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2011 Goals... How did I do?

Sunday, January 01, 2012

I posted a blog on January 1, 2011, with a list of 11 goals I wanted to accomplish this past year. I printed them out on a piece of fun stationary and taped it up by my bathroom mirror. Let's see how it went, shall we?

1. Actively engage in a healthier lifestyle! Exercise more, eat less, eat healthier, get more sleep, and keep learning (to exercise my brain). I won't always succeed on a day to day basis, but as long as I keep working at it, I know I'll reach my goals.

Hmmm... I'd say I did this pretty well. I worked as hard as I could and think I made great strides in my journey. I eat better, I eat more mindfully, and I'm still in school exercising that brain. I did a lot more exercise then I have in years passed. CHECK!

2. Get another/better job. I know this one isn't necessarily in my control, but I believe with persistence, dedication, and hard work, that I can reasonably accomplish this sometime in the next 365 days… right?

Well, persistence, dedication, and hard work are all fine and good, but alas... this goal did not get accomplished. :-( Every single week day and most weekends for a solid 6 months did not yield me a job. I got 4 interviews all year for jobs I applied to and never got. Sad, sad day. Let's hope 2012 brings me into some work. Preferably that I'll enjoy.

3. When I finally have that job, start paying off my credit card. I'm able to make just above the minimum payments most of the time. I'd love it if I could start paying off bigger chunks and bringing my balance way, way down. It'll take a few years to get it down to nothing, but paying off at least $300 this year would be great!

Despite not having a job, I did manage to work some things out and almost make this goal. For all I know, I did make my goal. I just haven't checked. And I'm not going to. Paying anything down at all was way more than I thought I'd be able to without a job. CHECK!

4. Save some money. I'm not talking anything huge, but putting away $10 or $20 a month is better than putting away nothing.

This I didn't do. :-( In fact, I did the opposite and closed out my savings account. I just don't have anything to keep in there. My savings dwindled to nothing and it would cost more in "maintenance fees" than I even had available! Boo!

5. Secure health insurance. Well, that's just self-explanatory. And also something that isn’t necessarily in my control.

Thanks to my parents, who worked some magic with their own strained finances, I have a state health insurance. Its for people with existing conditions, which is me to the max! So, whenever I want, I can get this gallbladder out! And not have to pay a ridiculous amount of money out of pocket. CHECK!

6. Do some volunteer work. I’ve been wanting to do something for quite a while. I need to find a way to be able to do so.

I almost did this. I even went to an orientation for a volunteer gig, but the location was not conducive to my transportation abilities. Someday, I'd still like to volunteer doing something.

7. Move to a townhouse, house, or condo with a little bit of a yard that also allows pets. I can't live in my apartment in University City anymore. The neighbors above me cause me untold amounts of stress. Also, this area is pretty pricey. Aiming for a move this summer. The money I save can be spent on a cat, which I desperately want. I also want a little bit more yard space to grow some herbs, fruit, and/or veggies.

At the last minute, I pulled this one off! I'm sitting in my room, in a house, surrounded by massive amounts of boxes and bags and STUFF that needs to get tossed, donated, put away, etc. I pay more than $200 less in rent per month here. I'm very pleased! CHECK!

8. Learn to knit/crochet. I know I've set this goal for myself before and didn't get it done, but I've been inspired recently, so I'm planning on getting back to this. Maybe I can find a class or a club to join.

I had a friend offer to teach me, but we just never connected. She lives pretty far from me, so its hard to schedule in some knit time. I have all the supplies necessary. I just need someone to teach me (this is something I've discovered I can't teach myself). I couldn't find a club or class to join, either. Stop being so underground, hobby!

9. Sew more. I got a new sewing machine a few months ago and I would love to work on more projects! I'd like to go to Comic-Con this year, hopefully, so a costume project would be awesome!

Well, I did sew more, although nothing was for myself. I hemmed countless pants (okay, 3 pair for some friends) and a big project for my friend's MIL. I sewed two GIANT table cloths (that barely fit in my apartment!) and about 22 cloth napkins. That was a difficult project due to space limitations and my lame pre-arthritic thumbs. I slathered more Ben Gay on my hands then I care to admit. But, my machine got lots of use! CHECK!

