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Eleven in ’11 December 14, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — taliabuford @ 5:40 am

I’m jumping on the bandwagon. Albeit a little late.

Erika and Darby started 11 in ’11 — a list of eleven goals that you want to accomplish in the New Year. They aren’t resolutions, they are specific goals that you will achieve in the coming year. (All about positive thinking.) Veronica jumped aboard and so did Keith. Me, I’m  tardy for the party.

Law school finals will do that to you.

Sue me. I had law school finals to fail pass, so I had to prioritize. But just because I didn’t have time to write this post doesn’t mean I wasn’t thinking about the things I wanted to accomplish in 2011.

  1. Buy an SLR and start taking photographs. I’ve always loved photography and last year, I even took a class at my local design school (RISD, you may have heard of it?). Well, I’ve coveted a digital SLR for years, but after I got a chance to work with one for a semester, I REALLY wanted one then. But I had law school and a move to pay for. So my camera fund sat empty. With graduation on the horizon, there’s not really an excuse for me to at least be saving up for a really good camera. And I’ve got enough shutterbugs in my life to help me choose one that’ll work for me.
  2. Go on at least 2 dates with men I do not currently know. So, before you get on me for that extremely low number — I’ve never been a dater. I’ve always been the friend who happens to kind of stumble into relationships. So in all, I’ve probably been on like, 4 dates in my entire life. I’m 27. That should change. I’m starting small with two because I’m not really interested in just dating a ton of people. And really, that’s pretty good jump – from 0 to 2 – I think. And the qualifier is the kicker: they HAVE to be people I don’t currently know. Every one of my exes — every. single. one. — I knew before we started dating. I need to expand the circle. See who else is out there.
  3. Challenge myself in my career. Keeping it vague on purpose, though trust there are very specific goals in this category that I’m aiming for.
  4. Train for and complete another endurance event. In May, I completed a half marathon. It was the longest I’d ever ran in my life. And it was one of the harder things I have done. But after all of the training, I felt great. But after my race was over, I felt I deserved to be able to sit on my couch and eat nachos. Seven months later, I’ve yet to lace my running shoes up for a real run since. Even though I miss big parts of running. I also know that I didn’t push myself as hard as I could have during my half. I stopped a few times and I was running pretty slowly. I was glad to finish, but as I see my other friends finish their marathons and halfs, I know that I could have pushed myself harder and finished with a better time. So why not? I know I can do it. I know it is within my realm of possibilities. I just have to do it. And shoot, maybe I’ll think about a triathalon or something? Who knows!
  5. Purge my house (stolen from Veronica). I’m a pack rat. And I buy things unnecessarily. When I moved from Rhode Island to D.C., I packed at least 2 boxes of toiletries and extra products I had accumulated over the years. Since I’ve been in the District, I’ve vowed to not buy a lotion, soap or hair care product without first using up the stuff I have. I’ve barely made a dent. If I plan on staying in major metropolitan areas (i.e. places with tiny apartments and even smaller storage areas), I need to learn how to live with less. Plus, it would probably go a long way to helping me keep my house clean.
  6. Find an org/cause to volunteer with and do so at least once every 2 months. I’ve always liked helping people and when I got to Rhode Island, I volunteered with an organization helping young girls with their self-esteem. Once that program ended, I kept telling myself to look for something else to do, but I never got around to it. I really want to volunteer somewhere on a regular basis — so that I can build relationships and see the change that I’m contributing to. I’m not sure exactly what subsection of people I’d like to service, but I know that I want to find a group of people and help them in any way I can.
  7. Learn to ride a bike. I don’t know how. I never learned. There was a very harrowing experience when I was like 8 that involved me tucking and rolling as I jumped off a speeding bike and tumbled into the grass, but that’s neither here nor there. I live in a great city and you know what? It’d be nice to be able to bike it instead of taking the bus, train or driving my car. Plus, it’s something I want to learn how to do. And for years, people have promised they would teach me — we see how well that’s gone. So the  best remedy? Teach myself. Pointers are welcomed.
  8. Rebuild my emergency account. I exhausted it moving to D.C. and paying for law school. When I buckled down to create it (in the year before I enrolled) I was pretty amazed at how quickly your savings account can grow if you put your mind to it. I automated everything so that I didn’t have to think about it — I just saved. And it was awesome. It’d be nice to have that kind of money lying around for emergencies, or for vacations.
  9. Take  better care of my body. I have some health issues (nothing super serious) but they are exacerbated by my lifestyle — mainly by me not eating properly and not getting enough sleep. I need to do better about getting the foods I need to eat, and monitoring myself so that I can enjoy life a little more fully. I also need to floss — I always say I’m going to start this year, but I fall off. I’ll lump that into this goal as well.
  10. Take a dance class. So, disclaimer: I can’t really dance. Well, I can. But I’m not really comfortable dancing unless it’s in some sort of line formation (see: The Hustle, Cupid Shuffle, etc.). I mean, I can’t tell you how many times Veronica tried to teach me how to dougie. (It didn’t end well.) Not that you need a class to give you the moves, but I always thought it was cool how real dancers (like trained ones, or even just really good ones) are just really aware of how their bodies move and confident with it. I think that would be cool. Not sure of the genre yet — maybe salsa, lyrical or pole dancing (it is all the rage, after all!).
  11. V upped the ante. For my 10th goal, I have to take at least one class in each of the major dance categories: Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Broadway/Vegas Jazz, and African. If jazz isn’t available, I can substitute it for latin dance.

And as is the custom in this little shindig we’ve got going here,someone else is going to choose my 11th goal for the coming year. Since Erika and Darbs have already done it, Veronica is going to choose mine. I’ll let you know what she comes up with.

Here’s to the New Year!