I’ve spent some time reflecting on the past year. It had a few highlights and some definite lowlights; overall, it is not a year I’d care to repeat. However, 2014 is now the past, and can safely stay there.
Resolutions and Goals
This year, I have one resolution. That’s all. Just one. I resolve to rehabilitate my body following the gallbladder surgery. I’m still recovering some, and I can’t quite jog comfortably. I lost a lot of fitness ground during those months of pain and initial recovery from surgery. Recovery/rehabilitation is not a quantifiable goal, however; how will I know I have accomplished this? I am setting myself some specific and measurable outcomes to achieve this:
- Achieve a BMI of 20.
- Run a 10-minute mile.
- Run the Santa Claus Shuffle 5k in less than 39:52 (that was my best time in 2012).
Aside from that, I have additional goals for this year. These aren’t resolutions, since they may not always happen, but they are things I want to work on this next year:
- I want to blog more. Specifically, I want to write about more Science and achieve a better balance in my blog for the three main topics. To this end, I am planning to have Science Fridays, Culinary Sundays, and Beautiful Wednesdays. This should help me space things out a bit in the week.
- I actually want to write more book reviews. I may continue with the Birchbox Book Club for a bit, but I also plan to join the SciFri Book Club for more challenging reading! I don’t know what these books are yet, so my immediate goal is to finish The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day by David J. Hand.
- I want to build some savings. I’m not going to post my financial details here, but I saw a challenge where each week you save $1 more than the week before, so this week is $1, next week is $2, the week after is $3, etc. It’s stupidly simple, so I should be able to do this.
- I plan to take more online courses. First up is an Adobe Educator course: Adobe Generation Professional: Digital Creativity that should keep me going for the first two months of the year!
I’m not good at the long-range planning in general and I don’t look forward to a whole lot. However, this year I look forward to getting in some more research, including (hopefully) a collaborative effort with Chemistry. I am really looking forward to the American Association of Immunology Conference in May (in New Orleans! My first trip there!). I am NOT looking forward to my friend moving away, but I am thrilled that new opportunities mean positive changes for her this next year!