My idea of success in the next year or so:

  • Get a job that I want
  • Buy a car
  • Adopt a dog
  • Find a house or apartment of my own
  • Keep up my Pure Barre membership (yes, I drank the kool-aid and I LOVE IT)
  • Train for and run another half marathon, a full marathon, and a duathlon or triathlon.

I think this could be considered a generic, quasi-materialistic idea of success, especially for a young professional like myself. But this is what I desire and I hope I am able to give it to myself. Things that are important to me include paying off my student loans as quickly as possible, contributing as much as possible to a 401(K) (preferably matched by my employer), and finding a job with kick-ass benefits. I take this post-grad thing very seriously. I currently aspire to be a Banana Republic-wearing, Volvo-driving, running-obsessed, Restoration Hardware-shopping yuppie and I’m okay with that.