What’s Been Accomplished This Year

On my birthday, I wrote a post titled, “Hopes & Wishes For The Year Coming.” In it I outlined what I hoped to accomplish this year. Now, more than six months later, let’s evaluate where we are:

  1. Give blood on a regular basis again — DEPENDS ON WHAT COUNTS
  2. Volunteer at least once a month — WORKING ON IT
  3. Work out more (or at all) — I WAS!
  4. Visit new places — already have New Orleans and Florida on the list — I DID AND THEY WERE GREAT! A FAMILY VACATION TO DISNEY WORLD AND A CONFERENCE IN NEW ORLEANS
  5. Meet more of my internet friends in real life — ABSOLUTELY HAVE DONE THAT!
  6. Continue to build the relationships with people I first met on the internet — I’m looking at you, RafatJuli and Julia! — and the wonderful people who are still friends with me after all these years — AGAIN, I’D SAY THIS HAS HAPPENED FOR SURE. IT’S INCLUDED TRIPS TO CAPE COD, WASHINGTON, DC AND NEW YORK CITY.
  7. Send more handwritten notes — WHILE MANY OF THEM THANK YOU NOTES, MANY OF THEM WERE SIMPLY NOTES TO SAY HI, AS WELL.
  8. Not eat at the same restaurant more than twice — there are too many good ones here to continue eating at the same places — CAN’T SAY I’VE DONE THIS. THERE’S A NEIGHBORHOOD PUB THAT WE LOVE AND IT’S CONVENIENT.
  9. Try more new recipes — if you have any favorites, leave links in the comment section. Thanks! — I’VE TRIED A FEW, BUT WOULD LOVE TO TRY MORE. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
  10. Get rid of some debt — WOO HOO! YES!!
  11. Save more — WOO HOO (AGAIN)! YES!!
  12. Learn how to use my Mac better — been a PC girl all my life and love my Mac, but having a tough time with some of the transition — DONE AND DONE, THOUGH STILL LEARNING
  13. Write more articles for work which make me proud — I’VE WRITTEN A LOT THAT MAKES ME PROUD, BUT HAVE MORE AHEAD OF ME.
  14. Read more — as in books. I used to be a voracious reader, then life and technology got in the way. Need to get back to it. — STILL WORKING ON THIS ONE. IT’S BAD WHEN YOU CAN’T “FIND TIME” TO READ FOR FUN.
  15. Try to get my dog to understand the mailman isn’t a bad person, or our neighbors, or their dogs. This will be a tough one. — I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY HOPE ON THIS ONE.
  16. Find a bathroom cleaning fairy — ok, so that one isn’t likely going to happen, but it’s my birthday and my wishes. — STILL LOOKING!
  17. Be in front of change, not behind it — CERTAINLY BEEN INVOLVED IN A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS ABOUT CHANGE AND CHANGES TO MAKE.
  18. Continue to expand my musical selections — thank you, Robyn! — YES, THANK YOU, ROBYN!
  19. See more live music — French Horn Rebellion, Dispatch and NKOTBSB on the docket so far! — SAW THOSE PLUS MAROON 5 AND TRAIN. THEY WERE ALL GREAT SHOWS.
  20. Take and edit more video — I have so much fun doing this and I simply don’t do it enough. — I’VE TAKEN MORE VIDEO, BUT NOT NECESSARILY EDITED IT. NEED TO DO MORE OF THAT.
  21. I hope to get some of the restitution owed to me from when my house was burglarized, though I’m not holding my breath on that one. — I’VE RECEIVED $30. AND HE’S BEEN ARRESTED AGAIN. DOUBT I’LL EVER SEE MY MONEY AGAIN.
  22. Visit more museums — like restaurants there are so many in this city! — NEED TO WORK ON THIS ONE.
  23. Become better acquainted with the city so that I can give better directions — I HAVE BEEN DOING A FAIRLY GOOD JOB OF THIS.
  24. Learn other bus routes, not just the one that goes by our house — SUCCESS! I’VE TAKEN AT LEAST TWO OTHER BUS ROUTES AND AM FAMILIAR WITH THEM.
  25. Actually work on developing my business plan — sorry, that’s all you get on that one — WORKING ON IT
  26. Explore more of my new state — especially during the summer! — THE TRIP TO CAPE COD COUNTED, I THINK.
  27. Watch Syracuse become national champions again — STILL WAITING
  28. Go to a Celtics game and a Patriots game — PERHAPS THIS SEASON? WELL, IF THE NBA CAN GET ITS ACT TOGETHER, AT LEAST.
  29. Continue to surround myself with smart, innovative, fun people — DONE AND DONE
  30. Visit my family on the west coast — WE WERE THERE IN SEPTEMBER AND GOT TO SEE SO MANY OF THEM. IT WAS FANTASTIC.
  31. Donate more of the clothes that I never wear — DONE AND DONE
  32. Love my husband and all of his quirks — yes, I already do this, but I promise to continue to do so — MY HUSBAND IS MY ROCK AND I AM SO LUCKY HE CHOSE ME.
  33. Become a mom — no this is not an announcement, just a goal — NOW I CAN MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT. IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW YET, YES, I AM EXPECTING TWINS AT THE END OF THE YEAR. I WAS NOT PREGNANT WHEN I WROTE THAT, BUT CLEARLY WAS HOPING TO BE. WE ARE THRILLED AND GOING BACK TO NUMBER 1 ON THIS LIST, I’VE GIVEN MY FAIR SHARE OF BLOOD IN THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS, THOUGH NOT TO BE DONATED.

All in all, I think this year is going quite well. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the year spans out.

What are your goals before the end of the year?

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One response to “What’s Been Accomplished This Year

  1. It’s great to not only make the list, but actually reflect on it and year later and make a conscious effort to meet some of those goals. There’s a lot I hope to accomplish a year from now–I need to start working on my own list!

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