2009 was such a sad bastard year for me, as you probably recall from my excessive whining about it. 2010 had some very distinct craphole moments, but for the most part was significantly better than 2009. I hadn't thought a lot about my 2010 goals recently (or, you know, most of the year), so I thought I'd revisit them and see how I did.
1) Set budget and stick to it.
I rate myself an A- on this one.
Without giving away to many personal details (because WHAT? Like I'd ever do THAT!), I'll tell you that this year in addition to paying off close to $19,000 of debt (and part of that is my house, so didn't get your panties into a twist, Suze Orman), I have a savings account that I regularly contribute to as well as savings accounts for my children which are regularly contributed to. I'm on track to break up with that whore Sallie Mae much sooner than I ever thought possible. It's pretty fracking awesome.
2) Without a specific goal in mind, continue walking, exercising and eating healthfully.
I'm going to give myself a B- on this one. It's been asscold lately and I haven't walked as much as I would like. But overall, I think I've done okay and it's really just become what I do. I don't obsess. I'm thinner than I was last year at this time. Not a lot, but still. That's not really what it was about.
3) Write because I like it.
I don't know how to grade myself on this. On the one hand, I think I failed in every aspect and the remaining four people who actually still read this blog would probably agree. On the other hand, I think some of the (very little bits of) writing I've done this past year, mostly in the past few months, have been some of my best. And yes. I know how sad that is.
I had a thought the other night that I could never, ever write another word and that would be okay. It didn't feel good or anything, but it felt okay.
4) Say "no" more.
Eh. I give myself a D on this one and ONLY because I said "no" to ONE thing. Of course the one thing was teaching a Bible School class. So. Sorry about that Jesus.
5) Visiting people I care about more.
I did, in fact, get my ass to Michigan. And we both got our asses to Kentucky. But really, I could do better. I'm giving myself a C, though, because I made effort and I was a public school kid so that's how I roll.
6) Reading more books.
I really didn't do great on this one. Most of the books I read in 2010 sucked. Okay, that's probably not fair. But there were several that were huge time sucks for very little reward. Some were awesome, though, so I guess it balances out. A little.
Due to my daughter being twelve and angsty, I did get to read a lot of Judy Blume again. God I love Judy Blume.
Overall, though, I get a D. I visited the library ONE TIME and that was last week.
7) Spending less time dealing with people who suck.
I am a solid C student here. I did okay at this most of the year with only a few concentrated pockets of Jerkoffishness. I plan on doing even better next year, even though that might mean completely cutting off/ignoring some people.
8) Ignore stupid people.
If I could grade myself lower, I would. I was sobbing just last week about how poorly someone in my life treats me. This person is stupid and in reality, I don't even like them at all and would never, ever voluntarily choose to be a part of their life and yet, I was crying about it. I let another person's obnoxious, self-congratulatory Christmas greeting get under my skin. Just this past weekend, I was annoyed for two days about a Post-it note. Yes. A Post-it note. I fail at life.
9) Be as ridiculous as possible.
Before 7am I told someone in response to their request, "Well. I'll take down your name and pray for you and that's about all you are going to get this week." I also wrote a superior a note and signed it, "KISSES!".
I think it's safe to say I win at this one. A!
10) Bake more bread.
Winner winner, chicken dinner! I even added two new, nice bread pans to my cupboards. It turns out nearly every time and that is a very, very good thing. I like when things turn out.
Coming soon: Goals for next year! Or some crap!
LOL - "So. Sorry about that Jesus." You crack me up. I don't even MAKE myself any goals! So I give your year an A... A+ if you figure one of your goals should have been "Continue to raise awesome kids & be a great mom."
A++++++ at being the best Stephanie you can be. Which I happen to love. xoxo
I think that by even setting goals and taking ONE STEP towards completing them, you are succeeding! One step after one step after one step equals walking...and you are walking towards things that matter: Your family, living a love-filled life, and raising wonderful, responsible and happy kids! I think you deserve an A+. Don't be so harsh on yourself--you are much greater than you give yourself credit for! :)
Ummm, I think more than 4 people still read your blog...just saying....we love you!! Have a Merry Christmas~~
You crack me up :-) p.s. I read your book this year and I truly don't see why anyone in your life would give you crap about it. I guess people are weird that way. Anyway. I love reading your blog.
I am a lurker, but since it's the holidays and such, I figured I would come out of hiding to say, A+ for you! You are awesome and hilarious and I really enjoy reading everything you write. Have a fantastic holiday with your lovely and hilarious family!
Ya, I let stupid people get to me too. Why, why why do I care about how people that I don't respect and wouldn't miss if I never saw them again see me? I don't understand. I consider it a pretty big character flaw.
Hope you had a great Christmas.
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