Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2012 Aspirations Update

Thought I'd document, for myself and others if you're interested, how my 'aspirations' for the year are going...

1. Weight loss - UGGG!!!! Okay, not that I *really* expected this year to be different from all the rest, but I was hopeful. I'm pretty sure I gained the 3 lbs I managed to lose (probably a bit more too), but at this point I'm back down those same 3 lbs. Not where I wanted to be, but it is still in the right direction, so I'm going to take it and keep going. Trying to get out of the 'all-or-nothing' mind set with this.

2. Reading Goals - I'm doing really well with this:) (hince the sitting on my hiney and not loosing the weight!! :) I started with the goal of 12 books for the year, then upped it to 24 and then upped it again to 30. I've read 7 of those books so far, everything from books I had to really push myself through to ones that took less than 24 hours to read -and yes, some of those hours *should* have been spent sleeping and a LOT of those hours should have been spent cleaning:).

3. Stitching goals - I'm doing well with this, though I haven't had any finishes for a while, I'm still stitching away. I was having some problems being able to focus on my projects so I got my eyes checked and for the first time in my life I'm now wearing glasses. A pretty minor prescription, but it really does help on the close up things that I do. So while I'm still stitching I've decided to lower my goal on this for the year. I was hoping for 30 projects by the end of the year and now I am going for 24. This is still quite a step up for me and I think very realistic. I completed 5 in January, so even with no finishes for the month of Feb, I'm still ahead of the game. And I have one that is real close to being done and another that is getting there, but still has some time left.

4. Organization/housework - I never did a post on this 'aspiration'. I just wasn't sure what my goal would be for this. Surely I want to get 'more' organized and do 'better' with the housework, but I couldn't find a concrete goal to work towards. One thing that I have done is to create a school planner of my own. I bought a very pretty one at the homeschool conference last year and I really wanted it to work for us. I used it for months, though there are lots of pages I never touched, but it just wasn't flowing well for me. I know the creator of that planner made it with larger families in mind, ones that might need more reminders or lots of room to write plans and activities down, but we have an only child we are working with, and it just was too much for me. So I made my own, adding pgs that are relevent to me and dd specifically, and had it bound (for $4!!!). I just picked it up on Friday and have been super busy since then, so haven't gotten around to using it much yet, but will start today with it:) I put it together rather quickly, so I'm sure that next year's will be a bit different, but I'm really excited about it. And it has my daily chores in it as well as a blogging/crafting calendar (these pages will be riped out at the end of the year to leave us with a record of dd's school year), so this should help with the organizing and the housework all in one:)

I do hope to get more into blogging as well (hince the blogging calendar) as I really like being able to read back and see my progress with different things. It's also a good reminder for those things that I said I want to do, but never got around to doing. So while this isn't really an 'aspriation', it is something I'm working towards as well.

Well, that's all for today. Got to get dd to finish up her work for today as she has a 'communication/speech' class with a 4-H group later today. This has been a real fun way to practice public speaking for her.


Shanda said...

Sounds like you are really doing good with your aspirations!! Keep up the great work!! Love the music on your blog :)

Mouse said...

ooooo well done on the goals you are achieving .. love the reading bit is bad for the weight loss ... mmmm that must be my problem to many stitching chart readings heheheh ... and love the sound of the organiser too :) love mouse xxxx