2013: My Expectations for the New Year

It’s Jan. 1, 2013…at last.

I’m glad to finally leave 2012 behind. Save for a few select moments, it was one of the most underwhelming and challenging years I’ve ever had. 2010 and 2011 were stellar years for me but I was unable to replicate those successes in 2012. I hope to make 2013 another successful one.

I’m not one for resolutions as I don’t want to commit myself to something I may not be able to realistically achieve. I do set expectations that do not follow a strict set of goals but will help guide me in the right direction and can be adjusted accordingly.

Here are three major expectations I have for myself in 2013:

1) Read more

I already read news articles, blogs and other publications online on a daily basis. However, I do want to focus on finding actual books I would be interested in reading. I prefer nonfiction but anything that generates my interest will work too as long as it will get me started on a frequent habit of reading.

2) Continue traveling while staying within a budget

I don’t have that large of a financial safety net like I used to but I am still able to take more trips near and far as long as I stay within a reasonable budget. Since late 2010, traveling has become something that I have done at least once every few months — sometimes less than that — and it is showing no signs of slowing just yet.

So far, I know I’m going to Baltimore in mid-February for the annual AmeriCorps midyear conference as well as to San Diego in late March for a friend’s wedding. Other potential destinations this year include Boston, Pittsburgh, Gettysburg, PA, Intercourse, PA (yes, that one) among others. Potential revisits include Washington, D.C. (the city I hope to move to later this year) and New York City.

3) Better prepare myself for the second go-around of my job search

This year, I’m picking up where I left off last summer when I suspended my job search in favor of pursuing AmeriCorps. I had a tough time last year when I worked diligently to secure a full-time job in public relations right after graduation. After nearly two dozen jobs that I have applied to and having interviews with four of them, I had no such luck last year in making the kind of transition I had hoped for.

In 2013, I’m determined to finish what I started but with a better strategy and better sense of direction.

Learning from my mistakes from last year, I’ve already started taking initiatives by networking more in the new city I now live in as well as actively seeking out ways to get directly involved in local events and campaigns to get my foot in the door. I’m also reading up on PRSA publications and utilizing the available resources they have in order to sharpen my PR skills.

Combined with my AmeriCorps experience, I believe I’ll be in a better position to really start a career in PR later this year when my year-long service term ends in late July.

I feel optimistic, at best, about 2013. I also feel cautiously hopeful about what this year has to offer. I’ll close with this quote from Abraham Lincoln that sums up how I should go about achieving my goals this new year.

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” – Abraham Lincoln