I am very much a list person. To-do lists, shopping lists, bucket lists; you name it, I list it. Oftentimes in the mornings I will sit down with a pen and notebook and make lists of all the things I aim to accomplish during the day. Other times, I will write up lists of things I need to remember. I credit this somewhat obsessive, hyper organized habit to my gold personality.
As part of the pre-orientation program I led this past summer, I took the True Colors personality test. True Colors is based on a model of personality theory that corresponds to four different colors: Blue, Gold, Green and Orange. Each of the colors describes a different personality type and learning style that explains how one best consumes information. Once I completed the test, I determined myself as predominantly Gold. According to this assessment, my Gold status associates me with terms such as goal-oriented, traditional, punctual, realistic, loyal, responsible, organized, and having leadership ability (you can find a complete lists of adjectives associated with the colors here). For anyone who knows me, these words describe me to a T.
Although my room is currently in a state one might call less than neat, I am overwhelmingly organized, a testament to my Gold personality and, therefore, my love of lists. So with the arrival of the new year, there is no better time than now to create a list of my goals and resolutions for 2012.
2011 was an incredible year, but 2012 will be even more momentous. Here are some of the major highlights of the next 12 months:
- My father’s 50th birthday
- My sister’s acceptance into college
- My sister’s decision where to spend the next four (or five) years for school
- My application to law school
- My (unfortunate) taking of the LSAT
- My first experience as a Georgetown home-renter
- The beginning of my senior year at Georgetown University
- My sister beginning her freshmen year of college
- My parents’ 25th wedding anniversary
- My becoming LEGAL!!!
With such significant things happening, this coming year promises to be one of great celebration, countless smiles, happy tears and warm embraces.
Yet while exciting and momentous, the items on the list above remind me how quickly time goes by. As cliché as it is, it seems like just yesterday that I was in my sister’s shoes, piled under college application paperwork and running to the mailbox after school for the sight of a large, university-stamped envelope. Now, three years later, I am about to begin the process again as I prepare to apply to law school for the Fall of 2013. Just typing that makes it even more of a reality.
And so, with a list of things to look forward to in the coming months, I have composed another list of items I would like to carry out in 2012. Part of this list is composed from yet another compilation, a bucket list of things to do, see and eat between me and two of my best friends at Georgetown. Throughout the course of the year, I aim to write about and cross off the list’s accomplishments.
- Blog at least 2-3 times/week
- Journal at least 2-3 times/week
- Run a 10k
- Apply to law school
- Avoid a meltdown while preparing for the LSAT
- Be accepted to law school
- Rent a bike and ride around D.C.
- Host more dinner parties in my apartment
- Bake more (enough said)
- Decorate my own room in my first house rental
- Read my way through Ernest Hemingway’s complete works
- Try to lessen my caffeine intake (i.e. no more Diet Coke)
- Go on a road trip, and/or travel to the California
- Wear my sister down with hugs before she leaves for college
- Visit all the neighborhoods in Washington, D.C.
- Volunteer in some way for a 2012 political campaign
- Get my forehead stamped at The Tomb’s at midnight of my 21st birthday
- Spend more days doing nothing whenever possible (i.e. not during the school semester)
- Strengthen and appreciate my friendships
- Focus on what I have, not on what I don’t
- Live in the present
As the year goes by, I anticipate adding more to this list, but for now I think I have enough to keep me busy. And hopefully by sharing my resolutions on this blog, I will be even more motivated to accomplish them all.