129th Ask Josh – To Do list / Hinge year

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2009 at 12:58 am


Josh- you just had a birthday. What are your top ten goals for the next year of your life???



Yes, I did have a birthday. Thanks for noticing. I am 23 years old.

Much of the rest of my life rides on the decisions I make in the next year. Until I sat down to write this, I just about completely spaced that nifty little fact. Here are some things I have to take care of in the next year:

10. Possibly living without health insurance for the first time in my life.
9. Graduating from college.
8. Keeping my new year's resolution to read a Jane Austen novel, a Harry Potter, and finish a Twilight series book.
7. Applying to graduate school
6. Applying for Teach For America and possibly picking up and leaving to a rural or inner-city school… all by myself. What will I do without Nat?
5. Coming to grips with the possibility that I may not get into BYU Law or MPA program.
4. Actually starting a career in journalism
3. Balancing three jobs at a time this summer while doing research with a professor, doing the weather on TV twice a week, and preparing for the LSAT in June.
2. Being a SOAR Counselor.
1. Getting married or living single. I never thought I would be in this position. I have to come to grips with the reality that I may still be single when I graduate. That may mean moving anywhere in the country to pursue further education or even a career all by myself. I haven't really worried about it. My days of sniffing the roses in Provo are numbered.

Oh my gosh, I thought I would be able to write down all my top ten goals in just two or three entries and then fill the rest with the frivolous tripe that often plagues my blog. There is so much work to be done. If the wide doors of destiny swing on tiny hinges, this is my hinge year.

Thanks for forcing me to put my life into perspective.



  1. You don’t have to “come to grips” with being single when you graduate. I don’t understand why most of the people I know are in such a big rush and say stuff like.. “I have to come to grips with being single.”

  2. wow josh! you’re oooold!but don’t worry, 7 months younger than me.

  3. goals are good. it gives you places to go. love your blog (like always). miss your face. can’t wait to hear how the weather goes this spring!!

  4. I can’t believe I forgot to respond to this one. I was impressed you took it so seriously. Good luck with the next year! If you accomplish everything you want to it will be great!

  5. You have to “come to grips” with anything that doesn’t work out the way you imagined, especially if it’s big. This doesn’t have anything to do with rushing, it’s just a plan that may not work and you have to adjust, or “come to grips with” accordingly. Besides, moving somewhere out of your comfort zone by yourself is scary.

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