My 2013 no resolution New Year resolution

enjoy lifeI don’t need New Year resolutions—I have all that I need for now. I’ve achieved the main goals I’ve been working towards in the past few years that in 2013, all I want to do is to sit back and enjoy the moments.

I don’t’ make New Year resolutions per se but I do believe in setting goals—a lot. It’s actually how my life functions: set goals, adjust goals (for life is unpredictable), achieve goals, reassess, REPEAT. I set both professional and personal goals. It’s how I like to work—that’s what drives me and keeps me focused on the bigger picture.

When I came back from South Korea in 2009, I had a three-year plan for life in Edmonton. The goals for the three-year plan were simple: get a post-grad in Public Relations, get my career in order, own a home, and buy a car (the last three are what me and my friends called ‘the 3 Cs’: career, crib, car). All of which I’ve achieved—and then some.

But if you look at my goal setting process again, you’ll notice that ‘celebrate’ is missing from the equation. Sadly, that’s something I don’t take the time to do.

When I came back from South Korea in fall 2009, three days later I started an intense one-year post-grad program in PR—after I hadn’t set foot in a classroom as a student since 2006. There was no celebration after surviving the months of back to school madness. Instead, I went straight to job hunting. I spent the following year searching for my dream job, which gave me quite an insight into the world of Public Relations/Communications. In that year, I interned at a university, another intern with the municipal government, then I worked as a contractor for a non-profit, then I found my dream/current job. Still, no reward or celebration after all that stress. I was too focused on getting my driver’s license and buying my first car (at nearly three decades old). So I did just that, got my license and bought my first car (fully paid for). No celebration for any of that either. Nor did I celebrate when I co-bought my first home in 2009 with my two brothers.

So no New Year resolutions or any kind of goal setting in 2013—at least, not in the first few months of the year. I just want to sit back and enjoy the moments—celebrate. After that, I can put on my game face again and start the process: set goals, adjust goals, achieve goals, CELEBRATE, reassess, repeat.

“Today, just take time to smell the roses, enjoy those little things about your life, your family, spouse, friends, job.”—Bernard Kelvin Clive, Your Dreams Will Not Die

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~ by omonaij on December 30, 2012.

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