a more realistic goal of reading maybe 10 percent more books than you did last year. Good luck.

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    1. Last year I set a goal of 40 books but ended up reading 47. This will force out a few more. The only part I really worry about is the graduate studies. It should be a busy year.

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  5. Windmills can be scary. Ask Don Quixote.

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    1. I told her about Don Quixote and she thinks he sounds stupid. She reminded me that she is not necessarily scared of windmills, but anything really large. Windmills just seem to be the large things we keep running into.

      She's a strange child.

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    1. Oh, and good luck on the goals for this year! I actually set an unofficial goal for myself this year to read 12 books. It actually makes me cringe, the impossibility of it.

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    2. Thank you. Thank you. And a flaming windmill. That should send her right over the top.

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  7. I am all for goal over resolutions.

    Yours is a varied list, I guess we'll keep you accountable for the 120 posts. Keep us posted! (see what I did there?)

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    1. I did over 170 posts last year, but I did a three month challenge in the middle of it. I know I will be doing the A to Z Challenge in April. I just want to make sure I am staying consistent.

      And I do see what you did there. Everyone will be posted and reposted.

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  8. Great list! I especially love the one about Red. That's one of the sweetest things I've read in a long time :)
    Sadly, I missed Kirsten's Bday. Hopefully she didn't get traumatized by too many windmills!

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    1. It saw that at least 5 or 6 people did it. She never mentioned it and they were already gone from her page by this morning. I am guessing she just removed them.

      I like making people happy, especially Red.

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  9. Fantastic list, and I love the Red item:)

    I hope your daughter had a wonderful birthday!

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