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Goals for 2012

I’m feeling in a creative mood, so I’m going to try to set my 2012 goals1 by making them all have something to do with 12 or multiples of 12. I’m very aware that I’m going to be hellabusy in 2012 with that whole school thing starting, so I’m trying to set my goals for be reasonable given my limited time, yet still a bit of a challenge to help me make sure I’m doing things that I really should be doing.

  • score 12 points on one of my hockey teams – I was going to put 12 goals, but seriously, who am I kidding?
  • go to 24 yoga practices – that’s just about one every other week, which should be doable
  • run 240 km – that averages out to less than 5 km per week and since 5 km is my basic “I’m going out for a run” distance, I should be able to get that done, right?
  • knock 24 items off my 101 list of things to do in 1001 days – I’m thinking I should be able to do #1, 2, 4, 15, 16, 17, 24, 25, 51, 92, 98, and 99 should be easy ones to tackle
  • run in 3 races – OK, so this one isn’t a multiple of 12, but it is a divisor of 12 and I’ve decided that’s good enough because there’s no way in hell that I’m going to be able to run in 12 races! I’m already planning to do the 8km race at the BMO Vancouver International Marathon and the zombie obstacle course race in August, so I really just need to find one other one to do and I’ll be golden on this one
  • make $112,000$100,008 – Sure I’ve put “make $100,000” on my list of goals in both of the past two years and failed miserably *and* I will have zero time to do any extra freelance work, but I figure that I should get to count my scholarships as part of “making” money, so this one isn’t as completely far fetched as it might sound. I’ll have to come up with some creative way to actually reach it, but “aim high” is what I always say, right?

And that, my friends, is six goals and six is a divisor of 12 and that’s just about all the nerdery I can handle in this blog posting. Now here’s hoping that I actually remember these goals at some point before December 28, 2012.

  1. See goals from 2010 and 2011. []


Reviewing my Goals for 2011

Being that it is the end of the year, I figured that I should see how I did on my 2011 goals. Like last year, I set a bunch of goals at the start of the year and then promptly forgot what they were. Because I’m awesome like that. So let’s see how I did on my neglected goals, shall we?

2011 Goals Achieved(y/n) Excuse
run a 2-hr half marathon N I ran the Scotiabank half marathon in 2:10:48, so I wasn’t even close to my goal of 2 hrs. My excuse – I was lazy about my training and thus have no one to blame but myself!
make $100,000 N I didn’t do much in the way of freelance work this year and the one course I taught at the Justice League paid less than the course I used to teach at UBC, so I think I will have made less in 2011 than I did in 2010. I failed at this goal in 2010 too, so at least I’m consistent!
reduce my remaining student loan debt in half Y I more than succeeded at this one! On January 1, 2011, I owed $39,467.71. By the end of the day on December 31, 2011, I’ll only have $10,797.43 left to pay. That means I’ll have brought my student loan debt by 73% of what I owed at the start of the year!
get my Credentialed Evaluator designation  Not yet but…Y Received on 30 December 2011!…I’ve submitted my application, which currently holds the status of “under review.” Hopefully that will change to “approved!” early in the new year!
blog every day in 2011  Not exactly, but…  …I did write 375 blog postings, which is equivalent to more than one per day. Plus, I still have four days left in 2011 in which to blog. So while I didn’t publish a posting on every day, I think I did pretty well on the quantity of blog postings fronts this year.

So, there you have it. I failed in all but one  two of my goals, but the one of the ones that I succeeded on was the most important one *and* I totally blew out of the water. Plus, I achieved something this year that I hadn’t even conceived of when I set up my 2011 goals, and it was so epic that it pretty much makes all other goals meaningless in comparison.

Next up, a posting about my goals for 2012!