Well, we are currently seven weeks away from the end of 2012. How did that happen? I can’t believe we’ll have to start writing “2013” on things soon. Back in early October, I sat down and came up with a list of 10 goals I wanted to try to accomplish by the end of the year – some of them fun experiences, some of them more “to do’s” than anything else. I thought it would be wise to see how I’ve done over the past six weeks and what goals are still left to accomplish!
1. Visit the dentist and schedule a consultation for my wisdom teeth. Oy. This is one of those goals that I have put off because I sincerely hate the dentist and continuously put off my cleanings. But I made an appointment yesterday for a cleaning so one part of this goal will be completed. For my wisdom teeth consultation, well, I’m putting that off until next year. Mainly because of time off issues and the fact that I don’t get many days off so I have to ration and save up. I’m hoping I can get my wisdom teeth removed next summer, as long as they don’t bug me too much in the meantime. (They hurt off and on, but only for about a week and Advil helps to take away the pain. And then there’s no pain at all for months. Just comes and goes as it pleases, I guess!)
2. Lose 15 lbs. Oh, dear. I am 2 lbs toward this goal. Um. So. Prooooobably not going to complete this one as the next 7 weeks include Thanksgiving, an Orlando mini-vacation, my birthday, and Christmas. While it’s entirely possible to lose 15 lbs in the next 7 weeks if I buckled down, eliminated sugar and soda from my diet, and generally had The Worst Holiday Season Ever Ever Ever… I’m not going to do that. I am going to remain on plan, treat myself every once in a while, and try to bump up my exercise intensity to at least get halfway to this goal but I’m also not going to beat myself up if I end up enjoying the holiday season too much.
3. Carve a pumpkin and roast pumpkin seeds. Check! I completed this goal in mid-October and my pumpkin turned out really cute! Unfortunately, he also brought with him gnats and had to be removed before he even celebrate his one-week birthday. Yuck.
4. Finish “Twenty Something, Twenty Everything”. Check! I finally finished this book in mid-October. Once I made it past the tough journaling segment I was stuck on for two months, the rest of the book breezed by. I am thinking this is a book I’d like to read through again, more slowly (yes, even more slowly than my first time!) and blog about what I’m discovering because I seriously got so much out of this book and it’s worth a reread. (And I don’t say that about a lot of books!)
5. Spend a long weekend in Orlando. Soon-to-be check! My mom booked the hotel (her birthday gift to me!) and now I’m trying to decide what I want to do: a few days at Universal/Islands or Adventure or a few days at some Disney parks. I am really, really excited about this as I just love long weekends in Orlando. It’s the best way to mini-vacation here in Florida!
6. Start writing again. Um… BIG HUGE CHECK. As of today, I have written 17,134 words in my novel. I am having a really fun time writing and it’s becoming such a big part of my life that I know it’s something I want to keep doing (adhering to a daily word count) when the NaNoWriMo challenge is over. I am excited about writing again and believing in myself that someday, I will see my name on the spine of a book.
7. Join a book club. Check! I attended my first book club meeting last month and I’m attending my second one next week. This has been a goal of mine – to find a local book club – for a while and I’m so glad I shoved down all my social anxiety and nervousness to go and see what this group was all about. They do a lot of other meet-ups aside from the monthly book clubs so I’m excited about more opportunities to be social and get out of my bubble.
8. Participate in The Color Run. Ehh… this is one goal I’m not sure I’ll accomplish. Basically, registration is $55 which is outrageous for a 5K, even one that will be as fun as this one. It comes in the midst of the holiday season where I’m already strapped for cash. I need to see how my ankle holds up during the Turkey Trot 5K I’m walking on Thanksgiving, too. I completed a 2.5-mile walk on the treadmill last week and my ankle gave me some trouble (nothing major, just could tell it still needs time to heal) so I’m just not sure about this goal anymore.
9. Drink more water than soda. I am doing okay with this goal. I still drink too much soda and I know how bad it is for me, yet quitting has been so hard. I’m thinking a “cold turkey” situation needs to happen. I don’t want to become a diet soda drinker because it’s really not any better for me so I’m trying to formulate a plan for how I’m going to quit soda for good. For now, good but not great.
10. Host an end-of-year holiday giveaway. Oh, you guys! I am so excited for this goal. I have come up with the items I want to give away in my little holiday package and now I’m on a mission to find these things. I haven’t done a giveaway in a long time and this blog is well overdue for one. Yay!
Four goals completed and two well on their way to be completed – I’d say I am doing very well! Luckily, I gave myself lots of easily achievable goals but there are a few that will challenge me to get them completed. I’ll be back with my final update towards the end of the year (as well as a recap on my 2012 resolutions!).
Have a happy weekend, friends! I’m debating taking Dutch to a “Running of the Wieners” event in Dunedin tomorrow. He would race against other dachshunds and first place gets a $75 PetSmart gift card! I seriously think he could win (plus, since he’s 10, he’d be in the Senior Sausage category and that is just the best thing I’ve ever heard) because he’s a little speedster. Other than that, no big weekend plans. Just relaxing, writing, and watching football! Sounds absolutely perfect.
What is one goal you want to achieve by the end of 2012?