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Goals for 2014

As we gaze upon the budding horizon of 2014, I want to briefly reflect on 2013. By all accounts, it was a lackluster year for me. It started off promising, lulled for a good portion of it, then picked up closer to toward the end. Still, it was not complaint-worthy; I’m still here, aren’t I? :-) Even still, there was a lot I wanted to accomplish and of course, I let life get in the way of that. Lack of followthrough has been a recurring theme in my life, as if to say, I don’t want something to be over. I know that perspective is somewhat childish, but it stems from old roots of wanting to hold onto something and never letting it go, never letting it end.

Truth is, all things come to an end. But where there is an end, there is a new beginning, new possibilities, new opportunities. So, getting over that huge hump and recognizing it doesn’t serve me has opened my mind a bit more to transform how I go about accomplishing anything. It is with humility and greatness that I embrace the new, eschew with the old that doesn’t serve me and be open to the closing of doors not being a thing of loss.

That said, there’s a lot I want to do in 2014. It sounds crazy, but I want this to be a year where I indulge myself with what I want. You may call it selfish, but it is something I need to learn to do. Finally.

Get Fit:
Yeah, everyone will make this a goal — I’m no different. But I have a supremely supportive personal trainer (thank you, Edward!) and I just picked up FitBit. It seems like an interesting piece of hardware and my girl Janifer is using it too. You know these things are best when you’ve got a buddy and she is mine. Add to the fact that I’m committed to not consuming liquor of any kind over the next 12 months and eating clean, I think this is the prime combination of factors that will allow for real progress to occur. I’m excited about this very much.

Publish:
I’ve come to the conclusion that I just need to suck this up and do it. I love to write. I love to sing. It’s time to publish something for both. The writing thing… I’m just going to get my game up and find an online outlet I can submit stories to or write articles for. (If you don’t know my writing, head over to mikamatsumoto.com for a look — some of it is NSFW.) The singing thing… I’ll readily admit, I’m not the world’s greatest singer and I’m not trying to get a contract or anything. I really just want to cut my own album to say I did it, to have something tangible that showcases my voice. If I can sneak it in, I’d love to get back with my photographer friend, Brian Hornett, for some shots for more model related ventures.

Volunteer:
I want to give back and support change in a tangible way. For me, it’s sharing my knowledge, my skills and my time to make the world around me a better place. I’ll have more on how I plan to do this very soon. I really would love to work with teens, help them open their eyes and help them set themselves up to win in the world. We need more brilliant minds, more entrepreneurs and more creative spirits out there to transform the world we live in.

Adventure:
It’s travel time again. I need to go to Tokyo. It’s just not funny anymore; it feels like a LIVING NEED to go. When I get my ticket, trust me… ALL my people in Tokyo will know. ^_^ Then, I plan on heading back to Aruba during the summer. Lots of fun to be had there. Lastly, I’d like to do a more local adventure trip: hiking, camping, etc. For me, it’s adventure, but going out there to see the world around you is adventure all on its lonesome.

Save:
The above statements about traveling and so on all cost money. But I’m keen to take advantage of secondary sources of income to fund a lot of this. If you’ve read my blog in any capacity, you know I’m a huge proponent of being debt free and returning to the mindset of saving one’s money in the best financial vehicles possible. Keeping money in a money market account doesn’t cut it anymore since you don’t get any interest on it. I’m taking advantage of this by using alternate means. By the end of 2014, I feel secure in knowing two things will be paid off in full and I’ll start putting a real dent in my student loans.

I am looking to my friends as a source of support in these efforts & I am immeasurably grateful them. Their existence in my life, their positive energy, energizes and invigorates me. I am counting on them to keep me accountable in all of these things I’ve mentioned this year.

So, to all my friends, family, social media followers and newcomers to my blog, make 2014 an amazing one. You are powerful and full of possibility; let the best of that glow shine into this new year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! あけましておめでとう!今年もよろしくお願いします!