Six months ago, I set 24 goals on my 24th birthday. By the end of September I was panicking. “What have I done?” I thought. “I haven’t completed a single thing!” So I got to work.
I’m very pleased to say, I’ve made good progress. A little more than I was even expecting. And, of course, in some places, not as much as I was hoping. All in all, I’d say I’m right on track.
I also want to say welcome back! Thanks for hanging tight through my short break. I’ve had a lot of good, crazy things happing these past couple months and I can’t wait to share them with you in the coming weeks. 1. Gain 200 blog followers.
I have 114 followers on Bloglovin’, and that’s still after my two month break so I’m pretty happy with that and plan to continue my slow, but steady growth over the next six months.
3. Exceed 5,000 social media followers.
Umm… Let’s see, does 12,000+ followers count? Why, yes. Yes it does. Woo hoo!
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!
25 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 August or September, so probably not going to make these goals in time, but will be close!
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.
This is about halfway done. The organizing is complete. We bought plastic tubs and I sorted all of my crafting material and put it in them. A lot of the craft project above have been to prepare for this office makeover.
I was so proud of myself, I used a table saw to cut away the desk that we didn’t want and turn the drawers into our printer stand. No money spent!
Now I need one more bookshelf and to figure out what if any art I want on the walls.
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
And I’m currently working on a pale yellow baby 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.
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.
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.
19. Get an agent or decide to indie publish.
I did it!!!!!!!!!! I have an agent! Can I get a woo hoo?
Now we’ve got my proposal out to some different publishing houses and we’re waiting to hear back. Man, I hate the waiting! But it’s a good sign. No’s come back quickly.
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’m 35,000 words into this draft and I’m doing some character work at the moment that involves a lot of magazine pictures! I’m loving it and it’s adding a lot of depth.
20. Do one death defying act, such as parasailing or bungie jumping.
This one has proved to be tricky… then again I’m in the middle of Indiana. Death-defying is not exactly our middle name lol.
21. Be able to easily converse in Spanish with my in-laws.
I spent two weeks with my in-laws over Christmas and New Years. I think easy may be a bit of a stretch, but I was able to talk with them in Spanish and understand most of what was said. They said that my Spanish had greatly improved, so I’m going to count this as a win, but continue to work on it.
Oh, and my husband and I are learning German now.
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
23. Read 40 books.
I am actually pretty impressed that I was able to make this goal in half the time. And I intend to keep going on my roll! Think I can hit 80 by the years’ end? I think I’m gonna try 😉
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
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, Maximum Ride: School’s Out Forever by James Patterson
47 total – If you ever need a recommendation, just let me know!
24. Workout 3 days a week for 4 weeks consistently.
I made it to 3 weeks. I was so excited. The end was in sight. Then I got sick–a terrible flu/cold something or other. Completely knocked me out. I was so ticked that I had to start all over again!