Another Year is Upon Us…

31 Dec

As we say farewell to two thousand nine we approach a new year, a year of limitless possibilities and the chance to make this year the most successful one yet.

Pondering the last year and how quickly it went by, I have been mentally preparing for the new year for quite some time.  Everyone has that unspoken list of new year resolutions — but for me this year it is a little different, my  list is about what I want to accomplish before I turn 25 (in September) so I am trying to pack my list in a couple months before 2011.

When thinking about things I would like to accomplish in the new year I have found it is best to separate personal and professional goals in order to create a balance of both and ensure that I have attainable goals for each area of my life.

At the end of the year is a good time to sit with yourself and ponder the happenings of the last year. I find that with the business and routine of life I often don’t take time to sit back and have this important internal conversation enough. Ask yourself some valuable questions like; What did I accomplish this year? Am I where I want to be in my career? Am I happy with my current lifestyle? What have I done that has made a positive impact in my own life and for others around me?

As I get older each year I feel more responsibility and more pressure to really analyze my successes and failures. My priorities expectedly always change with each year and of course rounding my quarter life mark really makes me contemplate the past and prepare for the future.

A couple of my personal goals for the next year include:

  • Running a full marathon & completing a triathlon
  • Spending more time reading and learning
  • Take the GMAT

What are you goals for the new year? How do you hope that 2010 is different from 2009? What has helped you follow through with your resolutions?

Thank you so much for taking time and reading The Mad Grad we really hope to write more and more in the new year.

Have a happy and safe New Years Eve!

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3 Responses to “Another Year is Upon Us…”

  1. Neuropharma January 3, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    Happy New Year and thanks for the wonderful blog!

    Well, some of my resolutions will go on with me from 2009, as most of them were only partly accomplished. But this was OK with me, because I hardly ever accomplish ANY of my resolutions. I have this habit of procrastinating that has kept me from reaching some of my goals, and I’m working hard to get rid of it.

    One thing that is helping me “get moving” and take action to reach my goals is having supportive friends with whom I share my goals. I read this tip over and over on the net and it DOES work. It helps me stay committed to the goal and work for it because I know that someone who cares is “waiting” for the results. Also some of my friends actually have the same goals as mine (e.g. weight loss), so we work for it together and mutually support each other.

  2. Jenny January 4, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    I totally hear you on the sharing of the goals, that is a really good tip and makes you become accountable for going through with your resolutions!

    Thanks for reading!

  3. Financial Samurai February 6, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

    Howdy Jenny, good to meet you the other day. How was the run this weekend?

    Regarding your goal to take the GMAT, all you need is a 600 or better and you’ve got as good a chance as any to get in anywhere. Too many folks sweat about trying to break 700.

    Have you considered Berkeley’s Part-time program on the weeknights or weekends? It’s 2.5 or 3 years, and you can write off the entire tuition off your income. You can also also enroll full time after a year if you wish.

    Best, Sam

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