Resolutions: Check In

new year

I thought it might be nice to check in at the end of every month throughout this year to see how I’m doing on all those New Years Resolutions I mentioned before. So, let’s see how January went…

My (Official) Resolutions for 2013:

1. Start learning a martial art

Hmmm. Nope. Haven’t started on this yet. I’ve been thinking about joining Curves to lose some weight so that might end up cannibalizing the time/money I planned to put towards the martial arts. We’ll see. Still deciding. Verdict: NO PROGRESS. 😦

2. Visit a foreign country

Ah, progress! And we’re only at number 2. Earlier this month I went to my bank and set up a new savings account that is just for travel, and I put a big fat chunk of change in there to get it started. I’ve also looked at cruises/group tours and other options for a lone lady traveler going about in foreign lands. Verdict: Some Progress. 🙂

3. I will complete one large writing project and one small writing project

I set a goal for myself to try and write 1000 words every day this year. Which means for this month I was aiming for 31K new words written. I wrote 16931 words. So 54% of my intended goal or 546 words a day. Still, that is a lot of forward momentum and I managed to write this week even though there was a gas leak in my apartment and I slept at my mom’s part of this week so I’m still going to say= Verdict: Some Progress

4. Figure out What’s Next? as far as my day job goes.

Well I’d sort of almost decided I was going to give up and just get my MBA about halfway through the month, but then I realized that if I do that I will basically be giving up my writing career for the whole time I’m in school and…I’m just not ready to do that. So, sadly, I have to say for this goal=Verdict: NO PROGRESS

5. Weight/Exercise

No comment except Verdict: NO PROGRESS. [Like at all. 😦 ]

Ok, those were the big goals. Not for my Officially Not Official Goals which, actually, have been doing much better…

My (Non-Official) Resolutions for 2013:

1. Take horseback riding lessons

No money for this as yet and not really much time. I don’t feel too bad reporting Verdict: No Progress

2. Organize my bookshelves

This is where I kicked ASS this month. I actually went on a little nesting binge in my apartment–triggered by who knows what–and I decorated, hung my art, got the last of my unpacked boxes unpacked, and *gasp* organized the book shelf. (And I have photographic proof! Proof I tell you!)…(Yes these books are all shelved two deep. I live in a studio apartment, space is at a premium).

2013-02-01 18.11.16Can I just take a moment to say how much I enjoy Shakespeare’s Complete Works shelved Cheek by Jowl with the Star Wars mangas?

Verdict: DONE! Done, bitches, done! *happy dance*

3. Finish my half-completed fantasy novel

Still haven’t finished the other stuff yet so this is still on the backburner. Verdict: No Progress but I don’t feel bad about that yet.

4. Sleep like a normal person

I’ve been doing pretty good about this. I slip a little on the weekends but, for the most part, I’ve been going to bed at 10am and getting out of bed at 6-7 ish. And I feel 100% better. Sleep: it does a body good. Who knew? Verdict: GOOD Progress. Now if I could just get my cat to stop waking me up at 4am…

5. See more of my friends/Socialize more

I’ve been doing OK with this. I went to a speed-dating event last night. That was fun. Odd. But fun. And efficient. It really does take me about a minute to figure out whether I’m interested or not, so five minute dates could be a real time saver for me. LOL. The booth next to mine was empty so when the guy’s got over to sit in the empty booth I made a joke that they had a date with my friend, the invisible girl. And they laughed every time. Because I am HI-larious. This blog says so. Verdict: Some Progress

I’ll do a Year of Books check-in post tomorrow because this post is already way too long. All right, enjoy your Friday, kids! I’m off.


Beth Matthews