Last January 1 my friend hosted a brunch for the neighborhood gals and even included a craft project. I'll admit to finding it a bit hokey but I went along with painting and decorating a wood plaque and then putting my resolutions on the back.
I don't usually do much in the way of resolutions but I approached it just like doing my annual goals at work: choose a few things I'm already working on to ensure success; choose one or two things I don't really have much inspiration for but should do; choose one or two stretch items.
Turns out writing down a few resolutions was a really good idea. My mom even hung the plaque on my wall so I checked it now and again. As I look at 2011, I have a decent sense of accomplishment. Look:
Not that you can read these but:
Pare down stuff (especially craft room): I admittedly failed on the (especially craft room) but I did manage some paring down.
Read at least 10 books: I figured ~one/month was very doable but this is the resolution where I went WAY above and beyond. Partially because it's the only resolution I consistently remembered I made. To do this I dusted off my library card, started reading several writing related blogs (for book ideas), signed up for GoodReads (to track progress) and got pregnant so that I didn't feel like doing anything but reading for weeks upon lazy, tired weeks. All told, 41 books read. Granted, a few were read aloud chapter books to Biscuit and several were written for kids (Percy Jackson, for example) but I also included the Dragon Tattoo trilogy and several books by Diana Gabaldon. That is a woman who really, really doesn't want to leave out any words. Ye gads.
Renew my passport: Done. And then I even used it!
Get to pilot phase for Lunch Valet: Did I ever mention this here? For literally years I've wanted to start a business making healthy lunches for folks who work in offices. Tagline: "We make the lunches you'd make if only you had the time." But for years I was all talk no action. This year I did accomplish this goal at least to my satisfaction. For about 13 weeks I made lunch for a (very) small test group and tracked my progress on a blog. Turns out I didn't love it and the logistical challenges are more than I want to deal with. So, a little bit of action and I can cross that off my mental dream list. And I tried several new recipes to boot.
Run a half marathon: Done
Two quilt patterns for Quilting Weekly: Not really. I didn't actually do any patterns for the Quilting Weekly folks but I did self publish one pattern for sale via Etsy. I've sold 29 copies and I'm completely satisfied with that.
Not bad. I think I'll try writing down my goals again for 2011. Just like Swistle suggested.