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Every New Year I list my top ten memories or accomplishments from the out going year and set 10 goals for the incoming year. Before I do that I like to look at the lists from the previous year. Of my 10 goals I set for 2015, I completed 7 of them. I even exceeded a few.
- Completed my Associate in Claims in February.
- Went to the ANWA Writer’s Conference.
- Added 7001 words to my book, even though my goal was only 5000. I was working on another book at the beginning of the year, but I got bogged down in the story. I had another story tickling my brain but I kept pushing it off because I had to finish what I started. I’m not a quitter you know! At writer’s conference I realized how much I have learned about writing since I started writing that first book. And I gave myself permission to take it to a good stopping point and come back to it later. The excitement of starting a new project (and a 4 day writing retreat) propelled me past my goal by the end of June.
- Posted to my blog monthly. Not only did I post every month, I published 22 blog post. That’s almost double my goal!
- My goal was to read 18 books, but I finished my 19th book on New Year’s Eve.
- I did awesome at tracking my food intake on My Fitness Pal! My goal was 5 days a week, but I tracked it almost every day last year.
- In August I started a new position as a total loss claim associate.
Unfortunately that leaves three goals unmet.
- One was hard to keep track of and harder to obtain, to exercise or play a game with the kids. Some weeks their are only with me a couple of school nights and life was too busy to have time to play. There were also a few times they spent the entire week with their dad. My intention was to set time to have fun together. It doesn’t seem like it should be that hard, but then there’s life.
- I decided to start scrapbooking digitally and print the books on Snapfish. My goal was to catch up on the last four years, I actually finished zero.
- My final failed goal was to lose 10 pounds, but I gained weight last year instead.
There’s no use in beating myself up for the missed goals. I can learn from them just as much as I can from the goals I met. I continue to learn to fine tune them and focus in on what’s most important to me. I still working on not trying to do more than I can, but continue to push myself to improve.
So as you look back to 2015, what were your accomplishments and lessons learned? As we share, we can all get a broader perspective and support each other.
The kids are out of school and the weather’s confirming that summer is in full swing with temperatures approaching 110! So how does a typical Arizona family have fun in the boiling heat? I don’t know about everyone else but here’s a few of our favorites of the week.
- A trip to Flagstaff – we explored Sunset Crater, Lowell Observatory and the Riordan Mansion.
- ANWA meeting – it’s always good to get my creativity and enthusiasm recharged.
- Arizona Science Center – I was surprised there were already some changes since the last time we went, good ones of coarse.
So maybe we do more to escape the heat instead of having fun in it. Hanging out in the air conditioning, I found these online favorites.
- I love Kari’s view of her son’s camping experience.
- I’m hoping to get some scrapbooking done this weekend and Silhouette’s sketch might be helpful.
- I’m not sure what dulce de leche is, but Your Homebased Mom has a crock pot recipe and it looks yummy!
- Our latest family book club for The Sisters Grimm is up over at Arizona Mama!
So what are your summer favorites?
Was it just me or did May swoosh by for anyone else. There was so much going on I had a harder than usual time keeping up! Here’s how it sliced!
1 – Associate Degree for me! This has been a goal I’ve worked on for over two decades (yes, I’m slow)! It is definitely a part of this year’s word – Nurture.
2 – Recipes added to Real Food for Real People; one of them was even mine!
3.2 – Pounds lost!
9 – Flavors of cheesecake sampled from The Cheesecake Factory. What an excellent girls night out!
11 – Scrapbook layouts finished.
15 – Projects complete. I’ve never met the original goal, but 15 is good for me!
16 – Blog posts.
42 – Names added to my Personal Ancestral File.
624 – Page views.
I’d love to hear how your May sliced up!