i suppose this is the sort of post one publishes on january 1 but i consider this first week of the year still early enough to reflect upon the last year and set goals for the year to come. as i said before, i’m not much of a resolutions sort of person, i like to set goals: reasonable goals that i can actually accomplish. it isn’t very often that i reach every goal on the list so it is frequently added to the list again :sigh: in hopes that someday i will actually make it. this past year was one of those years where a few on the list will be added again in hopes of possibly being able to cross them off this time next year. 2011 knocked me off my feet and not really in a good way. we experienced some major set backs and major disappointments that we are still working through – many of my goals simply had to be set aside for one reason or another. so, looking back at 2011:
1. complete our dossier in a reasonable amount of time. at the time of writing this goal we haven’t yet talked with the family coordinator from our agency so i don’t know what constitutes “reasonable amount of time”. i would though like to have it done by spring. if you have no earthly idea what i am talking about see the link to my other blog on the sidebar of this page and read the “our news” post.
the link on the sidebar is no longer there as our plans to adopt fell through. i followed up with this on a post entitled “the other blog” which is tacked up on my home page.
2. by the end of ’11 i would like a place for everything and everything in its place. this will require better time management on my part.
wayall….we’re still working on this one but i can say that my kitchen is pretty well organized.
3. continue working to establish our potager (a potager is a fancy word for kitchen garden. i used to throw it out there periodically to show off and then discovered i wasn’t pronouncing it correctly). i would love it if we could purchase less and less produce from the store and use more and more from our garden.
yes! this we did accomplish and were even able to grow veggies year ’round. i have cabbage, lettuce, and brussels sprouts happily growing along out there.
4. run the john 3:16 10k with a better finish time than last year.
5. complete the st. paddy’s day 5k in less than 32 min and 27 sec.
6. depending on whether or not we travel abroad to meet little one and when we could potentially travel, run the 15k tulsa run in october.
due to some ongoing health issues i’m still dealing with my running was very sporadic this year so the 5k, 10k, and 15k were out of the question. this was a big disappointment for me.
7. show some things on etsy and hopefully sell them. this is another repeat from last year which was a repeat from the year before. we’re getting there. at least now i know what i want to show, it is just a matter of executing it.
…aaaand this is another that had to be set aside in order to deal with set backs. sooooo…..
goals for 2012 (in no particular order of importance)
1. show somethings on etsy and hopefully sell them.
2. start making a quilt for our queen size bed. someone gave me a series of quilt patterns as a wedding gift and i have never made one. my grandmother made lots of quilts, and i always wanted to follow in her footsteps but i’ve just never done it. a quilt seems ridiculously ambitious in light of this potentially being a very busy year for us (more on that later on) but i’m afraid if i don’t just jump in and do it, it will never get done. we need a new bedspread, this is a great opportunity to start.
3. i want to be more punctual. i always seem to be running 5-15 minutes behind and have no excuse for it other than i spent too much time on facebook or was having a bad hair day.
4. begin to increase our garden space to about 4,750 square feet (including paths). are you shocked? yes, this can be done. i’m stoked.
5. purchase three chickens.
6. while i would absolutely love to run that 15k in october, proceeded by a series of 5 and 10k’s; i’m just not sure that this will be the year so i’m not going to mark it as a goal. i would however like to commit to regular exercise whether that be yoga, walking, or light jogging.
….and once again
7. have a place for everything and everything in its place. that actually may happen this year, as i may not have much of a choice.
i like having seven goals. seven is a perfect number.
what are your goals for the upcoming year?