Today, with the weather firmly established as summer-like (again going into the 90’s), it seems like a good time to check in with those goals I had set back in January. To see if I am on track, and also to see if I need to modify some!
See the positive in every situation, or to follow the advise of a fellow blogger, play the Glad Game; Don’t fret over or complain about issues; either act to change it or accept it; Procrastinate less, or to put it positively, use my time productively; Chronicle the good from the year by keeping a jar of good things that occur during 2013
Yeah I still need to work on these! I did start keeping a jar of good things that occur during 2013, but I haven’t put anything in it in quite a while. Not that good things haven’t happened, I just haven’t been keeping up with recording them. Perhaps I can add things to the jar retroactively?
Arts & Entertainment
See all of the movies nominated for the best picture Academy Awards (and see the new Star Trek movie); See some plays; Go to some concerts; Take more photos during the year
I’m on track with this one! I’ve seen a bunch of the Academy Award films — Les Miserables, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, AND Star Trek. Wow, this is more movies than I’ve seen in a year since high school!
I have a bunch of plays lined up that I am planning on seeing this summer.
I’ve seen Southside Johnny at The Music Hall and The Rat Pack is Back (I’m not sure if that counts as a concert to a play)
I have fallen behind in the take photos category. I even keep my little camera in my purse, but I never quite get around to snapping pictures. I use my phone camera, but again, not too often. Well, the year is young! I better start taking some or my Christmas card will be photo-less this year!
Travel & Recreation
Go skiing; Go Ice Skating; Take a family trip (even if it is only a weekend)
I did manage to go skiing with my daughter, son and daughter-in-law so that qualifies for skiing and a family trip. I would have liked to do more skiing and taken a longer trip, but we have to start somewhere! And I would like to add in a trip with friends to the goals.
As for ice skating, they are talking of building an outdoor skating rink at Strawery Banke in Portsmouth! I am very excited and if the weather is nice and cold in December, I should be achieve to make this resolution this year!
Practice yoga at least twice a week, preferably 10 times a month; Be able to sit with my legs at a 90 degree angle and touch my chest to the floor or to put it in yoga terms, Upavistha Konasana; Run a 5k in under 24 minutes and/or a 10k in under 50 minutes; Do 20 push ups at once (full push ups!)
Let’s see I was on track with yoga in Jan, Feb fell off a bit. Then I had a nasty cold and cough and hardly went at all in March and April (couldn’t disturb the class with my constant hacking), but May was right on track — 10 times last month! All in all, I managed to average about 6 classes per month.
I have been doing a lot of stretching, and working on pushups, but I am no where near my goals yet.
As for running, I have had to scale it back quite a bit as my Achilles tendon has been acting up, and so I haven’t done any speed work yet. We’ll see about those race times!
Money & Finances
Increase savings 10% over last year; Turn off lights when leaving a room; Turn off water when not in use (brushing teeth, washing dishes)
I’m doing really good with these goals!
Update all my personal addresses and phone numbers into one master list; Sync all my personal and business calendars to one electronic calendar; Redo my passwords
Haven’t gotten to any of these yet…
Consistently blog 2-3 times per week on personal blog; and 2-3 times per month on my professional blog; Expand the topics of my blogs; Increase visits to my blogs.
I’ve done been keeping up with this blog, and visits have been increasing (thank you!) I have been a bit slow with my professional blog (all about marketing and social media). While I haven’t been posting a lot, I have gotten a lot of “new user registrations”. These seem to come from odd email addresses and so I don’t know if they are real or some sort of spam. Any ideas?
Learn how to make a website
Nope, I haven’t done this yet. But I did download a tutorial on coding. Now I just have to go through it.
And a few of my favorite resolutions from last year that I carried forward to this year:
Deepen 1-2 friendships; Make 1 new friend; Get together with girl friends at least once a month; visit family monthly; write 52 letters in 52 weeks.
Well my letter writing is off this year, but I am at least writing some letters. I have indeed gotten together with my friends each month, and as a result I believe I am deepening some friendships. I don’t think I’ve made a new friend (yet), and I have managed to visit family almost once a month. So I’m on track with these goals.
All in all, it’s been a good year in terms of these objectives I set forth back in December. However, as you can see, there are definitely some areas that need attention in the remainder of the year!