Tuesday, March 01, 2011

2011 Plan of Attack Progress

Seamus is the Patron Saint of Resolutions. While camping, he finally overcame his fear of the canoe
and had a lovely trip around the lake with Nathan and John. May Seamus be an inspiration to us all!

In the interest of accomplishing my goal of making 2011 my best, most creative, productive, exciting and monumental year yet, I will be periodically reviewing my Plan of Attack progress.

Creative Goals
Writing: While I haven't been very consistent with my goal to write for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, I have been writing more often, with better focus. Last week, I received a rejection from a magazine with some great feedback from the editor, which was very motivating. I've already started rewriting the story and I'm loving the new direction it's taking. As for my goal of submitting one story a month to a journal, I skipped January but did submit one story to five journals for February. And I have another story ready to go - it's just a matter of figuring out where to send it. I should be able to catch up in March with submissions and be on track to fulfill this goal.

I also entered a contest yesterday, so that's one down, five to go. My rule with contests is that entrance fees up to $20.00 are acceptable, but only if you get a "free" subscription to the journal in exchange. Consequently, I am looking forward to receiving copies of both Gulf Coast and Willow Springs. Not too shabby!

Reading: I decided to kick off 2011 with a very long book, so even though I've only read one book so far this year, I have definitely been reading regularly. My methods for fitting in more book time (reading before bed and traveling with a book) have paid off, though I have to admit - I've not been taking notes while reading. Hard to do in bed. I have, however, started reviewing books on my blog, which I hope you're all enjoying.

Photography: I have yet to sell my current camera and get a nicer point and shoot (need to pay off credit card first) nor have I taken a class or read a book about photography. One thing I need to do is make a bigger, better light box. I love the results I get when I use it, but mine is already banged up and falling apart. 

Health Goals
So far, so good! I did indeed PR in Houston - my finishing time fell in between my A and B goals. Go, me! While I haven't started weight training, I have been swimming and rock climbing twice a week, respectively, which sort of counts, maybe? I also invested in a moisturizer with SPF 15 and started wearing a little mascara a few times a week. Baby steps!

Financial Goals
I am making the last payment on my credit card this month, which  will be the biggest accomplishment of my adult life. I'm exaggerating, of course, but only slightly. I'm also doing well with the Great American Apparel Diet - I have avoided clothing stores and unsubscribed from all clothing companies' mailing lists. I'm looking forward to putting more money in savings and towards my student loans once the massive credit card debt is a thing of the past. Exciting!

Calvin still has some work to do as far as canoeing goes.
He looks calm in this photo, but don't be fooled.

In Conclusion
2011 was off to an okay start - I made some strides towards my goals, even while falling short here and there - but change doesn't happen over night and many of these goals are about creating new habits and shifting my priorities. In that sense, I think January and February served well as an opportunity to lay the groundwork for the months that lie ahead. Now, I need to continue the momentum and make some major accomplishments in March and April, mostly so I can report good news here. Wish me luck!

How are your resolutions going? Is 2011 all your dreamed it will be?

27 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your progress--accountability can be so helpful!

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  2. Exactly! Plus if I don't review my goals, I will forget all about them. :)

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  3. I haven't been as organized about my goals, but I've started most of the projects I wanted to work on. I'm not sure how to go about the next step with writing, so I am going to take this post as some inspiration to "get out there."
    Keep up your great work- you should feel proud!
    Meri
    merigoesround.blogspot.com

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  4. Your start to 2011 is rockin'! Don't let slightly undermet goals get you down. I'm amazed at your ability to do so much--amazed and inspired! :) Your writing goals are especially inspirational right now--keep it up!

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  5. Thanks Jes! That means a lot. :) Truly, I got more accomplished in February than January. And I'm feeling good about a lot of things lately, especially my writing. Now if only I could create a few more hours in the day, I'd be set!

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  6. Sounds like you're off to an EXCELLENT start! Paying off a credit card must be exciting! I might try setting a writing goal for myself. That could be fun. :)

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  7. Great review :) GO SEAMUS!!! I love me some crazy Calvin, but Seamus has a soft spot in my heart for some reason. I love hearing him succeed. (you too, Chrissy :) )

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  8. Oh my god. Paying off my credit card will be amazing. I have been carrying a balance for 5 years!!!

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  9. Seamus loves you right back! Both the dogs have very different personalities and I love the way they each react to things. I do feel badly that I have more photos of Calvin lately, but Seamus is at a stage where he's pretty sedentary (outside of his three walks a day). Calvin is still in that goofy puppy stage, which is so fun to photograph. Fear not - Seamus is still king of the couch for sure!

