31 December 2009

Resolutions / Goals

I typically don’t make resolutions. At first it was a silly I-refuse-to-conform statement, which I continued to follow. That’s not to say I never set goals or led my life with a purpose. I figured I was doing that all year long, so I didn’t need to set resolutions, only to be broken (and make myself feel like shit when I broke the resolution).

This year I discovered the location independent and lifestyle design blogs. So, I’ve decided to set out goals now for 2010 using my variation of the Free Pursuits method. I’ve broken out main areas of my life to focus on: health, work, fun, language, and travel. I’ve set out goals in each area for the next 3 months, next 6 months, next year, and next 3 years. And, I’ve created tasks for each of my goals. There is a spreadsheet (or two) involved.

I’ve never been so
anal specific about my goals before. It’s easy when you’re in school or working for someone else to just coast along. I started a variation of this structure two months ago, with excellent results. I’ve been mocked by co-workers for my detailed to-do lists. This is simply a more ambitious version of those. I am looking forward to a more goal oriented and productive year.

December 31 Resolution you wish you'd stuck with. (You know, there's always next year...)

30 December 2009

Best Ad 2009

I laughed myself stupid reading Youth in Revolt. And, I giggled at the trailer, remembering scenes from the book.

29 December 2009

Loads of Laughs

I'm a giggler. I'm naturally happy and ready for a laugh. One of the best restaurant experiences this year was more about laughing than the food or drinks. It's no surprise that I had plenty of laughs all year long.

December 29 Laugh. What was your biggest belly laugh of the year?

28 December 2009

Best Notebook 2009

I used to fill several journals a year. A gift of a journal was always a safe bet. Over the years, though, I stopped writing in my journal. And then I stopped writing creatively all together; law school and then work always got in the way. If I had something I needed to work out, I spoke to B rather than writing in my journal. If I had an idea, I talked about it and then forgot to write it down.

This year I picked up my journal (started in June 2005) and try to write every day. Sometimes it's just a list of things I need to do, sometimes deep thoughts, poems, or outlines of stories. There is no real rhyme or reason, no threat of structure. I use Moleskin journals and just started my third one this year.

December 28 Stationery. When you touch the paper, your heart melts. The ink flows from the pen. What was your stationery find of the year?

27 December 2009

Best Social Web Moment 2009

I discovered Twitter this year, and met some interesting people through it. Facebook, though, was great this year. I have been able to re-connect with family and friends that I have not seen or spoken to in many, many years.

December 27 Social web moment. Did you meet someone you used to only know from her blog? Did you discover Twitter?

26 December 2009

A Ha!

As a couple, it's so much easier to meet people if you sit at the bar rather than get a table.

December 26 Insight or aha! moment. What was your epiphany of the year?

25 December 2009

24 December 2009

It's Not Me

It's not me, it's them.

December 24 Learning experience. What was a lesson you learned this year that changed you?

23 December 2009

Best Web Tool 2009

I read more and more websites and blogs now thanks to Netnewswire. Somehow, with more RSS feed subscriptions than I've ever had, I spend less time reading on the internet. It doesn't seem like much, but not having to load each webpage individually is really helpful. I talked about how much I loved it for days after I downloaded the application. I am, however, easily pleased.

The Best of 2009 Blog Challenge
December 23 Web tool. It came into your work flow this year and now you couldn't live without it. It has simplified or improved your online experience.

22 December 2009

Best Startup

kayak.com is one of my favorite business finds this year. It usually finds the most flight options, and more quickly than other travel sites.

The Best of 2009 Blog Challenge
December 22 Startup. What's a business that you found this year that you love? Who thought it up? What makes it special?

21 December 2009


Starting my own business has been the most gratifying project this year.

The Best of 2009 Blog Challenge
December 21 Project. What did you start this year that you're proud of?

20 December 2009

A New Partnership

I made new friends this year in various parts of the world. But, the new person in my life is not really a new person to me. B and I have been together 11 years. Aside from some month long trips, we have never spent so much time together. Before we left our jobs, we probably saw each other 5 or 10 minutes a day and at least one day a weekend. Now, we travel together and work together.

I can’t say it’s been easy to transition into all this time together. We work differently, have different schedules and methods. While we have a good balance of strengths and weak areas, it is a work in progress to figure out our working relationship. It’s a new sort of partnership. We’re learning exactly how the other works and what our needs are.

Best of 2009 Blog Challenge
December 20 New person. She came into your life and turned it upside down. He went out of his way to provide incredible customer service. Who is your unsung hero of 2009?

19 December 2009

Best Car Ride in a Year of Car Rides

I spent a silly amount of time on road-trips this year. Maybe my word for 2009 should be road-trip instead of change. In fact, we’re on another road trip now - out to Pittsburgh & DC for the holidays.

somewhere in Nebraska / somewhere in Iowa / somewhere in Illinois

My favorite part of all the drives we did was the giddy feeling I got when rounding two corners: the corner before reaching the ponderosa forests near Flagstaff, and the corner right before the bridge from the mainland onto the Keys. I have never been so happy to come back home to any place as I was driving over that bridge. I knew I was leaving behind the maniacs of Miami (where the east coast action and machismo action make driving or simply even interacting a confrontational affair) and heading towards fun people and good attitudes.

One of the best drives of 2009 was back and forth from Munich to Prague - to be clear, I mean the drive after B and I finally got out of Munich and before we got lost in Prague (we won’t talk about those parts). The roads were amazingly smooth, everyone drove quite civilly at 100+ mph. The wildflower meadows between the storybook forests were just beginning to bloom. We stopped on the way back for lunch at a German rest stop: fresh sandwiches with hardy tomatoes, not the mealy styrofoam ones on pre-made sandwiches here.

Best of 2009 Blog Challenge
December 19 Car Ride. What did you see? How did it smell? Did you eat anything as you drove there? Who were you with?
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