In October, Danni over at oh, hello friend launched a "twelve by 2012" project- twelve goals she wanted to complete by the end of this year. She's invited others to take part, and I thought it would be fun to do it. Here's the original post, the end-of-October check-in and the one from November!
1. Go on a weekend roadtrip. We went to the Gentry Wilderness Safari last month, and Little Rock this month. Neither one was a weekend trip- they were both day trips- but they were a lot of fun!
2. Find every day ways to take better care of our immune systems. We've still been working on eating more balanced meals (more veggies!) and exercising. We even sporadically take vitamins. Heh.
3. Organize the closets in our house. Done. Totally done. And everything else is clean, too-- our kitchen cabinets, under the bathroom sink, the bins under our bed, etc. It feels pretty amazing.
4. Do at least three creative (non-paid) photoshoots. Yes! We did one! With the lovely and amazing Christy! And then we did another one with Emily. Win! We didn't do three, but the two we did were great.
5. Get our state sales taxes sorted out. Everything is FINALLY sorted out. It only took four months of back-and-forth letters and phone calls. We're all up to date, we've paid the back tax bills for both of our businesses, and we're good to go!
6. Read at least fifteen books.
In the last two weeks of October, I read:
Vanish by Tess Gerritsen
Two or Three Things I Know For Sure by Dorothy Allison
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
The Monsters Inside by Stephen Cole
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Awkward: What to do when life makes you cringe by Sam Scholfield
Storm Front and Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
Heartless by Gail Carriger
The Book of Lost Things by John Conolly
I hadn't read J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series since I was a teenager, and a dear family friend just gave me the first six books, so:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Spell Sword and The Forbidden Tower by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Grave Peril, Summer Knight and Death Masks by Jim Butcher
Prey by Michael Crichton
That's 25 books- so I'd say I met that goal.
7. Go through my clothes and pare down what I own to what I need. (Embarrasingly), four trash bags of clothes and accessories= given away!
8. Make significant headway on paying off our credit cards. Down about 65%, which feels great. We still have a bit to go, but we've made good headway.
9. Write ten letters to send the snail mail way. In October I wrote four, in November I wrote five, and this month I wrote two.
10. Start walking again. Still a fail on this one, because it is chilly and it gets dark so early now. However, we did get a kinect, and we've been dancing with it all the time, which is way more fun than being freezing in the dark outside after I get home from work.
11. Switch banks from Bank of America to a regional bank. Successful as of last month!
12. Bake three new kinds of bread. I made pumpkin coconut bread and apple cranberry bread. Yum! I also made two batches of french bread, which is something I've made before, but is pretty delicious.
Overall, I think this was a pretty successful experiment. Now that it's a new year, I think I may continue to make goal lists for two or three months at a time instead of trying to make resolutions for my whole year- which never seems to work.
If you took part in this project, how did yours go? And if not, do you have any resolutions or goals for the new year?