January Goal Review

January is winding down, hard and fast.  I figured we're close enough to the end of the month that I could do a quick recap of how my 25 before 26 goals are coming along.

1.  Etsy shop- vintage
Haven't thought of this goal at all, haven't done any work on it. Until I do my blog remodel, I feel like this one will be on the back burner.  It doesn't help that all of my vintage is in a shed that is half covered in snow...and not the fun, fluffy kind you see in movie, but the North Dakota kind.

2.  Collection of short stories- ready to submit
I've actually been creating a few new pieces and have tried writing more.  I haven't edited/expanded any of the pieces I have on my computer.  Creating a new piece, even if it's only a few pages at this point, is really exciting because it's been awhile since I've been happy with the results of pen to paper.

3.  New tattoo
This one will either take place between now and May or September and December.  I have placement down.  I have my idea in my head.  I just need to meet with my artist and see what he comes up with.  And you can bet I'm not going to miss out on summer water activities just because of a tattoo.

4.  Finish framing prints
4/11 of my prints are framed.  The problem with some of the others is that they're either a weird size (meaning I'll have to mat them myself because I'm not doling out the cash for that) or...well, frames are just pricey in general.  I know this one will be finished.  I'm just going to watch sales and maybe even do a little thrifting.  I have all of the measurements written down in my book, so I have that information on me at all times.
Messy night of framing and Law and Order SVU
5.  Blog redesign
Again, I feel like I want to do things before accomplishing this.  I have my eye on a couple of designers out there (because I figure I can do it myself, or I can have a result 500x better).  Part of me thinks, "I'll wait until I post more" or "I'll wait until I have a better camera."  A big hang-up right now is I'm not sure I'll be sticking with the Calico Sun name.  Don't get me wrong...I still love it.  I still think it's cool.  But someone else owns the domain with the name and is selling it for $250 and since I blog for fun and not that often, it doesn't make sense to plop down cash for it.  If they don't drop their price to something more in my range, I might just rename this entire blog so I can have a domain that doesn't include a "blogspot" in the title.

6.  Buy nice camera
Nice cameras don't have to cost an arm and a leg.  I have my eye on a few basic Canon or Nixon models, but just don't feel like I'm there yet.

7.  Learn how to do my hair
I've learned how to use my curl wand!  But that does not make me a hair expert.  I'm going to keep experimenting and playing around.

8.  Go on a trip somewhere new
Nothing planned.

9.  Bring Crookston to dog training class
I've looked into two different places.  I just need to pull the trigger.  I've got the start date for our local kennel club written in my planner and I've emailed a different gal who's a certified dog trainer.  We'll see how this pans out.

10.  Figure out Spanish creds
Took the CLEP test and well...you can read how that went if you'd like to hear me rant.  Pretty sure I'll be enrolling in an online class in the next week or two and then this sucker will be completed and crossed off the list.

11.  No credit card debt
Ugh.  Just ugh.

12.  Send more letters
I don't know why I said "more" instead of having a concrete number.  So far, I've mailed one package, two postcards, and three letters.  If I keep up those numbers monthly, I'll be happy.

13.  Create realistic workout plan
What is working out?

14.  Learn to crochet
I had a student teaching me this a couple weeks ago and haven't touched it/thought about it in weeks.  Is it weird if I put an ad on craigslist looking for an instructor?  Will pay in cookies.

15.  Grow closer to God
My goal is to achieve this by trying different things and seeing what works for me.  Maybe one month, I'll go to church every Sunday.  Maybe I'll try praying every night for a month.  Right now, I'm working toward this by reading two books for Catholics.

16.  Complete a 5K
The Frozen Feat is coming up in a little over two weeks.  I'm not foolish enough to think I can run most/all of it...but if I just finish it...it counts.

17.  Volunteer
I had orientation for the Mission about a week ago...but then my car appointment took too long and I had to miss it.  I've rescheduled.

18.  Finally go to the drive in theater
This is a summertime goal.

19.  Renaissance Festival

20.  Read 40+ books
I've read 5 books since my birthday.
1. Reached
2. The Killing Woods
3. Silver Linings Playbook
4. Me Before You
5. Ascendant

21.  Print more photos
Again, unclear goal.  I haven't printed pictures other than for work.  I'm thinking I might try and create a photo book.  I also want to do something with all of my Instagram pictures.

22.  Create more
I've already knit more this year than all of last year.  One night I went to a friend's house and tried my hand at drawing.  I made a new piece of art for my room.  I finally finished these pieces in embroidery hoops.   I would even tell you my typewriter series counts in a small way.
23.  Go camping
Summa, summa, summatime

24.  Make a quilt
I've talked with someone about this one.  I think this will need to either be something I do in little pieces (aka I need to get my sewing machine out of storage) or all at once (once school is out for the summer).

25.  Get my passport
I have all of the information written down.  Now I just need to get my picture taken, and take the financial plunge ($110 yo).

1 comment:

  1. I can't seem to find your email anywhere, so I'm answering your comment about my online dating post. :)
    I was so worried too, but everyone I told was super supportive and most said they had tried it, themselves. But I totally get that stigma that comes with online dating. :P How is your experience going? Feel free to email me!