Archive for the ‘Goals’ Category

December 13, 2016

It’s been 10 days since I’ve written, but funny enough I’m still at Rado Boutique Hostel in Santiago, where I was when writing my last blog.

In those 10 days, I’ve stayed in six different lodges, trekked/walked/climbed 157,651 steps and seen some of the most beautiful scenery. December 6 was the first day of my trek in Southern Patagonia, in Torres del Paine National Park.

I booked with an agency called Chile Nativo and was added to a preexisting group of two – third wheel to what I expected was a couple. When I arrived for the 11 am briefing, though, I learned there would be four of us and that we were all single women. Two of them were coworkers who had tacked on a Patagonia trek to the end of their work trip to Santiago. The other gal was a Massachusetts native-turned San Francisco resident, who was traveling by herself. She’s normally inclined to make long international trips like mine, but this time she only had a quick break for the trek and a couple days in Santiago.

All these girls were big travelers actually, and my passport – with nearly 15 different countries stamped in it – palled in comparison. The coworkers, Eva from Slovenia via Albania and Lucy from England, were in a line of work for a nonprofit that had them traveling quite a bit, mostly to war-torn, third-world countries. Erica, who would be my bunk mate for the duration of the trip, once took a 10-month trip around the world, picking up an Irish boyfriend along the way who joined her in her travels.

These ladies were legit! And after getting to know their lively, easy-going personalities, I was even happier to be matched up with them.

Day One
After the briefing, we were set free in Puerto Natales to get lunch before we set off by private van to Torres del Paine National Park, about 2 hours north. Once there, we set off on an easy hour hike with our day packs to the first Refugio where our big packs were waiting. We saw heaps of guanácos (in the alpaca family), royal blue Lago Sarmiento and hieroglyphics. This was the easy day, and was by no means preparing us for the couple tough days to follow. The only difficulty we encountered was the insane wind that made walking the flat trail slower.

After settling in, we cheers’d Pisco Sours to the adventure ahead, chatted over dinner and waited for the sun to set at 10 pm before going to bed.

20161207_122831Day Two
Our energetic guide, Chuma, warned us that this day would probably be the most difficult. Although we would only be bringing our day packs, the trek was uphill for the first half of the day. We climbed to 880 vertical feet to the base of Los Torres – paltry compared to what I saw on the Inca Trail – passing dry valleys, dense forests and rock ravines.

Once there, the view was a worthwhile reward: The three towers loomed in the distance, with a beautiful aqua-colored lagoon of glacial slurry below. We sat for nearly an hour, taking it all in and eating our soggy salmon sandwiches. The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to making the trip back, which was a bit quicker but not necessarily easier.

Day Three
We checked out of our Refugio and set off with our full packs nearly six hours (disclaimer: which included two cat nap spots at mirador salons the route). We were headed west toward the French Valley, one of the park’s other popular sites that help make up the W. We ended at a small Refugio tucked away on the hill with views of Lago Nordensjkold and Los Cuernos, the mountain peaks of the lodge’s namesake.

Chuma said this would also be an easy day, and considering we should have made the trek in less than four hours, we definitely turned it into an easier one. Otherwise, there were some hills to conquer and we were carrying our full packs for the rest of the trip. The day’s trek didn’t end at a breathtaking destination the way the previous day’s had, but we all agreed that the scenery along the way was equally beautiful, just different.

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We arrived to Refugio Los Cuernos in the late afternoon and checked into our upgraded private cabins that I immediately fell in love with. They were super adorable with a front door and porch that looked out over the massive aqua-blue lake. It was from that point, though, that everything went downhill. The water kept coming disconnected from our private bathrooms, the showers didn’t get hot or drain, the comedor was way too small and way too stuffy, and the wind got so bad at night I was afraid our little cabin’s roof would blow off. By the next morning Erica and I were eager to get out of that place.

Day Four
Needless to say, I was in a bit of a funk on this day. Adding to my mood was the fact that instead of continuing west along the W and up into the French Valley, we had to backtrack the route from the day before and wouldn’t get to see the French Valley. Just three days before we set out on this trip, an essential bridge connecting the east side of the W with the west, just below the French Valley, broke. Word on the street was that a small boat was taxiing people from one side to the other on the lake at the mouth of the river. But, over the course of the first few days we learned that this boat was not only unreliable – some people waited just to have it never show up – but also not equipped to handle the volume – hundreds of people cross that point each day, but the boat fits only 12.

