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Big plans for the year January 2, 2012

Posted by mareserinitatis in family, grad school, personal.
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Last year I wrote about how I don’t make resolutions.  And I don’t…but I did try to make some plans and set some goals.  On the other hand, I was supposed to check up on those every three months and failed to do so.  Despite that failure, I still did fairly well.

1 – Making significant progress on my dissertation. I hope it’s realistic, but I’d like to be done within 2 years.

In a year’s time, I cut down my estimated completion date by 6 mos.  That’s not terribly good.  On the other hand, I’m actually making some real progress now.  I’m hoping that by the end of this year, I will be to the point that I can get into the heavy duty data analysis, if not further.

2 – Significantly reducing credit card debt. Having two separate residences for two years is not cheap, but neither is the interest on a credit card.

This was done…mostly by some refinancing magic.  Still, no credit card debt is a good thing, and in the months since we’ve done this, we haven’t put anything back on.  Even better, we’ve paid off a couple of other obligations as well.

3 – Plans to finish a half-marathon (walking) and sprint triathlon. This is because I need to exercise regularly, and I find that having a goal to work towards makes it much more likely that it’ll happen. If things go as scheduled, I actually have two triathlons on my list, but it depends a lot on finding another place to swim since NDSU took out it’s pool. If I have to wait for the public pools to open in June, I will probably only do one triathlon in July or August.

I didn’t do so well on this front.  I had anticipated walking a half-marathon and did a 10k instead.  I also didn’t do either triathlon.  On the up side, however, I’ve started running in the past couple months, something which I really did not think I could do.  (Past attempts have caused my fibromyalgia to flare up.)  Today I signed up to do the 10k again, although I plan to run this time, and I signed up for a triathlon I really want to do.  I’m much more committed to these things when I’ve actually paid money to do them.  I also am thinking about running or walking/running a half-marathon in the fall…but I haven’t decided which one yet (Bismarck or Fargo).

4 – A more structured approach to time with family in order to make sure it happens more often. Spontaneity is great, but it reduces to the likelihood that things will happen as we’re all going different directions, even moreso with an independent teenager. We’re trying to schedule a weekly time with family as well as a couple trips.

We did well on this front until the older boy went away for the summer.  Then we got out of our routine.  We did go on a nice camping trip in the fall and a couple trips down to the Cities, but not anything terribly different from the normal trips we take.  We’re actually planning a real vacation trip for this summer…although it’s a bit more tricky with a big dog.

5 – I have some personal goals that involve reading for fun, finishing up some crafting projects, and finding a new violin teacher so that I can start lessons again.

I didn’t get a violin teacher, but I determined that I really don’t have time for lessons.  I am just playing a bit every day, working on getting back in practice.  Maybe once that dissertation thing is done.

Most of my goals are similar for this year, as you can see, although I have a couple new ones pertaining to Gigadog.  We’re resuming obedience classes this week, and I’m hoping that by the end of the year, she will have earned a canine good citizen award and a companion dog title.  I’m also going to be showing her, and, if time permits, maybe starting on working toward water dog and draft dog titles.  As you may have guessed, this will probably be a fairly time consuming effort.  However, she’s happiest when she’s busy…and so am I, as it keeps her out of trouble.  It’s amazing how much trouble a 100 lb. dog can get into.

So do you have any big plans for the coming year?

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