Here is what I’ve accomplished nine months after I first made my Resolutions –
This is a smooshed-up review of August and September
1. Lose 15 Pounds – Success! I have a few races (4 Miles in October, a Turkey Trot in November) planned for the rest of the year and a hope to maintain the success I’ve had through the now impending Holidays. I might possibly achieve my pre-pregnancy weight (a 6 pound loss still) by the end of the year. However – I feel satisfied with what I’ve completed so far and look forward to increasing the amount of weight i can lift and decreasing my mile time. (both goals for next year I think…)
2. Be a good friend – With the solidification of my new organizational method (I mentioned it briefly in this post) I’ve been able to gain more of a sense of accomplishment with this goal. Now I’m able to look to at least 7 or 8 concrete, measurable steps I take toward meeting it each week. This was a good instance where re-framing the issue came in handy. I also wrote this post determining what I thought being a good friend was in adulthood anyway.
3. Read 10 Important Books – I read 2 important books for my career, one each in August and September. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, and The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge. At this point I’ve lowered the bar quite a number of times on this goal, so much so that I’m not sure it’s as meaningful as I intended in January. I’ve got three more books I’m planning to try to read for the rest of the year, but I will have to think more carefully about making a similar goal next year. I want to strive to avoid tunnel vision academically but also don’t always find the impetus to read difficult primary documents in my free moments.
4. Family First – Again, the organizational method to the rescue. Its easy to see what steps to take to put my family first and to see that I’m celebrating them as integral and necessary to my own development and happiness. Also, our family vacation in August was simply amazing!
5. Practice Better Blogging – Stuck to my schedule here, made a “Posts for the Rest of the Year” spreadsheet in order to copy Relishments (haha… but really, yes.) and working on the “better title” thing for Connect Shore.
6. Be An Active part of my Communities – Over the course of this year I’ve been surprised how much this goal snowballed. By that I mean, the more I reached out, the more I was drawn in. The more time I spent searching for facebook events to join, groups I could increase my participation in, and saying “Yes!” the happier I felt. Sometimes as a stay at home mom I question whether I’m an extrovert, but then I remember the charge I get from volunteering, conversing, and being a part of groups. I am a very active part of my communities – and will enjoy even further participation in the future. Most notable in September – I signed up (finally!) to volunteer with Green Salem and really did make it to an Art Throb launch! I also was able to propose leading a book club at my church.
7. Improve my Sustainable Living – Farmer Dave’s farm share is winding down, but we’ve found a winter share through the end of the year. I’ve been trying to get more careful about writing down what I want several weeks before I need it to give myself time to look for used items without pressure, which has somewhat been working. I’ve been improving my theoretical understanding lately of sustainable development by working slowly through this primer (its a pdf) by Robert Kates. As I read along I’m careful to search for other sources of material. I’m hoping that this study will translate into career opportunities in the future – but it’s very open ended right now. Also, I signed up to hear Bill McKibben (and others) speak in November in Boston – I’m excited!
8. Grow Spiritually. It’s totally subjective of course, but over the course of the year I’ve been trying to be more grateful and to mutter under my breath “people succeed in groups” whenever I feel a twinge of jealousy over others opportunities. Yet, coupled with prayer, I think I have found myself more content, joyful, and satisfied with my life. (Even though I’m still not famous, like a riffed on as my number 2 lie I’ve believed in this post at Connect Shore)
Beginning the process of co-leading a devotional book club at my church (see the above poster) has also increased my ears to hear spiritual leading from God, and caused me to love Him more. And again on the organizational method – breaking the day into segments has provided natural times to pray, and weekly reminders to reflect – both potent reinforcers.
How are your New Years Resolutions Going?