In 2011, I would like to surf and fish more, and worry less.
I found warm, clean, tiny waves in Venice Beach, FL when I visited, but could not find time to surf..
Well, I mean, that caption pretty well sums it up but perhaps we can flesh out a few more details. I've never officially put one of these together. Wikipedia says that my goals should be "specific, measurable, and time-targeted objectives." Wow, doesn't that sound exciting? OK then, let's go.
I work in the environmental non-profit sector and the professional climate is still one of dodging bullets and biting fingernails. My job is stable but we are constantly under threat of pay decreases, furloughs, and other unpleasantries. In 2011, I want to keep my eye on my long term goals, particularly by building relationships for the long-term. Which will mean going to extra meetings, attending alumni dinners, and showing up for networking happy hours that I'm too tired to attend. Ugh. It must be done. I tried and failed at this exact effort in 2010.
After the birth of my son, I tried a new approach to dividing family time and non-family personal time (outdoor time). I made a commitment to try to make my outdoor experiences memorable - and not just "go for the sake of going," which means canceling trips when conditions don't look favorable. On the flip side, when I'm not working, or outdoors, I committed to being "fully present" with my family (i.e. not checking marine forecasts every 6 hours). I have struggled on both ends, especially with hunting (going when conditions predict failure) and surfing (not going at all). In 2011, I'll work to improve this. More importantly than this, I pledge to make a sound and educated decision about whether Hank will enroll in preschool in September (at 23 months old), or remain in day care until he is almost 3.
Honestly, in 2011, I will try to repeat what I did in 2010. To take advantage of geography, time off, and local conditions to have "quick strike" success on the water. I hope to do more saltwater fishing, but I can't commit to that right now!
When I lost my local goose hunting spot in early 2010, I didn't realize the impact that it would have on my ability to do "quick strike" local hunts or to maximize my odds. In 2011, I will work harder to maintain relationships so I can have a diversity of hunting experiences and hunting partners when the hunting season starts. I have only recently started using my hunt club membership (and its guest policy) as leverage, and I plan to do that more often.
In 2009, I only surfed in South Carolina. In 2010, I didn't surf at all. What a bummer. I miss seeing the ocean and good waves, and getting to ride them. It's true that "only a surfer knows the feeling." In 2011, I will surf more. In fact, I pledge to surf once a month from May to August. That's the bottom line. I don't care if anybody thinks it's wussy.
This is the hardest one. In 2011, I pledge to get a checkup. I pledge to keep off the 15lbs I lost in 2010, and to lose and keep off an additional 10-12lbs (I really need to lose another 25, not 10, but let's keep this semi-realistic). I pledge to start exercising the day after duck season ends. I pledge to run at least 2 5K races in 2011. I pledge to eat less conventionally raised meat, and either buy more local, sustainable meat or depend more heavily on wild game.