2009 Goal Progress Report, Week 18-19

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Another two-week update. I can't seem to get it together to remember to do these posts every Friday. To keep myself honest, I am going to check in here on all 13 goals:

#1: Read one book per week.
I gave up on Wicked and am about to start another audio book, but I can't remember which one. I'm still reading Under the Banner of Heaven. Slowly. Haven't had much time.

#2: Watch one movie per week.
Watched two movies on DVD--Vera Drake and Oliver Stone's W.. W. was about what I expected--interesting and funny, and good acting by Josh Brolin, but ultimately full of pretty cheap shots. Vera Drake was start-to-finish excellent.

#3: Take at least one overseas trip
Sadly, if this happens in 2009 it is going to have to be towards the end of the year, as we have a packed schedule through September. This may have to roll forward and become a 2010 goal.

#4: Improve my eating habits.
This is where I need to be putting my focus now, but I haven't been, and it is to my detriment. It would definitely be easier if my stress level weren't so high right now.

#5: Exercise regularly.
I am averaging one gym trip a week right now, which is better than 0, but isn't sufficient. This is the other thing I really need to be working on.

#6: Pay off my credit cards.

#7: Save at least $100/month.
This goal has been amended to $1,000/month. Hasn't happened yet for May, but it will as soon as my next freelance check comes in (should be early next week).

#8: Learn a new craft.
I haven't picked the cross stitch back up in weeks, just due to being busy, but I did order some beautiful silk thread from Ebay that has me wanting to. I'm planning to take stuff with me over vacation (leaving next Thursday!) and hopefully do some of it then.

#9: Journal and blog regularly.
Ug. Journaling is a total fail. I don't even know where the journal is. Blogging I am trying to keep up with, but I'm not getting more than 1-2 decent posts a week right now, which is not enough to feel like I'm meeting this goal. I'm having a lot of blogger's block, where I can't think of anything worth writing about. Who wants to read yet another post about how busy I am or what makeup I like, you know?

#10: Sell our house and move.
This is becoming a reality. Right now, M. and I are trying to decide if we need to apply for a small home equity loan to do the work we need to do on the house before listing it. It's something we've sort of put off deciding until after his defense and our trip, but we should have a decision made and be starting to put a plan into work by the end of this month, with a target move date of late August.

#11: Practice cooking.
Total fail. Haven't even though about it. This one is kind of back-burnered for the summer, I think, since Mark is home during the day and therefore can cook and I am still working overtime.

#12: Make my home more livable.
This has fallen by the wayside for the last few weeks with both Mark and I being so busy, but will come crashing back to priority status as of tonight, since his parents are coming into town tomorrow. Nothing like impending (not)in-laws to make you clean up!

#13: Build my freelance resume.
Nothing less than resounding success here. I am doing freelance grant writing, at a professional level, and have as much work as I can handle right now. I am going to have to make some decisions in the near-mid future about what direction I want to go with this and how dedicated to it I can really be, but right now I am focused on getting much needed experience, and it's happening.

Not a bad show, I don't think.


I had to put Wicked away too, it just wasn't keeping my attention. You've done really well on lots of your goals, Gracie.

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