Just over one year ago, I made a list of things I wanted to do in 2011.
Every year I make a list of “Things I Will Do in (insert year here).” Because New Year’s resolutions rarely last past January 15th, I aim for experiences that are (a) realistic, (b) expand upon things I am already interested in and (c) catalysts to help me live life better and/or smarter and/or funner (remember that realistic goal setting post?).
At the beginning of 2011, I decided to prioritize the following…
(1) Travel somewhere.
(2) Study photography.
SUCCESS! Last January, I took a class through our local technical college here in Madison on “Advanced Digital Photography.” It was super helpful to learn how to use my DSLR camera AND as a result, I only shoot in manual mode now. After the class, I even felt so knowledgable as to write two posts about the basics of photography: photography 101 and photography 102.
(3) Make monthly budgets, and STICK TO THEM.
FAIL! If you’ve been following my blog at all over the years, then you’ve probably read this post and this post and already know I am not the best when it comes to money. If I have it, I spend it. Even though I paid-off my credits card at this time last year…yeah, not so much anymore. I’ll spare you the financially irresponsible details.
FAIL! That’s not to say that I didn’t give back in 2011 – Emily and I hosted a fundraiser for Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin (<- still time to donate!) and I supported several other charities. But I didn’t volunteer and have the chance to work with people (insert sad emotion here).
(5) Run that sub-1:50 half-marathon.
FAIL! Yeah…this one…not so much…even after two years on my yearly goals list. While I didn’t run the National 1/2 Marathon in March in under 1:50, I did run it in a lace bra after nearly missing the race so I am thinking that makes up for the finish time of 2:01.32.
That makes for a grand total of two goals accomplished out of five. Forty percent isn’t the best percentage, but in my old(er) age, I am learning it doesn’t always matter whether or not you accomplish the goal but rather, it is the determination and effort you make to take that journey.
Because let’s face it – I learned a lot this year! I spent a lot of the year complaining…I’m not doing that in 2012. I spent a lot of the year having TONS of fun (and drinking TONS of beer!)…I’m definitely repeating that in 2012. I spent a lot of time figuring out what I want out of life…and you’ll have to stay tuned in 2012 to find out what that is.
So, what’s on tap for 2012, you ask?
Travel somewhere. Yes, again.
Say ‘no’ more. Read this post…and you’ll understand why it’s on my list.
Give online dating a try. At the least, I am going to have HILARIOUS stories. If anyone wants in on this New Year’s goal, please let me know. We can start an online dating support group.
Pay-off my credit card & SAVE, SAVE, SAVE! Seriously, this time.
Stop procrastinating. This is going to be a biggie.