Resolution Update

By March 3, 2012 resolutions

This February was the best one I can remember. The winter’s been so mild, and we’ve had so many springy days. It went by so fast! Usually February is long, dreary and insanely boring, but this one was littered with outdoor lunches, an online photography class (courtesy of Bella Pop), the annual Hands to Angels benefit dinner, and moving to a new cozy corner at work.

People to see:
Visit Nicole in Texas
Visit Joelle in California
Visit Stephen in Pensacola
Visit Grace in New Hampshire
Visit Andrea in Roanoke
Visit as many people as possible in New Jersey

Places to go:
Soak up some rays at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola
Gamble at the Margaritaville Casino in Las Vegas
Dance the night away at a bachelorette party in Atlantic City
Take a long walk through Central Park
Go shopping in Chicago
Ride bikes at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Take pictures of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Taste wine in Napa Valley
Ride roller coasters at Busch Gardens
Spend a weekend in at least one other Northeast and/or Southeast city (Charleston, SC; Savannah, GA; Newport, RI…)

Things to do:
Attend a few good concerts – Attended A Tribute to Clarence Clemons at the Attucks Theater in Norfolk, January 6. Attended “Celtic Woman” at Chrysler Hall, February 29.
See a few good plays
Teach Diesel more tricks – J taught Diesel to find all of his toys by name in February.
Set up a photography website/portfolio
Volunteer for something – Volunteered to take photos for the United Way of South Hampton Roads Women’s Leadership Council’s “Stone Soup” event, February 11.
Join a gym
Keep up my monthly facials
Host a dinner party
Get contacts
Read at least 10 good books – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Memoirs of a Bad Girl by Michelle Ferreira
Fit back into my Diesel jeans (again)
Frame some of my photos to hang up at my house
Learn something new every month and write about it

Old hobbies to keep up with:
Go horseback riding
Go ice skating
Go surfing
Go snowboarding
Run in a race
Draw a picture
Write poem
Do yoga

Wish list:
Get a white 16GB iPhone – White 16GB iPhone acquired, January 10.
Replace my favorite Ugg boots
Replace my favorite Tory Burch Reva flats
Acquire a bounce flash for my camera
Pick out a longer lens for my camera
Get a pretty camera bag
And a functional camera bag
Get a monogram necklace – My back-ordered, lost-in-the-mail Christmas gift from J finally arrived February 1, and it was the monogram necklace I’d been wanting!
Own a pair of diamond earrings

Financial goals:
Plan out a budget for the year
Stick to the budget using weekly and monthly cash allowances
Up my monthly TD Ameritrade transfer to $225 in January and $250 in July – Upped my monthly transfer to $225, January 1.
Open a Roth IRA
Get a raise
Start a business – Started Lisa DeNoia Photography LLC, January 24.

Monthly resolutions:
January – One month, no new clothes. ACCOMPLISHED.
February – Go running before work at least five times. FAILED — I only went before work twice.
March – New tires, new laptop, new camera lens, bachelorette parties and bridal showers…I just want to make it though the month with some money left in my savings account.
April –
May –
June –
July –
August –
September –
October –
November –
December –

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