More than halfway through the year. Halfway through my goals list? Afraid not. I will post anyway, as a reminder to myself to keep going.
1 and 2. My number one goal this year was to put people first and to pay attention to friendships. Embarrassingly, I have only written one personal letter this year, despite my best intentions. Although I don’t post much on my personal Facebook, I have been visiting every day, liking and commenting on what my FB friends are up to, which helps me feel more connected. I have kept up with people through my volunteer job and my book club. A new development: now that I have been in my “new” job almost 2 years, my co-workers are becoming real friends. In previous jobs, there’s been more of a division between professional and personal. We all still have our boundaries because I’m the manager, but it’s a much more inclusive work environment than I’ve experienced before. Meanwhile, cutting back on my outside commitments has allowed me to spend more time with extended family.
3 and 4. As a result of my volunteer job winding down, I’ve had more wiggle room to do things I like, just as I hoped. I am reading so much more. I have been reading “all over the place,” and not attempting any kind of reading regime. I still only see the occasional movie, but I like knowing I can! I am just starting to get back into leisurely cooking after work, which I had missed. This week I made lasagna, and last week I tried a new recipe from the Food for Thought cookbook. I’m still not back to the monthly meal plans that worked so well, but I am getting there. I keep saying I will return to making my own snacks, like muffins and granola, but I have made no progress there.
5. I vowed to get enough sleep every night. I have no trouble falling asleep, and I never lie awake for hours because of true insomnia. However, after 6 hours of sleep, I wake up often and can’t get settled. This won’t do because I don’t/can’t nap. I am trying to follow the textbook rules before I claim it’s hopeless to get 8 hours. For example: having a set bedtime, eliminating screen time before bed, not having dinner too late (despite Goal 3, above), making sure I am active enough during the day that I’m actually tired at night, and so on. Let’s not even mention temperature!
6. Most readers know that Rom took over grocery budgeting and grocery shopping this year and has done a fine job of it. The next step was supposed to be sharing out the rest of the household chores. But because I have a lot of commitments outside the house, I haven’t really been doing my share. Rom does some, and other tasks are always neglected. We’ve never really discussed this properly, so a real talk is due. I still do the yard work and Rom still does the laundry.
7. I grandly said I would like to experience physical excellence this year. Well, I would still like to, but whether I want to actually put work into it is another story! Instead I have settled for Physically Not Deteriorating. Will that do? I have managed to set my weight to rights and to keep up a non-punishing fitness regime. But I’m not pushing myself, or having fun with it. So I would at least like to enjoy it more. It’s not that I hate workouts – I feel much better with than without them – but a change would be welcome.
I had some goals carried over from 2014.
I said I’d continue putting 29% of my take-home pay into long-term savings. This has happened, but I am seriously considering withdrawing from long-term savings to do some house projects, rather than save for them slowly over the coming years. I do have a “projects” fund but it only allows me to do one project every year or two. Long term savings = non-registered retirement funds and TFSAs. I would have to pay back that fund – and trust that I would be able to do so.
I made a good change to my charity giving. I had been making donations to charities at year end. Last year I started direct monthly payments for 2 of my 5 favourite charities. I was saving to give the other 3 their payments at year end. Then I thought, this is silly, the amount I’m saving could be helping them now. So I turned them all into direct monthly payments. I feel good about that. I am sure that as a Monthly Donor, I will be continually hit up to increase the amount, but that’s true no matter how much or little I give.
I keep saying I will celebrate many occasions throughout the year and not just have a blow-out at Christmas. While I find there aren’t as many all-out festivities as I would hope for, there is lots of entertainment. I feel better when I spread it around and don’t gorge on it all at once!
I haven’t organized my digital photos, or scanned my print photos. Does it count that I at least get pictures off my camera?! It’s beginning to feel like a pipe dream, but knowing myself, someday I will become obsessed with getting them done, and work on it flat-out. Taking more of my own photos for this blog has been a FAIL too!
I wanted to start drawing this year, just for fun, but it rarely crosses my mind. It seems odd to put it on a To Do List, but maybe I will.
Finally, I promised myself I would listen to all The Beatles albums. I have listened to 8 of the core 13 albums, most more than once, so someday I will actually be knowledgeable about their catalogue!
What it will take to complete my goals this year is: a weekly plan, a weekly review, and perhaps even (eek!) being accountable. But being a little less exacting this year has worked in a lot of areas!
How are you doing with year-long goals or resolutions?