Friday, August 31, 2012

12 in 2012 : another update

_X_ 1. Learn how to make fabric flowers successfully. 
Completed!! And why, oh why, did I wait until the end of August to try this?!? I LOVE it! In fact, it inspired a new painting series called Priscilla. I can't wait to show them to you when I'm finished. But in the mean time, here's my first crop of rolled fabric flowers:

___ 2. Read "Gone With the Wind"
Last time I confessed to you that I had read the synopsis of GWTW on Wikipedia and well, this just ain't happening. Sorry. I've got other things I want to do with my time. Maybe another year... maybe. 

___ 3. Have a savings account with a balance that never dips below $500. (We've got it right now, let's see if we can keep it.)
Well. We had that. Then we went to Red River, bought two new tires for the Tahoe, bought a water heater, and our having to pay for attorney fees for BB's hearing and for his adoption coming up as well. Goodbye savings. BUT, I've been doing a look-through of our budget and September is going to bring about some changes. We make too much money to not have a savings account. That's just dumb to not have. So, we're getting back to that. 

___ 4. Lose 30 pounds. (I reset my Weight Watchers [WW] account today, I'm ready to start again!)
Almost there! I lost 25 pounds, and I kind of fell of my diet. :( And gained back 6 pounds. Whoops. It's the same thing that happened last year. BUT, this year, I'm refocusing and will try to spur on for the next 4 months so, come January 1st, I'll be 11 pounds lighter and will have met my goal! YAY!

___ 5. Run a 5K (oh Lord, help me.)
Umm... not happening. I told myself that I was either going to run a 5K or get pregnant. Well, I'm not doing either. BUT, we did get a newborn this summer and that's been pretty life-consuming, along with having a toddler running around. 5Ks can wait, babies are only tiny babies for so long. ;) 

_X_ 6. Purge my life & home of things that aren't beautiful and/or necessary.
While I am marking this one completed, I know this is an on-going task. But I've got a good start on it and hopefully it becomes more of a natural thing to do than something I need to set as a goal. 

_X_ 7. Prioritize my time, organize my home.
It's not always easy, and sometimes I do fail, but this goal is making our life better. Joey and I implemented a new "Family Night" for every Thursday evening where we spend time together as a family. All of us. Even the dog, lol. It's important to us to have that time together and that bond with each other and the children. 

___ 8. Work on my children's book/game ideas.
Hmmm.... this one has kind of taken a back seat to me growing my Etsy shop (and raising two boys). But I did look at my notebook of ideas the other day and two of my ideas are really stirring in me.

___ 9. Pay off at least 2 "dumb" debts. (like credit cards, etc.)
In progress. At this point, my new goal is to have just ONE of those dumb debts paid off. 

___ 10. Read the entire Bible in one year. 
In progress. I don't think I'm going to complete this, but I do read everyday and am studying for a class I'm teaching in September, so I'm reading.... just not through the whole Bible, yet. And that's okay with me. 

_X_ 11. Take more pictures. 
Yep! I take pictures all the time. Unfortunately, I can't show many to you because most of the pictures I take are of the boys. But, after BB's adoption goes through (which will be a while still) I'll catch you up on all the pictures. :) 

Here are some of my Instagram pics: 

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_X_ 12. Write more. (journaling, blogging, letters)
Yes, I've been journaling, writing more letters and have been trying to blog more writings and not just my regular blog stuff.

So in a recap, I've completed 5 goals. Am on my way to completing at least 3 others and have given up (for this year at least) on 3 other goals. I think this year has been good so far, and hopefully I can have a new surge of gusto for the next four months and complete more goals. 

Did anyone else have any new year's resolutions or goals in mind? How did those turn out?


  1. I love your list - I always mean to write down goals and go after them with intentionality ... and then forget and get busy with other things. So proud of all you've accomplished - you've done a lot so pat yourself on the back!!

  2. This is only MHO of goals.♥♥♥

    LOVE the fabric flowers.
    Why would anyone want to read GWTW. I attempted to see the movie in a theater back in the 60's and it was sooooo boring.
    Wish you luck on the $500 bank account. It would be nice but just a little unrealistic.
    Losing weight - hard to do, harder to maintain the loss.
    5K - YIKES! LOL
    Purging - yes, ongoing.
    Prioritize my time, organize my home.-ongoing and constant.
    Work on my children's book/game ideas.- good goal.
    pay off dumb debts - would be nice.
    Read the entire Bible in a year?????? We are always getting different messages, every time we read a passage.
    More photos - I LOVE this and excellent way to keep memories.


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