Basically, this bridge situation meant that people attempting the W west to east could not get across to ascend into the French Valley and people going east to west (like us) couldn’t cross after descending the French Valley. Both sides would have to backtrack and take a bus-boat combo to get to the other side at the farthest points of the W.

After all the planning and money and time and excitement, we would not be able to officially complete the W and we would miss out on the French Valley, one of the most amazing sites of the region. Sensing our disappointment, Chuma and the folks at Chile Nativo came up with a plan the night before for us to forge the river by foot on Day Four. If we were willing, we would carry our packs (over our heads if it got too deep) and wade through the icy cold glacial river. Though Chuma didn’t have anything but guesses to the river’s depth and current, I was elated. We would get to see the French Valley!

Unfortunately Chuma’s lack of info (research) concerned one of the others so much that she managed to talk the other two down from their excitement (she did have some valid points). Radioed reports back from the river claimed it was a bit deeper and stronger than Chuma’s initial guesses, so majority voted against the idea. While I would have still forged the river, I wasn’t comfortable putting the others’ safety at risk.

20161209_135059A silver lining to the frustrating situation was our rare opportunity to spot a puma while making the drive to the other side. We got out of the van for quite some time and watched it before it finally crossed the road in front of us and disappeared into the hills.

Day Five
This was technically the last day of our excursion with Chile Nativo and the last leg of the W. We left Refugio Paine Grande and headed north to Lago Gray and Refugio Grey, both named after the glacier that fed the lake. We walked at a steady clip, despite hills to climb and very strong winds pushing against our fronts. Because it was our last day, we were on a time crunch to arrive before 1 pm. The gals had tickets to the boat that would take them in front of the glacier and then down the lake to where the private van would pick them up and take them back to Puerto Natales. I had a separate 1 pm reservation to kayak in front of the glacier; it meant I would forgo the boat and have one more night in a refugio before trekking back down the previous day’s route to get to the boat-bus combo back to Puerto Natales.

After saying bye to Chuma and the girls, I joined 9 other people to kayak. We got decked out in neoprene suits and gear and awkwardly set out in double kayaks as if we had just learned right from left for the first time. Before we could even go 50 meters, though, the less-than friendly Polish guide at the front cancelled the journey due to winds that had just picked up and abruptly changed direction.

Instead of waiting to kayak the following morning, I joined a group leaving for a glacier hike. And perfectly, my German friend from a previous refugio was going on it by herself. The excursion ended up being really cool, allowing us to see the glacier from a boat as well as on top. We saw some amazing ice formations, tunnels and streams while on top of Glacier Grey. It’s just incredible to think something like that exists (I might try to dedicate a blog to that later).

Day Six
A night at Refugio Grey was included with my glacier package, so I had to make my way back down the left side of the W from Grey to catch the transport from Refugio Paine Grande. I had no problem making the 3-4 hour trek myself; it was only semi-strenuous and the route was very clear. Chile Nativo provided me with all the instruction and tickets I needed.

Instead, the problem was that “heavy rain” was in the forecast. My pack wasn’t waterproof and despite having sprayed my jacket before the trip, I wasn’t confident it was waterproof. Hiking while wet can be pretty miserable.

After breakfast I quickly hiked further up the trail to a couple miradors of the glacier and hanging bridges. I made good time and made it back to the lodge to eat lunch and get my big pack. That’s when the rain started… Needless to say, I was not motivated to leave my cozy spot in the lodge and start making the trek.

Fast forward three hours: I was soaked, cold and not stoked that it would be another five hours before I arrived at my hotel back in Puerto Natales. It was 5 pm, the boat left at 6:30, and the bus left after 7, arriving in Puerto Natales at 10 pm.

At one point during the hike I contemplated staying in the park an extra night to try to hike to the French Valley – I would cross that river myself dammit! But at this point, I just wanted to add a night so I could take a hot shower, dry my clothes and climb under warm covers. So that’s what I did. Fortunately Refugio Paine Grande had a bed available in a six-bed mixed dorm. I had to rent a sleeping bag (mine was back in Pueto Natalas, because we didn’t need it during the trek) and share a room with four smelly boys and another gal. The shower never got warm, let alone hot, and I couldn’t seem to warm up, but curled up inside my sleeping bag in one of the lounges was way better than wet on a long bus ride.