10. Read for pleasure more. I got a few books coming in April. I have a book to read now. I can start on Sherlock Holmes. I have magazine subscriptions, but I need to make sure I’m reading good books, too.

The sad event of Borders closing down led to me getting an insane amount of books for insane prices! I think I got 40-45 books for about $50. I was able to read a few books and just enjoy them. Stephen King has a new book relating to his Dark Tower series coming out next year, so I have that to look forward to, too! More reading!!! Bottom line, I read for pleasure more than I usually get the opportunity to, so this goal gets a: CHECK!

11. Scrapbook! I have many supplies and things to put in a scrapbook. I just need to sit down and actually do it! I have friends that scrapbook, too, so I could invite them over for a scrapbooking party and just be creative for a day.

Once again, I have not scrapbooked. I have added more to my "must put in scrapbook" pile, too. I don't have as many supplies as I thought for a good, nice scrapbook. I need to gather some things before I can actually do this. No check for this one...

Well, 55% success rate this year. Not bad, but not the greatest. If that were a grade, that would be an F. I'll be sitting down tomorrow and thinking of some new goals for 2012. :-) Look out for that blog!

To everyone, thank you for the goodies and comments and 'likes'. I'll get back to my regularly scheduled Sparking when I'm settled into the house. I hope your goals were reached and that you all have an amazing New Year!
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  • ABB698
    I was waiting for you to mention you ran your first 5K! That was an AMAZING accomplishment!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3412 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    I am impressed that you kept track of you '11 goals to review in '12. I am happy to find you again, somehow I became unsubscribed to your blog. I wish you lots and lots of success, including a job you truly enjoy with people who appreciate you and a salary that affords you some financial freedom. Take care!
    3414 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6307291
    Did you get a cat? Your long list of to-dos seems to be under control. what would a new year be like without some carryover- and you have to admit, some of it was beyond your control.
    3414 days ago
  • DSHONEYC
    Wow, that sure was a lot of goals to set and while you did not "make" all of them, you did make incremental progress on most of them. Even the job thing...with 4 interviews that's certainly a step in the right direction. That's my new goal...must find new position with another non-profit (when I do I will send you an invite to volunteer). I have everything I need to do my Italy 2010 scrapbook and still cannot get it started...let's have a party.

    Happy New Year emoticon my SparkFriend.
    3414 days ago
  • MEWHENRYSMAMA
    REALLY ENJOYED READING THIS, MY FRIEND! I THINK YOU DID AMAZINGLY WELL! AND THE FACT YOU WROTE THEM OUT LIKE THAT ALMOST SERVED AS A VISION BOARD! I AM SO GLAD YOU HAVE A NEW PLACE TO LIVE, AS LIVING IN A STRESSFUL PLACE SUCKS...AND SAVING $200...NOW YOU CAN START THE SAVINGS. HAVE YOU TRIED A CREDIT UNION? SO MUCH BETTER WHEN IT COMES TO FEES, ETC. CHECK IT OUT!
    ARE YOU GOING TO GET A PET? PLEASE ADOPT! I AM AN ANIMAL LOVER AND ALL MY PETS HAVE BEEN ADOPTED RESCUES...AMAZING ANIMALS!
    HEY, HAVE THAT SCRAPBOOK PARTY AND HAVE A KNITTING PARTY, TOO!
    HOPE YOU CAN SOON GET SETTLED IN...LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE FROM YOU AND YOUR FRIENDSHIP IN 2012!
    MARY
    3415 days ago
  • ANDEENNATE
    You are doing great, sounds like more than 55% to me!
    3416 days ago
  • CATS_MEOW_0911
    Looks like a very successful year, especially over the things that you could actually control. I wish you the best for 2012!
    3417 days ago
  • JSALERNO
    YOU MAY HAVE A 55% SUCCESS RATE BUT YOU ARE WELL ON YOUR WAYS AND SOME THINGS LIKE LESS RENT WILL HELP YOU PAY YOUR BILLS OFF AND START SAVING MONEY. MAYBE THIS WILL BE THE YEAR FOR THAT NEW JOB AND YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH SOME OTHER THINGS YOU DIDN'T. KEEP AT IT AND MAYBE ADD A FEW TO REPLACE THE ONES YOU DID ACCOMPLISH.
    3417 days ago
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