2013 Resolutions

Continuing my annual tradition of resolutions, here is what I hope to accomplish in 2013 personally.

Because a number of friends have started turning 30 and I’ll be turning 27, in addition to working toward my original list, I’ve started thinking about what I’d like to accomplish by the end of my 20s.

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Personal 2012 Resolutions

Let’s look at the next year and remember last year by way of 12 months of goals. See my professional goals for 2012 here.

Above, that’s a photo of my colleague Alex Hillman with his famed ‘JFDI’ tattoo: just fucking do it.

2012 Resolutions

  • JANUARY: Do food better –whole wheat pasta; every other fries/chips; less food waste; new food each month; buy new types of food each month from the supermarket.
  • FEBRUARY: House stuff — Photos on stairway; Linen closet; bedroom bookcase; basement reclamation; Clean out closet/clothes, and donate unused
  • MARCH: Be funnier — Do another standup open mic; Tell a new joke each week
  • APRIL: Be fitter — Prepare for the Broad Street Run, do 10 pushups everyday, push for more basketball and running.
  • MAY: Write more creatively — Complete a finely, polished short story and set it aside for a new one; do this multiple times. Put together the story arc for a screenplay. Participate in a Story Slam
  • JUNE: Smaller memorable trips — Take a helicopter ride and weekend trips.
  • JULY: International Trip — Get abroad, meeting a goal of at least one global trip every year so long as I can afford it.
  • AUGUST: Domestic Trips — Visit my sister and go somewhere I’ve never been before in the country.
  • SEPTEMBER: Big Philly Things to Do — City Hall peak tour; Quaker meeting house; Girard Trolley to the Zoo; join the neighborhood Compost Co-op
  • OCTOBER: Speak smarter — Always speak slower, be more to the point, talk less, particularly in interviews and swear less.
  • NOVEMBER: Play some music — learn to play a single song on the guitar
  • DECEMBER:  Improve your finances — Max out Roth IRA, put some in a traditional IRA, refinance mortgage to 15-year, have more than $5,000 in my savings account (with goal of having a six-month emergency fund), too; Have paid down my student loans to perhaps be finalized in 2013; Donate to a charity; donate to This American Life.

Review of 2011 and such below.

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Market Frankford El roundtrip

Fulfilling another of my resolutions for the year, SACM and I took the historic El in Philadelphia from 5th Street westbound to the 69th Street limit in Upper Darby, where I had never been before, for a great lunch and a walking tour of sorts today.

We then went the distance: from 69th Street Station westbound to the Market Frankford Line’s end at the Frankford Transportation Center, near where I once lived. That full trip — including a five minute delay for a track change — took 45 minutes or so.

Personal 2011 Resolutions

I have my resolutions ready.

Last year, I put together separate personal, homeowner and professional goals. That was too much, so I’m trimming those lists by one — with a professional list and this.

I may have overshot my goals for 2010 in those categories, so I hope to succeed on more actionable goals in 2011.

  1. JANUARY: Record my experiences — That means journaling privately at least once a month and returning to chasing this List of mine.
  2. FEBRUARY: Firmly plant my home — That means finally transferring my driver’s license, car insurance and any lingering documentation to my Fishtown home. It also means getting to know other people in my neighborhood.
  3. MARCH: New meals Monthly — Every month, I want to make a new meal and update my family cookbook.
  4. APRIL: Basement clean out — I have some dated technology, personal belongings and other clutter in my basement that I want to either throw out, make use of or donate. I want a direction for organizing and making the most use out of this part of my house.
  5. MAY: Organized Health — The Broad Street Run just might be my annual push to get fit, after doing in 2009 and 2010. This year, though, I have to beat my 94-minute top time (which isn’t particularly good anyway). But I also want to join an organized sports league of some kind to force some continued health.
  6. JUNE: Upstairs direction — To finish the first round of updates to my home’s second floor, I need to paint a hallway, figure out what to do with my bathroom, organize a linen closet, finish a book shelf and maybe slap up some crown molding. All of that gets done.
  7. JULY: International trip — I didn’t make it out of the country in 2010. That changes in 2011.
  8. AUGUST: Road trip — I want to continue my goal of taking at least one road trip every summer with a buddy.
  9. SEPTEMBER: Philly transportation basics — I haven’t yet ridden the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines in their entirety, nor have I ridden the Girard and West Philly trolleys, nor have I ridden my bicycle across the Ben Franklin Bridge. I want to finish these all.
  10. OCTOBER: Stand-up Comedy — Yes, it’s something of a cliche and, yes, it was on my list last year, but this is something I want to say I’ve done.
  11. NOVEMBER: Take part in National Novel Writing Month — This is something I’ve talked about for a couple years now, so I want to put action to the talk and write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, with the help of some advice from a contact who just accomplished that feat.
  12. DECEMBER: Finish lingering scrapbooks — Lame to be sure, but on the advice of some elders, I started to put together a few collections of photos, receipts and the like for a couple trips of mine. I want these done and assembled by the year’s end. It’s perfect for when it gets cold.

I get the sense that a lot of these goals are about completed tasks that otherwise remain unfinished. Next year, I hope  I can move to focusing more on the List and taking on new goals, like returning to the guitar or French, or reading a new book each month or something of that nature.

2010 House Resolutions

Like my personal resolutions, I’m also setting up month-by-month priorities for my moving and developing my new worn house into a home.

  1. JANUARY: Finish my office and bedroom — spackle, patch and paint
  2. FEBRUARY: Finish the back bedroom for renting — spackle, patch, paint and fix closet
  3. MARCH: Massively overhaul kitchen — with help, total renovation
  4. APRIL: Move furniture and other extra materials from dad’s house to mine
  5. MAY: Update dining room — sand, spackle, patch, paint, new light fixture
  6. JUNE: Replace windows — with energy efficient models
  7. JULY: Siding, roof and gutters
  8. AUGUST: Living room — sand, spackle, patch, paint and decorate
  9. SEPTEMBER: Host a housewarming; Seal and clean front of house
  10. OCTOBER: Basement — organize, create workshop and laundry space, clean and partially finish
  11. NOVEMBER: Bathroom — complete renovation
  12. DECEMBER: Hardwood floors

Personal 2010 Resolutions

For the second year in a row, I aimed to both write and publish month-by-month resolutions. I find it’s a great way to create smaller goals that are easier to track, hold accountable and complete.

  1. JANUARY: Sustainable income
  2. FEBRUARY: Get a housemate
  3. MARCH: Get over my bicycle being stolen and prepare another, flat-tired and dirty bicycle for riding.
  4. APRIL: Move furniture and other extra materials from dad’s house to mine
  5. MAY: Host yard sale
  6. JUNE: Finish cross country journal
  7. JULY: Get family history online
  8. AUGUST: Go on a trip
  9. SEPTEMBER: Host a housewarming
  10. OCTOBER: Stand-up comedy open-mic
  11. NOVEMBER: Take stock of sports cards
  12. DECEMBER: Reflect and prioritize goals for 2011