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December 29, 2012 / laurencox12

13 Goals For 2013

I have never been one to set a New Year’s resolution. I’ve always felt like I would give up on any tough resolutions and that picking an easy one was a cop out. That was until now. 2012 was a year of huge changes for me, including my transition into the “real world.” Now that I am feeling more like an adult, I figured it was time to set serious goals for myself to accomplish in the year ahead. Below are my 13 goals for 2013.

1. Continue Blogging

Starting my blog in August was one of my many accomplishments in 2012. I have wanted to  get into blogging for some time now, but I was always hesitant to do it. I was afraid that I wouldn’t have enough ideas for content and that no one would want to read what I had to say. Thankfully, I was able to move past my reservations this summer and get started. Although I have only been writing for a few months now, this blog has been a great outlet for me. In 2013, I hope to continue blogging on a regular basis and improve my website.

2. Complete the “30 Days of Truth” Challenge

Recently, my friend Amber sent me the “30 Days of Truth” Challenge that she found on another blog. The challenge includes a series of prompts about various topics. Although I completed a similar challenge in the past on Tumblr, I thought it would be fun to try it again. These prompts will not only guarantee that I have something to blog about, but I will also be forced to explore some topics that I would probably ignore otherwise. I plan on making this challenge a weekly feature on my blog until I get through all 30 prompts.

3. Land A Full Time Job

After graduating from Temple in May I was lucky enough to land a contracted position with the Wawa Welcome America! Festival, followed by another contract position with the Philadelphia Marathon. While I enjoyed the work I did over the last few months, I look forward to landing a full time job. I am excited to find a position that will give me a sense of security, allow me to advance my career, and of course provide me with health benefits. This process is already underway, and I hope I will be able to announce that I have found a permanent job early in 2013.

4. Move Into My Own Apartment

When I graduated from college, I gave myself two years to save money, start paying back my loans, and move out on my own. Now that I have been out of school and working for almost  eight months, I have moved that deadline up.

5. Read For Fun

I have always loved reading, but while I was in school I didn’t really get the chance to read the books I wanted to. Now that I have more free time, I am determined to dig into all the books I have been neglecting. There are several books on my shelves at home already, and I’ve been making a list of new ones to check out. Fingers crossed that I can at least make a dent in my “to read” list this year.

6. Eat Healthier

I am finally starting to accept that eating crappy foods can and will have a lasting impact on my life. It’s not about gaining a few pounds, it’s about my long-term health. I am in no way looking to start a radical diet, but I do hope to eat healthier in 2013. For starters, I want to cut down on sugary drinks like soda and reduce the amount of fried food I eat. We’ll see where I can go from there.

7. Become A Better Cook

In order to achieve my goal of eating healthier, I will also need to improve my cooking abilities. Although I can make a few solid dishes, I am by no means an accomplished cook. Over the course of the next 12 months, I hope to try new recipes and find more meals that I enjoy cooking (and eating).

8. Curse Less

Cursing is absolutely my worst habit, and I’m not proud of it. It’s going to be tough, but I definitely want to cut back on my cursing in the next year.

9. Do A Serious Closet Clean-Up

I swear I go through all of my clothes every few months, yet I always feel like my closet and drawers are overflowing with items I no longer need. To get 2013 started right, I plan on doing a thorough cleaning of my closet. All the unworn clothes and various items that have piled up over the years have got to go.

10. Develop A More Adult Wardrobe

One of the toughest transitions for me since graduating has been finding more adult clothing. Of course I had my black dress pants and a few blouses, but when you have to be in business casual everyday those pieces get old quickly. I’ve also faced the challenge of what to wear when I’m not at work. Suddenly, my jeans and hoodies seemed too childish. I have been slowly adding more adult pieces to my wardrobe, but in 2013 I vow to avoid t-shirts and find more clothes that will help me present myself as a young professional.

11. Volunteer

During both high school and college, I found myself volunteering for multiple causes. Usually, my service was required by some organization that I was a part of. Now that I am out of school, I want to make the effort to volunteer on my own. I have been very lucky in my own life, so it is only right that I find a way to give back.

12. Be More Positive

This is something I have been working on for a while. It is very easy to be negative and point out everything that is going wrong in your life, but I want to stay focused on the things that are going right for me. I am extremely blessed to be where I am and have what I do, so I want to make a real effort to remember that.

13. Take A Vacation

This is one of my biggest goals for 2013. The last vacation I went on was my Senior Trip in high school. In the four and a half years since then I have taken day trips, but nothing compares to a real vacation. At this point I don’t even care where I end up, I just want to take time for myself and get away.

What are your goals for 2013? Share them below.

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  1. Amber / Dec 29 2012 11:19 am

    I think those goals are more than realistic! I’m excited to read you’re posts on the “30 Days Of Truth Challenge,” it will great to start the year with some serious self reflection. In 2013, my biggest goal is to stress less. It’s so easy to get caught up in small, insignificant details, and that’s just as unhealthy as my mutual love of fried foods 🙂

    • laurencox12 / Jan 2 2013 1:42 pm

      Thanks for the support Amber! I think your goal is fantastic and will make 2013 a great year for you 🙂

  2. ejascani / Dec 29 2012 11:23 am

    I think I need to print this out and hang it on my wall. Glad my life goals are on the same page of other post grads 🙂

    • laurencox12 / Jan 2 2013 1:41 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post, and I’m sure your goals are amazing!

  3. ejascani / Dec 29 2012 11:39 am

    Reblogged this on Confessions of a PR Graduate and commented:
    Awesome post! Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  4. jessicalawlor / Dec 31 2012 6:30 pm

    These goals are all fantastic! I can’t wait to see you continue blogging about them in 2013, Lauren!

    • laurencox12 / Jan 2 2013 1:45 pm

      Thanks Jess! Glad you enjoyed the post!

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