Day Seven
Torres del Paine, you are amazing and glorious and wonderful, but I am ready to get outta here!

After checking out, I retired my beloved Brooks trail runners. I had actually planned to leave them behind after my last trek; they had seen plenty of miles and I needed to unload some weight. They were still soaked from the day before, so they were definitely not coming with me.

I caught the 11:35 boat and the following bus, and that was it. Thank you for the past week Patagonia! Even though I didn’t officially complete the W, I’d like to go to some of the other places in Patagonia in the future before returning to Torres del Paine. The region is so massive and spectacular that I’d want to see other infamous spots like Fitzroy, El Chaltan, Calafate and the lakes district first.

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November 14, 2016

We made it!! We reached Machu Picchu relatively on time, healthy and uninjured – so successes on all accounts!

The second day was the hardest (see previous post), the third was the longest (6:30 am to 6:30 pm) and the fourth was the earliest  (3:30 am). In addition to the small daily goals our guides gave us, each day became a small goal and ultimate accomplishment.

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Along the way to Machu Picchu during the past four days, I ticked off some other notable accomplishments.

– Hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
– Visited my first “7 Manmade Wonders of the World” site, unless you go by the list that includes the Colosseum in Rome
– Showered in frigid Andean glacier water
– Drank fresh Andean glacier water
– Ate guinea pig
– Tried Inca Cola
– Pooed in a squat toilet
– Nearly hiked a 14’er, reaching 13,800 feet
– Chewed coca leaves
– Was on time every morning and to every one of our meetings
– Went without makeup for days
– Didn’t run out of cell phone battery power for four days
– Christened my new trekking poles and sleeping bag in the Andes

The other day my boss asked me to think about what my long-term salary goals were. I was a bit caught off guard by the question… or request, rather… because my immediate thought was “More, of course. Why would I want it to stop?” She admitted being perplexed when her boss asked her the same thing, but she ultimately took the time to think about it and understood where the request was coming from.

Until I have a deeper conversation with my boss, I can only assume there is a commercial angle behind it. And let me tell you, I’ve learned a thing or two about thinking commercially during the past couple years. As a manager, I had to take a bigger-picture approach to my thinking and decision-making. Sure, employee efficiency, productivity and morale are important, but it all needs to fit in with greater company goals.

paycheck-for-allNeedless to say, I definitely spent some time thinking about my boss’s request. I don’t necessarily associate myself with a dollar figure, or even a title for that matter. I’ve recently changed my career path – still undecided on whether it’s temporary or permanent ­– and my title with it. I had quite a struggle when tasked with coming up with my new title. After a conversation with the head of my department, though, she helped me realize that the title didn’t really matter. “I know titles are important in America, but it doesn’t really matter to me. To me you’re not ‘Lindsay the Editorial Manager’ or ‘Lindsay the Recruiting Coordinator’; you’re just Lindsay.” She not only put me at ease, but she also gave me a great compliment, confirming her belief in my abilities regardless of my title.

Title aside, I still have a hard time wrapping my head around what I’m worth in terms of dollars, especially the implication that it’s a set amount that doesn’t change or increase.

Back when I was a manager, the GM of our office at the time helped me understand the value of our employees. “People are hired to do their jobs well,” he said; they’re obviously not hired to do their jobs poorly or even to a mediocre level. As far as we’re concerned, the people we bring on board are agreeing to do their jobs well in return for a salary. That said, I was hired on the same premise: If I’m doing my job well, I deserve my salary – no more, no less. If I’m doing my job well, I’m not falling short and I’m not going above and beyond, I deserve my salary. At my performance review a year later, my boss would tell me “You’re doing your job well and performing to a level we expect from our employees.” The most I would expect in a pay raise would be a cost-of-living increase. I think that’s only fair for both parties. Ironically the cost of living increase for 2016 is basically zero, but generally it hovers at or below 2%.

I strive to do my job well, but I also like to challenge myself and feel as though I’m providing value to whatever it is I’m working on or whoever I’m working for. So going back to my boss’s question of what salary I’d like to be making, I’d still answer “More,” even if it’s simply the “more” equivalent to doing my job well. But considering my level of drive and perfection, I expect more from myself and would like to think that I’d be going above and beyond more than I would be performing just “well.” So in that case, I’d expect an annual raise higher than cost of living; an earned promotion might deserve something even a little higher.

