My annual end of the year goal [review/planning] time snuck up on me this year. Last year was the first time we combined goals with an overnight getaway — and I really like this as a new tradition. It’s really helpful to get out of my daily routine/distractions to take some time and reflect and plan for the coming year. So on Saturday night, realizing 2013 was steadily approaching, I started thinking Astoria would be a closer and cheaper option than back to Pacific City (like last year). And turns out there’s a cool, budget hotel in Astoria now that didn’t exist when I lived there for half a minute. The Commodore Hotel is right downtown, with “European-style” bathrooms and rooms from $75. Think McMenamins meets The Ace Hotel. The perfect quick trip from Portland.
Astoria is the oldest settlement west of the Rockies (which feels positively ancient in the States). I’ve always loved Astoria for it’s old soul and big, small town vibe. One of the many places I say “I could live here” about, which usually receives a response of “you say that about everywhere.” Not about everywhere, but quite often. :) After a quick trip up to the Astoria Column and watching the sunset, we headed back to the waterfront for a beer at [the also relatively new] Fort George Brewery, and then settled down to goal time with my trusty, annual goal setting template. On to the goals!
Some of my 2013 Goals:
- Work remotely for 1-3 months in 2013 again
- Plan to work remotely internationally (end of 2013 or early 2014) – Vietnam is on my mind at the moment
- Get a road bike (shhh… don’t tell the mixte)
- Visit another (new to me) North American city
- Take another 2-3 week trip
- Visit my bff in Hawaii
- Attend 12 new Portland/Oregon things
- Take a new class
- Get my immune system back to normal
- Make my new place feel like home
- Apply for 2 new credit cards to get airline miles or hotel points
- Host 1 dinner party & 1 cocktail party
I feel like a lot of my goals are pretty similar to last year (travel! local adventures! Save!), but I do have fewer goals this year. I’ll get back to you in 365 days on if that was a wise idea or not. :)