2015 In Review Pt. 2: Goal Achievement

This year was absolutely chaotic. So many things happened so fast that the whole year genuinely seems like a blur now. But how did I do? What changed? Did I make any of my goals? Important questions require answers!

This post will be an analysis of the goals I reached- and didn’t reach- this year. A generalized overview of my year and the major events that occurred has been recorded in Part 1.

———- Fitness ———-

  • Establish a regular exercise routine and stick with it
  • Lose 40 pounds; get to my goal weight of 120
  • Become capable of lifting 160 pounds minimum with ease
  • Get back into Yoga and Bellydancing
  • Go Hiking at least 3 times this year
  • Go Camping at least 3 times this year
  • Go Swimming at least 3 times this year
  • Purchase a Fitbit Surge

I failed absolutely miserably at the Fitness goals that I set for myself this year.

Establish an exercise routine? That was a no. Yoga and Belly Dancing? Never happened. And as I am currently sick and weakened from it, I cannot test my lift to see whether or not it has improved. I can tell you, however, that 160 pounds is certainly out of the question. In fact, I don’t think I have managed to work out even once since my Husband and I moved into our new house.

Swimming and Camping were unavailable this year. We had severe floods throughout the state during the early and mid portions of it. As a result, all the Camping Grounds and Swim Beaches were closed due to the high water until it was too late. When they did finally re-open, we were having minor car trouble, it was too cold or rainy the weekends we set aside (ruining our plans), or neither of us could get the weekend off work. I did manage to complete my Hiking goal early on in the year, however. You can see the overviews in my Hiking category.

Despite doing poorly on the goals overall, though, I did manage to lose a bit of weight. I started the year off at 165 pounds and am ending it at 145. That is 20 pounds gone, at the very least- halfway to the goal I set. I expect that it was due to being on my feet more while I was working during this year.

Speaking of work, the Fitbit was also never purchased- which is a shame as I was very much looking forward to that amazing little piece of technology. Still, there were more important things I had to put my income towards, such as paying off a small loan and buying a new Fridge.

———- Health ———-

  • Quit smoking for good
  • Do better at staying hydrated

We genuinely tried to quit smoking. I’m not sure what happened, but that certainly didn’t. I did do a lot better at staying hydrated, though. It wasn’t until the last two months that I started to lapse on that front.

———- Food ———-

  • Establish a regular cooking schedule and stick with it
  • Eat out less often; Cook more often
  • Try 1 new thing a week
  • Take a cooking class if available
  • Work on completing Cookbook

Cooking classes were unavailable in our area. As it turns out, a small town in Oklahoma is not the most optimal place to find things like this.

This year we did lax on the Meal Plans and Eating Out a bit more than we should have. We did manage to keep it at a minimum, but all things considered this year was hectic with both of us working so much so often.

The first month after we moved in we ate delivery Pizza quite often, and while I worked we ate at my establishment even more since I was unable to cook at that point. In between those two points I did cook surprisingly often when I wasn’t working. It hasn’t been until the last month, however, that I have finally had enough time and energy to establish a cooking routine and get back into the swing of things. Since then, however, we have definitely kept to the goal of trying 1 new thing a week.

As for my Cookbook, it is going strong. I have managed to copy down most of my original recipes as well as create a few new ones. It is far from where I want it to be, but I did work on it regularly this year.

———- Beauty———-

  • Establish a regular beauty routine and stick with it
  • Invest in higher quality makeup
  • Begin to wear Makeup more often again
  • Pamper myself once a week

Like with the Fitbit Surge, investing in higher quality makeup wasn’t an option either. On the upside, I did begin wearing makeup more often again.

I also had a beauty routine established, but unfortunately it fell by the wayside when I started my job. It is very hard to come up with- let alone be happy to complete- a Beauty routine when all you have available is a shower with cruddy water pressure. Hopefully, though, we will remedy that next year. As a result, though, I certainly wasn’t pampering myself once a week like I had wanted to.

———- Clothing ———-

  • Invest in a higher quality wardrobe
  • Dress up at least once a week
  • Dress nicer on average, when able

This category of my Goals has been an absolute success all across the board.

I made several higher quality clothing purchases this year- all of which were Vintage Reproductions that I’m very happy with. As a result of having a wardrobe that is more tailored to my aesthetic preferences, I am indeed dressing up most days.

———- Art ———-

  • Take a Pottery Class if one is available
  • Draw at least one Tattoo a month
  • Draw at least one non-Tattoo art piece a month
  • Draw at least one fashion design a month
  • Knit and / or Crochet more often
  • Get better at sewing; learn to sew Lingerie
  • Learn Embroidery and Beading

Like with cooking, Poetry Classes simply weren’t available. I tried to contact the few Art groups in our area to no avail.

I did not have the time, resources, or materials to do any form of needlecrafting this year. About the closest I have been lucky enough to get to a needle was hemming my Parents’ Roommates pants for him, and altering my DressLily purchase.

I also did not draw this much due to not having much time. The beginning of the year was an exception to this, however, and I did add quite a few smaller pieces to my portfolio. Most of my Art, though, was concentrated on The Sisters Grimmoire and The Witches’ Cupboard. With that said, the focus on those did mean that I was drawing once a month- just not a full art piece.

———- Become a better Lady ———-

  • Study Etiquette
  • Study appropriate Manners
  • Become better at putting it into practice
  • Invest in higher quality Makeup and Clothing
  • Dress more nicely, more often
  • Wear Makeup more often

I have not studied Etiquette and Manners as much as I would have liked this year. Instead my focus has largely been on Homemaking and Cooking since we set up our Household. I did manage to put a bit of what I learned into practice, though, and I notice that I am holding my tongue more often in certain circumstances that I would normally come out with guns blazing.

The rest of these were covered in the Sections concerning Clothes and Beauty were ultimately a success.

———- Become a Better Housewife ———-

  • Study cleaning and Household Management techniques
  • Create a household schedule and stick to it
  • Begin Meal Prep schedule again
  • Cook more often, eat out less
  • Become better at completing chores on time

I have read so many books about Household Management this year that I could virtually be a walking encyclopedia for it. Among my favorites have been Home Economics: Vintage Advice and Practical Science for the 21st-Century Household by Jennifer McKnight-Trontz,  Mrs. Dunwoody’s Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping: Timeless Wisdom and Practical Advice by Miriam Lukken, and 31 Days to Clean – Having a Martha House the Mary Way
by Sarah Mae.

With all the books I’ve read, though, you would expect me to have created a Household Schedule and stuck with it. Unfortunately, while I certainly made one it wasn’t kept. Instead I am still trying to put my home back together after being unable to clean it thanks to work combined with Chronic Fatigue… And yet I have gotten better at completing my chores in a timely manner and there are some routines that I have managed to keep.

Cooking is, of course, covered under the section concerning Cooking goals.

———- Emotional and Mental ———-

  1. Become better at cursing less often
  2. Speak less, listen more
  3. Work on becoming less “Snobbish”
  4. Work on becoming less “Judgmental”
  5. Work on becoming less “Abrasive”
  6. Or at least work on vocalizing it less often

I still curse like a sailor. Maybe not in my writing online, but certainly in real life. I don’t think this is honestly going to change.

Speaking less is also not something that has happened- but I have gotten much better at not interrupting others when they speak and I listen more actively now.

As for being less abrasive, judgmental, and snobbish… That is also a no- though I certainly do vocalize it less now. Ultimately I have my standards, I like my standards, and I am not giving them up. If that makes me snobbish or judgmental to others then so be it.  But it’s just a part of who I am and I have come to terms with that.

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