This Year – 2015

This Year 2015

– printable version here

One of my favorite things about writing this website is re-discovering old posts. Like this one.

I toyed with the idea of creating new questions. But there’s something both satisfying and comforting about setting new goals from the same questions, year after year. I won’t lie – it also makes goal setting less daunting.

Republishing this post also forces me to confess that I failed to achieve certain goals. Swimming and Omakase-style sushi didn’t really happen. And I still work from bed (a rarity, but it still happens).

You win some, you lose some. I look back on 2014 with a sense of accomplishment and a heavy heart. I have a lot to look forward to next year.

Including accomplishing these goals. While they may not be as ambitious as the goals of years past, I’m excited to work on them all the same.

A BAD HABIT I’M GOING TO BREAK:
Checking my e-mail first thing in the morning.

A NEW SKILL I’D LIKE TO LEARN:
Coding! I’d like to not sound like an idiot when working with our developers

A PERSON I HOPE TO BE MORE LIKE:
My mother. If I’m 0.5% percent as good a mom as she is, my child will be very lucky.

A GOOD DEED I’M GOING TO DO:
Volunteer more with the Athena Center at Barnard College

A PLACE I’D LIKE TO VISIT:
London. Though it’s not a new destination, it’s one that both my husband and I are yearning to get back to.

A BOOK I’D LIKE TO READ:
J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings – it’s been about 15 years since I read the trilogy last.

A LETTER I’M GOING TO WRITE:
No specific one in mind, but I do want to send MORE letters, less e-mails. Sending a baby announcement in a timely manner is very high on that list!

A NEW FOOD I’D  LIKE TO TRY:
Senegalese. Never had it. Down to try it.

I’M GOING TO DO BETTER AT:
Being a more thoughtful daughter, wife, and friend.

I’d love to know – what are your goals for 2015? COMMENT below with one (or all!) goals from the prompts above. I’d love to know what you want to accomplish in the new year :)

  • I’m going to do better at being fully present and putting the phone away (especially right before bed). Which leads me to the next book I’d like to read…Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty. Oh and I’m going to try like hell to break my PR in the half marathon this coming April!

    26 and Not Counting

    • hithaonthego

      Awesome goals, Jessica! Thank you so much for sharing them.

  • Ashley

    Here are my answers:
    1. Try to stop checking email/social media in bed at any time.
    2. Learn calligraphy (helpful for my upcoming wedding invitations and stationary).
    3. I’d like to be a more professionally confident version of myself.
    4. Find some outlet with which to volunteer my time, probably helping kids in some way.
    5. I’d like to travel to Barcelona (hopefully in May for a conference).
    6. Continue the Soulwoven fantasy trilogy by Jeff Seymour. I read the first book titled “Soulwoven”, and the second one just came out in print, “Soulwoven: Exile”. The third is being written now. If you like LOTR you should check out the Soulwoven series (Shameless plug for a friend. This is Jeff’s first self-published novel and the series is amazing so far. Check it out on Amazon).
    7. I’d like to write a cold cover letter (and a good one at that…..so far, not great at it).
    8. I’m open to trying lots of different foods so whatever new comes my way, I’m up for it!
    9. I’m going to try to be more productive with my time at work. I was super burnt out after grad school but need to pull myself out of it.

    Thanks Hitha! This was fun. :-) Have a Happy New Year, and congratulations on your upcoming addition.

    Ashley

    • hithaonthego

      These are great! I’ve always wanted to learn calligraphy, and will have to check out the Soulwoven trilogy once I’m done with my current reads.

  • I’ve been working on my goals for the new year too. These are some great prompts to add to my list!

    Traveling more was on my docket this year and I definitely hit a bunch of great domestic spots. Next year, I really want to get out of the country. I’m planning a month long trip to Europe next fall. London’s definitely on the list!

    I’m also excited to see coding up there! I’ve been coding for almost nine years now and I really believe it’s a great skill set to have in any industry. And we definitely need more awesome women in the community :) If you’re looking for a place to start, Skillcrush has a great (and free!) ten-day bootcamp. It’s a really good jumping off point.

    Happy new year!

    • hithaonthego

      Thank you so much for the Skillshare tip! I plan on starting there :) Happy travels in 2015!

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  • Tajohn Johnson

    Great goals. I just want to thank you for introducing me to such great brands , Dagne Dover, Birchbox, Lo&Sons ect. I love to travel and this has really helped me. I plan to visit the Dominician Republic for 6 days in May and my goal is only a carry on . I will be using your site as my go to guide! Thanks again.

    • hithaonthego

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, Tajohn! I really appreciate it, and please let me know if there’s a post I can write to help you prep for your trip. A carry-on is definitely do-able, and I have full faith in you :)

      • Tajohn Johnson

        Thanks. I will the closer I get to trip time.

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