Jess In 2013: Following a Goal Setter

I think every American on the planet is aware of the idea of New Years’ Resolutions. Lose weight, get in touch with long lost friends, get a new job, do SOMETHING. While the New Year does tend to represent an opportunity to do something new and better with your life, for some reason the New Years’ resolutions never really seem to be catching. It seems to be because we’re unable to sustain significant changes in our lives without some kind of constant motivation.

Instead of just trying to make resolutions, I’ve pulled together a set of realistic goals that I want to complete throughout the year. Unlike resolutions these goals do not require an instant change upon waking up on January 1, 2013, but instead have been thought through and prayed on. I’m human, and fully realize that at the end of this little experiment, I may not be able to check of every one of these things from my list, but I’m certainly going to try. I think by making them realistic, and yet challenging, I’ll be able to make several of these goals.

Want to come on this journey with me? Keep an eye on the tag Jessica in 2013. I’m going to do my best to write my successes and failures and then look back this time last year and see where things stand. Below you’ll find my goals and related metrics (seems so technical for my personal time, but if this process works at work, why not bring it home, right?)

JESSICA’S 2013 GOALS | WITH METRICS

STRENGTHEN MY BODY

GAINING A SKILL IN SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: DANCING, RUNNING, SWIMMING, TENNIS, YOGA, ETC.

What’s the activity, what skill set did you attain, learning outcomes?

LOSE THE REMAINING 13 POUNDS

I started off 2012 being very close to 175 pounds. I’d already committed to weight lose plan that’s carried me through this year. Now I need to finish the initial goal – 13 pounds to go!

Metrics: When was this goal reached? How close/far away are you from the goal in December 2013?

STRENGTHEN MY MIND

SPENDING TIME IN AREAS NOT DIRECTLY RELATED TO WORK: THEATRE, GETTING MY CMP, ETC.

CMP – Certified Meeting Professional. A designated related directly to my career, and seems pretty necessary considering how long I’ve been in the industry. I figured if I’m going to stay in this field even five more years, I should attain this designation. Okay, so this is related to work, but it doesn’t directly mean USGBC. The exam is in May and will require a significant amount of study!

Metrics: Did you stick to your study plan, did you pass the exam?

Theatre – Acting is an old love of mine. A few years ago I went back to another old love of mine, singing, with amazing results. The local community theatre is getting ready to put on a  play that I want to be a part of either by acting in the play or going over to the other side and working tech (I have my theatre tech license!)

Metrics:  Were you able to audition for the play? If not, did you decide to work on the tech?

Other – what other ways did you decide to get involved?

STREGTHEN MY SPIRIT

MORE QUALITY TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

How is this defined: Monthly activity with the family, weekly activity outside of Small Group with friends

Six Month Check-In: Are you still living true to this?

GETTING INVOLVED AT MBC AGAIN

Metrics: How did you do this, how long did you stay involved?

FINANCES

PAY OFF TWO OF MY SCHOOL LOANS

Metrics: Were you able to do this?

TRAVEL

TWO TRIPS THIS YEAR: ONE BIG, ONE SMALL

Metrics: big trip location & dates; small trip location & dates

American Adventure: Florida Keys – Day 4

Last day in Florida! While the last day on a vacation usually makes me sad, I have to admit that I was glad to get back to civilization. The hotel was much more busy with families on weekend leisure travel, but it was still pretty lifeless.

Nick and I got up the earliest that we’d gotten up the entire trip and walked around the resort taking pictures. The sun had just risen and it was a lovely day!

sunrise at the resort

sunrise at the resort

After leaving the resort, we spent the next few hours getting closer and closer to civilization. We saw our first Starbucks in Homestead, Florida on the other side of the Everglades. We grabbed brunch at Cracker Barrel. It was so delicious!

After a mandatory stop at a Barnes & Noble in a suburb of Miami, we made our way back to South Beach. We stopped by the Apple store for Nick and we sat on the beach for awhile for me! We then drove back to the airport for home.

jess at the beach

jess at the beach

When we landed back in DC, it was 40 degrees.

American Adventure: Florida Keys – Day 3

The day started with me opening the blinds, which has usually made me feel like a vampire because it’s so light outside, to the kind of darkness that can only mean rain. Nick and I took the weather in stride and decided to go for a ride. Unfortunately, there’s not much to do in the other island of the Keys, especially during the off season, so after getting breakfast at the scariest IHOP that I’ve ever been to we decided to go hang out on the Old Seven Mile Bridge. A kind of freaky proposition has it was really windy outside and if you fall of that bridge your life is over.

nick and jess on the bridge.

nick and jess on the bridge.

After spending time on the bridge we found basically the only bookstore in the entire Florida Keys and spent sometime there. Then we went back to the our hotel and sat on the balcony cut up our baguette and sliced meats and enjoyed the warm weather. It was a low key but wonderful day.