Monday, March 28, 2011

Resolutions: 3 Month Check In

Can you believe that we're almost three full months into 2011? I think it's just flown by, but I am glad that spring is on the way. Yes, technically it is spring but there is still snow on the ground where I live. Ugh.

I thought that I would do a check in on my resolutions and see how I'm doing. And, of course, I have to share it with all of you!

Let's begin...

1. Be a better friend - I've got to keep in touch better, whether it be by phone, email, snail mail, text, Facebook, or smoke signals, I want to make sure that my friends and I are staying connected.
Well...I'm trying. I know I can do better and this resolution is a constant guilt trip whenever I think about the friends I need to catch up with. It's getting there but I definitely have more work to do.

2. Read more, particularly, I want to read more than just chick lit (yes, I am doing a Chick Lit Challenge, but this is new for me and it will expose me to more novels than I would have otherwise) I'd love to get away from the pretty much all fiction that I read and find some non-fiction to dive into as well.
I'm doing better with this one. I haven't read a lot of non fiction yet but there are a few on my shelves, patiently waiting for me. I have read a couple of books that have more "substance" to it, such as Water for Elephants and Half Broke Horses. Both are excellent so go out and get them right now! (Especially WFE because the movie comes out on April 22!)

3. Be more organized - my new place is still a mess and I'm not totally set up. I must change that as it is driving me crazy!
Again...this is a work in progress. When I left the bookstore it helped because I now have every evening free. This means dishes are (usually) done after supper. My bedroom, however, still looks like a bomb went off. It appears as though I fail miserably at putting clothes away. Accomplishing this resolution was helped when my mom came to stay with me for a weekend. It was great! We hung out and she helped me with some of the final touches. Great time :)

4. Keep track of the books that I read and have some sort of rating system. I can never remember what I've read throughout the year!
I'm getting better! Just recently I realized that I have a list and was not updating it. I'm now trying to do so right away, so this one is going well.

5. Learn to knit. Laugh if you will, but this is the power great novels have on me (Friday Night Knitting Club, excellent series!!!)
Success! I am not very good right now, but I have a lovely the works! When my best friend (@MarisaW87 on Twitter, by the by) read my original resolution post she told me that she knows knitting basics. We got together one Saturday and while she cooked supper for our girly shindig, I taught myself to knit. When the books I got from the library failed, I turned to You Tube (doesn't that seem hilarious?). It took awhile and it was pretty pathetic, but I did it! And I did it with a budgie staring at me too…

Twitter watching me knit. She wasn't too interested.

6. Enjoy life and stop worrying so much about money - there is no way that I can do a total flip and spend too much, it's just not the way I was raised! :)
I consider this a success as well. While I'm not going out and blowing all my money, I am more comfortable with shopping for clothing necessities (just bought an adorable brown jacket for work, along with a few other work clothes) as well as enjoying the occasional supper out. Next up is saving for a potential trip in the fall. Fingers crossed that happens!

7. Kick ass at work and not be scared and/or stressed out about being in charge of fundraising starting in March.
Fail, fail, fail. I had no idea how much I would be doing and looking after when my supervisor left on mat leave and it is stressing me out pretty much every day. I think my friends and family are sick of hearing me stress out. Sorry guys! The problem is not just still learning a new job or just looking after planning a Gala while also doing regular fundraising stuff. The problem is both of those things together. Ack! So far I’m surviving and apparently doing a good job (got a verbal gold star from the fundraising chair today, yay!) All that being said, May 6th (the night of the Gala) cannot come quickly enough!

8. Take at least one fundraising course at Georgian College starting in September, and I will not let it stress me out!
No work has been done on this yet, other than looking into what classes are offered in each semester. I’ve got to come up with some sort of proposal for the board so they agree to pay for it. I’ll keep you all updated!

9. Write a story. Just for kicks :)
Haven’t done anything with this yet either. Maybe the summer will provide some inspiration!

10. Keep up with this blog all year - and beyond.
I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job so far! I try to post at least once a week so you all have something new and fresh to read. I’m also doing something a little different and will be doing three blog tours in the next few months! I’m really excited about this. Stay tuned for my reviews!

How have all of you been doing with your resolutions? Let me know! I’m pretty proud of myself, but I know I have a ways to go with some of them. I’ll update again in another three months…hopefully!


  1. I'm always here to lend an ear for your venting! Can't have you all stressed out! :)

  2. These are great!!! and ummm who's bird is that?? haha


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