Resolution Update

By May 2, 2013 resolutions

Four months down, 8 to go.

Travel
Renew my passport – New passport in my possession, February 12.
Leave the country (temporarily, of course)
Spend a girls’ weekend in Nashville, TN – Spent the weekend in Nashville for Tina’s 30th birthday, January 18-20.
Visit Stephen in Pensacola (again), and take a little trip within a trip to New Orleans
Go shopping in Chicago
Visit Nicole in Texas
Visit Grace in New Hampshire
Visit Joelle in California
Gamble in the new Margaritaville Casino in Atlantic City
Play poker in Las Vegas
Spend a day in NYC – Spent two days, and two nights in NYC, February 6-8.
Take pictures of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse
Soak up some sunshine on a tropical beach
Spend time in one other northeast or southeast city (Charleston, Newport, Savannah, Miami, etc.)

Blogging
Finish merging my two blogs together into one
Decide on a name once and for all (suggestions welcome) – The Coastal Chicster it is, January 28.
Work with some my favorite local shops and businesses to feature them on my blog
Find ways to connect with other bloggers
Engage with readers more to grow traffic
Develop a media kit
Attend a blogging conference – Attended IFB Conference, February 6-7.
Upgrade to WordPress Pro – Did one better than that. This blog is now self-hosted! January 29.

For My Well-Being
Get contacts (or at least prescription sunglasses)
Have a better relationship with my cats
Eat less pizza – Definitely ate less pizza in January, as I’ve been experimenting with a gluten-free diet.
Work with a lifestyle coachCompleted a four-week “Sparkling Start” group workshop with Cara Alwill Leyba, January 30.
Consult with a nutritionist
Join Weight Watchers again, take it seriously, and get back down to my goal weight
Find new ways to exercise
Find a charitable organization to dedicate some volunteer hours to each week and/or month – Joined the Employee Action Committee at work in March, and volunteered at the Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K, March 30. Volunteered at Dive For A Cure, April 27.

Business Endeavors & Money
Sell fine art photography prints through the Lisa DeNoia Photography website
Design a line of stationery using my photos and/or graphic design skills
Write a few posts for my company’s blog at work – Wrote a post in January, but I don’t think they posted it yet.
Get a raise – Accepted a new position at work, January 31.
Open a Roth IRA
Up my monthly money market transfer to $275 in January and $300 in July – Upped transfer to $275, January 1.

The Usual
Go ice skating (extra points for Rockefeller Center)
Go horseback riding
Go surfing
Go snowboarding
Run in a race
Read at least 10 good books
See a few concerts – Saw the Virginia International Tattoo at Chrysler Hall, April 25.
See a few plays – Saw American Idiot at Chrysler Hall, January 26. Saw the Met Opera’s production Rigoletto live in HD at the movie theater, February 16. Saw Jersey Boys at Chrysler Hall, March 8. Saw Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Sandler Center, April 26.
Do yoga
Draw a picture
Write a poem

New Things to Do
Submit something I write to a publication or magazine
Host a champagne brunch for friends
Attend Fashion Week in NYC – I was in NYC when Fashion Week started, but thanks to a winter storm, didn’t make it anywhere close, February 8.
Go sailing
Cook more
Take a photography class
Visit a museum
Learn to sew
Enter one of my photographs into a competition
Take a dance class

Wish List
Own a pair of diamond earrings
Invest in new luggage
Acquire this camera lens
Get a bike rack for my car
Buy a timeshare or property in the Caribbean

And, as always, make a new resolution each month:
January: Recoup the savings account (did a little damage with Christmas and the NYE party…) – Kind of? Not really. Still working on that.
February: Pick out a web-based project management tool for my new job – I think I’ve settled on SmartSheet.
March: Go running! (as soon as DST starts…) – I went running the day that DST started…and that’s about it.
April: Finish cleaning out my closet and selling a whole bunch of crap on eBay – I’ve cleaned out most of the stuff I should get rid of, but I haven’t sold it all yet.
May: Finish editing Nashville photos and post (Tina made a special request for this to be done ASAP)

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Sarah says:

    Read your post today Lisa! I enjoy reading your blog and keeping up with what’s going on and getting tips like “how to pack” (yes I will have to get your help around Sept. but details will follow) OK tip from me. You can get two birds with one stone by volunteering with Reverb. You can volunteer for a good cause and get into see some concerts free at the same time!

    • Lisa D. says:

      Hey! Thanks for reading. 🙂 That’s exactly why I like to blog — it helps me keep in touch with everyone all over at once. I will definitely help you pack. You just let me know when you’re ready for my assistance. Reverb looks really cool! I’ve been watching the video on their website for the past few minutes. It’s a really interesting concept.

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