Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wrapping up 2011: Non-bookish goals

I started 2011 with a list of non-bookish goals I wanted to accomplish. I meant to be more mindful of my progress throughout the year, but in fact didn't look at my list even once, until just now. It was an eventful, lovely year but let's see how I did on those plans!

1. I was hoping that both my civil and spiritual wedding ceremonies would go smoothly. I still can't believe that I got married this year - twice! :-) Both were wonderful and beautiful and great, the best weddings I've ever been to. :-) I was a lucky girl because I found a perfect, magical person to perform our handfasting - my friend Larissa. It was perfect.

2. I turned 35 this year and I wanted to be conscious of that milestone. I think that I forgot about it for a while, but did start thinking about it more as it approached. I used the opportunity to re-evaluate where I am in life and decide where I want to be. The result is some exciting plans for the coming years!

3. I wanted to be more conscious of the beauty of the time I spend with my son, rather than complain about it. This one took a lot of effort, but I think I managed. Obviously I still lose my temper at times, I have zero patience, but I can honestly say that it's rare and that I am doing my best.

4. Goal number four was to get in shape. Ummm, nope, that didn't happen at all. Although I spent a large part of the year thinking about nutrition, not everything is turned into reality yet. And I still haven't made any room for exercise so this goal will remain on my list for 2012!

5. I wanted to get my finances in order. I definitely curbed my spending through most of the year, save our trip to Wales in August, where I went absolutely shopping crazy. Boy, was  it fun! But something must have changed because we were able to spend more money on Shane's school and on house stuff, so I guess progress was made for sure!

6. I wanted to travel more... I don't think this happened and I don't think it will any time soon. Traveling with a small child is no picnic!

7. I wanted to cook more and I definitely accomplished this one. We stopped buying processed foods and we cook a lot more from scratch. It's great!

8. I wanted to chill out... I think I did, in as much as someone with my character can... :-) I will never be a calm, zen person, but I think I achieved a kind of inner peace this year.

Not bad, especially since I wasn't consciously working towards any of these! I'm definitely pleased with myself. :-)


Larissa said...

It was an incredible honor ;-)

I believe you grew quite a bit this year, and I can't wait to see you going through your future plans!

Alex (The Sleepless Reader) said...

Even if you didn't complete all goals, it all looks very positive from where I'm standing! Looking forward to being around and seeing what you make of 2012!

joanna said...

Larissa - Ah yes, what will 2012 bring us, eh?

Alex - Thanks! Looking forward to being there for your important year too! :-)

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

I'm going to try to do less processed foods this year. Hard with Scott's allergies, but with some planning and work I think we can.

Hope 2012 is a great one for you!