13 for 2013

(The kids and I spent the last stretch of the night drawing on our front door, it was lovely).

Hope everyone is off to a beautiful start in their new year.

Seeing I didn’t meet all of my goals last year I thought I’d set even more this year and see how that plays out.

13. Set up kids bedrooms

12. Bring additional income in

11. Paint bedroom

10. Renovate our dismal bathroom

9. Sew clothes for Eve

8. Work on organisation at home

7. Grow more food

6. Stain / paint all floors

5. Take a photo every week of my children

4. Get camera fixed

3. Paint, or draw at least one piece a month

2. Take a holiday

1. Finish kitchen renovation

Most of them centre on our house which is pretty right for me as I’m very much a homebody, focusing on the place I like to be seems a good way to keep up my motivation.

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Last resolution roundup

Nearly at the end of the year I figure it might be time to review my 12 for 2012 plans for the year.

Mr. Wolff doesn’t believe in New Years resolutions. I don’t either, at least not in a grand sweeping gesture way. I do however believe that the New Year is as good a time as any to start making improvements to your life, particularly forming new habits.

I don’t even remember what I was planning to do last year but I know I’m not likely to have achieved those goals. But rather than dwell on what I didn’t do I’m going to focus on what I will do, so here are my 12 for 2012.

1. Grow food, not necessarily a whole garden but at least one item of food. Maybe garlic or a regularly used herb, if I can do this then maybe I can try having a veggie garden. Done I managed to grow onions, garlic, chives and strawberries

2. Make handmade gifts for birthdays. Not just in an effort to save money and wind back my galloping consumerism but in an effort to make people’s birthday gift a thoughtful, special item.
Done, not all but almost every birthday gift this year has been handmade, I probably won’t be doing as many next year

3. Use the wall planner I have bought to stay on top of things, instead of asking for reminders constantly. It’s time to start being on top of things again.
Done, while not foolproof it definitely helped keep ahead of gift giving but I could’ve used more

4. Pending official acceptance on the 16th of January, study my little heart out. Start accepting that while visual arts isn’t respected as a career path by a lot of people I know it’s where my heart is.
Not exactly, child care was too stressful for Eve and too expensive

5. Go camping. Now that we live right near the river there is just no excuse not to take advantage of the beautiful place we live.
Complete fail, I haven’t even been to the river more than once this year

6. Create a budget and start saving for a house, it’s well and truly time to depart from the renting circle of stress.
Done. House bought and is currently at varied levels of de and reconstruction.

7. Get fit. I’ve managed to shed the extra kilos through not eating dairy and watching my calorie count, it’s time now to actually improve my fitness level. No matter how much I hate exercise! I’m thinking of trying the couch to 5k program.
Done and undone, I completed the couch to 5k but have dropped running since in favour of renovating our kitchen.

8. Start sewing Evie’s clothes, it’s a much easier way to get cute items and lets face it much cheaper than buying them.
Failed, but I do have done cute fabrics put aside to start this.

9. Make jam and fruit butters, generally expand my non-dairy / vegan recipe diary.
Failed, but not having a kitchen for a large chunk of the year is a semi valid excuse.

10. Date my husband. I’d love to say once a month but at least every two months.
Not really but we’re not really the going out type.

11. Read. At least one book a month preferably a third of which should be classics.
Do magazines and design books count?

12. Have a trapeze, tightrope or other circus art lesson.
Nope, kind of forgot about this after it didn’t happen for my birthday.

So not quite half way there but, nevermind it’s been a good year all the same.
Now to think on whether I’ll plan some for 2013, if I keep writing I guess you’ll see in a few days.

Last resolution roundup

Nearly at the end of the year I figure it might be time to review my 12 for 2012 plans for the year. Tyler doesn’t believe in New Years resolutions. I don’t either, at least not in a grand sweeping gesture way. I do however believe that the New Year is as good a time as any to start making improvements to your life, particularly forming new habits.

I don’t even remember what I was planning to do last year but I know I’m not likely to have achieved those goals. But rather than dwell on what I didn’t do I’m going to focus on what I will do, so here are my 12 for 2012.

