Resolution Update

By February 2, 2014 resolutions

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January can only be described as a month of accomplishing things. This last four weeks have taken my multi-tasking skills to a whole new level. I’ve been juggling projects large and small at work, decorating my new office at home, going for long walks, redesigning the blog, learning new things, shoveling snow, and taking lots of photos (but only on my iPhone). I’ve never been busier, but I don’t mind it one bit. I love getting things done.

I’m taking a new approach to my resolutions this year. I’ve been rereading this list in its entirety every Saturday morning to remind myself what my priorities for the year are. I think it’s working because I knocked off quite a few of them this month, and I’ve gotten off to a good start on several more.

January was awesome, and I’m looking forward to whatever February brings. (As long as it’s not more snow.)

PMP Certification
ITIL Certification
Salesforce Administrator Certification
Salesforce Advanced Administrator Certification Developer Certification
Attend Dreamforce again
Successfully get data governance committee up and running – Launched data governance committee, January 10.
Develop a new strategy for keeping my email under control

Redesign the blog (again) – Redesigned and renamed the blog, January 26.
Post a series of gluten-free recipes (I’m hoping this will motivate me to cook more?)
Participate in Nicole‘s “Finish This” series – Co-hosting Finish This… series. Wrote four posts in January.
Write something hilarious
Plan a link-up for next year’s resolutions

Plan a girls trip
Visit Nicole in Texas
Visit Regina in Colorado
Visit Tara in Ohio (or meet her somewhere cool)
Visit my brother in Jacksonville and take a road trip down the coast of Florida to Key West
Eat pineapples in Hawaii
Play poker in Las Vegas
Taste wine at some vineyards
Take pictures of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse

New Things to Do
Shoot a gun (well)
Learn to play the guitar (at least one song)
Eat a clam (because I promised J’s sister I would try one of hers)
Acquire some kind of bar cart or wine rack (liquor bottles are taking over my counter) – Acquired wine rack/bar, January 12.
Take a dance class
Start a good things jar (or maybe a virtual one) – Started virtual “good things” jar in Evernote, January 4.
Get that damn container of books out of the back of my car – Container of books out of car and put away on a new shelf, January 12.

The Usual
Keep up the horseback riding
Go surfing
Go ice skating
Do yoga
Host a party @ my house
Read at least 10 good books – Crystal Blue by John H. Cunningham
Attend a few good concerts – Yarn @ The Jewish Mother, January 27.
See a few good plays
Publish something I’ve written somewhere other than my own blog

Financial Goals
Put more money in the 529 college savings plans I opened for my BFF’s kids
Increase monthly TD Ameritrade transfer to $325 in January and $350 in June – Increased monthly TD transfer to $325, January 4. 
Start a new business (preferably with another person — I think it would be more fun that way)
Create a 2014 budget and track my progress against it monthly in Mint, Quicken or some other tool
Achieve the savings and net worth goals I wrote down in my budget

For My Well-Being
Get back in the habit of getting regular facials
Have a vegetarian week
Find a new cleaning service
Watch less TV
Get contacts or prescription sunglasses
Join a gym
Run in the R&R Half Marathon (I said I’d never do it again, but I changed my mind)
Log 3,650,000 steps on my Fitbit (that’s an average of 10,000 per day) – Walked/ran 246,032 steps and 99.56 miles in January.

And, as usual, make one new resolution every month:
January: Get new running shoes – New running shoes arrived, January 8.
February: Complete Salesforce Administrations Essentials for New Admins (ADM201) training online


Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Nicole says:

    I think you should “visit Nicole in Texas” and I’ll teach you how to “shoot a gun” and then we’ll “do yoga” to replenish our souls and “visit wineries” to replenish our thirst. Well, your thirst. I’m breastfeeding and alcohol is still off limits. But you can drink my share, I don’t mind. That’s four things off the list in one single trip. Epic.

    Great month of January, by the way. It was a good month for me as well. Keep up the good work! =)

  • graceyb says:

    Hmm, I have to take a look at how I am doing thus far. I love your idea of rereading the resolutions every Saturday morning. I may give that a try. I had a read “good things” jar last year, and I filled it up…but I haven’t emptied it and reviewed all the good things yet!!! I kept saying, well I have all of January….

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