10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

I confess, I enjoy making personal goals. Trouble is, I have difficulty with the follow through part. To help me overcome that, this year I’m listing them here as SMART goals for everyone to see. I also plan to write about my progress attaining these by year’s end—December 31, 2015.

  1. Become a better planner and host by organizing at least six dinner/cocktail parties: Since moving to our fair city of Cambridge, Lisa and I have hosted a few parties. Our most recent was to celebrate Lisa’s 26th birthday. Honestly though, Lisa planned and cooked mostly everything. I can clearly be better here, so to improve my cooking skills, be a better partner, and contribute more I’ve decided to take more of a leadership role in party prep this year.We’ve previously posted about our DIY bar cart, since I’ve grown increasingly interested in cocktails. A few books I’ve enjoyed from our borrowed cookbook library include: Proof: the science of booze, The 12 Bottle Bar, and Jeffrey Morganthaler’s The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique. I’d recommend all three.
  2. Reach out to my lost friends & make at least five new ones: Since graduating from college I’ve moved a lot—every two years basically—and because of that, the post-college drop-off has really affected me. Since settling in Boston, I’ve learned several of my collegiate friends reside here, so one goal is to rebuild those friendships and foster new ones as well—I like the idea of mindful catering of friendships to build my own justice league. It’s important to have good people around you, who make you better.
  3. Take three weekend road trips:
    1. Burlington, VT
    2. Montreal, QC
    3. Portland, ME
  4. Finish a book every month: Aside from those mentioned above, I’m also reading:
  5. Plan that activity I’ve been wanting to do for years:
    • A trip to Europe—Belgium actually. I can’t wait for the beer! To see Nic! Or to try authentic genever!
  6. Take a class: There are plenty of affordable online courses out there: here, here, here, here and here. I’m personally very interested in thefollowing MOOCs, mainly because they’re in line with my career interests.
  7. Conquer an obstacle that scares you:
    • In 2014, I ran the MCM—in 2015, I’d like to run another half or full marathon
  8. Develop my current hobbies, seek new ones, and find ways to make money from at least one:
    • Cocktails/mixology
    • Home brewing/fermenting
    • Cooking
    • Photography
    • Drawing
    • Blogging
  9. Attain passable foreign/computer language skills:
    • Since I plan to visit Belgium and Montreal, it’s time I learn some French
    • Re-learn R, learn to code in SAS
  10. Get into professional school—in reality that’s my #1 goal for 2015.
  11. I lied—there’s an 11th goal. I’d also like to blog more, so I plan to journal more about my progress in attaining goals 1-10. I’m aiming for at least one entry a month.

How about you? What are your goals for 2015?



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