Then, two weeks later, make sure everyone of these has been broken and never to be looked back at again....... or not.
But first, a preamble.
2012 was filled with a whole lot of trials and tribulations. Here I sit on the brink of 2013 feeling like I’m in a much better situation in every aspect of my life. I had some goals in 2012 that I wanted to accomplish but never did and I had some goals that I never verbalized and accomplished. Maybe there is something to be said about just keeping your mouth shut no? Whatever, that’s not my style yo.
So, before I look ahead to 2013 lets look back on 2012. Here are a list of my goals and what I did or did not accomplish.
#1 - Become Debt Free - This was a failure due to some extreme circumstances. Lets move this to 2013.
#2 - Grow a really radical Handle-Bar Mustache - FAIL - though I did have an impressive Fu-Man-Chu at one point.
#3 - Beat 24 Video games - FAILURE
#4 - Play more poker - FAILURE (I am sensing a pattern)
#5 - Read More - Actually I accomplished this.....weird
#6 - Blog More - More, yep, I blogged a shit load
#7 - Write a short story - FAILURE
#8 - Stop going bald - HAHAHAHA, I’m so funny
#9 - #9, #9, #9
#10 - Keep track of my Finances better - This fizzled out like a bad fart.
Oh goodness, I did horrible in 2012. And I find it interesting that the one thing I overwhelmingly succeeded at (losing weight) wasn’t even on my list. I thought I put that on my list every year and failed at it lol.
So - now that we have that out of the way lets get to the 10 things that I want to accomplish in 2013 (I was told that 10 is the absolute max you are to do for your revolutions by someone who is very cute and has a great influence over me).
Numero Uno - Become Debt Free (excepting the house). Yes - this was number one on my list last year and it makes the list again. Other than staying white and not dying how can I possibly have another more important goal than financial freedom? I know that I don’t have far to go with this goal and as such there will be no problem eradicating my debt. I don’t have a firm date but I do want this to be done before Summer hits.
Number Dos XX - Keep Better track of my financials - This goes hand in hand with number 1. What better way to get out of debt than to meticulously track my debt and plan its demise? So, I’ve already started working on January’s budget and will hopefully hit up February and March as well so that I have a clear view of the first quarter of the year.
El Numbre Three - Lose Weight - HA, it makes it’s triumphant return. Weight Loss has been a “goal” of mine for over a decade and I never have what it takes to stick with it. The problem is that I go too hardcore into it and then just give up because potato chips taste good. And so does BBQ and Ice Cream and and and and and. You get the point. However, 2012 was a monumental accomplishment for me as I saw myself tip the scales at over 300 pounds and actually, for the first time ever, decided I really needed to do something about it. So, I set out with small goals to begin with and ended up changing the way I eat over the course of the year dropping about 50 pounds in the process. In 2013 I want to continue my progress and get down to 220 pounds which is about 30 pounds to go. This means I need to lose 2.5 pounds per month and that I’ll have to make a few more changes to my routine. (leading us to....)
Number 4 - Exercise more. You know it’s pretty much impossible to exercise less! I have come a long way through a change in my eating habits and now it’s time to take that next step. I am not going to over do it so for January my goal is going to be to add one day of hitting the gym per week into my weekly routine. I hope to do more but I want to guarantee myself one day per week to start.
Number 5 - Take an actual vacation - Like, pack some shit up and leave the f’n state vacation. This feels like a cheat putting it on here because I am planning one already, planning on heading back to the *cough* great *cough* state of Pennsylvania for a small tour of friends and loved ones. I also plan on bringing my lady and child along with me which will make this even more interesting. I’m trying to prepare a mental checklist of places to go and things to see that will be kid fun and kid friendly. I also believe that this means I’ll not be seeing Dr Dirty while I’m out there but that is a sacrifice that I am willing to make in order to bring the two newest loves of my life along with me and show them some areas where I am from/grew up.
Number 6 - Focus on building my retirement accounts. This one is painful to write out as I’m 36 years old and don’t have a whole hell of alot built up already. However, it is never too late to make a change and this is a big one that I need to and am going to make. This also goes hand in hand with getting out of debt as once the debt is gone I can put a huge focus on this with the extra money that I am no longer paying towards my unneeded debt. Dave Ramsey save me!
Number 7 - Beat 12 Video Games - Now for the “fun” portion of my list. As I am getting older and finding other things in my life that I enjoy doing my video game time has dwindled. I have a new lady in my life whom I find myself wanting to spend almost all of my free time with and I occasionally play some games with
Number 8 - Get out and do more - Enjoy life and live a little. As others can attest, the past 3 or so years I have pretty much locked myself up and not done a whole hell of a lot. I have played some poker and I have done some random things but I haven't gotten out and lived much. Now that my debt is coming to an end I have this weird sense of freedom. Trips to the park, trips to Mt Charleston, Trips to Red Rock (not the casino) and whatever else. Leave the comfort of my house and enjoy life with those I love.
Number 9 - Read the ENTIRE series of The Amazing Spiderman - Yes, all 700+ Issues. Adding in all of the point 1's and the annuals I'd estimate that there are roughly 750 issues to read and that breaks down to about 2.5 issues per day. This will be no easy feat and I would benefit greatly by getting ahead of pace early so that I can take some time off around the middle of the year. I'm pretty sure I'll suffer Spiderman Burnout at some point and give up on this goal as a 1 year thing but I'm curious to see how far I can get.
Number 10 - Open Mic Night - Of everything on my list this is the one that scares me shitless, FYI. I'm meeting with Linda in the middle of January where I'm supposed to have about 5 minutes worth of material ready to go over with her and as of right now I don't feel like I have 5 minutes. In fact, the best I have is just a bunch of dick jokes. Maybe a couple of fat jokes as well.
So there you have it, 10 goals for 2013 and all are able to be achieved.