As the year comes to a close, I’m taking some time to reflect on my 11 in 2011 goals and how I did.
1: Finish my teaching certificate: PROGRESS At the time I set this goal, I thought that it would be achievable in one year. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. However, I am on track with all of my certification classes and tests, and should get my teaching certificate in June 2012.
2: Subscribe to local food co-op delivery: FAIL I looked up companies that I was interested in subscribing to, but I never got around to actually signing up.
3: Learn how to use kitchen knives properly: FAIL I just didn’t do this at all.
4: Cook one new recipe every month: WIN I tried lots of new recipes this year, and while I didn’t document every single one, I definitely expanded my cooking repertoire.
5: Stop procrastinating doctor’s appointments: WIN I actually used my health insurance this year. I went to the doctor when I was sick, I saw the dermatologist, I’m setting up an appointment to get an IUD with my gynecologist. I got my vision checked and got contacts. Only thing I skipped out on was the dentist. Have to make sure I do that in 2012.
6: Go deeper in my practice of yoga: WIN I researched ayurveda, and while I wasn’t keen on it, it was fun to learn about. I tried hot yoga again and hated it, but at least I tried. I found a yoga instructor that I really liked and have started regularly attending classes with her. And I can almost do a handstand. Win!
7: Knit myself a sweater: WIN It still hasn’t gotten cold enough in Florida yet to wear my lovely sweater, but it will, gosh darn it.
8: Plant a butterfly/bee garden: PROGRESS I planted a succulent container garden. That counts for something right?
9: Take more photos more often, and make them better: PROGRESS I did start taking more pictures when I switched out lens, but I haven’t done everything I’d like. I still need to take my flash and my camera into the shop for tune ups, and I’d like to get a fixed 50mm lens and a nice camera bag. Also, I want to get a point and shoot digital for fun casual shots.
Life and Money
10: Make a new budget and stick to it: PROGRESS (SORT OF) I made a budget for a few months, and then promptly stopped using it. This I do need to work on. However, I have gotten in the habit of setting aside my rent money with every paycheck. I also work on paying off my credit card and slowly building up a savings account with each paycheck. So not perfect, but still an improvement.
11: Hang out with In Real Life friends more often: PROGRESS I made new friends this year and tried to hang out with old friends more. I still didn’t do this as much as I would have liked. I’m such an introvert – I really need to try harder next year to break out of my shell.
So that’s my 11 in 2011 progress. There will likely be a 12 in 2012, but I haven’t decided yet. I like having a set of goals for the year, but I need to make sure I don’t forget about them if I do this again in 2012.