Nine months ago, I set 24 goals on my 24th birthday. I thought I was doing really good until I counted them up a few seconds ago… Technically I have 10 out of 24 goals left. With only three months left, that makes me wince!
Then I looked a little closer and I’m not quite as scared. Three have simply been postponed until the next birthday year and four are close to completion. All the others have been checked off.
Having this list has been fantastic! (A) It reminds me of what I want and (B) when I have a day questioning if I’m getting anything done at all, I just have to look at my list and see what all I’ve accomplished! It’s been great for my mood and my year. I’m going to have to keep going!
I have 107 followers on Bloglovin’. (If you could help me out that would be awesome!) Not great, but I also have 237 likes on the blog Facebook page. So I’m going to smile and be happy, since this is not a goal in my control.
3. Exceed 5,000 social media followers.
Just broke 13,000. Wooo hooo!!!!
4. Redesign the blog for ease of use, retention, and style, including new header!
New header? Check! Related posts? Check! How else can I make this blog better for you?
5. Attract advertisers and post sponsors.
Yay for Amazon adds! Somebody please click on one before I lose my spot 😉 And now I’ve applied for Ahalogy.
6. Create 5 original craft posts.
Brighten Your Space with a Push Pin Board (most popular) – 9/24
Tissue Paper Wall Art – 11/10
7. Learn how to take proper craft photos and create backdrop.
Backdrop created! And I don’t know, what do you think? Am I taking proper craft photos? It seems to me like it’s a yes 🙂
It’s looking like our travel plans have been a bit delayed. We may be jumping the pond in September, so probably not going to make these goals in time, but I will be visiting Hawaii so I’m still calling this a win!!!
8. Be serenaded on a gondola ride in Venice, Italy.
9. Gobble down a freshly-baked pretzel while touring the sites of Munich, Germany.
10. See my cousin Richard’s new house and my aunt and uncle’s new flat in the UK.
I’m soooooo close! Everything is clean and organized. (Big win!) The bookshelves are finally in, so we’ve just got to find a few free hours to assemble them and get my ridiculously massive stacks of books sorted and organized.
12. Makeover the laundry room (that’s really just a closet) so that it’s easier to use.
Done! I got up some hooks and made a hanger carrier that has made my life so much easier!
13. Somehow attractively cover that giant hole above the fireplace… maybe tasteful shelves?
Yiiiiiiiipppppppeeeeeeee!!!!! This is complete! What was once a horrible hole in the wall is now whole again. Check out my now beautiful mantel!
14. Make 10 blankets for Covered in Love (a partner with Safe Families for Children.)
1 – Camo and Orange Stripes, Boy’s Blanket
2 – Brown and Green Waves, Boy’s Blanket
3 – Greens and Camo Hexagon, Boy’s Blanket
4 – Brilliant Hexagons, Girl’s Blanket
5 – Blue and Yellow Squares, Unisex Blanket
6 – Yellow Diamond, Baby Blanket
7 – Rainbow Granny Squares, Unisex Blanket
8 – Blacklight Hexagons, Unisex Blanket
15. Cut and assemble 50 pairs of shoes for Sole Hope.
13 down… well, 33 in total, but I made 20 of those before my b-day. Need to get on this one!
16. Sponsor two local children for Christmas through yearly church outreach.
This year we supported two of the mothers with basic health and beauty supplies. It was a lot of fun! And I hope our contributions lifted the spirits of some in-need women this Christmas.
We’re also sponsoring two kids through World Vision. They are absolutely adorable. World Vision is doing so much for communities in third-world countries. It’s incredible! Part of our sponsorship money goes to the building up the community, so that eventually sponsorship won’t be needed because the community will be self-sustainable.
So I haven’t been regularly doing what I’d call a devotional, but my hubby and I have been working through The Story. We’re loving it!
18. Spend 10 minutes at the beginning of the day in the Bible and in prayer for a month.
I am a week in! I am now getting up with my husband… at 6 am. It’s painful for a night owl like myself, but I’m getting so much more done–including my morning devotions 🙂
19. Get an agent or decide to indie publish.
This is a long story, but I did it, so it’s counting!
2. Complete my second novel–Into the Rough.
After 45,000 words for the first draft, I stepped back and did some big picture editing. Then I went at it again. I made it 60,000 words into the second draft before realizing my character needed a complete overhaul and had to start from scratch. Which I did. And made it 35,000+ into my third draft. It was good and I loved it, but after a lot of prayer and consideration, I’ve decided to go in a different direction with my writing career.
