Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year, New and Improved List

Well, one year down, another to go!

2011 was a pretty great year for me - I got to quit the job I wasn't meant for and follow my dream by going back to school to become a teacher.  Comparing my life last  last-last! year (2009) to what it was like this last year (2010) is amazing.  I had time to spend with Tony, friends, and family, as opposed to always being at work or commuting.  I got to put my brain to use again (hooray!) and spend some time in the daylight - on weekdays no less!  All in all, I had a great year, and something tells me 2012 will be even better!

I did want to address my resolutions I made for 2010, i.e. my List.  I was so excited to make that list, and I had fun working to cross some things off.  However, I kinda knew it was a lofty goal to hit all 50.  I didn't even come close - only got 16 1/2!  For some, I would give myself partial credit, but I didn't feel right about crossing it off altogether (for instance, be a better friend - how can you quantify that and check it off??).  

So I didn't come close - but so what?  In January 2011 I had no idea what life would end up looking like.  Basically my life changed so much and my time was used in such a different way (hellllo homework!) that I couldn't have anticipated what was realistic.  That, and we tightened our finances even more to make the one-income thing work, so a few projects I hoped for are still in limbo.

With all that said, I want to keep the list going through this next year, and maybe beyond.  I've adapted it below based on a year's perspective.  I've replaced the ones I checked off with new ones, and got rid of the downright unreachable ones.  Who knows how much more I will achieve this year, but it's good to have a goal in mind, right?  :)

The [New & Improved] List:

{Purple = New or adapted items} {Gray = carryover}
  1. Do something that really scares me 
  2. Be confident!
  3. Eat a healthy diet
  4. Learn to garden - herbs in containers at least!
  5. Tell Tony what he means to me, often
  6. Read 50 books
  7. Sight see during fall leaf time
  8. Get professional photos of Tony and I 
  9. Learn how to make 3 new recipes that are edible 
  10. Refinish a large piece of furniture from the thrift store
  11. Make my wedding scrapbook
  12. Eat more fresh fruit
  13. Become a regular walker
  14. Give up Diet Coke altogether
  15. Tell people more often how much they mean to me
  16. Hand make 3 cards/gifts
  17. Revamp my blog's look
  18. Do something totally life-changing [again? why not!]
  19. Stop gossip and negative talk
  20. Go on a bigish vacation 
  21. Go on a little vacation 
  22. Organize our garage, for real this time
  23. Try a new smoothie recipe
  24. Build something from wood
  25. Be a better friend
  26. Start a new tradition
  27. Take a vitamin every day
  28. Volunteer more
  29. Buy/Build as needed so our closets can finally be organized.
  30. Read one article about the teaching world once a month
  31. Put up crown molding in our house (with Tony's help!)
  32. Add in arm workouts
  33. Plant fall bulbs for a spring surprise
  34. Stop procrastinating with school work
  35. Throw a party
  36. Make it to the lake at least once (or more!)
  37. Figure out how to backup my blog's history
  38. Go on a long bike ride
  39. Visit Atlanta landmarks I've missed
  40. Do a home safety check
  41. Go one month without fried foods - at all - no cheating
  42. Cancel our cable
  43. Floss more 
  44. Eat outside in balmy weather
  45. Reduce my sugar intake
  46. Redo two rooms in our house
  47. Find a daily/weekly cleaning routine I can stick with
  48. Improve our landscaping
  49. Paint the furniture in our guest room
  50. Love life, every day! 

I'd love to hear what your goals are, if you haven't already blogged about it!  Anyone else do the list method and actually make better progress than I did??


  1. Those are some good goals! I might have to steal a few. ;)

  2. This is such a great list, Claire. I'm totally with you on many of them. Good luck! I think you'll knock a lot of these out in 2012.

  3. I also feel that you will knock out a great deal of these this year. :)

  4. I agree with Courtney :).

    Many of these are on my list as well, and some I've never thought of before, but are now added.

    Thank you for sharing!


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