New year, same old me

I have set broad New Year goals for myself each year I’ve been blogging, with some success!  I know goals are supposed to be specific, attainable, and measurable in order to succeed, but somehow I find broad overarching goals are more attainable and easier for me to remember.  For example, my goal of eating less and moving more is way more attainable than working out three times per week and eating 5 servings of vegetables per day.  My life isn’t that rigid and I’m much more inclined to actually follow through if there is less pressure.

Does that make sense?  I guess what I’m trying to say is, the more specific I make my goals, the less attainable and more stressful they become

In any case, I thought a lot about my goals for this year.  I have the standard big goals like getting a job, moving into a house, etc., but I also feel like I need something more.  Some way to improve my life and to extend myself.  So I came up with a list.  I hope to accomplish some of these this year, but the real goal is to at least start on these before I’m 30.

  1. Attend a concert in a new venue with a band I’ve never seen before.
  2. Get my thesis published.
  3. Create a morning and bedtime routine that reduce stress and can easily be incorporated into my life.
  4. Volunteer for an organization working with animals.
  5. Reduce meat consumption and maximize vegetable consumption.
  6. Keep a sketchbook journal and start creating.
  7. Attend a photography class and practice honing my skills.
  8. Send letters/cards/notes to the people I love.
  9. Join a recreational sports team.
  10. Practice cooking more Asian food.

Whew!  That’s a tough list, but I think I should be able to get to most of them over the next three years.  I’ll check back in throughout the year and mark my progress.

Do you have any New Years resolutions?  What goals have you had the most success with in the past?

-Mads

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Fly me to the moon

Good evening fine friends,

Today I received this little gem in the mail:


“hmmm…”  I thought to myself, “Did I get accepted into some sort of society for planet lovers?  Or is this a club for X-Files enthusiasts?”

The cool ideas that flooded my mind were boundless.

Perhaps I was chosen to head the country’s most top secret society dealing with breaking through the time space continuum.  The envelope’s elegant font and American flag sticker suggested I would definitely be dealing with heads of states.

Finally, my excitement got the better of me, and I opened it up.

Only to find this:

 

"Cremation just makes sense"

Huh?!

A) Where did these people get my address?

B) What does Neptune have to do with death?  Is there a religion that allows you to visit other planets in the afterlife?  Why has no one told me about such a badass religion?

C) At what age should I really start thinking about my own demise?  24 seems a bit young, but perhaps it’s never too soon.  Perhaps I will sign that form and join the society.

I have so many unanswered questions and so little time to think about my burial options.

Oh well, just another Thursday.

-Mads

Summer Festivities

Summer fun is just around the corner, and I was inspired by a Yelp! talk post to create a list of my summer “must-dos”.  I’m sure this will be extended as time goes on.

-visit farmer’s markets on a regular basis
Brit’s rooftop bowling
-movie in the park
-I’m not sure what their event schedule is like, but check out the MN Roller Girls
Aquatennial events
Canterbury Park for cheap horse races
-attend the Taste of MN
-check out the Uptown Art Fair
-of course, the State Fair
-head to the Dakota Jazz Club for some yaz floot

For the past 4-6 months I have been heading a large project at work.  One that has forced me to work many many many nights and weekends.  But ALAS!  The first phase of the project is coming to a close…just in time for nice weather!  I am definitely going to work on getting my social life back haha.  Seriously, happy hour, dinner dates, and movie nights, were words that were long removed from my vocabulary.  I will be grateful to have them back for sure.

What are you doing this summer??

-M

Goal setting

I think it is extremely important to set goals. Here’s my bucket list thus far:

-Dance like Michael Jackson
-Travel to Ireland, India, South America, Spain, and Greece (of course I’d like to travel the world, but these are on the top of my list)
-Send holiday cards through snail mail.
-Make Yelp Elite Squad
-Have an awkward ginger baby
-Keep up my French in case one day my lover decides to sweep me away to live in the south of France
-Take singing lessons for fun sometime
-Continuously get makeovers so that I may always look my age (this was made a priority after one of my friends said my swimsuit looked like it belonged to a pre-teen. NOT ok)
-Work on my laugh lines…always
-Save enough money to someday buy a house
-Own a pug and a yellow lab
-Perfect recipes for mac n cheese, chicken noodle soup, and homemade pizza

That’s all I got for now, but I’m sure I’ll add to this as time goes on.

-M