New Years

Jan. 4th, 2012 08:57 am
[personal profile] unforth
Woah. Is it New Years already? Jesus fucking Christ, where has the last year gone? I haven't even done a public post to LJ since, er, May, I think. (I started a post in August but never finished, so it never got made public. In short, life has been VERY busy. There's been travel (Origins, Gencon, Bull Run, Greece, Turkey, Con on the Cob, Akron, Cleveland, San Francisco and more!) There's been bad things (like my grandfather dying in August). There's been good things (like my finally finding a boyfriend, almost 12 weeks now...). And there's been all kinds of other stuff in between, but mostly it's just been BUSY. And now here it is, New Years, and it's so busy that I didn't even review my 2011 goals until just now, and I still have only the foggiest idea of what my goals for 2012 will even be. But here goes...


1. 20 hours a week for work.
Seeing this set as a goal now actually makes me laugh. I've averaged over 29 hours a week for the entire year in 2011. Which is why I haven't really had time for anything else, since what that REALLY means is that I work a fuck-ton whenever I'm not traveling.

2. At least $25 a month to charity.
I'm pretty sure I've more or less done this, though my paper trail isn't as good as I thought it was.
February: $6.25 to Kiva
March: $100 direct to Red Cross; $75 in Credit Card points also to Red Cross, for Japan relief
April: another approx. $100 to Red Cross (raised through a fundraiser I set up)
April: $15 to Heifer International
April: $5 to Kiva
May: $45 to Red Cross
June $100 to the Met
July: $20 to National Parks Service
August: $50 to Visiting Nurse Service of New York
October: $20 to Stand Up to Cancer
December: $30 to the Bowery Mission
December: $5 to Wikimedia
I know I also joined the Bronx Zoo and the NYBG, both are about $100, so they must be on a credit card or something (and I'm not anal enough to track them down just now...)...I also donated baby hats to a hospital, two boxes of handmade dolls to two different institutions, and blanket squares to yet another charity.
All in all, when you look at it, even if I might not have literally met the $25 per month, I feel that I met this goal - and I intend to keep doing so.

3. My first craft show. Nuff said. And while I'm at it, just sustain my crafting efforts.

Sigh. This and the next goal are the ones that make me sad. I tried. I really did. And I'm definitely still crafting, but I'm not there yet, not even close. I'm gonna keep pushing this coming year, though.

4. I WILL be starting the Civil War novel tomorrow, 750 words a day.

I did start the Civil War novel. I got about 45k words in, and then stalled. When I took some time off, I realized that I needed to rethink how I was writing it. So I stopped, and started over, and got maybe 10k words, and then stalled. I started a newer WIP in October, and have about 9k words of it - it's a Civil War Urban Paranormal whosy-whatsits mashup, which is fun to write. But over all I feel like a dismal failure on this and the crafting goal.

5. Practice the drums.

This went well until the summer, then fell off a cliff. Going in to the fall, I was definitely at the point where something was going to have to give if I added anything to my life. Then I met John, and that something else was added, and now I'm going on hiatus - I've decided not to keep taking lessons in the spring. I really think it's for the best. I've learned enough to play when I feel like playing, and that's a good enough thing for now.

6. Make some life decisions.

I've more or less done this. I made some efforts on OkCupid in the winter, but found I didn't really have the time, so I decided not to worry about the boy. I pondered job options, and am now heavily leaning towards going back to school to earn a PhD in history, with the thought of then going in to academia, writing, or teaching. And I've been going out with a fella for almost three months, and while there are NO decisions there yet, it's certainly a life thing - but failing that, if I'm still single, I AM gonna have a kid sometime in 2013, I'd say.

7. Keep better in touch with people.

Mixed bag. I've been in better touch with moonartemis this year, but not buzzermccain at all, and I totally failed at calling my grandfather more often - the more sad because he then passed away with me feelin' all guilty. Still, all in all, I have been better about returning phone calls and the like, and just callin' folks just because.

8. More time for the Jonie-dog.

Mixed success. Most weeks I get her out to the dog park at least once, and I've been taking her on 20 min walks more or less daily, so she's been doin' pretty well.

9. Occasionally read in Japanese.

In the spring, I bought Rosetta Stone, studied a bunch, then stopped, and now there's nothin' to show since then. I really want to work on this, though.

10. Get in to either a local board game group or table top RPG.

I got some board gaming in, with a friend I made in my building. However, in the past 6 months I've done terribly keeping this relationship up. I've already got plans to see her next week, though, and I'm gonna try to make it better.

11. BE EASIER ON MYSELF. SERIOUSLY.

HAHAHAHAHA still epic fail on this one, two years running now. Maybe it's just not in my make up.


In no particular order...

1. Retrench financially. I want to save money, instead of spend it all. This means keeping a budget more carefully, considering what I purchase and why, and cutting out some of the bigger, more expensive extras.

2. Write more. Fer reals.

3. Craft business. Want to do more on this again. Don't want it to slip through the cracks. But I also don't want to reduce the other current aspects of my online persona. I've really decided that work, crafts and writing are my three non-negotiables - as I look at my life now and try to get my stress/personal issues under control, they are what I want to keep.

4. Maybe kinda sorta be easier on myself, like I mean it. Really thinking about strategies for this.

5. Charity. $25, once a month, keep it up.

6. Drums, Japanese. When I get the chance, with as little pressure as I can manage.

7. Jonie. Keep on giving her time.

8. Work. Relax, and stop caring so much. Really important.

9. Go green. By this, I mean specifically: use my new vermicomposter; reduce my food purchasing and cooking; use greener cooking methods; reduce the waste - especially plastic waste - that I produce; and concentrate on buying fresh, local, in-season produce and meat and such.

That's it. I'm actually having a really awful few days (I started this post four days ago, and am adding this sentence today) that has invalidated most of the happy I had at the beginning of the post, but I'm not gonna edit it. Let it stand as is as a tribute to some of the happiest I've been, no matter how low I feel right now. Those are my goals for today. (edited to add: okay, I did go back and add a little more detail)
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