Tuesday, January 10, 2012

this year, i will...

1. Be more positive and smile often.
This is not to say that I am a negative person, but I certainly have my moments.  Sometimes I can get really negative and down on myself which just causes other things to put me in a bad mood.  It's important to stop and remember that life really isn't all that bad.

2. Adopt a healthier lifestyle.
My dad was nice enough to buy me a one-year membership to the Reebok Sports Club on the Upper West Side.  The gym itself is amazing, and I've been trying to go as often as I can {a bit difficult since my dad likes to go to the gym at 4:30AM}.  But this year, I'm trying to be much healthier than I have been in the past.  That means also changing my diet and sites like these are very helpful!

3. Save money for my own apartment.
Just like most college graduates who are living at home, I am saving up to move out and have an apartment of my own.  I'm trying to be as disciplined as possible {which isn't always easy} but I know that eventually I'll have enough saved up to get a place of my own.

4. Be a better blogger.
I don't just mean for myself and my blog by posting more often and with relevant topics.  This also applies to putting myself out there more and commenting on those blogs that I read daily.  Everyone appreciates a nice comment, no matter how short or long it is.

{image via weheartit}

5. Read more often.
I used to read all the time.  So much so that I was reading 2 or 3 books a week.  It seems like somewhere along the way during my four years at college, I gave up reading for pleasure because of all of the books I needed to read for class.  Well, gone are the days of endless homework, papers, and boring chapters in really boring books about some really boring topics that made me question why I picked my major {Politics of Western Europe probably could have been interesting, but The Economist can be a little dry...}.  I'm determined to get back to my days of not being able to put the book - or rather Kindle Fire - down because I love what I'm reading.

{image via weheartit}

6. Experiment with color and patterns.
I have never been one to choose bright colors or patterns.  I tend to go for the neutrals that will go with anything and I rarely ever pick patterns.  It's time to change that!  Especially because I've really been loving stripes and polka dots lately and I am dying for a pair of red or cobalt blue {or both!} skinny jeans.

7. Wear lipstick.
Experimenting with color isn't stopping with just my clothes.  Oh no.  I am moving on up and trying on lipstick.  Though I love makeup, lipstick has never been something I've been willing to try.  Lately though, I can't stop myself from looking at the pretty tubes of Make Up For Ever or {to keep myself on budget} Revlon.  My Closet in Sketches {love this blog!} has a fun little guide on how to wear lipstick.

{image via Cupcakes and Cashmere}

8. Research graduate schools.
Though I am currently employed, I do dream and think about going back to school to get my Masters.  Around Christmas, I started looking up what schools had good programs for what I wanted to go into.  There is still a lot to look into and think about - like studying for the GREs, whether or not to just go part-time, location, etc. - but I think the time is approaching of when I may end up heading to Barnes & Noble to get a practice test book.

9. Get organized.
My friends know me as being pretty neat and a bit OCD at times.  Right now though, I'm pretty sure I'm holding onto a lot of things that haven't been used or worn in months or years.  I need to go through all of my things and decide what to keep or give away and where/how I'll want to store everything else.

10. Learn how to cook.
I love baking as you can tell from the multiple cookie and cupcakes posts I've had.  Cooking, though, has never really been my strong suit.  Hopefully this year, I'll be able to try out some fun recipes and learn tips and techniques along the way.

11. Wake up early.
But seriously.  This needs to start happening.

12. Spend more time with friends... and make some new ones!
I've never had issues being by myself or doing things alone, mainly because I'm an only child.  I have found myself not spending as much time as I could with my friends.  Now that so many of us will be living in the city or near there, I think it's time to change this.  And hey, I may make some new ones along the way!

{Gamma Phis after graduation, photo cred: my friend Erin}

What are your goals for this year?

1 comment:

  1. I love these goals, SA. I miss you and think your blog is wonderful. You are a talented writer! - Sara Ponticelli


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