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New Years Resolutions 2011

January 3, 2011

Happy 2011!! Are you as excited as me about this brand new start, clean slate, chance for reflection and growth? Here’s how excited I am: me and one of my biffles, Isabelle, rang in the new year with champagne, a bonfire and stinky cheeses before reading ‘Oh! The Places You’ll Go‘ and brainstorming ideas and resolutions for 2011. We got out pens and paper and wrote down all the things we’d like to be better at, & all the things we’d like to accomplish before this time next year. No dream was too big, and there was absolutely no ‘reality’ check/negativity/cynicism, since dreams need encouragement in order to be achieved! We got all giddy and excited about the possibilities that the future holds, and now I am more jazzed up than ever! Bring it on 2011. :)

Looking back to my 2010 resolutions, I can see that I made a mistake. I was fairly vague in some of my resolutions: “take more chances” and “update my blog more” are not, in my opinion, very clear or easy to achieve. There’s no way of knowing if you’ve really succeeded! So even though I think I accomplished about 7/10 of my last year’s resolutions, it’s not concrete enough for me. I’d prefer goals that I can easily check off: done. That’s why this year, I’m only putting on specific, clear goals. Even though this type of resolutions are a bit scarier to put into words than the vague kind (ex. “be a better friend”), I think they’ll ultimately be more effective for me. They’ll kick my butt into high gear! So without further ado, my resolutions for 2011:

Personal Goals

By personal goals, I mean concrete, specific achievements I’d like to accomplish by 2012.

  1. Post on my blog at least twice a week. This means 52 x 2 = 104 posts this year. At minimum.
  2. Read 100 books. Not counting anything required for school!
  3. Get a massage.
  4. Spend 1 month eating vegan (at least one, if not more!)
  5. Attend TEDxMcGill.
  6. Complete some kind of physical challenge.
  7. Participate in NaNoWriMo.
  8. Watch the Top 250 movies on IMDB (the ones I haven’t already seen!)
  9. Do one cultural activity per month (theatre, opera, restaurant, etc)
  10. Save $1000.00 for travelling. Or more, if possible!
  11. Get into the honours psychology program at my school.
  12. Get a pet of some kind. I’m thinking a fish to start? Maybe a cat later? :)
  13. Host a dinner party.
  14. Do some sort of detox.
  15. Go on a retreat.
  16. Attend a conference on something I find fascinating.
  17. Have photos and writing published.
  18. Find my dream apartment.


By focuses, I mean non-specific, vague ways that I’d like to improve.

  • Bring joy to others
  • Live in the moment
  • Say yes, be open to new experiences
  • Health & nutrition
  • Unconventional moneymaking
  • Be calmer & more zen
  • Travel
  • Make a difference
  • Practice my French
  • Practice my photography
  • Be a better friend
  • Eat consciously
  • Cut down on Facebook and television

What are your goals and focuses for the coming year?


9 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2011 12:55 PM

    How did your NanoWriMo turn out this year?

    • January 4, 2011 12:20 AM

      Oopsies.. you caught me. I didn’t do NaNo this year (bad me!!) due to my hectic midterm schedule. I really regret it though, which is why it’s on the list for next year. :)

  2. January 3, 2011 6:40 PM

    I’ve been a several retreats and they are awesome! I hope you get to experience at least one, even if it just for two days (my longest one was 5 days). Good luck on your goals!

    • January 4, 2011 12:20 AM

      I really hope I get the opportunity to go on one! Any suggestions on picking a good one to attend? And thanks for the luck :)

  3. January 15, 2011 6:52 PM

    Happy 2011 to you, I hope you have a great year and get to do all the things you listed! Loved this post :)

    • January 15, 2011 9:09 PM

      Awe thank you!! I hope all your New Years Resolutions come true too! :)


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