Will Did.

by Holly on December 27, 2010

in goals,seriousness

Exactly 364 days ago, I made a list of things I wanted to do in 2010.

I made a pointed effort to (a) NOT call them resolutions and (b) ensure NOT one of my goals included the words “work out,” “lose 10 pounds,” “eat healthier” or “find a boyfriend.” If they had included any of those terms, I knew for sure I would have given up by February.

Instead, I wanted to make all seven “Things I Will Do in 2010” about creating new experiences in order to help me live life to the utmost fullest.

In other words, none of them included salad, and only one of them revolved around food.

My first goal was to pay off my credit cards.

I had lingering debt from college as well as some medical expenses incurred while teaching abroad in Thailand (long story). I can officially say that as of today, I am officially credit card debt FREE {!!!}. And it truly IS the way to be.

Second, I made a lofty goal of running two half-marathons at a sub-1:50 pace.

Yeah…that didn’t quite happen. In May, I ran the Madison 1/2 Marathon with Brett + Angharad, but due to extreme heat conditions and a bit of an “off” running day, I came in at 2:01.22. It was my worst 1/2 marathon time ever. Then, the craziness of the fall + winter took over, and I was unable to run another race. C’est la vie.

My third goal was to travel somewhere.

Not only did I hike around the gorgeous Canadian Alps with Susan in June for a week, but I also visited one of my best friends in Charlotte, NC; dropped my little sister off at college in Colorado in August; and went to the Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco. If you count my innumerable trips to Minnesota, I totally whooped this goal.

Fourth, I wanted to put $2000 in my savings account.

Due to some extra holiday spending, I wasn’t able to put $2000 in my savings like I had planned. More importantly however, my finances are finally starting to feel organized. A couple of months ago, I took this this stack of horrendously organized bills, statements and documents…

…organized the hell out of them…

…and filed them into a color-coded binder.

Trust me, if you do one thing for your finances this year, let this be it.

Next on my list: study Spanish.

I took a class through a continuing education program at UW-Madison and realized I am going to need a whole lot more exposure to espanol if I want to get anywhere near fluent. But I studied it. So, goal accomplished!

Writing a story + getting it published was also on my 2010 goals list.

While it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, I did contribute to the 55 Knives cookbook, where I wrote a story to go along with an original recipe.

Last, but certainly not least, I challenged myself to cook one new recipe a week.

While I am pretty sure this didn’t happen every week, I really made a concerted effort to cook more, experiment with new recipes and give things I wouldn’t normally make a try. I mean, I even attempted a Top Chef recipe, and guess what?

It came out deliciously.

On top of my seven original goals, I was also able to stop biting my nails + find self-acceptance this year. While neither was planned, both were unexpected blessings that came as welcome surprises. Therefore, I am adding them onto the list, giving myself a grand total of six goals accomplished out of nine.

{insert pat on the back here}

What’s on tap for 2011, you ask?

Travel somewhere. Yes, again.

Study photography. I feel another class coming on…

Run that sub-1:50 half-marathon. Running revenge is oh so sweet.

Volunteer. Tutoring? Special events? Big sister? Food drives? Ideas?

Make monthly budgets, and STICK TO THEM. “Stick to them” being the key here.

What is one thing YOU hope to accomplish in 2011? Sharing is caring!


Jess December 27, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Loved this post!!
Mine is also financial! I am hoping to purchase my FIRST CAR in march :)

janetha @ meals and moves December 27, 2010 at 8:50 pm

good job. i remember your post last year. YOU DID ME PROUD, HONEY PIE.

wanna hear mine? i haven’t announced it yet. it’s touch my toes.

April December 27, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I love this post as well! It has inspired me to get my own simple but do-able list going. I am going to try to travel much, much more this next year. I have opportunities and reasons to go places–just have to go!

Blog is the New Black December 27, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I really like that you’re not calling them resolutions. I feel as though we shouldn’t make resolutions unless we see them through, because unless we do, nothing is resoloved! :) Resolutions are about bettering yourself and why would you want to do that for only a month or two? Looks like you’ve accomplished some wonderful things in 2010. Best of luck in 2011!

Matt December 27, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Great post Holly!

VeggieGirl December 27, 2010 at 9:12 pm

One thing I hope to accomplish in 2011 = being more self-confident.

