Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Resolution Recap

1. Single-task. This is going to be a work in progress, probably for the rest of my life. I've gotten better, but in many facets of my life I still try to do too much at once.
2. Participate in The Happiness Project. I left off of doing the project publicly on my blog, but I have been doing very well at creating space in my life for happiness. I don't beat myself up if I don't post here regularly. I turn down invitations to events when I'd rather stay at home and read. I have given myself routines that make me feel better, especially around getting enough sleep. I have finished a lot of the nagging items on my to-do list.

3. Be able to do headstand in yoga. I sort of ignored this one until December, and I've been working on it daily all month. Once I'm up in headstand I can hold it for several breaths, but I still have to kick up against a wall. I am really enjoying this (being upside down seems to give me better perspective on all sorts of things!) so I'm going to keep working on it.

4. Save enough to hurt a little. Peanut and I have spent the year as a dual income family, but we've always lived as if we're a single income family - and we've lived on the lower income, stashing the higher into savings. First for our cross-country move, then for a house, and now for all the other costs of buying a home. A more specific goal would have helped here - I haven't really felt like we've been hurting, but we have saved a lot of money.
5. Change our net worth by the value of our student loans/increase our net worth by $31,000. This one goes down in history as a near-miss. We're only off by $3,000 which coincidentally is just about how much it cost us to move across country.

6. Prepare to leave my job. Well, obviously, that was a success!

7. Declutter -- ideally, reduce our possessions by about 1/3.  I did a really thorough decluttering before we moved, and while I don't know that we dropped by 1/3, we lightened our load considerably.
8. Organize digital photos and finish physical scrapbooks. Mostly done. There's a little more organizing to do on our digital photos, but the physical scrapbooks are as done as they're going to get and I got rid of all the supplies. I have been working on the digital photos in the evenings and don't have much longer till that's done. I'm also being WAY more careful about categorizing and organizing them when uploading new ones.

For Fun
9. Take up a crafty hobby. Success! I have started sewing/quilting and cooking, both of which meet my goal. I felt like my entire life revolved around the computer and internet and I wanted something to do with my hands, something that would produce something at the end of the time I spent on it.
10. Create a bucket-list of New York adventures and start checking them off. Mostly success. I didn't get to a few of the things on my list, but I feel like I wrapped up my eight years in New York in a really lovely fashion, and I'm excited to go back someday as a tourist.
11. Read through my library. Hmmm...this one depends on how you look at it. If the goal was to get rid of some of the books that I own, I did a pretty good job of it. We donated more than an entire bookcase of books when moving (though we still had about 40 boxes of books afterwards...). As far as reading through books I already own, however, I'd have to call this a big fat failure. I read a lot of new books instead - books for work, books for review, books for friends, books from the library. I definitely broke 100 books for the year but I didn't so much make a dent in the hundreds of books I want to read and pass along. Oh, darn - something to keep working on. :)

Resolutions for 2012 are coming up!

How did you do in your resolutions?

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