Checking In On Those New Year’s Goals!

A month ago today, I wrote a post entitled New Year, New Goals. I thought it might be fun to check in on those goals today and see how I’m doing!

1. Blog more often, if not daily (except weekends). I’ve really made a conscious effort to blog every weekday and now, with the SITS Girls Writing Prompts Challenge I’m participating in, I’m going to be blogging daily — weekends included — throughout the month of February. These writing prompts are going to more than double the amount of posts I publish for the month, which is just crazy to me, but here I am! Day one! And it’s Saturday!!

2. Earn enough money through my Tastefully Simple business, babysitting (I watch my friend’s daughter part time), and blogging to help The Hubby pay for a short vacation with Joshua this year. It’s happening!! We’ve planned a weeklong visit to Virginia — our first real family vacation — for the second week of April! I seriously couldn’t be more excited…Busch Gardens Railway, here we come! I doubt I’ll be siting down at a computer to blog during that week, so my posts will probably be scheduled (and publish automatically) so that I can stick to goal #1. And, of course, when we get back from that trip I’m sure I’ll have a massive photo post and vacation recap to share with all of you. I’m really looking forward to that!

3. Read a book a week. This is another goal I’ve done an awesome job at sticking to! Honestly, I was truly worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the Empty Shelf Challenge, but I’ve read a new book and posted every week. It looks like this is going to become a permanent thing for me. I love reading and I’m especially proud at being able to keep up with the goal! (I haven’t, however, done such a great job of photographing my Empty Shelf. This is partly because I lent out the first book I read as soon as I finished it without photographing it on the shelf first — oops — but also because 3 of the 5 books I’ve read so far this year have been e-books and, therefore, impossible to photograph on a shelf. That’s why I put a Shelfari widget on the My Bookshelf page, which you can visit by clicking the tab at the top of this page.)

4. Stop yelling at my son. This one has been a bit tougher. It’s definitely a work in progress, but I’ve seen some improvement in myself and in Joshua. I’m shouting at him less often — scream in silence has remained my mantra whenever possible — and he’s doing less shrieking in return. I naturally have a very short temper, so this skill is going to take a lot of time, patience, and practice in order for me to master, but I truly believe that I can do it. I have to, for the sake of my family.

5. Get 500 likes on my blog’s Facebook page by December 31. I know I still have 11 months to reach this goal but I have a long way to go. At last check I had 169 likes on the Facebook page, and that is largely my own fault. I have to put myself out there more to the blogging community — to introduce myself, if you will — and to keep writing quality content that all of you are going to want to swing by and read. I’m getting more organized with my posts (writing about specific topics on specific days, for example) and starting to show myself more at link parties and Twitter parties and stuff. I know I still have a lot to learn about blogging and a lot of work to do in order to reach this goal, but I’m up to the challenge!

6. Be pregnant by the end of the year. Another tough one. I just tested this morning and got another negative result. Looks like I need to go ahead and call my doctor to get that referral for a reproductive endocrinologist after all. It’s still one of my life’s goals to make this happen a second time:

7. Take control of my health. I’ve been working really hard on this one, especially in the back half of January. Earlier in the month, I felt excited, then anxious, then just plain overwhelmed. I had no idea where to start with this whole idea. Then it hit me — meal planning. I have a few healthy food cookbooks that have just been collecting dust for what feels like forever, and I decided to whip those babies out and start trying some new dishes. The results have been surprisingly delicious — I’ve finally learned that just because it’s better for you doesn’t mean it has to taste like cardboard! I’m definitely in a groove with meal planning at this stage and I fully intend to continue doing it. I’ve also made a greater effort to exercise more frequently and to eat a little less sugar. As with some of my other goals, I have a long way to go on this one, but I know I’m on the right track.

So that’s the update on my goals! How have yours been going?