2010 Goals – Year End Status

With four days left in 2010, I thought it would be good to review how my goals panned out this year.  I’m counting 66 goals as completed, which lands me at 60%.  I am calling that a great accomplishment!

There are some things left undone that I have decided aren’t important to me any longer and will revise for next year.  Others that are still important (even some that are completed) will be included on next year’s goal list.  I’m not exactly sure if I’ll compile such a large list for 2011 but the challenge is pretty fun so…maybe!

  1. Read a book – something other than a kids book – I’m halfway through Never Let Me Go (still working on it)
  2. Replace the rear breaks on my car
  3. Pay off my student loan
  4. Create a scrapbook of Jack’s artwork
  5. Obtain wardrobe storage for Jack’s room
  6. Reorganize our master closet
  7. Reorganize my side of the bed
  8. Finalize my divorce
  9. Marry David
  10. Travel abroad – Italy in September!
  11. Visit my friends the Scotts in Salem, OR
  12. Stick with an exercise routine
  13. Go bowling with David
  14. Go wine tasting in Napa/Sonoma – April
  15. Get savings account to at least $300
  16. Maintain at least $300 in savings account  – the wedding kind of did this one in…
  17. Have fewer migraines overall this year I did have less thanks to Midrin!
  18. Take Jack to a movie theater for the first time
  19. Buy comfortable heels
  20. Get my tattoo touched up
  21. Research preschools – um, kindergartens…done, now to apply
  22. Attend a concert – Tom Petty in June
  23. See a play or musical – Compulsion starring Mandy Patinkin at Berkeley Rep
  24. Watch five classic movies – From Russia with Love, Citizen Kane, Harvey, The Godfather, Wizard of Oz
  25. Obtain contact lenses
  26. Get a new cell phone – bought a new piece of crap in May
  27. Hire a maid
  28. Go to a theme park
  29. Go camping
  30. Play miniature golf
  31. Eat lunch regularly ongoing
  32. Drink at least one glass of water per day – I didn’t do this every day but I got a LOT better
  33. Finish one of my quilts-in-progress – I didn’t even touch one
  34. Make more money than I did in 2009 got a raise this year, got paid for writing
  35. Save up ahead of time for Christmas gifts – counting this since I didn’t put any on the credit card!
  36. Get my poor car an oil change
  37. Update my resume
  38. Replace my squeaky shoes
  39. Try out teeth whitening
  40. Have my eyebrows dyed
  41. Take a college class – QUIT (David pointed out it doesn’t say “finish”)
  42. Get a nice necklace (i.e. not costume jewelry) – David bought me one for Christmas
  43. Publish my year 3 blog book through blurb
  44. Go skiing
  45. Learn to play poker decently good enough
  46. Catch up on filing at home
  47. Get up to doing 10 push-ups comfortably again
  48. Get Jack potty trained at home – he could poop and pee in the potty as of April!  No looking back!
  49. Get a Dyson vacuum cleaner got a cheaper one with better reviews actually 3/28/10
  50. Buy new undergarments
  51. Catch up on the Heroes series – completed 3/26/10
  52. Replace luggage
  53. Visit Alcatraz
  54. Learn basic yoga poses
  55. Buy cute pajamas
  56. Buy a GPS unit Beth gave me one!
  57. Donate to charity
  58. Obtain nail polish remover
  59. Write & send a letter the old fashioned way
  60. Start saving for a house – we made a plan…
  61. See a chiropractor
  62. Take a dance lesson
  63. Wash my car
  64. Sing at karaoke
  65. Learn how to enjoy relaxation
  66. Ride my bike a few times a month
  67. Floss my teeth every day – I achieved this about 90% of the time
  68. Watch the Firefly series
  69. Be a better blog commenter
  70. Have a family portrait taken – took one at Science Academy, at wedding
  71. Send out Christmas cards
  72. Eat at a French restaurant
  73. Have breakfast in bed – had french toast and fruit on Mother’s Day
  74. Get a professional massage – 4/1/10
  75. Figure out how to get my files off the external hard drive with the weird blinky light
  76. See a movie in the theater with David
  77. See a movie in the theater with a chick friend – saw two!
  78. Have a girl’s night
  79. Bake a (good) pie
  80. Dress up for Halloween – Star Trek costume
  81. Visit a national park or monument that I haven’t been to
  82. Eat at an Ethiopian restaurant
  83. Take Jack to a zoo SF Zoo in August
  84. Find a go-to hiking place – Mt. Tam?
  85. Do something new with my hair
  86. Surprise someone with a flower/chocolate/etc. delivery –  old boss, David at new job
  87. Visit my (paternal) grandparents they came to the wedding
  88. Write a chapter of my life story
  89. Take a friend to traditional tea time
  90. Go ice skating
  91. Assemble a disaster kit
  92. Watch at least one of The Godfather movies
  93. Participate in Project 365 –started but quit
  94. Cook Kase Knoephla based on my Great Grandma’s recipe
  95. Investigate my ancestry/heritage
  96. Get my car (the Subaru) a tune up David did that
  97. Get a mani/pedi every other month or so nailed it!
  98. Wear a dress or skirt once a week – started in Jan, then quit, then almost made up for it in Italy
  99. Finish my photo project for my mom
  100. Set birthday reminders on my google calendar
  101. Set up gift idea tracking lists for friends and family
  102. Attend a blogger-based social event – BlogHer!
  103. Write a bereavement letter to my dad
  104. Put all of my favorite recipes into a binder
  105. Tell Jack I love him every day – ongoing
  106. Tell David I love him every day – ongoing
  107. Write thank you notes that have nothing to do with gifts
  108. Respect my own limits by saying no more often – ongoing, getting better
  109. Daydream about the future – ongoing
  110. Enjoy my life every day – ongoing and succeeded about 95% of the time!

