Tuesday, January 5, 2016

another goals post

I'm an awful goal setter, but I decided to give it a try in 2015. Did I keep all of these at the top of my mind throughout the year? Not really. But I didn't totally fail.

- Read more. I set my Goodreads goal at 20 which is about 16 more than last year and still seems pretty attainable. We'll see, though. I killed this goal and read or listened to 70 books! I set my goal at 50 for this year to leave more time for podcasts (and maybe writing blog posts?)

- Take Duncan out for at least a 20 minute walk every day, barring bad weather or working past dark. It's good for both of us and helps with my whole fitbit 10K steps thing. I did really well with this one, too. There were very few days where I could take him out and didn't, and on many of those days I had Andrew take him so at least they got some exercise.

- Take more pictures. If you follow me on instagram, then you know I just got a DSLR and I want to learn how to use it. Any good resources to send my way? I'm going to attempt a project 365 but we'll see how that goes... Totally sucked at using the DSLR. I read some great tutorials but didn't retain much from them so I still use auto mode.

- Do something with said pictures. I got really into the idea of a smashbook last year and never used it after the newness wore off. I should change that. Nope. Failure. I tried to make a book of pics from our Napa trip but never finished.

- Acquire a taste for red wine. We're going to Napa in the fall (!!!) and I think only drinking white wine will lessen my enjoyment of the whole experience. I did pretty well with this. White is still my go-to but I enjoy cabs and pinots, especially when they are served at cellar temperature (around 55 degrees). I think room temperature wine is what made me dislike it so strongly.

- Cook more. I hate it, but it's time I tried a teensy bit harder. Baby steps. If my goal was to try, I think I did pretty well. I attempt really easy dishes for dinner, offer to get dinner started for Andrew, and during the holiday season at least attempted to make a little something for every holiday.

So, all in all, not too bad. As far as 2016 goes, I want to be more intentional. I want to think more carefully about how I spend my time, what I eat, what my reactions are, and how I treat people. I tend to get hotheaded, I can definitely be lazy, and I get complacent. I want to work to be a better version of me, and it shouldn't take a new year to do that, but I'll use the opportunity to say it. Let's see how it goes.


  1. hahaha i'm the same with my big dslr but for me, it's just that it's too clunky to lug around. i love the quality pics it takes and i thought with me getting an amazing 50mm lens that takes incredible pictures, i'd take more ....nope. still sits in my bag.

    my suggestion -- go to your local camera store and sign up for a photography class. my husband signed me up for one of my christmas presents and it was the best 3hrs of my life. you move from the auto mode to the "P" mode and walk out of there feeling like a profesh photographer.

  2. I used to be a big scrapbooker and then life happened and I got too busy. So, now I use Shutterfly to create photo books. I still get a small taste of scrapbooking without all the work. And my pictures actually get printed somewhere. :)

  3. I'm kind of halfway with my DSLR after a photo class...I sort-of know how to shoot on various modes, but I'd like to get better too!

  4. I used to be like improve photos...then realized getting more technical with it took the joy out of just trying to capture what I see for me.

    I think you did pretty well overall though. Good luck with being intentional - that's a good one.

  5. You did really well on the 2015 goals! I need to get better at not being so hot headed too.

  6. I wish I had more of an appetite for wind too! I'm more of a fruit wine and champagne person. Napa sounds fun!

  7. Awesome on the book counts!!! This year I'm trying (again) a Project 52. So it's one photo a week and not 365. That way it's all DSLR and nicely edited blah blah.

  8. I love cooking but I haaaate cleaning up! I wish Pete would have a goal of cleaning up more... then I'd cook more. ;)

  9. You did really well, the dog walking totally helps with steps. Being intentional is a great goal for this year.


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