#20Resolutions Update - 4 months in, 17 Goals Remaining
In my last update http://www.personapaper.com/article/48160-20resolutions-update---51919 , I had done the following:
1. Finished reading two books
2. Lost no weight
3. Gotten rid of nine wardrobe items
4. Made three new drawings in my sketchbook
5. Reached Level 19 in Spanish
6. Reached Level 17 in French
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
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
Now it's been over two months later, and if anyone was wondering if I forgot all about these resolutions or stopped bothering with them, the answer is actually no, I'm still plugging away, and I have made progress (in some categories way more than in others).
First, the bad news - due to serious problems with my right knee, I was unable to continue walking 20 miles a week. I had surgery last week and am healing up nicely, but I'm not going to be able to make that resolution, so I am retiring it as unachievable. However, the good news is that I am also retiring two more goals as successfully finished! I reached level 20 on Duolingo in both Spanish (on May 27th) and French (on June 10th). So that's two more things off the list!
Turning to the remaining 17:
There are five categories in which I have made NO progress. Zero. Zip. Zilch. In two and a half months! I haven't culled any additional wardrobe items after that fast start, so I'm still sitting at nine. However, nine isn't necessary a bad place to be, since I still have five months to work on it. I am STILL stalled out at one finished art project, two Etsy listings (I have renewed some expired listings, but my goal was to put 20 new items in the store, so the renewals don't count), four things out of my garage, and zero eBay listings.
The eBay listings, however, is the only category that remains at zero. The other two were weight loss and poems, in which I have made very modest progress, losing a pound and writing two poems, so--small yay. Other modest gains: I've written two more blog posts and taken another beautiful picture.
Now here comes progress--in the remaining categories, I have made greater inroads: four more books read, four more pages filled in my sketchbook, 4 new scarves and a hat knitted for the homeless, five more web articles (including this one), six more hand-written letters, seven additional charitable donations, nine new places visited, and a whopping 11 new friends made, bringing my total in that category to 16. I think I know what my next goal achieved will be!
The final tally:
1. books read - 6
2. pounds lost- 1
3. wardrobe items gone - 9
4. sketchbook pages - 7
5. Spanish - completed
6. French - completed
7. art projects finished - 1
8. blog posts written - 4
9. hats and scarves knitted - 7
10. letters written - 11
11. web articles written - 11 (including this one)
12. Etsy listings made - 2
13. eBay listings made - 0
14. charitable donations made - 12
15. things gotten out of the garage - 4
16. 20 miles a week - DQ
17. new friends made - 16
18. new places visited - 13
19. poems written - 2
20. beautiful photos taken - 4
Even though my knee problems eliminated my chance at scoring a full 20, there is a positive side to it: having to take time off work following surgery has allowed me to be more productive in working on my less physically demanding goals, like reading, knitting, and writing, and it has also given me several additions to my "new places" list (doctor's office, surgical center, MRI imaging center, and physical therapy office). There are certainly more fun places to visit, but everything counts!
Pictured is a new piece from my sketchbook. Technically, it's an abstract, but it looks a lot like either feathers or flowers.
Image Credit » My photo of my original artwork