Thursday, December 31, 2009

Out With the Old

Today I'm going to take a look back at my New Year's goals from 2009 and see how well I did at keeping them. Tomorrow I'll list my New Year's goals for 2010 after the new year has officially been rung in (I just glanced at my clock and realized that in about 5 minutes the New Year will begin in some parts of the world...and then I just checked the world clock and it's already 2010 on the other side of the planet). First let me explain that I make New Year's goals, not resolutions, because I feel that resolutions are too binding. Goals allow for some flexibility and a little less guilt if/when you don't meet them. So, without further ado, here were my goals for 2009 (a full blog post on this subject can be found here):

1. Walk at least 3 times a week. This goal started out strong but fizzled by spring (when it started getting hot). It picked back up a little during the fall when I joined an exercise team at work but by the time the temps dropped below 50*F I was off the wagon again.
2. Cook at least twice a week. This never really stuck with me. It's too hard to plan a meal for one person that I will feel like making after coming home and I will want to eat leftovers of for the next week.
3. Knit more for charity. I feel like I meet this goal even though, quantitatively I didn't make as many items for charity as I did in 2008 (I made 26 or 27 items for Warm Woolies in 2008). In 2009 I made 12 items for charity but 6 of them were sweaters that would fit a 10 year old, or older. I feel like I spent as much, if not more, time knitting those 12 items as the 27 I made the year before. I count this as an accomplished goal.
4. Branch out socially with my knitting. Definitely done. I joined the Atlanta Knitting Guild in early spring, became the community service chairperson for the AKG in May (or there abouts), and regularly attended 2 knit nights a week.
5. Be more social in general. Another accomplishment. I spent more time with old friends and even made some new friends. Someone even told me they noticed I was coming out to a lot more functions than I had in the past. Since vacation started I've been in recluse mode but I think that's ok every once in awhile.
6. Be more involved at my church. My goal was to start working in the preschool department. Which I did. So, done.
7. Go on another mission trip. I was originally thinking Romania but I ended up going to Peru instead. Still, another goal done.
8. Dye at least twice a month for my store. I started dyeing colorways in larger quantities so overall I was doing less dyeing. And I still need to sell more stuff so I can buy more yarn on a regular basis. I'm formulating a plan though...

There you have it. I would say I did pretty well last year. 5 accomplished, a couple sorta done, not one completely ignored. Yay me! I noticed that all my knitting and church related goals were meet but not one of my fitness goals was completed. Guess you can see where my priorities lie. I've already started thinking of my goals for next year and I think they are going to be very realistic and attainable. Tomorrow I'll chat about those and show you some knitting projects that I've started/finished (Yes, I did start and finish 2 projects after Christmas. It's amazing what you can do without a deadline.). Until then, have a Happy New Year and I'll see you in 2010!


kadezmom said...

Way to go on 2009. Happy 2010.

Lynn said...

Hey you did a really great job on your goals. As far as cooking, yes that can be challenging. I had a cookbook that was given to me when I was newly married on cooking for 2 people. It had some great recipes in it that I ended up doubling because they were really good and the two servings were just not enough. If you really wanted to try cooking more, I bet you could google recipes that are for 2 or 3 people that would leave you with dinner one night and lunch the next day.