Green indicates easiest, yellow indicates moderate difficulty, red indicates great difficulty.
1. Journal or blog at least once a month.
FAIL. I’ve been horrible at regular blogging. I’m dry. I have nothing to say and nothing to write.
2. Exercise for 20 minutes 3 times a week (Join Anytime Fitness.)
IN PROGRESS. I joined Anytime Fitness at the end of January, but I haven’t been exercising for 20 minutes let alone 3 times a week.
REVISED GOAL: Exercise for 30 minutes 1 time a week.
SUCCESS! With a few rare exceptions, I try to make time at least once a week to exercise for 30 minutes. I’ve lost and kept off 20 lb so far.
3. Read a book I enjoy from start to finish before the end of the year.
SUCCESS! I read Grandma Gatewood’s Walk about a 69-year-old woman who walked the length of the Appalachian Trail. I’m not a nature person but it was a very good read.
4. Pass my editing certification test in June.
SUCCESS! I passed my test in June and am now ELS (Editor in the Life Sciences) certified.
5. Attend the Warrior Mom Conference in Atlanta in October.
SUCCESS! I went and had a wonderful time! I made new connections and new friends. It really was amazing.
6. Keep my full-time job for all of 2016.
IN PROGRESS. I switched jobs on February 29 so I’m not at the same job as in the beginning of the year.
REVISED GOAL: Keep a full-time job for all of 2016.
SUCCESS! I’ve kept a full-time job and I’ve even gotten a promotion that begins in 2017!
7. Pray for my boss regularly.
FAIL. The point of this goal was to pray for my difficult boss earlier this year. I can still pray for my current boss, but it’s much easier to pray for someone who’s nice than someone who treats you like dirt. I didn’t pray for my difficult boss and am still wrestling with forgiving her in my heart.
REVISED GOAL: Forgive my former boss.
IN PROGRESS. This isn’t easy. She got fired from her position a few months ago. While part of me thinks she deserved it, the other part of me is sad that she hasn’t learned her lesson. I’m working on it.
8. Engage in self-care daily.
FAIL. I really suck at this.
9. Remain healthy from August 2016–December 2016 (Be proactive and work with my psychiatrist.)
SUCCESS! My psychiatrist and I found a combination of meds that worked really well and kept me from sliding into a usual pattern of depression for the latter half of the year. I praise God for this. Really.
10. Change my full name to my married name on everything.
IN PROGRESS. This is more difficult than I thought it’d be. I’m upgrading this to a high level of difficulty.
REVISED GOAL: Change my full name to my married name on everything.
SUCCESS! Done! It was difficult and I shelled out a ton of money, but it’s all done. Whew.