Time’s up! How’d I do?
Travel more – Traveled to St. Maarten, February 17-21. Traveled to NJ, April 21-24. Traveled to NJ, July 15-20. Traveled to NJ, August 4-7. Traveled to Raleigh, August 25-28 (evacu-cation!). Traveled to Chicago, December 14-18 for Stephen’s boot camp graduation. Traveled to NJ for Christmas, December 23-27.
Shop less – Iffy.
Learn to edit videos with Adobe Premiere – Failed.
Post a video on my blog – Failed.
Try out a bunch of different gyms in the area using free trials and promos – Tried a yoga studio near my house, June 16. I’m gonna have to say failed at this one, too.
Get a digital SLR camera (and maybe a tripod) – Purchased a Nikon D3100, January 18. J got me a tripod as a gift, February 14. J got me a remote, too, December 27.
Style a 30 for 30 for someone else – Styled about 15 outfits out of 15-20 items for Jodi, January 27.
Volunteer for something – Failed.
Go ice skating – Didn’t happen.
Go horseback riding – Also didn’t happen.
Do something that inspires others (so much so that they tell me about it, so that I have some proof of accomplishing such a thing) – Inspired Grace and Stephen to post their own resolutions, January 2. Inspired Grace and Stephen again to re-post and fill out my Year in Review questionnaire, December 31!
Do yoga – Went to hot yoga several times, January. Went to hot yoga a few times, March. Went to yoga, June 16.
Frame my college degree – Eight years later, it’s still in the freaking envelope. Maybe when I have an office?
Get a massage – Had a 10-minute massage at work, September 30.
Get a facial – Had a facial at Spa on the Boulevard, March 30. Been getting facials at Spa on the Boulevard every five or six weeks since March. Still getting those facials! Had one December 29. Cassie is the best!
Up my monthly MMA transfer to $175 in January, then increase it to $200 in June – Upped my transfer to $175, January 2. Upped my transfer to $200, June 1. (Bonus points, upped my 401(k) contribution to 10 percent of my salary!)
Refinance my condo – I’m not refinancing it, but I’m moving out of it, October 1. Blech, I’m glad I don’t live in that crappy thing anymore. December 31.
Attend Fashion Week in NYC – Failed, but it wasn’t really my fault. I went to St. Maarten instead in February, and I wasn’t able to take any days off work in September.
Get contacts – Failed. My eye doctor said I could still just wear my glasses to play computer and drive at night, but I think she was wrong.
Get a note from my doctor, so I can still use my HSA to purchase OTC drugs – Failed, but in my defense, I never had to go see my primary care doctor this year, so that’s pretty sweet because being healthy is even better than tax-free dollars.
See a few good concerts – Jimmy Buffet @ the Amphitheater, March 26. The Beach Boys @ 5th Street Stage, June 4. Saw Carbon Leaf @ Neptune’s Park, June 30. Saw Reel Big Fish and Streetlight Manifesto @ the Norva, August 3. Saw ZZ Top @ 5th Street Stage, September 3. Saw Tonic and Bret Michaels @ 5th Street Stage, September 4.
See a few good plays – Failed.
Recruit some people for my Backseat Drivers Club – Michelle
Read at least 10 books – Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler, Caught by Harlan Coben, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith, Lovehampton by Sherri Rifkin, The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith, A Total Waste of Makeup by Kim Gruenenfelder, Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry, A Pirate Looks At Fifty by Jimmy Buffett, Lessons From Madame Chic: 20 Things I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott
Make at least five new friends – Vince, Brooke, Sarah
Take some kind of dancing lessons – Failed.
Visit some more wineries – Does drinking a bunch of new wines count? No? Then failed, but my favorite wine this year was OceanSong Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon.
Stop dropping important electronic devices (like my laptop and phone), and try to be less clumsy in general – Maybe? I dropped my phone into the shower the other morning, so probably not.
Do some freelance writing or proposal consulting (as long as it isn’t a conflict of interest w/work) – I didn’t do any freelance writing, but I did photograph my first wedding, which is along the sames lines…
Monetize one of my blogs (preferably the other one) – Placed my first ad on The Coastal Chicster, June 27. Joined RewardStyle and began making some money off The Coastal Chicster, December.
Have my dented beach cruiser fender repaired – Failed.
Keep my new fig tree alive – New fig tree is thriving in January! Re-potted the fig tree outside in May. Fig tree is @ Lauren’s for the winter, December.
Perfect my own mocha (so I don’t have to pay $3.75 to get them at coffee shops) – Made a perfect mocha with my French press and milk frother, January 6.
Make something I can either wear or hang on my wall – Glittered a pair of shoes, January 13. Took a photo definitely worth framing, March 27.
Start a business (by my birthday) – Failed. But it’ll be done by my birthday in 2012. Swear.
Have some crazy ridiculously awesome 30th birthday bash – I had TWO birthday parties! A dinner and a surprise brunch, April 9-10.
Drink more water – I’m not sure how to quanitify or measure this, but I probably did a little better than last year.
Branch out and write about subjects other than just my outfits on The Coastal Chicster – Started a travel series, January 4. Wrote about organizing my tights, January 13. Hosted a “Beach Week” on my blog, February 16-22. Posted about “Obsessions” and hosted a sponsored giveaway in June. Posted a glitter french manicure tutorial that’s become one of my all-time most read posts.
Enjoy more beach days – Went to the beach a few times after work and on the weekends in June.
Go snowboarding – Failed.
Go surfing – Failed.
Get my back to stop hurting – Back seems to be feeling better, January 31.
Feel as healthy as I did in 2006 – Re-joined Weight Watchers, March 28. Failed.
Run in a race – Failed.
Publish something I’ve written somewhere other than my own blogs – A sentence I wrote was quoted in the Wall Street Journal (January 4) and The Economist(January 7)! Wrote a guest post for Law Mama, May 16. Wrote a guest post for Required 2 Be Inspired, July 17.
Host another clothing swap – Failed.
Live by myself – Didn’t happen.
Make a new resolution every month: – Failed because I missed December.
January: Give up soda for an entire month – ACCOMPLISHED – No soda for the entire month!
February: Find a new roommate – ACCOMPLISHED – Vince moved in February 5.
March: Donate a cool basket for the Hands to Angels benefit dinner – Donated a Jimmy Buffett-themed picnic basket full of awesome stuff to the benefit dinner, March 12.
April: Go running at least 10 times this month – FAILED – I f-ed up my knee after the second time.
May: Lose 10 pounds – ALMOST – I’ve lost eight pounds.
June: I’m attempting a self-imposed shopping ban until the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in mid-July (starting tomorrow) – FAILED
July: Book my trip to Vegas for October – FAILED
August: (didn’t post) – FAILED
September: My goal for September is simply to make it through the month (working, packing, weekend in NJ, proposals due every week…) without losing my mind or having a nervous breakdown – ACCOMPLISHED (kind of)
October: (didn’t post) – FAILED
November: Organize the built-in bookcases at the new place – ACCOMPLISHED. My shelves looked awesome for the holidays. =)
I guess I could have squeezed in some resolution-cramming this week to knock out some of the easy ones (like ice skating!), but I just didn’t have time this year. I hope you all have a fabulous New Year’s Eve! I’m working on my 2012 list, and I’ll be posting it sometime this weekend. Be safe and have fun! =)