2009 goal review.

This is my list of 29 goals for 2009, including an evaluation of how I did on each one.
  1. Lose 30 pounds. (Nope.)
  2. Read 10 non-fiction books. (Nope - I just really don't enjoy reading when its not fiction or the Bible. I did finish one book for a summer ladies book study, and there are four more books that I'm about halfway through.)
  3. Get a stamp in my passport. (Done 02/07 - see posts on Russia.)
  4. Read through the New Testament. (Nope.)
  5. Run for 2 miles. (No - and I'm kind of frustrated about this one. I kept starting well, then something else (often me) would get in my way. I started training for a 5K in May and kept at it, until I hurt my ankle. I started again later than summer, then got out of the workout routine when I started a new job in September after being laid off. Once I got used to my new schedule, I started again, only to have trouble with shin splints. So running was temporarily tabled in favor of other things, like using an elliptical machine and doing TaeBo. I'm getting ready to start back up again in January.)
  6. Save $3000 in a savings account. (In progress.)
  7. Cut out all sweets for a month. (Done 04/11 - I gave up chocolate (and all other sweets) for Lent.)
  8. Teach Harvey and Dakota to walk well together on a leash. (Nope - sometimes this is more important to me than at other times.)
  9. Take Harvey and Dakota to the beach. (Halfway done - Harvey went with me to see the sun rise over the ocean.)
  10. Walk the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. (Nope.)
  11. See a Grand Illumination (Williamsburg or Norfolk). (No - this year both events fell when I had other plans.)
  12. Grow out my fingernails. (Nope.)
  13. Try 50 new recipes. (Done 12/24 - see the full list here.)
  14. Take an aerobics class. (Done 04/23 - I took a spinning class (though I never went back as I thought I would). I also took Zumba classes, and will definitely not be going back there - I'm not coordinated enough for Zumba.)
  15. Refinish dressers (2). (Done - I only blogged about the transformation of the first one, but you can see the before of the second here.)
  16. Clean out the garage. (No - I definitely organized the garage more from the mess seen here, but its not completely done.)
  17. Start recycling. (Nope.)
  18. Entertain once a month. (Done.)
  19. Watch the sun rise over the ocean. (Done 08/22 - photos here.)
  20. Get a hammock. (No - because this would be completely useless until I deal with the mosquitos in the yard. Also, I'm not home nearly as much during the day now since I started working at CBN.)
  21. Lead worship at church. (Done for the Peru worship/prayer service.)
  22. Try 3 new fruits or vegetables. (Done 02/12 - thanks in large part to my visit to Russia, I've tried pomegranate, Chinese cabbage, persimmon, beets, eggplant, and sweet potatoes. There's more, too, since Teresa and I signed up with a CSA this summer.)
  23. Post jewelry to Etsy. (No - and I'm okay with that. I haven't made anything new in quite a while, and I don't think I really want to pressure of selling it. I'd rather just keep making things for friends and family (and me!) as I want.)
  24. Take a training class for work. (Done - Petra (CRM) training classes as a part of my new job at CBN. Next year I'm hoping to take an advanced SQL Server management class.)
  25. Watch Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3. (Done)
  26. Volunteer at Oasis (food kitchen) 5 times. (No - I remember making this goal and intending it as a way to get more in touch with actually serving the poor and homeless. Thanks to a few other opportunities at church, I've still been able to do that, even though I haven't volunteered at Oasis. And there are a few things coming up in 2010 that I think will provide even more of these opportunities.)
  27. Enroll in 401(k). (Done - when I started at CBN.)
  28. See 3 live concerts. (Done - Triomorrow (now Ghost Theory) (twice), Sanctus Real and Mercy Me, Hillsong United, Casting Crowns/Matt Redman, and Chris Tomlin.)
  29. Have Jake visit for a weekend. (I'm marking this as done, because Jake did come down to visit with Katie a few times. Though what I really wanted was to get him to myself for a weekend, its really hard to work that out, especially now that he's in kindergarten.)
So, to sum up - I finished 14 out of 29 goals, and made progress on lots of others. Overall, I'm happy with that.


  1. I love your list. Maybe I should do one...like 30 things to do before I turn 30...

    And I think it's GREAT that you count Jon's band as a concert! Haha!

  2. I LOVE Zumba!! I'm totally hooked on it!

    Way to go with all your goals!


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