As I found in my last position, there is a ceiling for growth: a ceiling for my responsibilities, a ceiling for my title and a ceiling for my salary. I get that some roles – maybe most roles – don’t have unlimited growth. And generally, there’s a threshold where a company is financially better off bringing in new blood for a lower price than keeping a senior in his or her position at a high, growing salary. That’s probably part of the reason for the recent move out of my department, as the department head whose responsibilities could easily be absorbed by talented, lesser-paid staff members underneath me. I get it, and I’m not offended. Sure, I think I was underpaid in that management role, but I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had at this company and I’m grateful that the executives saw a fit for me in a new role that has new growth opportunities.

So how that relates to my boss’s question… While I believe I deserve an increase in my salary in accordance with my performance, whether I do well or go above and beyond, I recognize that there’s only so much a person can grow in a particular role before they don’t have anything more to contribute or, more than likely, they become too expensive. So when an employee gets to that point, and even before really, they have to think about what their longer-term goals are. I’m far from hitting the ceiling in my new role (I think), but I understand (I think) that my boss and the executives want to set the expectation that this potential exists. They want to understand what my greater goals are, whether monetary or not, and see how they fit with the goals of the company and what they can offer, or not…

Considering I went into journalism, that low-paying career path I mentioned earlier, it’s reasonable to assume that money is not my only motivator.

In my new recruiting role I end many interviews with the question “What motivates you in your job?” For sales roles, we hope they say money; otherwise we question why they went into sales. For someone like me, a creative who entered a field that doesn’t pay well, it’s more than money. Like I said before, I want to be challenged and feel as though I’m adding value. I also want to be with an organization that values it’s employees and shows it in ways beyond the price they pay for them. Work-life balance is important to me; I don’t mind working long hours if I need to every once in awhile, but I don’t want to do it all the time. I want to have a life at work and one outside of work, and maybe I like the people I work with so much that they even overlap sometimes. I also want to work for a company that is understanding and flexible; I don’t want to be micromanaged or scrutinized against rigid rules.

Fortunately the company I work for appreciates those same things I do and it’s made up of fun, hard-working people like me. It’s given me amazing opportunities, helped me improve existing skills and develop new ones, and been incredibly flexible, allowing me to have a life outside my full-time job. That’s all I can ask for.

But, I still can’t deny that “worth” is at least partially tied to money. And I’d be lying if I said I don’t care how much I make as long as I’m happy in my job. I’m currently happy in my job, but I have bills to pay and would like to get to a point where I’m living comfortably. So since moving from my previous role, I’ve been working hard and going above and beyond where possible. I don’t want to limit the value I can add and I don’t want to limit my growth potential. As long as I haven’t hit the ceiling in whatever role I’m in, I want to keep growing in every way – salary included. If I have hit the ceiling, then I want to find a way to keep growing in every aspect, whether it’s with my current employer or in a new career move.

Now, for lists of places to check out in Los Angeles curated by yours truly . . .

My Top Picks in LA

  1. Greek Theater
  2. Camping in Joshua Tree
  3. Plan Check
  4. Hearst Castle
  5. Lemonade
  6. Malibu Wines
  7. Hearst Castle
  8. Hollywood sign hike
  9. Griffith Observatory
  10. Perch
  11. Camarillo Outlets
  12. Harvelle’s
  13. Beach camping
  14. Marina Del Rey Summer Concert Series
  15. The Georgian Hotel
  16. Bungalow
  17. Guisado’s
  18. Paradise Cove
  19. Grand Central Market
  20. Philz Coffee
  21. Urth Café
  22. Jay Leno at the Comedy and Magic Club
  23. Donation-based yoga in Santa Monica
  24. Villain’s Tavern
  25. Holy Aoili food truck
  26. Outdoor movie screenings in the summer
  27. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
  28. Beach bonfire
  29. Balboa Christmas Boat Parade

