Friday, July 6, 2012

2012 New Year's Resolutions: A Mid-Year Check-In

Do you remember what your New Year's Resolutions were?

I don't. Which definitely means it's time to do a review to see how I'm doing! Here were my original resolutions, along with a "why" for each one.

And here's a mid-year update. 
1. Save to increase our emergency fund. We are making progress! So far we've increased our emergency fund by 10% from the beginning of the year. My goal is to double it, so we've got a ways to go, but it's definitely a step in the right direction.

2. Buy a second car with cash. Completed!

3. Flirt with The Compact. I have indeed been flirting with The Compact. Overall, I think I'm doing pretty well - I've bought some new shoes and some new pillows, but the majority of things we've bought for the house have come from estate sales or Craigslist or family (see: kitchen stuff, beds, etc.). I have bought a few items of clothing for myself from The Salvation Army, but they were from the Target As-Is store (an *amazing* thing in the Twin Cities) so they were new, even if they were thrift store prices.

4. Pay extra on our student loans. I have managed to get a full payment ahead on my student loans, but otherwise I haven't actively been paying extra toward our loans this year. We've been focusing on emergency fund and other sinking fund savings instead.

5. Go to 52 yoga classes. Um...I have sort of lost count of this. I know I'm doing really well going to my weekly class when I'm in town, but I haven't done much about going to extra classes during the week to "make up" for the ones I missed while traveling. And there are free yoga classes in the summer, too! It's just been too hot to do outdoor yoga classes.

6. Develop a yoga home practice of three days per week, or 156 sessions. I'm not doing well with this at all. Maybe reminding myself that it was a New Year's Resolution and that I had a numerical goal set will help me focus.

Personal Growth
7. Become a better conversationalist. Eh, so-so. I have been forcing myself to attend regular industry mixers, and I'm getting to know some people there which makes me feel more at ease. My method has been to try to talk to one person at a time instead of trying to break into groups, and that's been going okay. I've also modified Molly's HHH plan to think of things to talk about (there's not really a host, so instead I ask "How did you get into our field?"). Next up: I just ordered a few books from the library.

8. Read more than 100 books, including a number of classics. HOLY CRAP, Y'ALL. I literally just said WOW! out loud. I have read 70 books already this year, including Les Miserables and Great Expectations (thereby fulfilling my classics requirement). BUTTER ME, I'M ON A ROLL. This is shaping up to be my most prolific reading year ever! (My last record was 127 - I think I'm officially changing this resolution from 100 books to 128+! My favorites from this year include: Quiet, Main Street Vegan, The Behavior Gap, The Starboard Sea, Three Weeks in December, Alif the Unseen, and True Believers.

9. Nest in my HOUSE. YES. I painted the rooms that bothered me, I spend much of my time in my backyard, and we've got plans for the garden for next year. I feel at home in a way I never have in any residence I've had since I was a child.

10. Get wills, living wills, and in-case-of-emergency paperwork in order. Eh....I kept putting this off as a goal and finally decided to ignore it entirely until something about our living situation changes. Peanut and I own everything jointly and in our state, we would automatically inherit all the property. We have adequate life and disability insurance. We've discussed what we'd like to do if we were on life support and how we'd like our remains to be treated, although we haven't put them in writing - which is really the only outstanding thing that I feel like I might regret not dealing with. Still, I'm going to continue avoiding this until something forces my hand.

For Fun
11. Make a quilt, start to finish. In progress! I've completed two quilt tops and have another ready to start, and I'm working with a local store to get trained on their long-arm machine to put top, batting and backing together. Woo hoo!

12. Travel with my mom and sister. Done! We went to the quilt show in Paducah in April, and had a blast.

How are your New Year's Resolutions coming along?



  1. Sounds like you are doing pretty well. Congrats I really have to review my goals. Last year I was really focused on them but this year has been so crazy with moving that I have lost sight of them.

  2. Wow, you are doing awesome on your reading goal! I feel like I'm lagging behind with my 62 books. It was nice to hear what you loved, since I trust your opinion in that regard (haha!) I added some of them to my library queue.

  3. So glad you like the HHH method! This post is a good reminder to me I need check in on my New Years Resolutions too :) Thanks LMM!


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