Monday, January 02, 2012

Thoughts for the New Year 2012

This new year opens my mind to new possibilities, in a way that 2009, 2010 and 2011 did not.  The past three new years were all about Obama, socialism, economic depression and no hope for anything better.  The Obama economy is akin to surviving a tornado:  all you can do is hold on and wait for it to end.

Now there is the hope that 2012 will be the last year in office of a terrible president, and at long last we can begin to rebuild the economy.

Some personal resolutions for 2012:
1.  To improve my health, attitude and energy level, though diet and exercise.  Specifically, to drop 30 pounds.
2.  To increase my earnings.  In 2006, I earned $140,000 in W2 salary.  I earned less than $3,000 in 2011.    Realistically, I won't earn at my 2006 level anymore.  I would, however, like to earn $35,000 in 2012, just to pay personal expenses, buy new high tech toys and items to support my music endeavors.
3.  To continue learning Spanish.  I want to be fluent in this language within two years.  Specifically, to complete Spanish 1B and 2A in 2012 with an A grade in both.
4.  To greatly increase my skill in playing double bass (also called upright or string bass), specifically, in jazz swing, jazz standards and mellow jazz.  I want to learn/create bass lines for 50 standards from the Great American Songbook.
5.  To become good enough at singing to contribute vocally in band performances.  I am studying and practicing singing and have improved substantially since I began back in August.
6.  To finally reach one million hits on this blog.  I am now nearing 850,000 and expect to realize this goal by summer or before.


Always On Watch said...

So, you need to lose weight too? I would love to drop 30 pounds and return to a size 3. If I could exercise more, I'd be able to drop those pounds. Thanks to a car accident caused by an illegal immigrant who rear-ended me in 2005, my exercise program has been severely limited.

I earned less than $3,000 in 2011.

Wow! You earned less that I did -- and that's saying something.

Good luck with achieving your 2012 goals.

Stogie said...

AOW, see if you can figure out some low impact exercises, yoga perhaps. My major exercise activity will be simply walking a lot more.

I have been depressed over the economic situation, and depression tends to result in lethargy and inactivity. Also, I quit looking for work as it seemed hopeless. So I added pounds.

With 2012 here, I am ready to get off the couch. I hope for change! Especially in who sits in the White House.