Project 2013

Inspired by Motley Mama 2012, I will be setting a goal for each month of this year.  It’s a little bit of a cop-out for me, because I just happened to be thinking about how busy this year will be when I read her post about how several other people are making lists for 2013.  I decided to jump on the bandwagon because bandwagons are fun.  (Disclaimer: Some monthly goals may need to be shuffled as the year progresses.  Also, if I fail miserably, I may delete this post and deny that it ever existed.)

This little light of mine...

This little light of mine…

January: Finish a Book

At the end of 2009, my dad asked me to help him write his story.  We have been working on it for over 3 years now, and it has been a slow process with many hiatuses (my fault).  If I really buckle down, I think we can finish it this month.  (Disclaimer: I’m hoping for a rough draft ready to be edited. I don’t expect to have a finished product by the end of the month.)

February: Go to the Gym Everyday

One of my Christmas presents from Yohannes was a gym membership. (Don’t worry, I asked him for it.)  I have started going, but I’m hoping a month long stretch will help me make a habit of it.  (Disclaimer: When I say “every day”, I mean at least 5 days a week.  Chances are that I will have to skip it once or twice a week.)

March: No Meat

I will go vegetarian for one month.  Not vegan, because I drink about a half gallon of milk a day. (Disclaimer: I will accept food that is set before me in other people’s homes, even if it contains meat.)

April: No Facebook

I am not quite bold enough to drop off the face of the internet for a month, but I will try to go a month without Facebook.  (Disclaimer: I might set up the blog to auto-post to Facebook.)

May: Be On Time

I want to make an extra effort to be on time in May. (Disclaimer: I am married to Yohannes, so…)

June: Write a Post about Anxiety

This one has been a long time coming. (Disclaimer: I have no idea what this post will say.)

July: Move

Yohannes got a new job in Allentown in November.  We bought our house in Lancaster in 2010 using the housing stimulus, so we have to be here until the end of June.  (Disclaimer: The earliest we will move would be July, but it will likely be later in the year.  This month’s goal will probably get shuffled.)

August: Practice Guitar Everyday

I love to sing, but some songs just don’t sound right a capella.  I very briefly took guitar lessons last year, and I want to continue practicing. (Disclaimer: “Everyday” means at least 5 days a week, 30 minutes a day.)

September: Control My Temper

If you’re not part of my family, you probably didn’t know I had a bad temper.  It gets the better of me sometimes, and I would like to practice controlling it better.  It’s weird to list it as a goal for one month, but sometimes a kick-start helps. (Disclaimer: Absolutely no way am I going to go a month without losing my temper.)

October: Join a Writers Group

There are a couple writers groups around Allentown.  I’ve always wanted to join one, just to get some constructive advice about the writing process, but I’ve never had the courage to follow through. (Disclaimer: If the people are mean or scary, I will never go back.)

November: Write a Book

I’m going to jump on yet another bandwagon and try to make some progress on a book of my own during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  (Disclaimer: I have no idea how much of a novel I will actually be able to write in a month.)

December: Finish Pre-Med Program

I just started a pre-med program through Penn State Brandywine. That’s right. I am currently a full-time student.  The program will finish in December.   (Disclaimer: No, I don’t know what I’m getting myself in for.  I’m sure I’ll find out.)

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