My Yet-to-Visit LA Hotspots

  1. Beacher’s Mad House
  2. The Hudson
  3. Laurel Hardware
  4. Trystero
  5. Abigaile
  6. La Boheme
  7. iPic Theaterx
  8. The Little Door
  9. Palihouse
  10. Supperclub
  11. Break Room 86
  12. Beach Nation
  13. Rustic Canyon
  14. Bazaar
  15. Manchego
  16. Chaya Venice
  17. Tar & Roses
  18. La Botte
  19. Next Door
  20. Jiraffe
  21. The Federal Bar
  22. Samosa House
  23. The Wallace
  24. East Borough
  25. Wildcraft
  26. City Tavern
  27. Truxtons
  28. The Overland
  29. Laurent Café
  30. Buffalo Club
  31. The Hungry Cat
  32. Church & State
  33. The Hunter & the Hart
  34. Fundamental LA
  35. The Craft
  36. Hinoki and the Bird
  37. Westside Tavern
  38. Rock Sugar
  39. Tavern
  40. Toscana
  41. Bar Chloe
  42. Burger Lounge
  43. Bocchi Burger
  44. Flores
  45. The Tasting Kitchen
  46. Gjelina
  47. Beer Belly

In my nearly 10 years in Los Angeles so far, I’ve seen and done quite a bit, but there are definitely lots more places to check out. Here’s an aggregation of Los Angeles’ “best/hottest/top sites/places/things to see/visit/do,” largely courtesy of one of my favorite sites, Thrillist.com. Lists of my top picks and places not on the following lists that I want to check out will come in another post.

Things to Do in LA Before You Die

  1. Doo Dah Parade
  2. Museum of Jurassic Technology
  3. Getty Center
  4. Runyon Canyon
  5. Lakers playoff game
  6. Dodger Dogs at Dodger Stadium
  7. Secret restaurants (see list below)
  8. East LA taco crawl
  9. Daikokuya
  10. Pink’s
  11. Magic Castle
  12. Huntington Gardens
  13. Los Angeles Theater, Million Dollar Theater
  14. Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  15. Mullholland Drive/Highway
  16. Free bands on Mondays in Silver Lake/Echo Park
  17. LACMA
  18. MOCA
  19. Muscle Beach
  20. The Price is Right
  21. High at the Hotel Erwin
  22. Walt Disney Concert Hall
  23. Dresden
  24. Santa Monica Farmer’s Market
  25. Griffith Observatory
  26. Las Perlas
  27. Cole’s
  28. The Association
  29. Hollywood Bowl
  30. Greenbar distillery
  31. Malibu Seafood
  32. Venice weed doctor
  33. Lucha VaVoom
  34. Maude
  35. Jumbo’s Clown Room
  36. Catalina Island
  37. LA River

LA’s 9 Secretest Supper Clubs

  1. BRK
  2. Chicks with Knives
  3. Taste of Pace
  4. Truffl
  5. Kali Dining
  6. Gastronauts
  7. The Whaling Club
  8. Wolvesmouth
  9. Totoraku

7 Under-the-Radar Spots You Need to Know About on the Eastside

  1. The Echo Park Time Travel Mart
  2. El Prado
  3. Origami Vinyl
  4. 1642
  5. The Machine Project
  6. Allumette
  7. No-Name Taco Trucks

Los Angeles Secrets You Didn’t Know Existed

  1. Most amazing views atop the West Hollywood Park Tennis Courts
  2. Magic at Brookledge
  3. Kyoto Garden atop the DoubleTree Hilton Downtown
  4. Berlin Wall outside the Variety Building
  5. Healing waters under Bresee Community Center, Bimini Slough Ecology Park
  6. Prohibition-era tunnels (under Hall of Records, King Eddy Saloon, Stanley Mosk Courthouse)
  7. Murphy’s Ranch abandoned Nazi compound
  8. Beverly Center (former amusement park)

The LA Secret Bar Primer

  1. Blind Barber
  2. Lock and Key
  3. Seventy7 Lounge
  4. The Red Door
  5. Bar Jackalope
  6. The Writer’s Room
  7. La Descarga
  8. The Varnish
  9. R Bar
  10. No Vacancy
  11. Good Times at Davey Wayne’s

LA’s Best New Bars of 2014

  1. The Chesnut Club
  2. Genesis
  3. Tunnel Bar
  4. The Secret Club on Fairfax
  5. Harlowe
  6. Power House
  7. EightyTwo
  8. Upstairs Bar at the Ace Hotel
  9. Grandpa Johnson’s

Badass Summer Day Trips Near LA

  1. Skydiving in Perris
  2. Channel Islands
  3. Bike the Ojai Valley Trail
  4. Hiking in Antelope Valley
  5. The Cat House
  6. Whale watching in Dana Point
  7. Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
  8. Bungee jump off the Bridge to Nowhere
  9. Newport Beach Harbor Cruise
  10. Original Frozen Banana Stand on Balboa Island
  11. OC brewery tour
  12. Vasquez Rocks

