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New Year, New Blog

January 1, 2011

I am not usually fan of New Year’s resolutions, because they often seem to be overly ambitious and thus short-lived. Yet, as I sat down this afternoon and thought about my goals for 2011, I realized that they were all extensions of projects I have already started, but need a push to commit to fully. I hope that blogging about them will help me achieve these goals in 2011:

Eat healthily and sustainably.

This is an ongoing process that started a few years ago, and I am ready to take it to the next level.  out. I’m also committing to making more varied, balanced, and healthy meals at home, instead of relying so much on convenience foods like cereal and toast. I’m hoping this blog will encourage me to try out new recipes, become more engaged in a community of like-minded and inspirational healthy living bloggers, and share my successes and failures with others.

Work out more frequently.

I have learned that I feel better, think better, eat better, look better, and am all-around a better version of myself when I work out regularly. Yet, somehow, I often let everything else in my life get in the way of working out. My specific fitness goals for 2011 are:

  • Go to yoga classes at least 2-3 times a week.
  • Train for and run a 5K this spring – I’m aiming to run the Shamrock Shuffle on March 13, if all goes well with training this winter.
  • Branch out and try new forms of fitness.

By formally setting goals for myself – and committing to those goals publicly through this blog—I’m giving myself the incentive to make working out a much higher priority in my busy life.

Write for pleasure.

I have always loved writing, but have had such a heavy workload of reading, research, and writing in graduate school that writing and reading for pleasure have fallen by the wayside. Yet, I waste a lot of time doing much less-enjoyable activities. My goal is to replace some of those mindless time-wasters with writing for pleasure, and this blog is a big component of achieving that goal.

Finish my dissertation.

I am deep into researching and writing my dissertation, the last hurtle before I earn my doctorate, but I always worry that I am going to fall into the alluring trap of taking forever to finish my dissertation because there are no real, set deadlines for completing it. While I probably won’t talk about my dissertation much on this blog, I know myself well enough to know that I can use (blog) writing for pleasure as a reward for meeting my daily dissertation-related goals.

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