Carbzilla December 27, 2010 at 9:19 pm

I’m planning to get to Europe, and get back to my Weight Watchers’ goal. Funny how Get a job isn’t necessarily on this list.

julie December 27, 2010 at 9:19 pm

i would love to graduate grad school, get a full time job & pay off my credit cards aka my enormous car repair that allows me to get to school and my part time job that will never help me pay off my cards hahaha lets gooooooooooo 2011!

Jane December 27, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I have really been wanting to go back to college, it has been calling my name for a while. Problem is, not sure what area I want to go into yet. I love your list of goals, I think I shall write one up as well :)

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm

In 2011, I want to continue to travel down the road of self acceptance and love!

Kim December 27, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Great job on accomplishing your goals!

As paying off debt was something you accomplished this year, do you have any tips on how to do so? This is definitely something we are trying to accomplish this year. If you have a system, I’d love to know (and I’m sure I’m not the only one!)

Happy New Year!

Susan December 27, 2010 at 10:18 pm

AMAZING work Holly!! I am so proud of everything you’ve accomplished in 2010 :D I sucked hardcore at my 2010 goals, but that’s what I get for setting a bunch of fitness ones. I will say I rocked two of them: getting a personal training client and LIVING life. So that more than makes up for not doing whatever ungodly races I thought I wanted to do this time last year.

As for 2011, I can only think of two: do more yoga. A lot more. And respond to e-mails as soon as I read them, rather than reading them on my phone and completely forgetting about them. I have more big life changes and moves coming up in the next several months, so I can’t really set anything beyond that because who knows where 2011 will bring me!

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete December 27, 2010 at 10:26 pm


One goal is definitely finance related. It would be great to be debt free, and we are slowly working towards it.

Love all the pics. You will definitely hit that goal of a sub 1:50 HM. That should be one of my goals too!

Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks December 27, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Ooh, I like your idea!

Things I’d like to do in 2011:

Give an amazing masters recital (March 20th at 5pm, be there or be square ;-))
Cook lots and lots of healthy food
Keep up correspondence with friends after we graduate in June
Go skiing at least once
Travel somewhere exciting

Katie December 27, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Well, my friend, you had an extremely accomplished year! I loved following you and your goals…the ups and downs. You are inspiring.

Also, I volunteered with an organization called ‘whiz kids’ where I tutored inner-city kiddos for a year and it was incredibly rewarding! That would be my suggestion, but then again…I’m a teacher. ;-)

Katie December 27, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Great job on your goals….seriously impressive. I haven’t even started to think of mine. I guess I’d have to put “finish grad school” on top of the list.

Allie December 27, 2010 at 11:32 pm

I loved reading about your goals! I’m thinking about doing the same thing for myself this year. I’ve felt rather motivated lately. You should feel proud of all that you’ve accomplished!

P.S. Just found your blog and I love it :)

Adam December 28, 2010 at 1:42 am

I’d say you accomplished a ton this year, and you forgot to mention maintaining a ridiculously sweet blog… That is pretty admirable in my book! I have about 4000 things that i know i will accomplish about 3/4 of this year but I think my #1 goal is to enjoy the process for each and EVERY one. I have struggled with this in the past and have had trouble realizing that 90% of the benefit of reaching a goal is in the actual reaching… If that makes sense? P.S. tutoring is such a rewarding exchange, i have loved working with all of the kiddos that i see every week, but i also think you would be the ultimate Big Sister… oh and p.s. if you decide to go hiking in the Rockies/Coastal mountains this Summer, I will make sure I am there with good eats in tow.

K - Anywhere There's An Airport December 28, 2010 at 2:43 am

I love this “creating new experiences in order to help me live life to the utmost fullest” – I mean that is what this is all about. You never know what’s around the corner, and you never know what life will bring you, but having your finances in order allows you more easily to pick up and move across the world if you want to :)
Love your goals!

Kristie December 28, 2010 at 5:02 am

Girl, do Girls on the Run! Even if it’s just volunteering at the 2 5k’s they have each year :).

