Monday, February 8, 2010

February 2010 Monthly Goal Meetup

I learned something about goal-making and goal-keeping this month. People don’t keep their New Year’s resolutions because they aren’t items that you can easily check off your list. They are too broad and too ambitious. Making long-term goals still have their place, but they don’t belong on a monthly goal list.

Therefore, I’m scratching January’s goals for now and starting fresh with February. This doesn’t mean that my January goals don’t apply anymore or that I’m going to forget about them, but I’m just going to move them to some storage area in my head where I can check up on them from time to time.

This goal meet-up is most useful for me when making goals that I think there’s some chance of achieving in a month’s time frame. This is real life practice for making goals and achieving results.

February onwards:
  1. Do my taxes! I stole this one from a fellow "goal-meetup-er", but I haven't done it yet and this is definitely something I should get off my plate before making any life changes...
  2. Arrange my first tweetup in the Raleigh-Durham area. I'm doing this with Brianne (@bevilliano) and we're both really excited to start meeting our first tweeps.
  3. Up the blog frequency. I've already written my first article for The Next Great Generation that should be up around the middle of the month, but I'm aiming for at least 2 posts there per month and about 6 per month over here. I've never really cared about post frequency before, but I have a feeling it could only benefit me to write more frequently (duh)!
  4. Take on a part-time job. This will probably be the most difficult one to take on considering the full-time job I already have and everything else going on in my life. But I think this will be really good for me to get out and about with people more often. To learn more about what I love and hate. And to get my mind thinking in another direction.
  5. Keep having fun. And by this I'm referring to having fun despite the horrifically cold and snowy winter this southern region has been experiencing. A few things in particular I want to do:
    • Watch every episode of LOST. I can only watch it for the first time once!
    • Looking forward to the fondue Valentine's day dinner with my girlfriends (we're all single at the same time for the first time ever really. Crazy!!!)
    • So excited about "The Art and Culture of the DJ" by DJ Radar performing at UNC-Chapel Hill's Gerrard Hall. My sister works there and she says I'm going to loooove it :)

To participate in the meet-up:
1. Post a list of your career/life related goals for February, along with your checked off January goals if you’d like, on your own blog.
2. Go back to Brazen Careerist and leave a link to your post (*If you don’t have your own blog, feel free to share your list in the comments to join in!)
3. Then, check out everyone else’s lists as they leave comments - click their links, visit their blogs, say hello, meet, greet and support each other because that’s what it’s all about!


  1. Yay taxes! Ok, not really, but I hope you get a refund, I'm sure that'd be a nice bonus. Good luck on the tweetup! Also, have fun on the Valentine's girls night. I don't think I know many single girls near me...might have to skype it myself!

  2. I'm going to have to work on this. I seem to have no free time and I keep adding things to my plate, which is GREAT for getting me involved but not so great for keeping up with To-do lists...

    Note to self: make it an achievable monthly GOALS list and not a stinky, old to-do.

    I WILL participate for March. You have permission to kick me if I forget.

    P.S. Good luck with the taxes.

    P.P.S. We'll have to compare scheduling for the Tweet-up. March is looking mighty full already (as I'm sure you know).

  3. Thanks girls…

    Bri- YES you have to join our monthly goal meetup group! It actually takes way less time than trying to keep up a whole blog (I mean it’s only 1 post per month). I will definitely remind you when the time comes. And yes… I know March is looking pretty full haha, but we can at least make a PLAN sometime in February for a meetup at another time.

  4. Good luck with your goals, Carlee. The only thing I would say is don't worry too much about the par time job goal. It's not the kind of goal that can be reached solely by you (Someone else has to say "you're hired"). It's something good to aim for, but if you don't make it, don't be down on yourself.