Heartbreakers

I marked another goal off of my 110 in 2010 list this weekend!  Several months ago I bought tickets to the June 5th Tom Petty show at Oracle Arena.  I bought the cheapest ones because I’m cheap…even when it comes to seeing one of my absolute favorite singers in concert.  Friday before the show came and Live Nation ran a Twitter contest via @tompettydotcom giving away two tickets.  I mainly retweeted so that Sarah would see the contest and enter.  But alas – I won the contest myself! So I gave my original tickets to Sarah and her Mister.  While they watched the show using the cheap nosebleed section tickets, David and I enjoyed seats in the 10th row on the Main Floor of the arena.  It was SO AWESOME!!!

Unfortunately the camera on my new Motorola Devour “smart” phone sucks big time so the pictures I got are much worse that what we saw with our own eyes:

But let me just say – we were close enough to see opening act Joe Cocker spray spit every time he belted out a lyric.  It was pretty hilarious. (Also, if you care about phone cameras, do NOT get the Devour.)

I’m still kind of in shock.  My step-mom introduced me to Tom’s stuff when I was a kid and ever since I’ve been enthralled.  I’d never seen him in concert and started to fear he would die before I saw him.  So this year HAD to be the year I SAW TOM PETTY!!!  WOOT!

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I don’t want to grow up.

“You suck at quitting,” David told me recently.  This was in response to my decision to go back to school…again.  I’m not even sure why I’m going back.  I haven’t made any goals related to school.  I am still not sure what I want to be when I grow up.

I have too many interests and none that are passions.  I’m a bit flighty.  I’m highly distractible.  I’m impulsive and I am used to doing a million things at once.  So when the academic counselor called me up to ask if I wanted to re-enroll, I said yes.  When she asked what my goals were, I said I had none…

I’ve been an administrative assistant off and on for the past 11 years.  It’s what I know.  I’m fairly good at it and the field pays well.  It provides enough variety and busy work that the days pass pretty quickly.  With that said, it’s not all that family-friendly and it’s definitely not my dream job.  I don’t love it and the thought of doing this for the rest of my life is disheartening to me.  Still, I can’t think of a better alternative.

I’ve made several goes at school.  When I first enrolled in college, I was aiming for an IT degree.  I took one class and then quit when the dot-com bust occurred.  When I returned to school a couple years later, I aimed for a Psychology and Social Work degree.  I loved the subject matter but as for a job in the field?  Too stressful.  Then I figured I’d go for a Business/Finance degree since I always end up working in that area.  I thought since I couldn’t find my passion, I would just go with what came naturally.  I lost interest, though.  This time around?  I’m thinking Communications.  I do love to talk…

I feel stuck.  I am tired of waiting for inspiration to strike.  I’m not sure how to find my path.  I’m not even sure that it’s fair to go on this journey and take time away from my family when it may not lead anywhere.  But if I don’t figure out how to find my way in life, how am I going to teach my son to do it in his own?

Goal #102

I’m moving right along on my list of 110 in 2010.  So far, I’ve completed fifteen items and have fourteen others in various stages of progress.  (At least two have been eliminated from the list – wear a skirt once a week and participate in project 365.)  Hopefully I’ll be up to 25% by the end of March, otherwise I’m going to have to work double time.

#102 on my list is “Attend a blogger based social event.”  This is how I convinced myself that it is imperative that I attend BlogHer ’10.  Well, that and the fact that I’ve never been to New York before (which is really insane because I even have family there).  I registered to attend at the end of February so that I could get the discounted pricing and thank goodness I did!  The conference is sold out now – five months early.  I’ve arranged to room with Jenny, Julia, and Lora, and to be honest I think they are all going to out-party me!  I’m totally up for the challenge, though.

Are you going to BlogHer?  If so, let’s arrange to meet.  For those of you who have been to the BlogHer conference before, can you tell me what I need to bring?  I’m the type to only pack essentials and take as small a suitcase as possible (so that I can carry it on the plane).  The last conference I went to was for Stampin’ Up! back when I was a demonstrator; I attended three of those and had a blast every time.  I may be a convention/conference junkie…

To the future

Is it really, truly a new year?  I am having trouble comprehending that.  Instead of feeling pressed for time as the end of the year approaches, I feel like I am letting days slip by.  We’re six days in and what have I accomplished?  Not a whole hell of a lot, I’ll tell you.  I have some big ticket items that I’d like to see come to fruition this year and I’m itching to get a move on.  On the other hand, I’m still recovering from the insanity that was 2009. and a year of rest sounds pretty appealing right now.

In the realm of things that are moving right along… David had an interview yesterday (and, whew, does that man look HOT in a suit!) and has a list of eight more jobs to apply to today.  Fingers crossed and good thoughts and all that!  Our bank account is surprisingly healthy (thanks, Mom, for ingraining frugality into me from a young age!).  Jack is doing fabulous (potty training being a gigantic exception).  My job is going well.  All good things!

I’m looking forward to this being a year of moving on to the next phase.  I’m hopeful that my divorce papers will finally get accepted by the courts.  David will get a fantastic job.  I think maybe, perhaps, Jack might start using the potty at home and we’ll start ramping him up for preschool.  David and I will tie the knot (hopefully in May rather than October) and go on a romantic, relaxing honeymoon together.  And we’ll all live happily ever after!

That’s what my 2010 fairytale looks like anyway.  What about yours?