After posting my 2014 goals, I realized I’d better hold myself accountable for this year’s! For 2013 I mostly made fun goals but there were a few that required some work:
Re-do the home office. This was my first project last January and the new office is where I do my blogging and spend all my online time now.
Clean up my work office. Yes. BUT it was not completed until the day I left my old job, so I didn’t experience the benefits. Serves me right for procrastinating!
Inventory and pare down my wardrobe. Done – I am happier with my reduced selection of clothes that I really like and wear often.
Savings. I met my goals for long-term and vacation savings. NYC in 2014! The one thing I’m proud of is that I paid for a a couple of major expenses, like dental work and home repair, without dipping into the new savings. However, I was going to get a couple of dings in my car repaired (estimated at $1000) and I’ve delayed it.
To Buy List. I planned to keep a list of items I needed to buy, so whenever I was out and about, I could check my list and focus on Needs instead of Wants. Somehow I kept forgetting to make the list. Coincidence? Making this list is now on my To Do list for 2014, LOL!
Canning / Preserving Food. I reviewed how to make pickles with my mom again this year, but didn’t make any further progress.
Here’s what happened with the fun ones:
Scouting out the best vegetarian restaurants. Done! We now have a roster of go-to restaurants that we patronize as much as possible (for a couple that only dines out once a month!)
Work with a shared entertainment budget. Rom and I each contributed an equal amount to an “entertainment budget” and we used it to pay for event tickets and outings all year. When we had a surplus we had extra meals out. We ended the year in the hole because we bought expensive tickets to see the Black Sabbath reunion tour next April!
Go to a greater variety of music shows. I would have to say this was a fail. We went to the symphony once, and an ambient music show during the jazz festival. Otherwise we continued to see rock shows all year. I am going to try again on this goal! I had wanted to see a live opera film, a drag show, a folk show, a rockabilly show, and a Celtic punk band 🙂
See a bunch of movies from my life-long cinema list. I have a long list of movies I want to see before I die, and I did not see a single one of them in 2013! In fact, this was my worst year ever for movie and DVD watching. There was always something else I wanted to do. Plus, I got a little bit obsessed with Game of Thrones instead…
Read 12 of the best-reviewed graphic novels of 2012. I have read 8 from my list, and the library has 3 more. I’m really happy I made a point of doing this because there are such impressive books in this format. I have already started reading the Best of 2013 titles in the hopes I won’t always be a year behind!
Take better photos. I was hoping to take a photography course to make better use of my DSLR. Not sure if this will happen. I hope my photos will not get any worse!
Drawing. I wanted to get back into drawing a little bit, and I posted recipes with hand drawings here and here. I enjoyed it but found it very time-consuming, so future editions may be few and far between!
CELEBRATING. Finally, I wanted to celebrate every month and not just have a big blow-out in December. I think I accomplished that, and there were things I enjoyed every month of the year. I am almost ready to see out the old year and find out what 2014 has in store.
For those of you who are taking a blogging break for the rest of December to celebrate holidays, I wish you the happiest! I will still be here 🙂