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Sunday, January 01, 2012

And Here it is, 2012

I think I wrote 8 blogs in 2011, I didn't read other people's blogs much more often than that. There was a time when I wrote 3-4 times a week, which mostly serves as a commentary on how things change and the necessity to revise the way I spend my time. However, I really like reporting on my goals and setting new ones so here I am, giving my report and signing up for a new list of challenges that, even if I don't reach the goal, makes me better than I was before I set it.

Report on 2011:

1--Love my body. I made progress in this area despite the fact that I'm a few pounds heavier than I was this time last year.

How do I feel about that?

Really good. I turned 37 years old in 2011, my husband turned 40 and I am mindful of the changes age makes, however, I am very pleased with how I am moving into these monumental years. I'm heavier than I've been, but I think I'm in better shape. I feel stronger. I sleep well, I can physically do pretty much whatever I want. If I decided, tomorrow, to take up rowing, or rock climbing, or dancing in one form or another, I could do it. I have the base I need. I love that feeling and though I'm not fitting into the clothes I would prefer and some of my 'shape' isn't the shape I want to be, I'm quite pleased with where I am and it feels SO good to feel good about those things.

2--Run a 1/2 Marathon in 2:10--Um, no. In fact my fastest time was 8 minutes slower than my slowest time in 2010.

How do I feel about that?

Not too bad, really. I ended up with unexpected gallbladder surgery in June that seriously interfered with my running goals, and yet I still managed to run two 1/2 marathons. I was slower, but I did them and they were great experiences.

3--Complete 3 novels--Totally did it! I finished "Pumpkin Roll" and "Banana Split"--books 6 and 7 in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series--and "Daisy" which is my contribution to a parallel novel series written with three of my favorite writers. You can learn more about that series on the blog dedicated to the books.

How do I feel about that?

Stinkin awesome! Could not be more pleased with how my writing career is going. I'm humbled by the continual opportunities and proud of myself for making it work. Daisy was a joy to write, a good break from Sadie, though I do love her so, and I thoroughly enjoyed writing with Heather, Annette, and Julie.

4--52 Thank You Cards--Totally did this one, and I think I sent closer to 70 cards instead of the 52 I had planned.

How do I feel about that?

Really good. Having set this as a goal kept me more aware of the things people around me do. I sent cards to kids who spoke in primary who I could tell were nervous but did it anyway. I sent thank you cards to people who deserved it long before I ever took the time to say so. I tried to make note of those moments that were such a part of someone's nature that I usually just glossed it over with "Oh, she likes to do that kind of thing." And I so enjoyed this experience.

5--Keep a Better House--I've definitely improved.

How do I feel about that?

Great. A clean home makes me feel better. It's that simple and I have worked hard to keep up on the day to day as well as work on the deep cleaning before it's drowning me. Right now, though there isn't a room in my house that's perfect, I feel good about the state of my home. I know where most things are and I feel like I'm being a good steward of the temporal blessings I've been given.

6--Develop and Follow a menu plan--epic fail. I did worse this year than last year. Boo.

How do I feel about that?

Frustrated, like I did last year when I didn't meet this goal. I love to eat dinner with my family, so why don't I make it happen? There are weeks when I cook one meal and all the other nights just expect everyone to fend for themselves. I hate it, but am really struggling to get into a rhythm. I'm honestly not sure where to start.

7--Expand and keep up on my freelance work--Did it, but not in the way I expected to. I didn't write any articles, but I did some web copy writing work that I really enjoyed.

How do I feel about that?

Good. The essence of the goal was for me to be developing my other writing skills outside of novel writing which I feel makes me a better writer overall and keeps me from becoming to overwhelmed with my fiction. Taking on the freelance projects definitely changed things up for me and helped me learn new skills. And I loved doing web content and hope do do more of it in the future.



Goals for 2012:

1--Run a 1/2 marathon in 2:10. I think I can do this with proper training and consistency. I am also nearly out of expendable organs so I don't forsee having to have anything surgically removed this year.

2--Sit down meal twice a week. I need to get over some of the things that get in my way like not having everyone home, not being in the mood, and not having the ingredients. If I plan on two full meals a week where whoever is home sits down together, I should be able to pull it off. I can have the ingredients on hand and make it happen. Maybe if I do this and have positive experiences with it, I will be better motivated to do it more often.