Fi December 28, 2010 at 5:04 am

Oh I’ve yet to think about my 2011to dos! Your 2010 sounds pretty succesful tho! X

Amber December 28, 2010 at 5:42 am

A few of my goals for 2011
1. Pay more than the minimum payment every month on our credit card ( I would love to pay it off but I know that’s completely unrealistic with the hubby back in school)
2. Workout at least 5 days a week (this can be as simple as walking on the treadmill for 30 min to doing a serious workout)
3. Do more cooking and less convenience cooking (a girl can eat only so many boxes of Annie’s Rice Mac N Cheese)
That’s all I have so far but I think a great start to my list. I love your list too btw!

Lauren December 28, 2010 at 5:48 am

I’d say you did an excellent job with these goals. And they weren’t easy aspirations, you really set the bar high and exceeded them in so many ways! I would LOVE to run that sub 1:50 1/2 with you! Maybe we can travel somewhere together and do it. That knocks out 2 goals right there! ;)

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 28, 2010 at 7:03 am

I’m hoping to run a sub 1:50 half too. And if that goes well, hopefully a sub 1:45? Eeek we’ll see. I love running because it’s only against myself :) I want to get into culinary school this year. That’s my biggest goal :)

Kacy December 28, 2010 at 7:50 am

You did awesome with your “will do’s”. Love it!

I too want to volunteer in 2011. Last year my goal was go challenge myself and my mini goals revolved almost completely around me (nothing wrong with that) and this year I want to turn my efforts outward. I’m excited about it.

brandi December 28, 2010 at 8:23 am

you did great on your goals for this year! knocking out that credit card debt is awesome :)

I’m contemplating things for this coming year, too.

Teri [a foodie stays fit] December 28, 2010 at 8:42 am

great job, especially on paying off the debt! that’s such a good feeling.

in 2011, I want to find an organization to get invovled in…I’m thinking Girls on the Run or the literacy program at the YMCA.

rebecca lustig December 28, 2010 at 8:59 am

congrats on your goals! whether you achieved the ones you set in stone or made a few others along the way, you should be proud of all you’ve accomplished!

hm i wonder what mine were a year ago… yikes ha

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) December 28, 2010 at 10:14 am

this list rocks.
congrats on paying off your credit card debt! that is one of my top goals in 2011 as ive never had it but due to life happening, and me rolling along with life, it happened. And it’s being worked on. By 2011 it shall be gone, I intend.

Love the binder/receipt organizer.

And that you stopped biting your nails and found self acceptance.


Susan December 28, 2010 at 10:43 am

Congrats on crossing off the majority of your 2010 goals! That’s quite an acheivement since most goals/resolutions tend to fall our of our minds by mid-January.

I love your goals for next year too! I get a lot of joy out of volunteering. I’ve done some form of it since freshman year of high school. Recently I’ve been working with a retirement community and nursing home, and I cannot recommend it enough. Many are put off by the thought of working with the elderly, but they are some of the most lively people I’ve ever met! And they LOVE telling young people about the crazy things they did when they were our age. I’ve met some of the most fascinating people!

I’m still working on my list for 2011, but one thing I know will be on it is to take my vitamins everyday! I really need to get better about this!

Marci December 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Your goals for 2010 were great. It’s getting me inspired to make some non food and fitness related goals. I like your bill piles, I do that too. You share some great things not related to food and fitness, and I like it.

Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas December 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm

2011 = BABY #2!!!

Oh, and whole foods. Lots more whole foods.

But mostly baby!

Lauren December 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm

I love this! Might adopt some ideas for my blog too :)
2011 list:
-Pay off credit card debt!!!
-Get into grad school
-Rock climb the sh*t out of next season
-Get back onto my feet in every aspect of my life

:) Happy New Years

Jen December 28, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Way to go Holly!!!
I had such high hopes for 2010, but it bit me in the ass…hard.
For 2011, the one goal I have is to complete the workout DVD systems I have. Each one is 90 days, which will take me to the end of 2011.


Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather December 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

You rocked your 2010 goals! I know I should make some… Definitely work on debt and kick my food nudget’s butt… I’ll have to take time to think about what else I want to accomplish and report back.

amanda December 28, 2010 at 2:51 pm

i loveeee that your goals didn’t consist of losing weight or finding a boyfriend. because i somehow always find these on my lists of “to do” and i just feel depressed and lonely when they don’t happen. haha.

getting credit card debt and my bills into organization is KEY for me!

Christine (The Raw Project) December 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Congrats on being credit card debt free, that must be a huge relief. The half marathon goal is huge and you still did awesome. Great goals for this year, very similar to mine – especially photography.

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