Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New Year's Resolutions--Step One--Review those Well-Intended Intentions

Feeling more than just a little thoughtful now. I should be working on Xmas gifts and shopping, but sitting here (procrastinating) at 9:30 in the morning in my pj's and robe is a lot more fun.

New Year's Resolutions--Step One--Review those Well-Intended Intentions

New Year’s Resolutions for 2008, or 2008 Well-intended Intentions:

Career/Education
*Read articles from hospital library for one hour per week.
*Read books about breastfeeding and care of newborns.
*Work on improving my Spanish.

Review: I certainly didn't read articles from the hospital library for one hour per week, which I WOULD like to do. I did read about breastfeeding and care of newborns. Prolly an hour per month. I did work on improving my Spanish in fits and starts.
Overall: like the intentions, will keep them all and tweak the plan.


Financial
* Pay down debt—pay down all credit cards to zero.
* Decrease unnecessary spending by evaluating each expenditure as a "need" or "want".
* Increase liquid cash and retirement fund

Review: credit card virtually to zero. Could cut spending more. Stricter budget in process. Saving twice as much, the stock market crash has blown the retirement funds to hell.
Overall: like the intentions, will keep them all and tweak the plan.


Health/Fitness
* Walk two miles a day and lift weights 3x per week.
* Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day and continue to drink eight glasses of water per day.

Review: Only fair at keeping these intentions.
Overall: like the intentions, will keep them all and tweak the plan.Want to add regular yoga and pilates.


Hobbies/Interests
* Build a stash of baby layettes of at least three for the nursery. Begin knitting hats and booties and sweaters and quilts for a charity/charities.
* Knit for Red Scarf Project.
*Continue working on scrapbooks.
* Host regular monthly social events.
-We need to have people over to our house more often. Maybe we can host a Stitch and Bitch, Book Club, Game Day, Movie Night, Investment Club, Walking/Running Club, Socialize with the Dogs, etc.

Review: our volunteers at the hospital really do keep the nursery supplied quite well. Red Scarf Project has gotten too picky and overwhelmed with numbers. Scrapbooks--oh, my, I really haven't paid enough attention to this. Due to not taking pictures, maybe? Or being busy with other stuff? Or just lack of interest? Regular monthly social events--we do have a lot of dinners on Sunday at the house. And everyone is just too busy to get together on a regular basis for other stuff.
Overall: Ditch most of these. Continue with Sunday dinner at the house at least once a month. Think about commitment to scrapbooking. Find out if homeless in our town need knitted hats. Or hats for newborns in underprivileged areas.


Personal/Love Interests
* Continue communication with close friends and family.
* Chip and I are to go on a shopping expedition once a month and purchase one new outfit, from head to toe.

Review: did well on the communicating, at least in increasing the words/time with family and friends. Not so well on the once a month shopping.
Overall: Like the intentions, will keep them and tweak the plan.

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