3--Take a crochet class. I really like handiwork and I really like crochet, but I can only do two stitches. I'd like to take at least one crochet class and improve my skills. I'd love to be able to crochet baby blankets by the time I'm a grandma, which could very well happen in the next five years. I used to put myself into learning all kinds of things but as my writing has taken off I have focused primarily on those skills that benefit my career. I'd like to expand into some other things.

4--Journal once a month. I know that doesn't sound like much, but I've read over my journal of the last five years and average about 3 entries a year. I'd like to do better and so will try to journal on the first Sunday of each month.


5--Attend the temple once a month. This is a hard goal for me. I know it's not politically correct to say so, but I don't love going to the temple. I feel good there and I'm glad when I go, but I rarely have really powerful experiences and it becomes easy for me to be off. For me, I think attending is more a matter of obedience than seeking revelation, but I want to do better. I only attend two or three times this year and I don't think I've ever gone 12 times in a year so this will be a good spiritual goal for me to work toward.

6--Be nice. Both in words and in thoughts, I would like to be a nicer person. I would like people to feel better for having been with me, and I would like to focus on good things more than negative. This isn't something that comes easy to me but one I've made enough progress on to know that setting my mind to it makes it a possibility. I'm not sure how I'll measure it, but I would like to feel 'nicer' by 2013.

Come back next year and we'll see how I did :-)

12 comments:

Amy said...

A great list!! Great goals, great accomplishments. You are awesome.

I'm a terrible journal writer too, despite my aspirations (and dare I say, talent?) for writing. Funny how that happens.

My goal for this year is to complete 2 manuscripts. Before July. Oy.

LisAway said...

I loved reading your goals and reflections on last year's goals! It makes me want to actually sit down and make some specific goals...

It sounds like you did a great job. Good luck on getting nicer! That's one of my goals, too. :) Or it will be when I sit down and make my list. (and actually, for me it will be more a matter of staying positive, so maybe being nicer to be around would be a better way for me to put it.)

Randy said...

Excellent goals for this year. Hope you are able to acheive them. Good luck.

Lolawid said...

Sounds like a great 2011, overall! Best of luck for 2012! Now, I need to sit down and write out goals...

Happy New Year!!

Rae said...

Thank you for honestly sharing! Your books make me smile and this entry made me think about actually writing down what i want to accomplish and keeping my goals in the forefront of my mind. Best of Luck in 2012 and my friends and i can't wait until Banana Split comes out :) :)

Marion Jensen said...

"I am also nearly out of expendable organs . . ."

This line made me crack up. Good luck on your goals! I bet you can get under 2 hours on your marathon. That is my goal, and I know your sense of competition can't possibly let me beat you.

Susan said...

I love that you do this and if you sit back and look at it, you accomplished a lot.

Not that you wanted advice from strangers, but I used to hate making dinner. Then I realized I'd probably never love doing it, but it had to be done. So I just do it. And it is totally worth it to have everyone together for just 5-10 minutes. And I actually enjoy it now. I never thought that would happen.

Good luck this year, Josi! I'm sure you'll do amazing.

Julie Wright said...

crazy lady. You are nice. Love your goals and list. You are awesome.

Cathy said...

I love that you reflect on your goals from the last year. Smart. I love your Culinary Mystery series. I tell people about them all the time.
My goals are on my blog. I didn't include that I am adding a button to a mormon.org profile.

Luisa Perkins said...

These are great goals. Thanks for your honesty and courage. You ROCK.

Unknown said...

Loved your list. It is great to know other people struggle with the same things that I do.

I also feel the same way about #5, but have learned that if my hunny & I go to our Ward Sealing Night once a month, that helps.

I don't do dinners either, but this year, with the help of my family, I sat down, made a menu for a month, laminated it & put it on the fridge. Makes it SO much easier!! I'm glad I finally reached that goal!!

My goal for the year?? Take a walk everyday. I've made it one day so far!! Walking to my daughter's bus stop counts...Right?!!

Unknown said...

Loved your list. It is great to know other people struggle with the same things that I do.

I also feel the same way about #5, but have learned that if my hunny & I go to our Ward Sealing Night once a month, that helps.

I don't do dinners either, but this year, with the help of my family, I sat down, made a menu for a month, laminated it & put it on the fridge. Makes it SO much easier!! I'm glad I finally reached that goal!!

My goal for the year?? Take a walk everyday. I've made it one day so far!! Walking to my daughter's bus stop counts...Right?!!