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Friday, January 01, 2010

2010 Goals and Resolutions

Resolutions? None. I figure I've tried my hand at this in the past and have failed every time, so I have taken it as a sign from Nature that a person need not mess with perfection.

Goals? Sure, I have lots of those, but prepare yourselves, they're more broad and vague than most congressional hearings; plus, I figure that by keeping them this way, if I don't accomplish any of them, at the end of the year I can just say, "I don't remember making that goal."

For your reading convenience, I have categorized them for you. You're welcome.

Personal
  1. Be the most awesome wife and mother I can. I'm already pretty awesome, but I'm sure I could crank it up another notch in order to accomplish the superlative "most."
  2. Re-read some favorite books. In 2009, I read 37 books. Not bad considering my leisure time was spliced into about a quarter of what it was pre-baby. I seem to average reading about 40 books a year, and let's be frank: They're piling up. Time to re-visit a few that I particularly love.
  3. On the financial front, I'd like to save more. My savings account took a serious hit during my maternity leave (I was not paid for my time off), and I'd like to re-build it.

Professional

  1. Apply for tenure. As of August, I will have been a full time tenure track professor for 3 years, which means I'm eligible to apply for tenure. The process is somewhat convoluted and slow-moving, so I don't want to aim to actually get tenure in 2010. Tenure affords me many things: Greater job security, a (slightly) larger salary, opportunities to apply for travel funds, and eligibility to be nominated for a plethora of awards and grants that the college offers faculty.
  2. Publish another short story.

Running

  1. Run more miles.
  2. Run those miles faster than my current pace.
  3. Make the half marathon my bitch.

There ya go. 2010, look out. I plan to do more and do it better.

32 comments:

RunningLaur said...

"Make the half marathon my bitch" sounds totally measurable :)

teacherwoman said...

Looks great, Jess! Looks great!

Rio said...

Ha ha. Nice to hear of someone else who doesn't make resolutions! Good luck with your goals!

inmytummy said...

Making the half marathon your bitch is the best goal ever.

shellyrm said...

Nice goals! But "Make the half marathon my bitch" is going to be stolen by loads of followers. That is so funny!

shellyrm said...

Nice goals! But "Make the half marathon my bitch" is going to be stolen by loads of followers. That is so funny!

runner26 said...

Happy New Year! Love your goals!! Well put re: the half mary ;)And I love all the pics of Norah--such a cutie!

Lisa said...

best wishes with the goals!

kelsalynn said...

Forget the half marathon, I think 2010 is going to be your bitch. Those are some great goals!

Jamoosh said...

I surely hope Jerry can handle the additional awesomeness. It would be a shame to have to trade him in!

Oz Runner said...

nice job putting some goals out there...you should listen to books on your ipod while you run, to kill two birds with one stone...

MCM Mama said...

Great goals! Love how you make them so easily measurable. ;o)

I've enjoyed your decade and yearly recaps as well.

I'd love to hear what books you are reading. I'm finally (yes, 8 years later) trying to get caught up on all the reading and movie watching that stopped when Jones was born.

GeorgiaSnail said...

Um, hi. It's me, the half marathon....please be gentle....

lifestudent said...

sound like good goals ... worth working towards ;)

Laurel said...

You made the half marathon your bitch last year before you got pregnant. :)

Sounds like great goals. Good luck with all of them. Especially the tenure.

Happy New Year!

Aka Alice said...

Which books are you going to go back and re-read?

I've been a complete reading slacker this year. As an English teacher, it's embarrassing.

Firefly's Running said...

Awesome goals, Jess. Good luck!!

Stuart said...

Massive life changing year and every one will be the same from now on...most excellent!

Crystal said...

Nice goals but my favorite would be the half marathon goal. I think you can do it. That would be a great logo for a shirt, too.

itsmejane said...

that all sounds doable...i can't believe you didn't get maternity! that just sucks!

Marlene said...

Great goals. I love how concise the running category is!

sideofsneakers said...

I think being awesome is a fantastic goal :)

And making the half your bitch is pretty darn good too!

Lily on the Road said...

Love your non resolutions....

Nikki said...

It sounds like you got the wife and mother thing down, and running in general is already your bitch. The HM will bow to you shortly, I know it!

N.D. said...

Great goals!

X-Country2 said...

I love your list. I'm 2010 will be your bitch all around.

JojaJogger said...

I totally love the "make the half marathon my bitch" goal.

d.a.r. said...

hahaha I love this! When you figure out how the make the 1/2 your bitch, let me know!

Razz said...

Nicely done! Now do mine. I'm not kidding.

Wes said...

a sign from Nature that a person need not mess with perfection.

and I thought I was the only one... ;-)

aron said...

love the goals :) happy 2010!

Amanda said...

Haha love your #3 running goal. The half-marathon is in the corner hiding now...you scared it;)