March 5, 2012

26 before 27 Checking in...

Even though things have only just recently started to pick up around here, that doesn't mean I haven't been working on accomplishing a few of my goals.

Goal #1: Read 26 Books this Year
So far this year I have read two magnificent books and am working on my third. They are:

Both will be getting full book reviews on the blog very soon. They're really great reads--you should check them out!

Goal #5: Purge
I am happy to say that I completely gutted my closet. I drove 5 stuffed garbage bags to Good Will last night full of clothes, shoes, and handbags. I'm hoping someone else can love them more than me. I essentially followed the same rules I established here and they worked like a charm. I feel so refreshed having only what I love in my closet. It's such a nice thing to wake up to each morning.

 Goal #9: Cut Back
Cory and I have decided not to take the iPhone route and just continue to use our current Droids while we can. This way we're not paying to get the new phone for a downgrade, but we're also not totally out of the smartphone world yet. I think it's a weening stage, to be honest. He loves his Droid way more than I love mine--so it's ok with me for now. I have a feeling come summer, we will be smartphone-less. 

Goal #13: Keep Anxiety at Bay
I think eliminating coffee from my diet was the best thing I could've done for this. Sure, I still get stressed, but by no means do I feel like I'm going to have an anxiety attack every day anymore. Thank goodness!

Goal #15: Increase Family Time
Cory and I went on a day trip with my mother, step father, and step brother to experience the Holocaust Museum and the Corcoran Art Gallery in D.C. two weekends ago. I left my smartphone in my purse (except for snapping a shot of this incredible piece in this incredible room) and just enjoyed being with my family. We had a really great day. Cory and I also attended this year's Potter's Bowl last Sunday with my parents. Two weekends in a row with my parents! Crazy! 

Goal #17: Learn to Knit
I finally picked up a pair of knitting needles in January and taught myself the basic knit stitch. I'm still working on being able to purl and furthermore--combine the two. It's hard! It's much more time consuming than crochet, but I enjoy it! I haven't practiced in a while, but I'm proud of myself for at least attempting. I see more of this coming as we edge closer to spring!

Goal #21: Attend a Book Reading
On January 12, Cory and I met up with a former student of mine, Brianna, in Bethesda to attend a John Green Tour de Nerdfighting book event for his new book, The Fault in Our Stars (pictured above). I have a ton of photos from this to post--it was so much fun!

I have to be honest, going through my goal list and figuring out that I have already worked on 7 of them only within 3 months makes me feel pretty good! 

How are your 2012 goals coming along?


1 comment:

  1. That is so great you are keeping up with some of your goals! Learning to knit was so hard for me too. I did it a crazy way & ppl made fun of me for a bit!

    Good luck in 2012 :)