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    ...and just like that, it's 2016!
    today's january 1st, the day your life changes. you'll start going to the gym, eating healthier, being nicer. you'll explore the world, spend your time volunteering, save more money. right?
    according to wikipedia, these are some of the most common new year's resolutions - and, they're the reason I don't set resolutions. instead, I set goals.

    resolution (noun): a firm decision to do or not to do something.
    goal (noun): the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.

    I'm all for self-improvement and positive change, both of which are at the core of most people's new year's resolutions, but resolutions tend to be fairly general and, in my personal experience, don't lead to lasting change or development. goals, however, are more tangible - "an aim or desired result." there's an ending. a final result.
    so, instead of setting resolutions at the start of each new year, I write down a list of goals for the coming 365 days. goals keep me focused and on track. I work best when I'm working towards a concrete, achievable result. and, as you'll see below, I'm hoping for some big results in 2016 - so let's hope the year (and I) performs as well as I'm hoping!

    this year, I will...
    read 30 books. I read (not in a book...) recently that the most successful people read two books a week. however, I thought I'd keep my 2016 reading list a little more modest than that, beginning with just 30 books for this year. maybe I'll tackle 104 in 2017. (ps: I'm looking for titles to add to my reading list - leave suggestions in the comments section below!)
    increase the emma mckinstry revenues by 100%. go big or go home. right?!
    write a short story. writing has been a part of my life ever since I first learned how to hold a pencil, but writing creatively has been pushed aside in recent years, replaced instead by more 'practical' forms of writing. that's about to change.
    plan and execute a successful kickstarter campaign. plans already in action. success pending. stay tuned.
    run a 5K. a (minor) knee injury a year and a half ago derailed my running efforts, but it's time to jump back into those running shoes and hit the pavement. it'll take time, patience, and a lot of knee-health precautions to get back into normal running shape, but having the goal of running a 5K should help me stay focused. eyes on the prize.
    with this list, I wish you all a happy, healthy, and productive 2016 filled with goals reached. happy new year!