We are one-third of the way through 2013 so it’s time for my first resolutions check-in. I like to make a lot of resolutions for the following year with the understanding that I won’t achieve them all but they give me a good basis to work from. I am a very goal-oriented person by nature, so I just love making resolutions and then setting goals towards achieving them. So let’s see how I’m doing right now, shall we?
Health and Fitness
> Lose 50 lbs. No progress made so far.
> Train for a 5K, and set a new personal record. I’m on a running hiatus for now, since I realize how much I just don’t love it. I was hoping to run Iron Girl this month and try for a new PR but decided against participating. Maybe I’ll come back to running one day – but I’m pretty sure I need about 35 sports massages for my messed-up leg muscles before it’s possible to run pain-free.
> Get my wisdom teeth removed. I haven’t made any progress with this goal and my wisdom teeth haven’t been hurting at all. I know I should get them removed, but unless they’re hurting, I don’t really see the point.
> Eat less meat. This goal is always on my mind. I really want to get to a place where I’m more comfortable with meatless dishes and not so dependent on meat for my protein source. And I’m still traumatized by the chapter on how meat is produced in Skinny Bitch.
> Quit soda cold turkey. Success! I went 30 days without it earlier this year and my body has rid itself of its dependence on caffeine. I used to be someone who could drink caffeine all the time and still sleep like a baby, but now if I have anything with caffeine after a certain time, I’m up for hours. I still drink soda, but usually caffeine-free beverages and not nearly as much as I used to.
> Complete the Spartan 1,000. I’m not ready for the full Spartan yet. Maybe later this year!
> Put myself on a strict budget and evaluate how I am doing on a monthly basis. Success! I’m starting to pay more attention to my spending habits and I’m doing well to adhering to my budget. (Though my cruise has halted some of my goals for now.) While I could certainly do better, I’m really happy with the way I’m handling my finances this year.
> Save at least $83 per month to have $1,000 saved by the end of the year. Eek! I did well in January and February, but had to use some of my savings to book the cruise. This is still an area I need to work on.
> Pay off my last credit card. Success – paid it in full in January! I really worked to getting my credit card back to its limit, because it was something I struggled with last year.
> Set up a payment plan with the collection agency holding my ER visit bill. Not yet. It’s something I keep putting off because I really don’t feel like dealing with it, but I know I just need to bite the bullet and make the call. I know I’ll feel so much better about it once I do!
> Spend less than $100 on Kindle books. Success! I have spent less than $10 so far this year. Of course, I did have a $25 Amazon gift card from Christmas to use up, but I’m doing well with this goal so far.
> Write and edit a novel. No progress made yet. I’ve been too busy writing guest posts and posts for this blog to even think about fiction writing right now.
> Participate in NaNoWriMo 2013. I can’t wait! I had such a blast with NaNoWriMo last year and I hope I can mimic my success this time around.
> Get at least 3 freelance articles published. No progress made on this goal yet.
> Write 50 guest blogs. I added this resolution late, when I decided to write 50 guest blogs in an effort to become a better writer and grow my portfolio. Currently, I have written 22 guest posts. Almost halfway there!
> Buy a car. Success! Purchased in February – she is a beauty and I’m so happy I have my own wheels now! It feels amazing.
> Go to 3 social events per month. I’m not keeping track of this goal like I should be. I’m attending book club (missed February’s meeting but went to January’s and March’s) and have been on a few coffee dates with friends, but that’s about it. I don’t meant to be such a hermit, but sometimes, it’s just easier to stay home than put myself out there with people I don’t know. I need to figure out a way to make this goal without driving myself crazy.
> Travel by myself to visit a blog friend. Still planning on doing this one – somehow! I’m really itching to visit NYC this year so I will figure out a way to make that happen.
> Get a tattoo. I know exactly what I want to get and where. I’ve been thinking about getting this tattoo for almost a year now, so I know it’s something I really want – not just something I’m doing on impulse. My next step is to just do it!
> Complete Project 333. Planning on starting this in June. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to talk about it more!
> Send one piece of snail mail a month. UM. Completely forgot about this goal. So.
> Read 100 books. I have read 25 books so far. I’m 1 book behind schedule, but I think this goal is entirely doable.
> Memorize 24 Bible verses by participating in the Siesta Scripture Memory Team. I’ve fallen off track with memorizing my Bible verses. I memorized the first two with no issues and then just fell apart after that. I should be on Verse #7 right now so I have to do some catch-up on this goal!
Completed Goals: 5
Goals I’m on track to complete: 12
Goals that will take a LOT of hard work to complete: 4
Goals I completely forgot about/not so sure about completing anymore: 2
Only a third of the way into 2013 and I would say I’m doing okay! I’ve already crossed off five goals (or I know I’ll be able to cross them off by the end of the year) and I’m on track with 12 other goals (which includes goals I just need to do like getting a tattoo and completing NaNoWriMo). Then there are four goals I will need to work really hard at to complete (losing 50 lbs and saving $1,000 by the end of the year make the list) and two goals that I’m not so sure about anymore.
I don’t make these resolutions with an attitude of having to cross every item off my list, but with the knowledge and understanding that these are goals I want to achieve and there are a lot of them so even being able to cross out half of this list will be deemed a success. Plus, goals are very fluid and change over the course of twelve months so nothing is set in stone.
Looking forward to the next three months, I want to set five goals to achieve:
- I want to lose 20 lbs.
- I want to call about my ER bill and set up a payment plan.
- I want to get a tattoo.
- I want to get back on track with memorizing Scripture.
- I want to have one freelance article published – paid or not.
How are you doing on your resolutions? Have you had your wisdom teeth removed yet?