Friday, December 31, 2010

Year in Review

I went back to my goals for 2010 and took a look at how I did.  If I had to give myself a grade, I'd say Fair, which is not really very good at all!

1. I'd like to learn to take photographs. My husband bought me a simple digital camera for my birthday and I want to use it. I don't do well taking pictures of people, but scenery, flowers, things that are still. Hopefully, you'll see some of my efforts soon.
I have learned to take pictures, even of people.  I'm not great, but have a few decent photos.  I've even used some in our parish newsletter, which I would not do unless they looked good.

2. Dedicate time each day to being alone. This should not be a problem since I have no children living here, no pets, just one husband. I can pray, think, journal or do nothing, but I have found that I really need alone time to decompress and process.
Hm, this has been hit or miss, though I have been attending Mass on weekdays which is a huge benefit in my spiritual walk. 

3. Make a quilt, which I will of course take pictures of so you can see the progress.
I did make a quilt, for our exchange student, but never took a picture of it and now she is back in The Netherlands, along with the quilt. It was pink and white, dime size (10") squares with a white backing.  The quilting was stitch in the ditch. 

4. Learn to take care of myself. This is a tough one, but I must do it.

5. Spend time writing at home, not at work. Even though I am writing for work, the interruptions make it very difficult to write anything more than announcements of meetings and the like. Real writing, where I use facts, reflect on scripture and teach tenets of the faith needs to be done at home.
Hit or miss, really tried to stop working so much as it was taking a tool on my mental and physical health.  So, when I was home, I tried to relax and not work.

6. Research PhD programs available online. and decide on a focus of study.
Not even a glance made in this direction.

7. De-clutter my house, room by room. This is a scary one, but it needs to be done. We've lived in this house 8 1/2 years, which is close to the longest we have lived in any house before moving. So, we've collected things and some of it needs to go. We are having two events at church though, which will help me along. A book sale and a rummage sale, so I can clean and help the building fund at the same time. Good deal!
I'd say 2/3 of the house was done.  Now, the problem is getting our son to take his stuff out of our closets and into his.  All of the children's things are in bins waiting in the closet for a new home.  Wonder how this will work out?

8. Make photo albums for my children. I never did baby books for them, so I think I should do something.
Now, I have to think about the plan for 2011. 

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