#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