Journey Forward: Goal Updates

At the beginning of twenty dozen I set 12 goals for myself.  Usually at the time of making new year resolutions I would vow to work hard at one thing all year.  If you've been reading this blog for awhile you'll know that I have a hard time staying committed to just one activity.  I like variety - thus the reason behind setting so many goals for myself.

When I heard about the Journey Forward link up - I took a look at my goals and found a common theme and came up with the word create.  Instead of recreating new goals - I thought I would give an update on how I am doing with the 12 goals I set out at the start of January.

1. Complete my 365 + 1 Project
This is no longer being updated on a separate blog - this is now taking place in form of Instagram.  It's so much easier to capture a photo a day with my phone.  Plus the #photoaday challenges are really excellent for inspiration.  So I haven't technically failed - I have just changed my focus.  And I am OK with this - part of creating myself is about being comfortable with change.

{I failed to complete this is January}

2. Figure out how a DSLR camera works.
I am getting better at this.  Every week I try to participate in a photography challenge and force myself to use our DSLR.  I am starting to feel more comfortable with it - but still have now idea about lighting, apertures, and things like that.  I am trying to create memories more than learn how to be a photographer. 

{any excuse to share a pic of Basil - I am going to take it}
3. Learn how to better use Photoshop
I am working hard at this one everyday - however I have taken a better liking to Adobe Illustrator.  I am more interested in creating designs than I am in editing pictures.  I am going to try to take a class in the summer to learn this program properly. 

4. Set up a blog in Wordpress
I am conflicted about this.  I am getting better at how to navigate and tweak the HTML/CSS coding for blogger - I am not sure I am ready to take on the world of Wordpress.  But it's still something I might tackle. 

5. Sew More!
I am so sad to report that I have not done any. zero. zip. Nada. sewing in 2012.  This has to change.  I might spend my birthday with my sewing machine.  This would make me happy.  I love sewing - I love creating things.  I need to work on fitting in the time for this  - at least once a week. 

6. Learn to Quilt!
Again - this requires sewing.  I will have created one by the end of the year.  Even if it's teeny tiny. 

7. Set up a Home Office/Craft Room
I am sure that if I completed this - my sewing and craftiness would increase.  We have bought the desk - and now just need to organize the space.  But tell me - where do you find extra time?

8. Cook More - Eat Out Less!
I don't know what happened in February but we totally failed at creating weekly meal plans.  I am going to try to start that up again because it made life so much easier - however I am going to reduce it from five meals to three as this is a lot more realistic for our schedules.  Speaking of food - have you tried the Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese from Closet Cooking?  If not - do it.  It's amazing.

9.  Stop Eating Lunch at My Desk!
I am getting better at this.  I try to get away from my desk for at least an hour each day.  This definitely creates less stress and improves productivity. 

10.  Take More Me Time
I am trying to do this - but I find I just spend my time watching TV or on the computer.  I am want to focus more of my time on being creative.  Even though I have started to blog more - which has been an excellent creative outlet for me - but I need to be away from the computer more than I am on it.  It's seriously a problem.  I am a slave to technology - it's kind of gross.  Hey Emily - get off the computer and get sewing!

11. Sleep More
To be honest - this whole blogging thing is making it difficult to get to bed at a decent time.  I am often up late getting my post ready for the next day .  I need to create some sort of schedule for this.  But I am that serious about blogging to consider this?  I am not sure.  However - the black circles under my eyes indicate that this is a problem.  This lady is tired. 

12. Go On More Dates With Steve
We are bad at this.  Dates to us mean getting on a plane and jetsetting to another country.  Good thing we have a 16 day date planned very soon.  Thailand what?  We will definitely be creating some amazing memories there.  And making babies too?  Sorry TMI!

Even though the above sounds very ambitious - I think all these goals will help me work towards my word - Create.  How are you doing with your goals for twenty dozen?

Get caught up on my Journey Forward Challenge HERE!!!


  1. I have been struggling with the "eat at home more" goal too. It always seems easier to just go out, even though rationally I know it takes more time, and is expensive.

  2. Love these. :) And that picture of your kitty is amazing! Love it.

  3. Eating at home more is encapsulated in one of my goals as well. After leaving the eye doctor today, I was sooooooo tempted to swing in to the Subway next door. But I didn't! I came home and ate leftovers (that I cooked myself last night!) instead. We can do this!

  4. Those are all really awesome goals! I too would like to switch the wordpress one day, but it probably won't be any time too soon haha.

  5. I love your goals! I am miserable about completing photo a day challenges - still haven't gotten one done.

    Also, which wordpress are you thinking of setting up a blog in? I use wordpress.org if you are going the self-hosted route and have questions!

  6. I have alot of the same goals, especially with wanting to learn more about my camera. I just got it for Christmas and I really want to practice and make sure I get some pretty pictures.

    What kind of camera do you have?

  7. eating at home is crazy hard to do. I fail at this one too :(

    I think your sewing goal is one I need to take too! I haven't used my sewing machine since I moved into my condo and I have a huge bag of vintage fabric that has been in the trunk of my car for months, it's very sad!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow!!!!


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