1. Grow food, not necessarily a whole garden but at least one item of food. Maybe garlic or a regularly used herb, if I can do this then maybe I can try having a veggie garden. Done I managed to grow onions, garlic, chives and strawberries

2. Make handmade gifts for birthdays. Not just in an effort to save money and wind back my galloping consumerism but in an effort to make people’s birthday gift a thoughtful, special item.
Done, not all but almost every birthday gift this year has been handmade, I probably won’t be doing as many next year

3. Use the wall planner I have bought to stay on top of things, instead of asking for reminders constantly. It’s time to start being on top of things again.
Done, while not foolproof it definitely helped keep ahead of gift giving but I could’ve used more

4. Pending official acceptance on the 16th of January, study my little heart out. Start accepting that while visual arts isn’t respected as a career path by a lot of people I know it’s where my heart is.
Not exactly, child care was too stressful for Petite and too expensive

5. Go camping. Now that we live right near the river there is just no excuse not to take advantage of the beautiful place we live.
Complete fail, I haven’t even been to the river more than once this year

6. Create a budget and start saving for a house, it’s well and truly time to depart from the renting circle of stress.
Done. House bought and is currently at varied levels of de and reconstruction.

7. Get fit. I’ve managed to shed the extra kilos through not eating dairy and watching my calorie count, it’s time now to actually improve my fitness level. No matter how much I hate exercise! I’m thinking of trying the couch to 5k program.
Done and undone, I completed the couch to 5k but have dropped running since in favour of renovating our kitchen.

8. Start sewing Eve‘s clothes, it’s a much easier way to get cute items and lets face it much cheaper than buying them.
Failed, but I do have done cute fabrics put aside to start this.

9. Make jam and fruit butters, generally expand my non-dairy / vegan recipe diary.
Failed, but not having a kitchen for a large chunk of the year is a semi valid excuse.

10. Date my husband. I’d love to say once a month but at least every two months.
Not really but we’re not really the going out type.

11. Read. At least one book a month preferably a third of which should be classics.
Do magazines and design books count?

12. Have a trapeze, tightrope or other circus art lesson.
Nope, kind of forgot about this after it didn’t happen for my birthday.

So not quite half way there but, never-mind it’s been a good year all the same.
Now to think on whether I’ll plan some for 2013, if I keep writing I guess you’ll see in a few days.

Last years goals and this years

So last years resolutions, or goals how did I do?

1. Have honeymoon – Done

2. Read at least 3 classics – Done

3. Grow a veggie garden – Not even close

4. Learn Spanish (or at least continue learning) – Another slack effort

5. Play the drums more – Technically I played more but nowhere near enough to what I meant.

6. Take photos – I did get off to a good start but fell through on this one

7. Fit study in around job – postponed indefinitely

8. Get a job I like or at least don’t loathe – This has worked out so far

9. Find out more about me – Still at a dead end here

10. Paint more – have almost completed one painting so not my most prolific year, but not my least either

11. Buy a really special piece of clothing for no pMarticular occasion – Half managed this but ended up reserving it for Christmas.

12. Find a quiet space to just be – Our bedroom has become a sanctuary

So overall not my best effort but some of the goals were pretty loose so that never helps.

So for this year maybe a few less.

1. Enjoy this pregnancy, regardless of illness or tiredness or any other of the relatively minor complaints it causes.

2. Get rid of debt, sell the car and pay off our loan so we can start saving for our own home.

3. Do something special for our first wedding anniversary.

4. Move closer to our friends and family.

I think four might be achievable, if fate doesn’t conspire against me.

New year promises updated

At New Years I made a list of things to do, and my progress hasn’t been that great but I thought it was a good idea for me to start charting it, maybe every month to see where I am at. At three down and nearly half way through the year it probably isn’t going that well but at least I haven’t done nothing.

1. Have honeymoon

We really need to work out the honeymoon and book it this week.

2. Read at least 3 classics

Done Alice in Wonderland, The Adventures of Sherlock Homes and Dracula

3. Grow a veggie garden

The veggie garden will have to wait until we move and I figure out how to make a very compact veggie garden.

4. Learn Spanish (or at least continue learning)

I’m not sure if this one is going to happen now that I am not having lessons.

5. Play the drums more

6. Take photos every week

I’ve managed this so far hopefully they will improve through the year

7. Fit study in around job

The course I want to do won’t start until next year

8. Get a job I like or at least don’t loathe

This seems to be working out so far

9. Find out more about me

I’m a bit at a dead end with this, as the only people who have any information are withholding it.

10. Paint more

Hoping that moving to a place with better light will inspire me

11. Buy a really special piece of clothing for no particular occasion

No budget for this a yet

12. Find a quiet space to just be

The new place has a balcony off our bedroom, so this should be crossed off soon.