Goals For 2014 (and beyond)

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I try to always set goals for myself and, admittedly, I often fail.  I blogged last year about my goals for 2013 and I mean…honestly, the list was CRAZY long, like unattainably long.  Sure, I’m glad I set the bar high for myself, and I DID actually complete  a good amount of my goals, but this year I want to be more streamlined with what I want to achieve.  Back in November I set four simple goals for myself to do before 2014 and I’m happy to say I was successful (mostly) in achieving them.  I think it makes sense to separate the action-item goals (e.g. learn how to surf) from the overarching, more general goals like “focus on the present.”  What are your action-item and overarching goals for 2014?  Here’s my much shorter, more attainable list.  Cheers to a productive year, kids.

action goals

Travel to at least 1 new country

Learn how to really surf

Get scuba certified

Grow something (literally anything) on my balcony

Skydive (for the 4th time!)

Ask out a stranger

Finish my book

Throw a dinner party and/or game night

overall goals

See my family in New York at least 4 times a year

Become fluent in Italian

Continue to grow my business and brand

Spend more time at the gym and/or being physically active (beach, biking, boxing, ballet, Runyon, etc.)

Focus on the PRESENT, not the past

Continue to be more open-minded

Use my rooftop more often (pool and jacuzzi, hello)

Get monthly massages

Floss and take my vitamins every day

New York Reminders and a Happy New Year


I got back to LA late last night after spending seven days in New York and, I gotta say, this trip was really something.  New York IS (and always will be) my home but I really took some time this trip to wonder…could I move back now, at this point in my life?  The answer is…I still don’t know.  I’m totally, madly in LOVE with Manhattan but good GOD, could I really go back to having roommates and an 8×8 bedroom?  Probably not.

What I encountered on my trip, that I could get more of: businessmen in suits, extremely sarcastic group conversations, a man giving up his seat at a bar for a woman, real Italian food and greasy NY-style Chinese food,  my family and long-time friends, walking, and last, but not least, the pure energy that emanates from the New York City side walk.  I’ve also realized that I generally prefer winter clothing to any other season and, as weird as it is, I left NYC feeling more energized and refreshed than ever.  2013 was, how do you say it, kind of a shitty year for me and hey…it’s happens to everyone.  I’m not complaining because I know how truly lucky I am to have my health, my family, friends, etc. but overall…yeah, not my personal best.  I’m looking forward to a hypothetically clean slate in two days…are you with me?  Cheers to an amazing 2014- I see big things ahead.