Floyd said that to me in this interview, I wrote it down, and Cincinnati Magazine printed it. In fact, Cincinnati Magazine probably asked me to interview Floyd because he's got goals, girl.
This is a real thing that has apparently been taped to my fridge since May 18, 2010. (Dear past Alex: Way to go- keep dating shit!)
I've kept another reminder/goal list in various places in my bedroom for several years and, in looking for it just now to use as an example, I turned up my "Thank You" list from Thanksgiving 2009. On it, I noted that items I'm thankful for are listed in no particular order. Number 11 reads: "Goals and dreams- graduate school, volunteering, art classes- plans in general. DOING THINGS." (Underlining and capital letters included as written.)
Clearly, I am all about reflection, self-improvement, and goal-setting. I make short and long-term goals for myself all the time ranging in seriousness and achievability. But, for whatever reason, I've never been big on New Year's resolutions. I don't know if it's because I don't understand waiting to make an important change until the first of the year, or the fact that resolutions are a joke for so many, expected to be broken come February or March. It's not that I have anything against them, I just don't usually partake. But, whatever works, you know? Goals in any form are incredibly important. We have to be able to imagine a better self, a better position, a new level of satisfaction. The sort of hope inherent to goals and the goal-making process is invaluable. Please know that I mean that, truly and deeply.
So, last night was New Year's Eve, and the closest I'm coming to a resolution this year is a commitment to a dry (meaning alcohol-free) January and an increased frequency of health attempts in the form of good meals at home (thanks E!) and more movement (I refuse to let my yoga pass expire with unused classes). I've been feeling puffy lately and I think this sort of "cleansing" period will help me feel better. God, the word "cleanse" makes me want to barf. I will drink wine again soon and I will enjoy French fries many times this year, but it's a constant goal of mine to take better care of my body and mind. I know a lot of you share this goal. If you think of ways we can encourage each other, I'd love to hear them.
Now, I'm really interested in your goals. Do you make New Year's resolutions? What's a constant "to do" on your list?
And hey- cheers to 2014. Let's have a beer in February.