So my goals for the year (which I'm really counting as the current half-year, so I'll re-do this in December) are as follows:
* Prepare for and take my Grade 7 RCM Vocal exam and Advanced Rudiments exam (December)
Ideally, I'd like to try for my ARCT before I'm 40, so I've set up a bunch of sub-goals for myself relating to moving forward with that. All told there are 20 steps to getting my ARCT, so I figure if I aim for 2 a year it's possible.
-Find a pianist
-Practice 3 hours/week
-Get feedback from a teacher at least a few times between now and then, because I can't afford regular lessons right now
-Finish self-study with my textbook
-Take practice exams
-Set aside the money for the exams
* Get myself down to eating out only 25% of the time (for every 4 meals, I can go out for one of them)
This one is a combination financial and health goal. I eat out A LOT, especially given that I generally only eat two meals a day.
* See my family more often - parents each at least 1x/month, siblings 1x/month, two closest cousins at least 1x/season. Call Nonna once a week.
This one seems fairly self-explanatory. I realized I was seeing my mom's side fairly often, but I don't see my dad's side nearly enough. I want to make more effort to spend time with them.
* Travel at least twice a year (short travel counts)
Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. I did go visit Ben this spring, which was AMAZINGLY AWESOME, but I missed out on the usual Boston trip. Pat and I have been saying we want to go to Chicago for the last, like... three years, and I want to actually do that.
* Find exercise that I actually like doing
This one is honestly probably the toughest one on the list. I hate exercising, or at least all the types I've tried. I manage to stick with it for a month and then just give up in a heap of 'sweat is terrible, sore muscles suck, I hate everything, goodnight'. I know that exercise is important, so I need to find something I actually ENJOY so that I will stick to it for more than five minutes at a time.
-Try a new activity each week
So that's the five that I thought were most important to me. Other stuff on the list includes reducing meat consumption (those of you also on FB saw the results of that; I'm going to try but I'm not putting a concerted effort into it yet, the eating out thing is more important), improve earnings (I want to get to a regular $3600/mo pre-HST and income tax deductions, or about $2700 actual "my" money), write 500 words/day, see friends more frequently, have potlucks more frequently (see previous point), volunteer, get myself more organized/less prone to getting out of bed at the crack of noon, and meditate 20min/day.