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  10. Yay for making goals and achieving them! I love the feeling you get when you can check something off your list. For the first time in a long time I made a list of resolutions/goals for 2011. On the list are some fun stuff like 'teach my dog 3 new tricks' to more serious and time consuming goals like 'learn a new language'. I totally bombed on my resolution of 'no fast food for the first 3 months', but hey! I've got 10 months left in the year to try and get that one ;) Anyway thanks for the post Chrissy, you inspired me to re-visit my goals and see them through to the end of the year!

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  11. When I first read here about your apparel diet, I honestly thought that's so stupid. However, since then, I haven't bought one piece of clothing. Whenever I get ready to, I think "Do I really need this?" The answer is always no. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  12. Why a point and shoot? SLR Cameras are great! I love my Canon Rebel TXI and am saving for a Canon 50D...one day.

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  13. YAY SEAMUS! What an inspiration. Please give him a big hug and scratch behind the ears on my behalf.

    Since you ask...my goal from January was to drop some weight that mysteriously crept on (or not so mysteriously...good beer and fried food, I'm looking at you) since I did not want to have to replace my entire wardrobe (so much more satisfyng to buy clothes because I want them or need to replace something that has served it's time). Also I wanted to begin building up my mileage base again after my injury. Both goals kind of go hand in hand. Both have been accomplished! Now...strength training. I hate it but I know it's good for me. I'll motivate you, if you motivate me?

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  14. Revisiting goals is vital to completing them, I think. I love that your goals are a mixture of fun and serious! And you're right - a year is a long time to complete goals. Trying to do everything in the first month of the year is impossible, so I prefer to view my resolutions as a work in progress.

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  15. Glad I could inspire you! I'm not "officially" signed up the TGAAD, but I've been doing well with it anyway. It has definitely made me a more conscious consumer, which is the main goal for me.

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  16. Two reasons: I'm not a serious photographer, more of a hobbyist, and I feel like the camera I have now is way over my head. I thought it would prompt me to learn more about photography, but I feel like since I've had it, I've just underused it. Also, my current camera is bulky and big, and I like the portability of a point and shoot. This is the one I have my eye on: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/723288-REG/Panasonic_DMC_LX5K_Lumix_DMC_LX5_Digital_Camera.html. It seems more suited to my needs and goals. If you have any rec's or opinions, I'd love to hear them!

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  17. Those are stellar accomplishments! And so early in the year, too! I actually like strength training but my biggest obstacle is fitting it in. I got it into my head that it only counted if I went to the gym and used the machines, but lately I've been doing push ups and crunches before or after my runs. Maybe I can add in some bicep curls and a few other strength moves and that will suffice? I'll give it a try and report back! ;)

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  18. Good job, Seamus! Keep the book reviews coming! One of my "goals" for the year is to read 50 books. I've finished seven so far. This is the third year I've had this resolution, and I've been unsuccessful the first two times (finishing both times in the mid 30s). I'm making good progress so far, so here's to hoping.

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  19. 2011 is pretty fantastic so far. I didn't really have any goal in place except to graduate and to make the Brooks ID Team for another year. Brooks ID Team...done. Graduation...well...we'll see in 73 days. :)

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  20. Wow, you're doing really well! About photography, I have a little Olympus Stylus that I love. It's small, so I carry it around all the time and take lots of photos of my adventures--assuming you count my bike commuting to and from work as an adventure! Ha :-)

    As for my goals, I made three resolutions this year, but I'm only really rocking one of them, which is to try more new recipes from my cookbooks. I've made a bunch of stuff from Melissa Clark's new cookbook, In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite. In the interest of sharing, my other resolutions are here:
    http://lifeloveandfood24.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-three-resolutions.html

    PS You and I both made reading resolutions!

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  21. Chelsea Biondolillo1:02 AM, March 02, 2011

    Great progress so far! I'm trying to pay off credit card debt, too. I can't wait for the day I can say "last payment, this month"! So *huge* congrats on that.

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  22. 50 books! For the last two years, I've aimed for 25 and fallen short both times. Very depressing! On the other hand, I don't count magazines or short stories in journals, both of which I read a lot of. I hope you reach your goal of 50!

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  23. I'm going to bet on your graduating. I have a good feeling... :)

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  24. Bike commuting is definitely an adventure! Thanks for the camera tip - I will check out the Stylus!

    Thanks for linking your resolutions! I love to read other peoples' goals posts. Off to check it out now!

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  25. Thank you! It's been a long time coming. Too long!

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  26. Thanks. I really need for that to happen. :) Getting my officer uniforms over spring break. Exciting.

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  27. This is the one good thing I see about Texas, being able to camp comfortably while it's still freezing up here!

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