2011 and Beyond

They say that you increase your chances of making your dreams a reality if you write them down.  I am not sure exactly who says this, but I have heard it multiple times, so it must be true.  We will just assume that they are the experts, and therefore know what they are talking about. 

As I sit here, reveling in the quiet of the morning, I find myself thinking about what I would like to accomplish this upcoming year.  I do not have set-in-stone resolutions, but there are some things I would like to work on. 

I should mention that I have also heard that your resolutions should be treated as a diet – you either tell everyone so they can hold you accountable, or you tell no one so… well, we know why.  That being said, here are some of my goals for 2011 and beyond:

1.  Eating Habits.  I am not going on a diet, nor do I intend to give up all my favorite foods, but I would like to work on being healthier.  Health and weight are not the same thing.  I may not have a weight problem, but eating cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner and following up with ice cream for dessert may not make me the healthiest.  I need to remind myself that sugar is not a food group, sugar is not a food group…

2.  Bloomsday.  I have wanted to run Bloomsday for many years.  It is a glorious 12k run in Spokane, WA that happens the first Sunday in May.  We walked it as a family back in 2008, but I would like to run it.  The whole thing.  According to the official ticker, I have 122 days, 16 minutes and 10 seconds to prepare, so I better keep up my morning rendezvous with the treadmill. 

3.  Pictures.  I absolutely love taking them.  I want to work on improving my abilities.  There are lots of books out there on taking better photographs and improving technique.  And as they always say, practice practice practice.  Sounds like the perfect excuse for a road trip to me…

In terms of my individual goals, these are the top three.  I could go on and on about the things I would like to improve and change about myself, but I have opted to treat those as the diet I keep to myself.  It is just so much safer that way…

What are your goals for 2011?