I’m now writing adult romantic suspense. I’m really excited! I’ve got a detailed outline for my next novel and I’m brainstorming ideas for two other novels in the series. Stay tuned for more!
But with the 140,000 words of Into the Rough written so far–not including the 7,500 word outline or all the character research–I’m going to count this as done. Seems fair right?
20. Do one death defying act, such as parasailing or bungie jumping.
I went on the ropes course in Pigeon Forge. It was so awesome! I darted and dodged through three stories of wires and planks with my younger sister. It was an absolute blast. And it ended with a three-story free fall. Terrifying!
21. Be able to easily converse in Spanish with my in-laws.
This past weekend when we had lunch with some friends from Mexico, they said I almost spoke with a Mexican accent. I was so proud!
22. See 4 musicals/plays/concerts.
Carlos Vives/Marc Anthony Concert in Chicago, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dream Coat at the IU Auditorium, Yo-Yo Ma and The Bric Project at the IU Auditorium, Once at the IU Auditorium
23. Read 40 books.
I was pretty impressed that I was able to make this goal in half the time. To keep going on my roll, I upped my goal to 80. And guess what. I’ve already hit it! Crazy! So should I go for 100? Maybe even 120?
Fiction Reads: Summer by Summer by Heather Burch, Kiss and Blog by Allison Nöel, Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK by Betsy St. Amant, The Daughters by Joanna Philbin, The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan, The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan, The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan, Nobody’s Prize by Ester Friesner, The Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin,The Daughters Take the Stage by Joanna Philbin, The Daughters Join the Party by Joanna Philbin, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, Reclaiming Brynn by Susan Crawford, The Boss’s Bride by Brenda Minton, Cress by Marissa Meyer, The Looney Experiment by Luke Reynolds, Winter by Marissa Meyer, The Doctor’s Second Chance by Missy Tippens, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed, Diamonds and Deceit by Leila Rasheed, Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson, Honeymoon by James Patterson, Along Came a Spider by James Patterson, Heiress by Susan May Warren, Esther: Royal Beauty by Angela Hunt, Girl Online by Zoe Sugg, Kiss the Cowboy by Julie Jarnagin, My Name is River by Wendy Dunham, The King’s Highway by Carol McAdoo, The Seen Ones by Melissa Ferguson, Reclaiming Nick by Susan May Warren, Flunked by Jen Calonita, Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson, Angelhood by A.J. Cattapan, The Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl, Firewall by DiAnn Mills, Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey, The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert, A Reason to Stay by Kellie Coates Gilbert
Non-Fiction Reads: Write Better, Faster by Monica Leonelle, Dictate Your Book by Monica Leonelle, Quit Your Job in 6 Months by Buck Flogging, QuitN6 2: Your First 10,000 Email Subscribers by Buck Flogging, QuitN6 3: Internet Business Blueprint by Buck Flogging
Listened to audiobook: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy, Starring Me by Krista McGee, Emma by Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin, Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck, Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Capman, Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson, Confessions: The Private School Murders by James Patterson, Confessions: The Paris Mysteries by James Patterson, Confessions: The Murder of an Angel by James Patterson, The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson, School’s Out Forever by James Patterson, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson, Final Warning by James Patterson, Max by James Patterson, Fang by James Patterson, Angel by James Patterson, Nevermore by James Patterson, Maximum Ride Forever by James Patterson, I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter, Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter, United We Spy Only the Good Spy Young Out of Sight by Ally Carter, Out of Time by Ally Carter, Deception on Sable Hill by Shelley Gray, A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Waller, Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon, Thin Ice by Irene Hannon, Breach of Trust by DiAnn Mills, The Chase by DiAnn Mills, The Negotiator by Dee Henderson, Always Watching by Lynette Eason, Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble,Vanished by Irene Hannon, Trapped by Irene Hannon, True Devotion by Dee Henderson
24. Workout 3 days a week for 4 weeks consistently.
I’ve been walking a lot and loving it! I’m feeling so energized and sleeping better. Just today I’ll have hit two weeks of my new routine and I plan to keep walking for many, many more.
We’ve just hit the halfway month for the year. How are your goals going? What are they? I’d love to hear!