Thursday, July 7, 2011

Resolutions 2011 Check-In #2

Resolutions completed (1/10)

Graduate from college. I made this goal knowing it would be complete in May, but still under a cloud of doubt that something could happen. I could fail a class, my credits might not be in order, anything that could cause me to fail was planted in my mind. Last week, I finally received my diploma. For the first time in who knows how many years, I’m free from school. It feels weird, like I should be gearing up for another semester in August. But mostly, it feels good and relaxing and freeing. Graduate school is still a possibility but I’m going to enjoy a few school-free years before I even think about taking the GRE.

Resolutions I’m on track to completing (5/10)

Get to my goal weight of 115 - 120 lbs. While it would be nice to reach this milestone before the end of the year, I’m also going to be satisfied if I’m anywhere close to it (within 10 pounds or so). I don’t want to put a strict time limit on my weight loss, but gosh darn it, I want to conquer this beast. Changing your entire mindset about healthy living is hard, yo.

Read 60 books. Currently sitting at 35 books read, with 3 more to be finished very soon. Which means I am killing my goal. I know now that reading 100 books in one year was a stretch, but I’m hoping to make it to 75-80 before the year is out.

Pay off all my credit cards. Very close to paying one off completely (my lowest balance), on track to pay off the middle bill, and have successfully paid 5 of the 12 payments needed to get my last (and biggest) credit card paid off. I am right on track with this one! Yay!

Travel. Well, there was my cruise, as if I didn’t talk about that enough. That satisfied my travel bug, cruising through the Carribbean and hitting the Cayman Islands and Mexico. I’m hoping to add on more trips once I get a job, visiting faraway friends and places I’ve only seen in pictures. Hopefully, I can start a travel fund and begin exploring my country and world soon!

Complete Project 365. I won’t have this fully completed by the end of the year, but I’m hoping to keep at it until I finish! I’m also blogging about my pictures on Saturdays to keep my motivation intact. So far, so good.

Resolutions at a standstill (4/10)

Begin working at a full-time job, utilizing my degree. If this goal isn’t on my completed list the next time I do a check-in, I will lose it.

Join a book club. I don’t want to talk about it. I’m letting my social anxiety/laziness control me with this.

Run a half-marathon. This is a goal I know won’t be completed, since I have no interest in completing it. Funny how much things can change in 6 months!

Begin therapy. I had one, fairly informal therapy session with a good family friend. It was relaxing and it lead me to have a lot of insight about my dad and my future. But I still want to see someone more regularly, because I still have a tendency to hide my emotions and pretend things are fine and dandy when they are not. I still need to learn how to live with social anxiety - successfully. And I still need to move on from my dad and learn how to forgive him.


All in all, I think I’m doing well at this stage of the year! I think the biggest goals I want to focus on for these next few months are losing weight and finding a full-time job. And maybe joining that book club. Maybe.


  1. Emily Jane7/7/11, 8:09 AM

    I think you're doing amazingly! And it's always good to still have something to work toward, because then you're always growing. I think you have LOTS to be proud of :)

  2. Emily Jane7/7/11, 8:10 AM

    I think you're doing amazingly! And it's always good to still have something to work toward, because then you're always growing. I think you have LOTS to be proud of :)

  3. Man, I barely am at 20 books read to read 40 a year. 80 books a year is SO impressive to me.

    Great job on your goals! You're doing fantastic.

  4. Graduation is definitely a goal for me right now, even though it won't be next year until I graduate. I totally plan on going to grad school, though, so I do have to worry about the GRE. :( Bummer. However, I plan on getting my MFA now - yay! I'm glad that you're doing well with most of your goals, and that you're lenient with yourself on some of them. I hope you get that golden interview soon, and someone will offer you a job. You're a star! :)

  5. I think you're doing great with your goals so far! You'll be done before you know it, and we're only halfway through the year :)

  6. KJHartenstein7/7/11, 11:07 AM

    I think you're doing a great job Steph!

  7. I think you have some very admirable goals & you are doing wonderfully!  Unfortunately, I am not very goal oriented.  But maybe I should be!  I kind of go with the flow.  Oh, and I am a fairly new follower and found you through Amber at A Little Pink.   :-)   I think I left you a comment about your cruise!

  8. If it helps, I read a lot of fluff. ;) I like to pair it with more "deep and meaningful" books. But still. A lot of fluff.

  9. You're so sweet, thank you! I know how badly I wanted that graduation goal so to be able to check it off my list? A-maz-ing. You'll get there - you're so close!

  10. You are so young.  It's amazing that you set such responsible goals for yourself. Awesome!  Good luck achieving them.  The job search thing is so frustrating.  I'm doing that now too.  Argh...


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