the year of more

by Patricia on January 5, 2011 · 7 comments

Yesterday, I mentioned that 2010 felt like the year of less. So I’m declaring 2011 the year of more (I like balance).

I don’t really like resolutions because they don’t really work. Well, at least not for me (how many have you kept? be honest). They feel like rules and I get weird about rules. I sometimes find rules annoying and will rebel just because. Then other times I’m a stickler for the rules. Go figure. I can’t explain that one.

Anyway, I’m setting goals for 2011, and to track them, I’ve borrowed a page from a past life.

As a manager, I was involved in a lot of “road map planning”. Which is just a fancy way of saying I planned what got done when and by whom (not that it usually happened according to plan).

There were quarterly road maps and yearly road maps. And while I dreaded the activity back then (mostly due to all the meetings), it feels like the right approach for this year to organize my goals into a my very own road map (and yay! no meetings!).

I have big goals for myself and for this blog for the year, and I have broken those into smaller quarterly goals (at least I’ve got Q1 planned). I’m going to review my goals periodically and see how I’m doing as the year progresses (and make adjustments as needed).

Here are my goals for the year of more:

  • Create more space and time. I’m not talking quantum physics, I just mean I want to reduce the amount of stuff I have (more space), and reduce wasted time (skimming those newsletters I thought I “should” read but never really do, sorting through junk mail, hunting for stuff due to being disorganized, etc).
  • More health. More active. Eat more vegetables. Exercise more regularly… stuff like that.
  • Write more. This is both a personal and a blog goal.
    • Personally, I want to be a writer, but I didn’t write much of anything in 2010. So duh, I gotta write more in 2011.
    • As for this blog, I neglected it in 2010. It’s like the houseplant that you only water when it looks like it is starting to wilt… it may be alive but it isn’t really growing or thriving. So I plan to water this blog regularly by writing 2 recipes plus a couple of other non-food posts per week.
  • Make more money. This isn’t a greed-based goal. It’s just that Reality has hit. I didn’t make money in 2010. No joke. I lived off of my savings for 3/4 of the year. And while I did enjoy the time off, it’s time to get to work!
  • Love more. I want to volunteer some of my time to help others. And I want to spend more time nurturing my relationships.
  • Create more. My creative muscle needs some flexing.
  • Dream more. Reach for the stars.
  • Laugh more. Don’t take things so seriously. Lighten up. Crack jokes. Smile. Have fun!

So some of those are goals and some are more like themes I’d like to keep this year, but that is my 2011 outlook in a nutshell.

What goals (or resolutions) do you have for this year?


1 Cadi January 7, 2011 at 8:14 pm

You hit every single one of my 2011 goals right on the head!! Looking forward to reading about your triumphs in these things in the upcoming year!

2 Jessie January 6, 2011 at 11:05 am

I love your idea of “the year of more.” There are plenty of things I can use more of in my life as well; money for one, but I also would love to laugh more, drink more water, love, create, and dream more. Great list, you’ve definitely helped inspire me and my goals. Happy New Year!

3 April January 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Great Goals! I have many of the same goals so we will have to try and support each other :) Tony suggests finding a double rainbow ( whatever that means)!

4 Joanna January 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I agree, it’s hard for me to keep resolutions too. By the time February comes, I’ve forgotten what half of them are! :) So I’ve decided to approach 2011 one day at a time and I have also set small realistic goals for myself.

Cheers to sticking to our new goals for 2011!

5 Christine January 5, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Very brave to actually write your goals down and then publish them! I’ll be checking up with you on some of these goals during the year. Especially like the last one, laugh more :0)

6 Maria January 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Great goals! Happy New Year!

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