New Year, new goals

Sorry it has been awhile since I’ve last posted. Between not remembering my password and getting slammed with social media stuff for City Year, it has been pretty difficult for me to keep up with my own personal social media outlets (as you’ll see, that is something I am hoping to get better with).

City Year has totally turned me into a goal oriented person and with the New Year fast approaching, it seems like the perfect time to lay out what my goals for 2011 will be. I hate referring to them as resolutions because that has the connotation that I will give up on all of them by the end of January. Plus, these are things that I will ask others to hold me accountable for and if I refer to them as resolutions all year long people will just think I’m weird.

So, here is what I’m hoping to accomplish in 2011:

  • Get accepted and enroll in graduate school to study Communications/Organizational Communication. Right now I’m waiting to hear from Emerson, RIT and Elon University. I’m also considering applying to DePaul University in Chicago, but will probably only do that if these other schools fall through. Keep your fingers crossed!
  • Keep up with my own personal branding. As someone who focuses so hard on the branding of the organization I am with, it gets easy for me to lose myself. I want to commit to writing at least one personal blog post a week and to have more on my Twitter feed than just foursquare check-ins.
  • Learn how to do basic film editing. Thanks to a contest within City Year that I won back in the spring, I won a flipcam which should be arriving any time. I really want to incorporate video onto the City Year San Jose wordpress and once I get my own camera, I won’t have any excuses to wait any longer.
  • Keep up with (important) current events. I still couldn’t tell you what wiki-leaks means and didn’t find out that Elizabeth Edwards had died until a week after it happened. However, I knew the second that Scarlet Johanssan and Ryan Reynolds called it quits. Celebrity pop culture is a big guilty pleasure of mine, but I need to not lose sight of what really matters.
  • Vote. Admittedly, I haven’t voted in the last two elections. I chalked it up to feeling “politically homeless” since I was living in a state temporarily and wasn’t keeping up with what was going on at home. This year, I really need to either register to vote wherever I end up or get an absentee ballot. It is one of the most important rights that I have as an American citizen and I can’t take it for granted anymore.
  • Be more open to giving feedback. I love receiving feedback because I am constantly striving to better myself. But when it comes to me giving others feedback, I totally freeze up. As long as my intentions are good, there is no reason why I can’t share feedback with my peers.
  • Get back in shape. It wouldn’t be a New Year’s-esque post without at least mentioning this. I haven’t played competitive soccer in a year and a half and I plan on getting back into it once I move back to the east coast. In order to be ready, I need to get my butt back in gear.
  • Get some manners. I’m not saying that I spit in public or eat with my elbows on the table here. Something I really want to work on is to not be rude when it comes to my blackberry. My desperate need to always know what is going on in the world has made it so I am not 100% present most of the time. Even if it is something as simple as leaving my phone at home when I go out to lunch with a friend or getting a watch so I don’t constantly have to look at my phone for the time, I’m going to do what it takes to stop being such a blackberry snob.

Seeing as 8 is my lucky number, I’m going to cut it off here.

What are you hoping to accomplish in 2011?

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