2011 Goals Check In #1

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Wow, a month into 2011 already! Let's see how I did:

1. Read 30 books.
I'm making great progress here. To meet this goal, I need to average 2.5 books a month. I read five books in January, as well as finishing one audiobook. Another book and audiobook are underway.

Books I read:
1,000 Artist Journal Pages: Personal Pages and Inspirations edited by Dawn DeVries Sokol
Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures by Amanda Blake Soule
Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life edited by Elrena Evens
Half-Broke Horses (audio) by Jeanette Walls

In progress:
The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic by Darby Penney
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things (audio) by Randy O. Frost

2. Get at least one new stamp on my passport.
No progress here as yet.

3. Blog 5 times a week.
Over the course of January, I blogged 21 times here at WINOW and once at Heroine Content. That's an average of about 5.5 posts a week. Go me!

4. Journal every day.
I started out really well with this one, but fell off drastically when I started my new job. I'm going to try to re-commit in February.

5. Cook dinner at least once a week.
I cooked dinner four times this month (not counting leftovers): crockpot curried chicken, beef & Guinness pie, crockpot black bean and chicken chili, and pot roast. Tha'ts about once a week, and each of those meals actually fed us for at least two nights!

6. Fully fund my 401k.
Nothing doing here yet--gotta start pulling down a regular paycheck first and erase the debt built up while unemployed.

7. Save $15,000.
See #6.

8. Excel at my new job.
Things are going great so far. I'm not sure I've been given enough to do yet to really excel, but I feel competent and like I'm making good progress with what I have been given.

9. Make one positive health change per month.
I actually made two changes this month--I started exercising regularly (I joined the YMCA) and started keeping track to make sure I reached 5 vegetable/fruit servings per day. I've been very successful thus far with keeping to the exercise schedule (two days on, one day off), and have been meeting the fruits/veggies requirements about 2/3 of the time. I'd call that success with both goals. Since I think these two goals are key, and since I started two at once, I am going to keep going with the same two in February and hopefully by the end of next month they'll be habits.

10. Re-institute monthly date night.
I don't know if it has quite been "date night," but Mark and I went to the movies together twice this month, and that is definitely a start. We're planning partake in a fancy meal to celebrate my new job, too, just as soon as I get paid!

All in all, I feel like I've been extremely successful in progressing towards my 2011 goals in January. I only hope to do so well next month and keep the momentum going!


Sounds great - I love it when my blog friends are happy! (I also love Korres and the YMCA, too!)

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