Jan. 1st, 2012

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This is kind of my least favorite holiday. I think it's kind of pointless and arbitrary. (I could also rant about something I learned in college about Christians setting the calendar in such a way so that it will always be the age of Picses and never the age of Aquarius and so a new messiah will never be born, but I won't. That pretty much concludes it anyway.) I also got my alumni magazine and started flipping through it and feeling inferior.

But no! I'm going to try to be more positive! Instead of focusing on what I don't have, I'm going to focus on trying to get it. I've never made new years resolutions before (see above about pointless and arbitrary) but I'm going to now. And I'm telling you all so you can try to help hold me to them.

1. Lose weight/get more healthy. No clear weight set, so it's an amorphous goal (which according to things I've read online are harder to keep). But, since the summer, I lost about 10 pounds (depending on the scale), dropped one jeans size, and definitely became more tone. I started running. Right now (well, right now I'm getting over a nasty cold, but before I got sick) I was running about 4-6 miles a week. I want to increase that and run a 5k before the end of the year. I also want to go down another jeans size, but that might not happen because we are planning on having another kid.

2. Get at least one Maryland paying client. Either an attorney client doing more freelance associate stuff or a for realsie client. Go to more networking things in Maryland (in particular in criminal law and immigration).

3. Finish my novel. I feel lame for saying that I'm working on a novel, but damn it, I'm working on a novel. It's completely stupid and lame, but whatever, it's mine. More realistically, it's might be two novellas, in which case, the goal is to finish two novellas (one, or the first half of the novel, is almost complete. I just need to edit and sew it together).

4. Become more organized. Again with the amorphous goal. Maybe I should post before and after pics of my desk. But trust me, it's bad. The good thing is I can find everything I need, but it's a mess and it might irritate other people. I'm also hoping that if I keep it neater, I can stay more productive.

5. Be more productive. I want to have 25% more billable hours this year than I did last year. I did a lot of pro bono last year that should be ending this year, but I might want to take on more pro bono. I also feel like this is kind of a low barrier. From 2009-2010, I increased productivity over 100%. But again, since we are planning on trying to a new kid, setting anything higher might be unrealistic.


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