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2011 goals

Like many these days, I don’t make resolutions, I define goals, which may or may not succeed, and are NOT limited to one year. So what are the goals in my mind?

  1. I desire greater clarity in my life this year, as I choose clarity to be my word of the year. It will help me make decisions.
  2. Do some reading and writing and studying to help me achieve clarity.
  3. Actually DO some hiking, not just talk about it. I need to do a project page on next actions.
  4. Address the painful left knee and the odd-feeling right ankle so that I can do the physical stuff I desire.
  5. Create a scrapbook about myself.
  6. Simplify and declutter.
  7. Better health (which does include the losing of weight, but I’m not listing that; for some reason, it doesn’t feel right).
  8. Make some progress in some of the crafts I’ve been neglecting: sewing, quilting, and weaving. Maybe a little embroidery too.
  9. Achieve some work goals (being deliberately vague here).
  10. Yoga would be good to add in

Well, ten is plenty.

December 2010 roundup

What special or unusual event occurred?

Well, Christmas was fairly special.

What were my accomplishments this month?

I did all the work to update a website as needed. It was unnecessarily awkward due to other people’s problem, but I worked with it.

I also got all my gifts taken care of ahead of time, although one gift certificate was delayed. (I did do it early enough, I thought, but apparently not.)

What were my disappointments this month?

I kept feeling the urge to do some sewing, but I can’t find the time.

What books/music/shows did I enjoy this month?

  • The Celts by Barry Cunliffe
  • Thread of truth by Marie Bostwick — Very good. I really need to get my hands on the other two in this series.
  • Clare O’Donohue Someday Quilts series — mostly amusing, but I have to say I found it harder and harder to like Nell as the second book progressed. She clearly states that she is lying and she knows it, she is justifying it because she is trying to protect her grandmother yet she shows a complete lack of faith in several people whom she professes to trust, and she knowingly screws up the evidence for the police. I’m supposed to like this girl?
  • Ella Enchanted — hilarious!
  • Voyage of the Dawn Treader – why, why, why do they feel the need to change the storyline? The Narnia series is a classic for a reason, and both Prince Caspian and Voyage were fundamentally changed. Epic FAIL!
  • How to train your dragon – amusing, especially my niece’s comment on how it wasn’t like the book. I didn’t even realize there was a book, so I’m going to have to look it up.
  • Galaxy Quest (or was that in November?) — whenever it was, it was funny!

What crafts did I work on this month (not what I finished, but what did I work on)?

  • denim quilt – almost done with quilting!!! Next the binding and then I am done
  • felt bag with little girl
  • felt flowers
  • knitting baby hats for friend at work (four plus one)
  • socks #17 – finished
  • socks #18 (alpaca)
  • dishcloths
  • summweight cardigan
  • weaving on inkle loom a band using cotton chenille that didn’t work out for the baby hats

What fun things did I do with my family and/or friends?

Christmas parties!

Christmas visit with family

What gifts did I give and/or receive?

Lucy Neatby DVD’s, CD’s of Diana Krall and Norah Jones, my new purse that I most definitely wanted (the previous one was getting worn on the edges), the tea kettle I need. I didn’t get everything on my list, but then I didn’t expect to.

  • Dad: crossword puzzle
  • For Mom, we all went in together on a Keurig coffeemaker. During the Xmas visit, we got to try it out, and I do find the concept tempting. Always fresh coffee? Yeah!
  • Brother: journal he likes
  • SIL: kitchen utensils
  • Ni1: gift certificate and a food she likes
  • Ni2: drawing pens and horse decorations
  • BIL: CD he likes and (new!) Angie’s List subscription
  • Sister: necklace
  • Ne1: shirts
  • Ne2: shirts
  • Ne3: books

What special or unusual purchases did I make?

Found some just-right gifts: salt-free spices was a notable one.

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?

Left knee continues to hurt when climbing the stairs and when doing some of the exercises with weights, due to knee bends. I think it is time to see a doctor.

I still don’t completely trust my right ankle, but it is mostly good.

Anything else noteworthy to include?

December is a time when it seriously hard to find sufficient alone time.

We actually had snow on Christmas day!

Word for the year

One of the ideas that I’ve been seeing in many scrapbooking sites is a word for the year that is the underlying focus of whatever goals or activities you may undertake. I thought it was an interesting idea, but I was having a hard time coming up with something for myself. Since I couldn’t really see what sort of theme I wanted to do, I was considering not even trying. If I couldn’t even see clearly enough to figure out my focus of the year, then it wouldn’t feel right as a focus. But then I realized that that problem was my answer. That is what I needed.

Clarity.

I need to see and know things clearly.

Truthfully, the idea is ever so slightly terrifying. Do I really want to see myself with absolute clarity? Do I want to see other people with utter clarity? Maybe, maybe not. But I’m not going to try to limit the word. It would limit what I might learn. So,

Dear Father in Heaven, I ask for clarity for the year. Let what clarity comes my way be Your will, seen with Your eyes, not my own. Help me to learn what You desire for me to learn, so that I may be a daughter who you will not only love, but of whom you will also feel proud. In the name of Jesus, Amen.