My 2010 New Year’s Resolutions

So, it’s the beginning of 2010.  In the past, I’ve done a lot of thinking about setting goals for myself for what I want to do for the year ahead.  It’s something that I thought I’d give a whirl again this year.  It forces me to think about where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I want to be over the course of the next year.

Here are some of the things that I resolve to do in 2010.

1. Run at least 5 times per week.

One of the most important things that I did in 2009 was getting in the habit of running regularly (Thanks Kat!).  I’ve always been interested in sports and physical activity but, until this point, I’d never found something that fit for me.   In 2009, I ran two 5k’s and a 10k.

I’d love to say that in 2010 that I’ll run the New York Marathon but I don’t want to set goals that I’m not going to accomplish.  Heh.  My goal is to run at least 5 times per week.  I also want to run a lot of races.  I’ve entered in the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Race in April.   I want to do a couple more 10 mile races in 2010.

Did you know that you can follow my running?

2. Get a book deal.

Over the last few years, I’ve gotten a front row seat to see how the role of a Community Manager within an organization can help improve how well the organization is able to get its message out and better serve its customers.   Recently, I’ve gotten comments from a few people I trust that I should write a book that shares my insights and experiences as being a community manager, as well as taps into some of the insights of some of my brothers-in-arms.  This is something that I’d like to pursue or figure out.

3. Cook a large meal at least twice per month.

I read about cooking.  I write about cooking.  I eat other people’s cooking.  I do some cooking but this year I want to do A LOT more. I’ve picked up and been given a couple of great cookbooks that I really want to work my way through.   I figure it’d be a great opportunity to bring friends over to my home.  If you want to read about my culinary adventures, check out my food blog, Justin Loves Food.

4. Write every week in each of my blogs, Oatmeal Stout (this one) and Justin Loves Food.

All too often, life can get away from me.  I find that it’s been a long time since I’ve written in either of my two blogs.  I can’t let this happen in 2010.  For me, blogging and writing in general is when I slow down to reflect and think about what’s going on.  The act of putting my thoughts down helps me to articulate what’s going on in my head.  When I don’t write, I find that I’m less clear about what I want to do.

5. Drop 30 pounds.

Isn’t this everyone’s favorite New Year’s resolution that they never do? I really need to do this.  It’s not that I don’t exercise.  (See resolution #1.)  It’s more that I don’t eat healthy enough.  I have a subscription to the online version of Weight Watchers with the point system.  I really need to use it.  I’d love to be in the position where the next time I go to the doctors that he’s like “daaaang”, in a good way.

6. Go on at least one trip every month.

Traveling is such a part of who I am.  I don’t want to move away from Washington, DC.  I love Washington, DC but I love seeing different parts of the country and I’d love to see other parts of the world.  Whether it’s for work or it’s personal, I want to go on at least one trip every month.   I especially wanna focus on places that I’ve never been before or that I haven’t spent a lot of time.  It was really fun last year to go to the Pacific Northwest (Portland and Seattle.)

7. Take a one week vacation, where I am completely disconnected from the world.

I wanna go on a trip this year where I’m completely cut off from the Web.   I want to have our ops guys forward all of my e-mail to someone else.   I wanna go study the art of pasta sauce making in Italy or go crush grapes in Bordeaux, France.  I need to re-energize so that I’m ready for this new decade.  It’d probably good to do this sooner rather then later.   It’s been too long since I’ve given myself some serious time off.

8. Become a better writer.

Writing is SUCH a part of who I am and what I do everyday.  It’s something that I really want to excel at.  I think I do okay now but I could get a lot better, especially since I aspire to write a book.  (See resolution #2.)  I need to firm this goal up some more so that it’s more measurable.  There has to be a way to tell if I was successful at it.  Like I need to find someone who can help me become a better writer.

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What are your resolutions for 2010?

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3 thoughts on “My 2010 New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. After the fireworks explode, I hug my handy notebook with the New Years resolution of mine.. I am hoping that I can make all the list I made As you did with yous.. I am also praying that you will do your plans and make some effort to make it.:)

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