The 25 Hottest Restaurants in LA Right Now

  1. Redbird
  2. Love & Salt
  3. Butchers & Barbers
  4. Ramen Champ
  5. Odys & Penelope
  6. Birch
  7. Steak & Whisky
  8. Ox & Son
  9. Gjusta
  10. All’Acqua
  11. Baltaire
  12. Simmzy’s
  13. Aestus
  14. The Independence
  15. Augustine Wine Bar
  16. Knuckle & Claw
  17. Bettolino Kitchen
  18. The Lost Knight
  19. El Cristalazo
  20. A-Frame
  21. Belcampo Meat Co.
  22. Ingo’s Tasty Diner
  23. Jon & Vinny’s
  24. SMYC
  25. BS Taqueria

My trip to Africa has been incredible, but those stories will have to wait for other posts. Instead, I want to share the Swahili I’ve been learning. I’ve been trying to speak it as much as possible to the people we encounter every day – from our taxi drivers and safari guide to coastal fisherman and Maasai warriors – but just be warned, najua Swahili kidogo kidogo (I know very little Swahili).

Jambo: hello
Habari: how are you?
Mzuri sana: I’m very good
Asanti/shukran: thank you
Asanti sana: thank you very much
Karibu: welcome/you’re welcome
Kwaheri: bye
Hakuna matata/hakuna shida: no worries/no problem
Kabisa: totally
Pole: sorry
Tafadali: please
Sawa: ok
Eco sawa: it’s ok
Tuco sawa: we’re ok
Nakupenda: I love you
Safari: adventure
Mzungu: white person
Rafiki: friend
Dada: brother
Dada mdogo: sister
Maji: water
Simba: lion
Nze: fly
Kifaru: rhino
Twiga: giraffe
Tembo: elephant
Punda: donkey
Punda malia: zebra
Zamaki: fish
Papa: shark
Mamba: crocodile/alligator
Teksi: taxi
Gari: car
Betri: battery
Taka taka: trash/garbage
Kidogo: little
Kubwa: big
Baridi: cold
Mingi: many
Pole, pole: slowly/slow
Nweze: can I have…
Kwa nini: why?
Twende: let’s go
Kupanda: climb
Hapa: here
Hapo: there

2013 Goals

Posted: 9.30.2011 in Goals

I’m off to a better start this year, posting my goals in the first week of January (instead of March, like last year). My friend asked me to sum up 2012 in one word. At first I said accomplished, thinking of the bigger things that occurred – becoming a manager, 30th birthday, traveling to Australia – but then I looked at my 2012 goals. Not much is crossed off, so accomplished might not be the best word.

Of what I did accomplish… I finally found a kickball league to join. In fact, I started off by captaining a team with one of my best guy friends. We didn’t do so great, but it definitely gave me the kickball bug again. That team went defunct, but fortunately I got asked to join a different team, Holy Balsak. Everyone on the team is awesome and we’re a lot better on the field. I’m actually starting my second season with them in just a couple weeks.

I also ran another half marathon – Denver Rock ‘n’ Run – started giving blood again and went to a new music festival – Outside Lands in San Francisco. Going to Australia was the bucket list item I was able to cross off, thanks to my employer, who sent me there to train a new editorial manager.

Also thanks to my employer, I was given the opportunity to get CPR certified in the company’s dime. But I didn’t make time to take the online course, so it’ll have to be one of 2013’s goals. Here are the rest:

  • Don’t be two-faced
  • Devote myself to the genuine, positive people in my life
  • Call my mom more
  • Get CPR certified  (I’m already registered, so I just need to make time for the class)
  • Get professional photos taken
  • Find and try out a new bar/restaurant/lounge each month
  • Stop biting my nails
  • Snowboard somewhere new (Vail in January!)
  • Travel somewhere new
  • Be more punctual to work (i.e. 8:55, not 9:05)
  • Lose weight
  • Make smarter food and eating choices
  • Try surfing again
  • Try skateboarding again
  • Get out of debt (again)
  • Check off at least one item on my bucket list
  • Start playing the guitar again (at least twice a month)
  • Run another half marathon
  • Stop hitting snooze
  • Master the crow pose
  • Give up alcohol for Lent