Initiatives (not resolutions) For 2011

Since making lists of [arbitrary number] things you’d like to do before [arbitrary age] is all the blogging rage these days we’re currently working on a 30 (be)for(e) 30 page that’s going to knock your socks off. Yes, it’s that clever. Before we roll that out, however, we thought we’d present a few ways we’re looking forward to making 2011 different…

Mine first today followed by Jen’s tomorrow.

Write more notes
I wrote a post about this back in August and traded a few letters with my grandparents but never truly followed through on it for some reason. I’ve managed to re-motivate myself for 2011 and I can’t wait to see what the physical written world has for me in the next 365 days. I’ve even carved out a specific day of the week on which to put pen to paper instead of fingers to keyboard.

Become a coffee connoisseur
I’m kind of like the kid who just graduated college and thinks he knows all there is to know about his field (pun) and yet I know this world is just barely being revealed to me. I’ve hired a tutor though and he’s given me some ideas. I can’t wait to see what’s behind doors two through infinity.

Read 25 books
I only notched 17 this year (see that entire list here) but I’m already two deep with Decision Points and Death to the BCS with this and this stretching in the on deck circle.

Go to 1 city I’ve never visited
Chicago is currently topping the list but Vancouver, DC, and Seattle are also strong considerations.

What are you doing in 2011?


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I'm an aspiring freelance writer and blogger (which doesn't make a ton of sense when you think about it). I started a blog called Our Marriage Project and one about OSU called Pistols Firing. I love both of them, and I love my wife. And I love Kevin Durant, Explosions in the Sky, Tim Riggins, Blue Moon ale, Twitter, and the state of Georgia.

14 thoughts on “Initiatives (not resolutions) For 2011”

  1. I am also going to try to read at least 25 books. I took a look at the books that you have read and have added some of them to my list.
    I would like to blog 6 to 7 tomes a week as well.

  2. Decision Points is definitely a win. Great book. Also currently reading "Doing Things Right in Matters of the Heart." You could knock it out in one sitting, but it's been an invaluable resource in getting to the heart of how men and women relate and how they should relate.

  3. I just read Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand. Fascinating WWII POW story. Olympian to Slave.. well worth the read. You should add it to the list.

  4. Totally feel ya on the handwritten letters… My cousin is the world's BEST person at that… I seriously have gotten at least 1 handwritten note in the mail every 2-4 weeks from her for the last 7-8 years. I, too, wish to hop on this bandwagon.

    Also, if you want to blow your coffee loving mind (remember, I'm the one who won that glorious coffee giveaway at Christmastime… I love my coffee)… you need to try Jamaican Blue Mountain (NOT the blend though). It is seriously the best coffee on the planet. You can get it at Central Market in the Dallas area. Only downside is that it's about 40 bucks a pound (ridiculous I know), so I typically get it in 1/4 pound increments and enjoy with my french press in small increments!

  5. Nice use of the word 'initiative.' It feels like a gameplan.

    Also, if reading books is one of your initiatives, I didn't know if you'd heard of It's like NetFlix, but with books, and it just launched a few years ago. Worth checking out more? Maybs.

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