Back in January, I posted my goals for the year, both the big picture and the more granular. The year’s halfway gone (half empty), but with six months left, there is plenty of time to make serious progress before 2015 (half full).
I’ll admit I haven’t kept my eyes as firmly on these goals as I have in years past, largely because when we moved the bulletin board containing them came down, and it hasn’t gone back up. (Clearly, my physical space has a huge effect on me. But I digress.)
Despite this, I’m doing pretty well with the big picture goals, probably because they’re always top of mind, and limited to five: to focus on vision, marriage, self-care, writing, and home life.
My specific, bite-sized goals for the year are more hit and miss. Here’s a look back at those goals, and how I’m doing with them:
Tackle the nagging tasks
Back up my laptop. I’m doing this regularly, using this drive. Change my hosting for MMD.
Make the switch to a password manager.
Writing and blogging
Find or form a writing group.
Write a few guest posts for new-to-me sites. Any recommendations?
Pitch a magazine. (I don’t really care about this any more, and am considering dropping it.)
Write 500 words a day. Use Pinterest and Instagram well. I’m erring on the side of giving myself too much credit here.
Work my way through Let’s Make Some Great Art.
Things I want to try/experience
Make tamales with the kids.
Take the kids to a high school football game.
Walk a labyrinth.
Attend a JASNA meeting. (More on that here.) I went to a tea-tasting back in January. It was … fine.
The year of great self-care
Schedule regular massages. So far, yes—and my neck and shoulders thank me for it.
Turn the lights out at 10:00 pm unless I have a really good reason not to. Since we moved, bedtime has been late. I’m paying for it!
Revisit the Whole 30 twice. I need a reset a couple of times a year.
Practice twenty pull-ups every day. Not since we took the pull-up bar down to move. Time to regroup.
Get 10,000 steps every day. More on that here.
Open the Book of Common Prayer every day. This is so not happening. But since I was writing this goal update, I went to actually locate the book.
Find or form a book club. (Especially a Kid Lit book club.) I’m still interested in this. The big question: is it worth the effort?
Read some travel writing,
something by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Wuthering Heights. Bill Bryson, here I come.
Re-read the books listed here, most of which I’ve chosen because they keep me focused on things to important to forget.
Finally get to the books I’ve been meaning to read for way too long. I’m 3 for 5 so far.
Connect with a local homeschooling group. (More on that here.)
Make time and space for Jack and Sarah to blog. Not really.
Celebrate special breakfasts, again. I love this one, which makes it really easy to keep up with.
Celebrate the happy things. Hmmm. Sometimes?
Create photo books out of our family photos. I was making progress—until we moved. (Common theme this year. Sigh.)
Frame some family photos to display in our home. Nothing yet.
Any big goals for 2014? I’d love to hear all about them in comments!
P.S. My new approach to goals for the year is still working pretty well.