Entering a new academic semester can be both exciting and terrifying. We have a tendency to create an exhaustive list of academic and personal goals for the entire year only to forget about them a month or so in. In the spirit of keeping it simple, I have set the following new years goals: 1.) to maintain my current GPA, 2.) continue working out 3-4 days per week, 3.) have a dissertation topic by the end of Spring semester, and 4.) continue to carve out an evolving research agenda. Some of my upcoming blogs will explore these new years goals in more detail It is important to set realistic goals during the graduate school journey. I constantly tell my friends to celebrate the small victories because they ultimately lead to degree attainment. I am now off to fulfill my second goal which is to work out at the gym.