Wow. We're a month into 2010 already. Time to check in on my goals!
1. Take at least one overseas trip.
No progress yet on this one.
2. Read 30 books.
I've read (or listened to) 3 books so far this year, with three more in-progress. 30 per year is 2.5 per month, so I think I'm in good shape here.
3. Get to a healthy size.
I am working very hard on this goal right now and I'm making steady progress. I am down only a few pounds, but I feel stronger and better every day, and I am making very good choices as far as what I eat, not just restricting calories by eating less of the same crap. I think I'm doing very well with this goal so far.
4. Save $500/month.
I've set up a direct withdrawal from my checking account to my savings and made my first $500 monthly deposit about a week ago.
5. Give 5%.
This one has required a lot of thought. Once I arrived at the amount I felt most comfortable giving (as a percentage of income), I decided to set myself up as a monthly giver to several organizations of which I am particularly supportive (I intend to post about those specific organizations at some point, so I won't go into them here). Those monthly donations add up to about 3.5% of my take-home income. The other 1.5% is reserved for one time donations to things as they come up. Obviously, this month, the big thing was relief for Haiti. Next month, I'll probably give the 1.5% to the V-Day organization. My goal is to even out at about 5% of my take-home for the year, and I think I'm on the right track. My hope is that once I get used to giving 5%, I can increase the percentage to a true tithe.
6. Start retirement savings.
This is done! I opened a traditional IRA, funded if fully for 2009, and plan to fund it fully for this year as well.
7. Join something.
No progress on this goal. I'm still not even quite sure what I was thinking when I made it a goal. It is pretty far outside my comfort zone. Probably I'll put it off for a few months, unless something that seems perfect appears.
8. Write a novel.
Again, not one I'm working on right now.
9. Create something.
I'm doing a bit of this, in fits and starts. I've made a few bath products in the past couple of weeks, for the first time since we moved here. I'm working on some printed tea towels for a swap. Baby steps.
10. Remember birthdays and send cards.
I sent out a passel of birthday cards in January! I didn't realize how many people I know were born at the beginning of the year. With my Google calendar all set up to remind me a week before anybody's birthday, I hope I have this goal well underway. One thing is that I need to find somewhere better than Target to buy cute and funny cards--if I am going to go to the trouble of sending them, I want them to be cool. Really, I should be combining this goal with #9 and making my own cards, but I don't think I'm quite there yet.
All in all, I'm very happy with my January progress. Here's to a good start!