“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” ~Voltaire
Regarding New Years Resolutions, Mark Twain said this on a January 2nd years ago. "Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink, and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community." That is good for a smile isn't it?
It's the clean slate time of year again. A new beginning. Since I started my new job, I've not been quite on top of things and have felt thick-headed for a couple of months. I'm pulling out of the mully-grubs and think I'll be more energetic soon.
Christmas is a glorious time of year in our family. I love love love it. This year was wonderful. Even with my lower energy, it was a beautiful time.
Today is the day where I review my 2009 goals. They are listed below, with the status of my success (or not).
1)- Give up fiction for January and Lent. Status: January was a success but during Lent I read CS Lewis and Angela's Ashes.
2)- Give blood 4 times. Status: Accomplished. I may have saved 8 lives. That feels good.
3)- Clean up my recycling act. Status: Accomplished. It was tough for a few months, but now my fine little city has curbside recycling and now it's a easy as pie.
4)- Work towards running 10K. (This was my loftiest goal of the year.)Status: I so crashed and burned on this one.
5)- Keep laundry current. Status: I think I did pretty well. But I must admit it's all in the huge-capacity washer. I never want to go back to a normal-capacity.
6)- Keep bathroom floors clean. Status: I did ok. I could do better.
7)- Keep up my Club Fit regimen and continue to intensify it. Status: I did very well. But as of February of 2010, I'm dropping my gym membership. My new job schedule makes me choose between being home with the kids or the gym. I choose the kids. I bought a treadmill over the weekend and plan to gradually buy weights too.
8)- Buy a new carbon fibre paddle for dragon boating. Status: She's beautiful and very high quality, the kind the national teams use. I got a great deal. :-)
9)- Buy a new PFD for dragon boating. Status: Purchased.
10)- Get fence fixed. Status: Completed. Thanks to my hubby.
11)- Drop Melaleuca. Status: Did it.
12)- Lower grocery budget by $25 a pay period. Status: I'm guessing I had about 50% success. However, the prices keep going up and I'm abandoning that goal altogether.
13)- Work on Christmas Child Shoeboxes throughout the year. Status: Did very well and we sent some nice boxes to Chile.
14)- Vacuum at least once a week. Status: I did well, but also Gordon kicked in with this chore.
15)- Get to know new neighbors. Status: Got somewhat acquainted with 2 sets of neighbors, but not with nearly as many as I'd hoped. Strangely, I don't think they want to know me better. :-)
16)- Build a website. Status: You're looking at it. I had a ton of help from Jeff. Jeff if you read this, thanks again. There are many things I could do to improve it but right now I'm staying busy enough just getting blog posts written.
17)- Take swimming lessons. Status: I did. Believe it or not, I was one of the better ones. It never occurred to me that I'd be in class with adults with a fear of water. Lucky for me, my fat keeps me buoyed right up, so I don't have much fear of drowning. It's the best advantage I have with my weight issues.
18)- Take square dancing lessons.Status: I tried, I really did. I didn't find a club that was taking newbies. Furthermore, I couldn't keep the hubby interested in being my Dosido Boy. I guess I gave up on this idea, although I still think Gordon and I could have fun and get lots of exercise. Crazy, I know.
19)- Blog more steadily; pace better. Status: I think we'll all agree that I crashed and burned in this category too. However, did you know that since I've had a blog for as long as I have and since I continue to post regularly ("regularly" is not defined) I'm in the top 5% of the world's bloggers? Just a little trivia.
20)- Lose 20 pounds. Status: I lost 11.6 pounds. :-) Bwah ha ha ha. And then I gained 15. Not good.
21)- Improve photography skills. Play along with Mindi's challenges. Status: I played until the game ended. See my collages here. I think I got better. I learned a lot and had fun and feel better about the pictures I take.
22)- Embrace winter. Status: This conscious effort made this winter wonderful. There were days when I'd wake up to more snow and my first thought was, "Isn't that pretty?" instead of cursing thoughts. Also I got a new coat and realized for the first winter ever that perhaps my former coats just weren't warm enough. Freezing every time I got out most likely took some wind out of my winter sails. But this winter I was never horribly cold. Thank you God for my new coat. I didn't even know I needed one, it just kind of happened.
23)- Read Deuteronomy and the Psalms. Status: I did well until I went to Arkansas in October. Then I got all sloppy spiritually and haven't recovered.
24)- Actively participate in my new book club. Status: The book club fizzled.
25)- Practice thinking about what I'm thinking about. Meaning, clean up my thought life. Status: In the areas I had in mind when I set that goal, I had a lot of victory. Other areas became a problem. I learned some strategies that helped me.
26) Join Weight Watchers. Status: I did it and had 2 very successful months and lost 11.6 pounds. Summer came, I got busy and quit and subsequently regained the weight.
27) Volunteer at a Seniors' Home with Deborah and Hannah. Status: Probably the best goal I had all year. We go every Saturday and LOVE it.
28) Phone my daddy more often. Status: I didn't do too well here. I seriously have a telephone problem as any of my loved ones will attest to. I hate that about myself, apparently I hate the telephone more though.
30) Don't buy junk food, ever. Status: Right after Christmas is a really awful time to assess that one. Seems I did horribly right now. Generally speaking, I don't buy junk food. However when I do, you can be darn sure I eat it with enthusiasm.
2009 ended with me a bit melancholy and blue. I was dreading this assessment of my 2009 goals, dreading seeing all the failures. But having just reviewed the list, I'm not as discouraged as I thought I'd be. I had some successes, quite a few actually. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I had some success and need to focus on the donut instead of the hole. (In light of the previous paragraph, I guess that's a silly pun.)
Soon I'll be writing out my goals for 2010. I'm looking forward to really figuring out what I want from 2010. I haven't got my head around it yet though. But it's coming. Stay tuned.
For my thoughts on baby steps and how they have helped me so much, read this.
‘Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.’ ~ Spanish Proverb
‘It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop.’ ~ Confucius