Life, Projects

an evaluation

Last year I put together a pretty big list of resolutions for the year. I was hoping to check back and slowly tick things off as the year went on. It was my usual- best intentions- bad follow through! But here, you can see for yourself!

* Learn to use (and actually use!) a calendar/planner and address book
Yes and No… I got a planner and I have used it quite a bit, but judging by the 3 appointments I showed up for on the wrong day, I think I still have a bit of work in this department.

* Master a proper Thai red curry dish
I’d say no… I did find a package mix that we like, but I don’t think opening a package counts as mastery. πŸ™‚

* Record one main thought or idea from each day in a moleskine notebook, could be a complete thought or even just one word! (so I can a.) have a good reason to buy a moleskine and b.) sound cool when I casually mention said moleskine, oh yeah and c.) record the lessons and challenges and victories of every day life. My memory fails me and often if I don’t have to verbalize a thought it passes right through without really registering.)
Nope. I bought the moleskin, but it only has about 10 days worth of “thoughts” in it.

* Watch at minimum 3 episodes of Gilmore Girls each week while walking or running on the treadmill

*Replace all juice and milk with water
I wish this said replace all juice and milk with coffee, that I could say yes to.

* Purchase and read 1 book of poetry

*Memorize at least 1 chapter of Psalms.
Yes if the 23rd Psalm counts. But I really had meant another one.

*Purchase and read 3 Christian biographies
I think I bought and read 2… so it was close.

*Sit outside to watch the stars come out
Yes. Lovely.

*Get a really beautiful picture of Sarah (my sister) and I
Not really. Would still love to make this happen at some point.

*Buy and remodel a round pedestal table for our kitchen (with 6 chairs)
YES!!!!! And I LOVE it!

*See the sunrise on the beach
When we spent a night at Inn on the Harbour last year I got up early to watch the sun rise over the water from the library window seat. It was such a peaceful hour.

*Write and MAIL 1 letter every week
Didn’t write or mail a single one.

*Replace all negative comments about my children with praise for them
ohhhhhh. I really wish I had come back more often to look at this list. This is one I still need to work on.

*Read Little Pilgrims Progress to my son (1 chapter at a time)
Yes! And he loved it! And actually got most of it. So cool to read one of my favourites to him!

*Take a photography class
I wish.

*Have 3 nature dates with Jesus
I wish.

*Do 1 adventurous thing.
I think this move to the country sort of counts…

*Write thank you letters to my mentors (mostly authors who have no idea who I am!!)
I wrote one to Donna Otto and gave it to her when she was here. But that was as far as I got.

*Give up something for Lent
blogs and Facebook

*Collect used classic literature. Used (previously loved) books give me the warm fuzzies and I want my kids to grow up with well loved books
Not a single one this year. πŸ™

And now the tricker ones to measure… (I won’t bother trying to measure how I did… they are definitely still on my list of goals for this year!)

Be real and really honest. I found this old quote that I saved on my computer a million years ago (have no idea who wrote it, from a blog I think)… ”If you want to know yourself, let others know you, Let them know the good, the bad, the incredibly misshapen and ugly parts that embarrass you. Let them see your scars and wounds, and let them re-examine those wounds, which will be painful. Let them know your hopes and where your hopes have been killed. ALlow them to hear the dreams you had of saving the world when you were a child. Let them speak into your life, and find people that will value your voice and will let you speak into their lives as well.” I like this because it reminds me of this and this.
Remember that I am not in control.
Smile A LOT.
Work harder.
Play every single day.
Be immersed in Scripture (be it one verse or multiple books, just be soaking it in all the time).
Love more, the real self-denial kind of love.

Even though my list was a bit hit and miss, I still and probably always will love the idea of resolutions. Nothing quite like a fresh year stretching out before you and big dreams about what it could be full of!

I’ll be back with my 2012 list!

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  • Reply gottabekd December 31, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Now I’m afraid to go back and look what I put. Admirable goals, all of them! Sure, moving to the country is adventurous!

  • Reply GP December 31, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Dude, the moving to the country one TOTALLY counts and was a homerun of an adventure too πŸ™‚

    I’ll totally be pen pals if you want to write letters in 2012 πŸ˜€ I started it with a few friends and it’s super fun.

    I was going to say I don’t do resolutions but LOL if you look at my profile, I have a glaring goals list down the side πŸ˜€ It may not be new years resolutions but it’s the same thing haha.

    Here’s to 2012, you guys settling in, you learning your house and making it your own, much happiness, health, love and laughter and your hearts desires coming true πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tash December 31, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Send me your new address and I’ll write you a letter! Xxx

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