Final Resolution Update of 2015

By December 31, 2015 resolutions, year in review

Fail at updating my blog. Fail at updating resolutions. But I think I did knock a few more out since June.

Twelve months down, zero left. That makes a year.

Work & Professional Development
PMP Certification – FAILEDPMP application submitted, January 23. Approved, January 29. (Now I just have to take the test.)
ITIL Certification – FAILED 
Force.com Developer Certification – ACCOMPLISHEDThey changed this certification this year, I got a Salesforce App Builder certification instead, November 20. I also got a Salesforce Sales Cloud Consultant certification, November 10.
Security+ Certification – FAILED
Have everyone on my team get a Salesforce certification – ALMOSTTwo people on my team have certifications. Two do not.
Attend Dreamforce – ACCOMPLISHEDAttended Dreamforce, September 15-18. It was amazing.
Find a better system to manage projects – ACCOMPLISHED – TaskRay installed in Salesforce org, April 2. 
Have someone in my company create a real quote for actual products in our Salesforce org and send it to a customer (as in, launch “Phase 2” of our Salesforce project) – ACCOMPLISHEDDone. Finally. October 23.
Present something at a conference – FAILED
Start a Salesforce user group (either locally or one for my company’s suppliers) – Started a group on the Salesforce website, February 28. Started a one on Meetup (well Jeff did, but I helped invite people to join), November 15.
Apply to grad school – FAILED

Improve Social Life
Host a dinner party – FAILED
Host a brunch – ACCOMPLISHED – Hosted a brunch, July 4.
Host a poker night – ACCOMPLISHEDPlayed poker at John’s house after the Kentucky Derby, May 2.
Host a wine tasting – FAILED
Host at least three visitors in my guest room – ACCOMPLISHEDStephen in town, March 21-26 and April 3. Kerri and Leah, May 22-25. Regina, July 23-27. Christina and Jon, July 31-August 2. Courtney, August 7-8. Mom, August 26-28. Aunt Debbie and Lee, September 5-7. Dad, October 9-11. 
Host a crab party – ACCOMPLISHEDHosted a crab party, July 25.
Make some actual NYE plans – ACCOMPLISHEDHaving a NYE party @ John’s later, December 31.
Go to more events and less bars – ACCOMPLISHED
Watch less TV – ACCOMPLISHED
Invite people out that I don’t normally spend time with – ACCOMPLISHED
Make more friends who are girls – ALMOSTI’m working on it. I’m also accepting that maybe I just always have and always will get along better with guys.
Play poker in real life with human beings (as opposed to on my phone with other people’s avatars) — ACCOMPLISHED –  Joined a poker league, February 6! Now I can play poker with real human beings once every three weeks. 🙂

For My Well-Being
Complete this 30-day yoga challenge – ALMOSTI did about half of it before I got sick in February and then never started it up again.
Mentor a child through The Up Center – FAILED
Volunteer for something – ACCOMPLISHED – I volunteered my time making this website for my friend Casey’s non-profit over the summer and in the fall.
Feel confident about my appearance in a swimsuit by February 10 – Pretty much accomplished. I bought a bunch of one-pieces and tankinis, and I ended up wearing my bikinis anyway. Then I got so sick, I lost like six pounds, so that counts, right?
Have a vegetarian week – FAILED
Run in a race – FAILED
Try a juice diet – FAILED
Post a series of gluten-free recipes – FAILED
Get contacts or prescription sunglasses – FAILED
Figure out why my eyes are so red and puffy and sensitive all the time/fix it – FAILEDI figured out why, but every doctor just says that it’s a chronic condition that will come and go, and there’s not much to be done. 🙁
Ride my bike at sunrise as many times as possible when it’s warm enough – FAILED
Cut my hair or stop using it as an excuse not to exercise (as in, “It takes so long to blow dry…”) – ACCOMPLISHEDI stopped using it as an excuse and I had Tori cut a lot more layers in it, so it takes less time to dry anyway.
Write a really nice post about Mele when I’m ready – FAILED

Travel
Visit Aunt Kim & Uncle Franky in Pennsylvania – FAILED
Spend a whole week in New Jersey – ACCOMPLISHED
Visit Nicole in Texas – FAILED
Visit my brother in Jacksonville and take a road trip down the coast of Florida to Key West – FAILED
Taste wine at some vineyards – FAILED
See Mayan ruins – ACCOMPLISHED – Saw the Tulum Ruins, February 15.
Put feet in Mediterranean Sea – ACCOMPLISHEDPut feet in Mediterranean Sea, April 14.
Take photos of a lighthouse- ACCOMPLISHEDTook photos of two lighthouses the night we went out on a dolphin cruise in Virginia Beach, August 2.
Shop at the Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse Sale – FAILED
Go back to Hawaii – FAILED
Go back to Las Vegas – FAILED
Go on at least three cool weekend trips – FAILEDFour trips to NJ do not count.

