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#20Resolutions Update - 5/19/19

Last month, I posted about a project I'd made for myself - I made 20 resolutions of things to finish by 2020. I started at the end of March, and now that I'm closing in on two months, you may be wondering how I am doing. Did I forget about it, or fall short and give up, like people do with New Year's resolutions?

Nope, I'm plugging away, and I'm making good progress in some categories, fair in others, and doing embarrassingly badly in others (hey, honesty is a thing with me).

Without further ado, these are my scores in each of the categories I set for myself. As of today, I have:

1. Finished reading two books

2. Lost no weight (actually have gained a few pounds, but I knew this category would be hard)

3. Gotten rid of NINE wardrobe items. Almost halfway done!

4. Made three new drawings in my sketchbook

5. Reached Level 19 in Spanish (yay, almost done!)

6. Reached Level 17 in French (up from 14!)

7. Stalled out at one finished art project

8. Written two blog posts

9. Knitted two scarves

10. Written five letters

11. Written six web articles (including this one)

12. Made two Etsy listings

13. Made no eBay listings

14. Made five charitable donations

15. Gotten four things out of the garage

16. Walked at least 20 miles a week every week (7 weeks)

17. Made five new friends

18. Visited four new places

19. Written zero poems

20. Taken three beautiful photos

So, at the target rate of two-three items per month, I'm a little behind on books, sketchbook drawings, blog posts, scarves, Etsy listings, and beautiful photos, and right on track with letters, charitable donations, getting things out of the garage, miles per week, new friends, and new places. I've got my butt stuck in the mud as far as losing weight, art projects, eBay listings, and poems, but I'm blazing along with wardrobe items, Spanish and French, and web articles. Since I'm pretty far ahead in some categories, I may be able to shut those down early and have more time to spare for the items I've been slower to achieve.

I'm really enjoying this challenge, and I continue to feel spurred on by my need to be accountable for the promises I made. I don't feel overwhelmed, yet, although I can see where things might become challenging as I start to run out of time. However, I remind myself that this is a self-made challenge, and I'm not about to stress out about it. My job is to try, so if I don't slaughter everything, I won't be crushed. I knew, based on bitter experience, that some things would be really hard to do (lose weight and finish art projects, for example). What is interesting is finding out what things are harder than I thought (making eBay listings) and what things are easier (foreign languages and getting rid of clothes), so this is kind of a journey of self-discovery.

Above is a photo I took that I call "Lost in Azaleas". Hopefully, you will consider it beautiful.

Image Credit » My own photo

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MegL wrote on May 19, 2019, 4:24 AM

You're doing really well. Choosing doable things is always a good motivator and actually having a concrete thing to "do", like reach level X in a language app, rather than "improve my language skills", is also something you can measure and check whether you have attained it. Look forward to your next update.
PS, I love azaleas.

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VinceSummers wrote on May 19, 2019, 9:21 AM

Goals are always good, as long as the goals aren't a bitten off by a small set of teeth (my awkward way of saying as long as you don't bite off more than you can chew). I'm at a point where I have to reevaluate much, due to limitations quickly descending upon me due to aging. I hate it. Now as to your resolutions, I know a great website that is happy to receive contributions, Quirkyscience. I know the guy who owns the site pretty well (snicker). Weight is not just difficult. It seems to be next to impossible. Even if you eat a little less than you did, your metabolic rate as you age decreases. Exercise is where it's at, but I'm thinking in terms of whether I want to purchase a walker. Sad, so sad! I hate it! It's hard to jog with a walker. Reading? Cataracts. Languages? I need to get back to my Russian. And so it goes...

AliCanary wrote on May 25, 2019, 8:19 PM

Thanks! That's the way I'm looking at it. My azalea bush is an unusual color. It was given to us as a memorial for my mother when she passed. I love that it's still thriving after more than 20 years!

MegL wrote on May 26, 2019, 8:02 AM

In terms of weight VinceSummers , I find that the keto types of diet suit me better because I don't feel hungry on them and I also feel better physically. I am currently working on producing a small booklet called 30 days to keto, or something similar. If you are interested, I will post a link to it on here when it is finished.

VinceSummers wrote on May 26, 2019, 2:24 PM

Sounds good.

luisga814 wrote on October 30, 2019, 1:18 AM

Wow, great to know more about you with those activities that you've done. With my re-appearance here, I am very glad to discover a lot from you guys. And looking forward for a new updates from here.