2013 Resolutions

So I’m late in making this but better late than never right.

This year I will not be making conventional or traditional New Year’s resolutions nor will I be making long term goals that are destined to fall by the wayside. No this year, I am all about the short term. Perhaps small two month goals that are:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Timely

Yes I am going to use the SMART goal formula to plan, develop and execute my goals for 2012. I often set goals that I know I can accomplish but I do not actively try to accomplish. I know that sounds confusing but if you knew me trust me you’d understand.

So anyway… here goes nada (forgive the spanglish. I do that A LOT)

Health Goals

1. To stop drinking or only occasionally drink soda.

As it stands now, I have managed to stop drinking soda altogether. Yep that’s right cold frickin’ turkey. I cannot say that I really miss soda all that much. The sugar alone adds pounds to your midsection as well as your thighs, ankles, hips and ass. Do I need to say more? Of course, there will be times when I will have a soda as a reward or a treat. Vanilla Coke is my weakness. I can drink a whole 12-pack by myself. Not in one sitting but given a few days to a week and I can most certainly do it.

2. Walk around the compound twice (2) a week.

Right now it is too cold to start this goal. I figure I will start late February early March. By compound, I mean at my job. One would think we were doing some covert spy type activity in this building instead of television operations.

Writing Goals

1. Write at least one (1) blog post every two (2) weeks.

Seeing as I will not be an active member of my service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, anymore, I will have more time to write and/or journal. I took a fiction/poetry combination writing class last semester and realized that if I even want to be considered as a viable candidate for the graduate creative writing program at THE University of Houston I need to get my ass in gear and write. I bought a book a few months ago called The Write-Brain Workbook and it has 366 writing exercises to help get the creative juices flowing. I plan to blog about it when I finally sit my ass down to go through it.

2. Submit at least three (3) poems or short stories in writing competitions.

It would be great if other people (besides my friends) liked my writing. It would be great if I could get some feedback about my writing. Constructive feedback mind you not the itsjustnotmycupoftea bullshit I often got last semester. yes that was a minor jab and yes it still irks the fuck out of me

Personal Goals

1. Better budget my finances.

This isn’t a SMART goal. I just really need to be more “adult” about my finances so I decided to try Mint.com at the suggestion of my friend. I also want to eventually buy a house or condo. Buy and maintain a nice grown up vehicle. Have a kid or two. Travel. Live and be debt free! I think I’m making my point pretty clearly yes? Good! My goal is to save at least $50 a month. I do not think this will be hard. I just have to cut out the trips to Starbucks and Panera Bread. That new outlet mall near Galveston has been calling my name. That’ll have to go away too. Lawd help me now!

2. Remove the elephant in my relationship with my mother

My relationship with my mother has been strained for quite some time now. Almost thirteen years to be exact. In my heart, I know what needs to be done. I know at some point the scared little girl inside me has to grow up and become a grown ass woman. I also know that this whole situation is easier talked about behind a computer screen than in person. But I must do it. Not only for myself but for my mother. I’m often jealous of the relationship my sisters and friends have with their moms. They are as simple as tying a shoe or a knot. So why can’t mine be the same? Perhaps I will work on this for Mother’s Day.

School Goals

1. Raise my GPA .2 points to a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

As mentioned above, I would like to be admitted into the University of Houston Creative Writing Graduate program. this program requires its applicants to have at least a 3.0 overall grade point average. I have a 2.854 which is bad a B- but I can do better. I HAVE to do better. If my calculations are corrected, I only have a few more hours left to graduate. I have to make at least a B in each of those classes. At least! No pressure or anything. I will not be attending classes because I need a fucking break after the bullshit I went through last semester this semester so I have to return to this goal either in the summer or next fall.

2. GRADUATE from the University of Houston.

While this goal will not happen within the year, I decided to list it because this is of the upmost importance and will really determine what happens next in my life. So with that said, I am giving myself two years to graduate even though I have maybe a year’s worth of classes remaining. In that time, I will more than likely take the GRE and the writing portion of the THEA. Hopefully I pass both with flying colors.

We shall see what 2013 will bring me. I’m not expecting to accomplish all of these but I would like to accomplish at least two or three before December 31st.

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