Here we are—one year left on earth. AM I RIGHT?! No but seriously, the kid in me was hoping to round out this list with a single priority in 2012: Learn to Fly Your New Car. Since that's obviously not going to happen, you'll have to settle with this, in no particular order:
Last year was wildly successful, but I don't want to maintain. I'm planning to launch a new website, blog regularly, and sell physical products. I have a whole line of posters I'm itching to create, and Amy and I may start a new shared company to sell other items I'm super excited about. I want to flesh out my design and business philosophies as well.
I don't know what this looks like for me. It could be donating time and effort to a non-profit that does good work. I want it to be local—I think it's important to see the results of that investment. Every day during the interstitials on NPR, there's that quote "...to do what Andrew Carnegie called 'real and permanent good.'" I love that idea. What can I do that may cause a permanent result?
Demolish our revolving debt
One of the issues with last year's resolution to get the savings account pumped up was the fact that it didn't address the real issue: debt. What good is a well-funded savings account when it is equaled by debt? We have been paying toward our credit card debt for years, paying much more than the minimum, but it just doesn't work quickly enough to have any effect.
I used to cringe at the name Dave Ramsey (and I still cringe at his voice) but after reading a post by Megan Clark, a designer I admire, we decided it was worth a try. As a form of protest to some of his philosophies, I rented his books from the library. Aside from being overly repetitive and the religious interjections, it seemed to warrant a try.
We've been working on paying off our first credit card, and will have all credit cards and our auto loan paid off by June if all goes according to plan, and then will continue paying on school loans, which will take a little longer. Freeing up an average $1200/month sounds pretty good to me.
Spiritually... Last Sunday I started what I would like to make routine. After a nice relaxed morning, at 10 AM I turned on This American Life and simply listened. I'm calling it "church," because that show has inspired me to think outside my meager existence and consider the lives of others on an agenda-less basis more so than any evangelical sermon.
Historically, the lens through which I view the world has been very uni-directional and stationary or, on the other hand, directionless and uninformed. I'm not happy with that anymore, nor am I happy with simply having an opinion. I want a foundation to build on, which I think means studying various thoughts that have credence and forming my opinion based off of that input.
...intellectually... I'll turn 30 this year, which is funny because I still feel like a kid most of the time. I'd like to find a design/business mentor; someone who has "been there," with whom I can discuss design and business; life and emotion.
...musically. I'd like to pick my guitar back up and start writing music again.
Increase flexibility and correct my posture
I've never been flexible and my posture worsens by the year. That combination scares the crap out of me. Picture an old man walking, yet bent 90 degrees at the waist... that's what I picture in my future, and I'm not stoked about that.
Take on a project with a $15k+ budget
I have definitely enjoyed both branding and iOS app planning and design and would be thrilled if I could land a project that has the backing to provide for a realistic, comprehensive scope. If you know of one, let me know. ;o)
Prepare for France 2013
Amy and I have made a goal to live in France for a couple months next year. I need to
brush up on re-learn French!
Would anyone else like to share their own 2012 goals? Comment below, and if you also blog, link to your post. Cheers!