To stay accountable, I will revisit my 2013 goals each month.
January was a crazy month because we were hit with the stomach plague that’s been going around.
It lasted for about two weeks. That threw off my schedule a bit, but I’m getting back on track. Here’s where I left off with January.
1. Get better at using my camera.
Complete honesty – I barely touched my camera in January. I did, however, buy a flash diffuser and I’ve played with that a bit. I want to play with my lightbox. (Because once the lights are set up, I’m pretty sure I can lure a kitty in there and take the greatest cat portraits of my life.) That’s on the list for February.
2. Read at least 75 books in 2013.
With that goal, I need to read 6.25 books each month. I read five. I’m not including the 6 books written by Marian Keyes that I started and stopped reading after 20 pages. I will be spending 10+ hours on a plane this month, so I suspect I’ll have more than enough to make up for the deficit from last month.
I haven’t touched anything close to a garden. I did review which veggies I need to plant during each month. I still have a lot of work to do to make this happen.
4. Stay Organized
I’m on this one. I added some additional tools to keep my office and worklife more organized and they are helping a lot. I’m also doing a written meal plan. These are things that deserve their own posts.
5. Create a fitness routine.
This is still a mess. The virus made me miserable for two weeks and I wasn’t doing much. I started walking again. I also purchased a ballet barre to install in our exercise room. Sadly, there isn’t a place in the room where I can use it safely. (The one spot that is open doesn’t have studs so that we can mount it on the wall.) I will likely need to return it because there’s really no other spot for it.
6. Save more.
I’m doing okay here. I have an automatic transfer to my Capital One 360 account that I make each time I get paid. It’s not a ton, but it’s getting me into the habit of saving. I’m also working really hard to cut grocery costs when possible so that I can save money there. The more I save there, the more than I can put into savings each month.
As for the theme of the year, I’m doing okay.
Success. I’m doing about the same there. Focusing on favorable outcomes whenever possible.
Joy. I think I tried my best. But two weeks with a stomach virus will make anyone a little crabby.
Balance. I’m definitely doing better here. I’m giving myself more personal time. I’ve spent under an hour working for the past two weekends, which is a big change. I’ve got more progress to make, but it’s definitely improving.