I’ve never been good at keeping a New Year’s resolution in all the many times I made one.
It’s not that I’m not a man of my word, it’s just that looking back on all the previous resolutions I’ve made, almost all of them were just wishful thoughts, had goals that were a little too idealistic and the ones that were a bit closer to the ground had no solid plan of implementation to back it up.
Hence, I resorted to making pseudo-New Year’s resolutions since 2005. In it, I set goals that are more grounded to reality thus making them more attainable in the immediate year or so.
By pseudo-New Year’s resolutions, I mean a list of goals for the new year that not meant to be fulfilled and realized 100% (else I blame my self and the cosmos and go emo all over it) but at least would serve as guide points as I live through the coming new year. More like road signs pointing me to the proper path that will lead to the goals set for the new year.
What are those goals for 2009?
Improve my photography skills – I’ve been reading a lot about photography lessons, tips and how-to’s online this past month and have barely scratched the surface but I’m loving it! For 2009, I must make it a point to go out more often to take photos. I’m also thinking of getting in touch with Pinoy photo-bloggers and photographers to learn more from their experiences and to simply connect with them.
Get more lenses – this is the twin of the first goal above. Not just get more lenses for my dSLR, but to get the right lenses that suits my photography style and skill – of which I have yet to fully recognize and develop. Getting the right lenses is also crucial, because darn! Lenses are really expensive!
Improve my financial stability – with the US economic recession making waves around the globe, it’s high time to secure my future needs financially. Sure my blog earnings are more than enough to cover my needs but I can no longer go on a shopping spree or expensive food trips whenever I feel like it. Opening a secondary savings account is top priority, where I’d put in a portion of my earnings every month. To make sure I won’t be able to touch those funds until the time is right, it’s going to be a regular non-ATM account.
To augment my earnings, I’d be looking into other opportunities like another blogging stint, improve the earning potentials of my current blog and explore other income streams.
Lastly, audit and end my online paid subscriptions to web services I really don’t need or those that have free alternatives.
Restart my other blogs – taking up photography as a hobby renewed my urge to blog more. With the photos I will take, I could add a new dimension, an accent to my blogging, especially in the niche of social commentary since most of my photos are about the mobilizations, foras and advocacy-related activities I attend. I have a strong feeling that 2009 will be a good year to be a pundit, at least attempt to be one.
So far, these are the major goals I want to achieve this coming 2009, or at least start on come the new year. Other goals like better blogging, becoming more active in social networks and actually be present in events I’ve signed up to would come naturally as they are part of some of the goals already mentioned.
Hopefully, the lessons learned from 2008 will inspire me to do better this 2009 and that the enthusiasm and energy I will not loose.
How about you guys? What’s your new year’s resolution for 2009?