New Things to Do
Take pictures of pelicans with my telephoto lens – ACCOMPLISHEDTook photos over the summer from Chris and Terri’s boat.
Learn how to use new sewing machine – FAILED
Sew myself a dress – FAILED
Learn to play the ukulele (at least one song) – FAILED
Shoot a gun – FAILED
Roast my own coffee – ALMOSTHelped someone else roast coffee one lovely afternoon in October.
Create a book of my Instagram photos and send it to my grandparents – ACCOMPLISHEDGave them a book of Virginia Beach photos for Christmas, December 24.
Find a creative way to keep area around coffee grinder clean – ACCOMPLISHED I’m not sure this is creative, but I wipe off the counter once per day with a paper towel or my hand.
Paint something cool with watercolors – ACCOMPLISHEDIt wasn’t with watercolors, but I did paint a mermaid at The Mermaid Factory with my mom, August 27.
Make some kind of homemade liqueur (maybe this one?) – ALMOSTI got halfway through the recipe. The mason jar is still sitting on my counter. I was supposed to finish it back in May or June or something.
Take a dance class – FAILED

Stuff I’ve Been Putting Off
Go through pictures from Hawaii/write a post about trip – ALMOSTI went through some pictures and made John a photo book from Hawaii (and one from Barcelona) for Christmas, but I didn’t write a post.
Back up all data and sell old computer – ALMOST – I backed up the data, but I didn’t sell the computer.
Get vintage Lilly Pulitzer dress hemmed/altered in time for Tulum trip – ACCOMPLISHEDTechnically accomplished because I had this dress altered, and I picked it up February 8. But the lady kind of messed it up, so now I need to take it back.
Finish barstools – ACCOMPLISHEDBarstools complete, January 1.
Post a “how to” about editing photos on an iPhone – FAILED
Find a way to display some of my Instagram photos in my house – FAILED
Frame all of my new Cassidy prints and the pelican print I bought last year – ACCOMPLISHED
Start a new business – ACCOMPLISHED
Post in this blog more – FAILED

The Usual
Go horseback riding – FAILED
Go ice skating – FAILED
Go surfing – FAILED
Attend a few good concerts – ACCOMPLISHEDHullabahoos @ The Sandler Center, January 9. Reel Big Fish/Less Than Jake @ The Norva, January 31. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness @ 17th Street Stage, May 30. Zac Brown Band @ Farm Bureau Live, June 5. Idina Menzel @ Chrysler Hall, August 26. Reel Big Fish and The Pietasters @ 24th Street Park, September 5. The Killers and The Foo Fighters @ Dreamforce, September 17. Streetlight Manifesto @ The Norva, October 23. The Legwarmers @ The Norva, November 31.
See a few good plays – ACCOMPLISHEDSalome @ Harrison Opera House, February 3. Legally Blonde, The Musical @ The Sandler Center, April 18. Orpheus in the Underworld @ Harrison Opera House, September 27. The Little Mermaid @ The Sandler Center, October 3. Catch Me If You Can @ ODU University Theater, October 24. La Boheme @ Harrison Opera House, November 10. A Christmas Carol @ The Sandler Center, December 5. The Nutcracker @ The Sandler Center, December 18.
Read at least 10 good books – ACCOMPLISHED – Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett, The Mystery of the Crimson Ghost by Phyllis A. Whitney (you can purchase this classic gem for $.01 on Amazon…), And One For All by Theresa Nelson (end phase of reading favorite books from age 13), The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank, True Believer by Nicholas Sparks, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott, Murder in Mount Holly by Paul Theroux, Maroon Rising by John H. Cunningham, Foundation by Isaac Asimov. (I kind of lost track because I borrowed a lot of books from Amazon, so this probably isn’t a complete list.)
Make a new resolution every month: FAILED
January: Stop fiddling with my resolutions in Evernote, and put them on my blog where they belong – Posted, January 18.
February: (Nicole said this counts, so I’m posting it.) Pay off my car – Paid off, February 21.
March: Plan trip to Spain, and grow more trees than Jeff – FAIL. Never planned trip to Spain. Just did a bunch of stuff when we got there. Growing more trees than Jeff was a pretty stupid resolution.
April: Fail.
May: Fail.
June: Uh…I don’t even know. I’ll be happy if I write another blog post before July.

Totals: 32 ACCOMPLISHED, 7 ALMOST, 36 FAILED. Pretty consistent with most years, and setting goals you may not be able to accomplish is important. 🙂

Happy new year!

Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • Cecelia DeNoia says:

    Maybe you didn’t do all the things you had hoped to do, But you did make some great progress at work and in the arts (Reading, plays, concerts, etc.). Great job!

  • graceyb says:

    Rather than say failed, I think you should say — turned my attention elsewhere!

  • Nicole says:

    Our “accomplished, almost, and fail” numbers are close this year. I made some pretty stupid resolutions last January so I consolidated my 2016 list. I’m excited about this year, looking forward to seeing what happens. You, my friend, need to get your gluten-free ass to Texas as soon as possible. And bring your mother. And John. And Diesel. I might buy a coffee pot just because you’re coming to stay at my house. Love you!

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