Monday, November 21, 2011

When I grow up I want to be....


This question always stumped me as a kid.  In fact it still stumps me now many years later.  I've never held any ambition for a particular job or occupation, and I've never really had an overwhelming desire to achieve something very specific.  Sometimes I wish I had been like that as it certainly would have made choosing my university degree program a lot easier!

On the other hand I've never been really disappointed about the career paths I've chosen.  They have been many and varied - professional golf caddy vs wedding planner vs program manager... the list is diverse.  All of the experiences I've had have taken me to different places and exposed me to life in a way I could have never imagined as a child.  I'm kind of glad I never really had a definitive answer to this question when I was younger, and even more so that I don't now.

That's not to say I don't have goals.  I do.  I want to do well in my job.  I want to succeed and grow and progress in everything I do.  This is actually a desire that filters through every area of my life - my relationships, my hobbies, everything I do for fun.  Usually every year around January I take stock of the previous year and look at what I've achieved and take a moment to consider what I want to work towards in the coming year.  The thing about doing that in January is that it usually leads to failure for me.  Or at least just a momentary enthusiasm which soon passes with the increasingly hectic pace of the following months.  So I've come to a conclusion that this needs to change.  I'm not going to wait until the new year to jump on the band wagon with everyone else.  I'm going to take stock now and write some goals for 2012 before 2011 has closed out.

I'm going to call it my ambition list.  It's going to be long.  It's going to be big and broad.  And it's going to be fun.  This isn't my work goals - they are between myself and my boss - but these are things I want to start doing in 2012.

  • Learn to crochet & make something.  I've never done it - yay for new skills!
  • Make a card a week & post it to someone
  • Take more photos.  Specifically make sure I shoot some photos once a month (at least)
  • Take more days off.  And don't check my email while doing so
  • Walk more
  • Laugh more  
  • Get at least 1 more certification in diving
  • Take an online course in a subject that interests me
  • Take 2 holidays.... (bold move for me!)
  • Get regular massages
  • Start sewing again - make a dress (or two)
  • Discover at least 1 new wine per month.  Not just new releases, but wines from makes and areas I'm less familiar with
  • Cook more gourmet dinners and invite people over to eat them
  • Blog consistently and figure out what I really want to blog about
  • Run more
  • Ride my bike more
  • Hang out with my friends a LOT more
  • Do something I've never done before
  • ...... to be continued
That's not a bad start right?  I'm sure there is more that I want to add to the list... but this is a good start.

PS - That pic has nothing to do with this blog post... but isn't she cute!!!