My heart flutters for goals, plans, to-do lists, and perfectly mapped out calendars. That being said, I’m not a big resolution maker.  I tend to make adjustments to goals throughout the year when things don’t feel right.  This year, I’ve decided to make a To-Do list for myself instead.

  1. Bake croissants from scratch. I been dreaming of this 24 hour process occurring in my kitchen, but have yet to muster up the gumption to make it happen.  That buttery flaky goodness is calling my name and its going to happen in 2011.
  2. Trim unnecessary expenses. With all the new technology and gadgets that surface every year (and a husband who makes his living using them) it seems like there is always something new to buy or a service we can’t live without.  3 years ago I never needed text messaging and last month I was over my 200 max by 197 messages… oops.  Luckily with technology also comes lots of options for consolidating services.  I found a free app for texting that solved my problem, it just took a few minutes to get it all set up.  I’m planning to sit down and take a hard look at where our money goes and see where we can trim some excess.
  3. Get Organized. If you know me, you know that I drool over the calendar in the front of Martha Stewart Living every month and secretly wish the calendar in my blog sidebar –> included things like planting tulip bulbs, setting up a compost bin and scheduling routine times for purging unneeded items or changing the air filter on the AC.  When Jason and I first got married, I could tell you what I was doing everyday for the next month with a quick glance at my planner.  In a lot of ways, I feel like grad school zapped my long term and short term planning. 5 years is a long time and the unpredictability of experimentation led to a “take it one day at a time” strategy.  Now that I’m done, I’m ready to get back to my uber organized self.
  4. Continue my Career. Graduating in one of the most difficult economies has not made finding a specialized engineering position easy. My goal for this year is to find a position that truly uses my abilities and where I can devote my energy to solving real-world problems. I am excited to leave the academic world behind and get my hands dirty!
  5. Plan Dates. Jason and I have taken to working all day and then tackling side projects during nights and weekends. Between remodeling our house, Jason writing another edition of his book and us pursuing our hobbies (none of which are particularly leisurely), we leave almost no free time for togetherness.  We finally committed to taking a vacation this year, not on our own initiative, but because our good friends invited us. So despite job hunting and the uncertainty of moving/selling our house,  I’m planning to steal away a little more time with the hubs in 2011.

What are your plans for the upcoming year?