The beginning of a new year is always a time to start afresh. We set goals for ourselves and resolve to meet them. 2009 has brought with it something else for me this year, in the form of the never-ending cold from hell. It started the Monday before Christmas, when my throat started feeling a little sore. I spent most of the day Tuesday laying on the couch whining about how crappy I felt, but by Christmas Eve on Wednesday I was already starting to feel better. Sweet!
I got through all of the festivities feeling pretty good. A sniffle here, a cough there, nothing major. Then Friday I started to cough. And cough. And cough. And one week and one day later, I am still coughing. A lot. And now to top it all off, my sinuses are acting up again and I can’t stop blowing my nose. Fun! I am a wheezy, sneezy, snotty mess and I don’t know how much longer I can take it. I can’t sleep, because every time I lay down I immediately start hacking my lungs out. Like to the point of gagging. Good times.
So where was I? Ah yes, 2009. Though it’s been off to a bit of a rough start for me, I do have some goals that I would like to accomplish this year.
First let’s talk running and triathlon. 2009 will be known from here on out as the year of the Ironman. My goal for this is simply to finish the race. I know that in order to accomplish this, I need to do the time in training. No skipping workouts, no excuses. I know it will be tough at times to choose training over, say, laying around on the boat all day, but it will be worth it to cross the finish line. There will be other races this year, but everything will be leading up to Ironman.
My second goal is to keep our condo clean and clutter free. I am seriously terrible at cleaning, but I love a clean house. This will probably be the hardest thing for me to keep up, but I am going to try. I am going to spend a lot of time in the coming week getting everything spic and span, and then the challenge will be to keep it that way.
My third goal is to cook more. Towards the end of last year, I made a concerted effort to plan meals ahead, grocery shop, and cook dinner. I did ok, but I can do much better. I want to get to the point where I can plan out a whole weeks worth of meals at once, and grocery shop once a week. It will save time and money, both on the grocery bills and the savings of not having to order out.
My forth and final goal is to be more productive. I know that is kind of vague, but I feel like I waste a lot of time. Working from home, it’s hard to stay focused sometimes. I find myself surfing the internet, facebooking, browsing online shopping sites, etc, etc. That time would be much better spent brushing up on some of my software skills for programs relating to my business. I haven’t totally thought through the steps I can take to make the productivity thing happen, but it is going to be an ongoing goal this year.
So there you have it. Now that I’ve put my goals out there for everyone to see, I am hoping that motivates me to keep up with them. 2008 was a great year for the most part. I got married, did my first half-ironman, ran a marathon, took a fabulous honeymoon, and much more. The only thing that got off track was my video business, due much in part to the crappy economy. It’s not the best time to be a freelancer, but I am hoping this year that things will start to turn around. I am excited for everything that 2009 has in store for me. Now if I could only shake this evil cough, I could start to enjoy it.