Sunday, September 9, 2012

My 4 Simple Goals

(image via A Beautiful Mess)
1. Finish the rough rough draft copy of my book
2. Make all of the Christmas gifts we're giving this year by hand
3. Eat a fresh fruit or vegetable every day
4. Find, open, and read the instruction manual for my camera

I just found this great post over on A Beautiful Mess about choosing 4 goals to complete before the end of the year.  I love what Elsie says about how making goals now is a great way to keep on track during the busiest season of the year.  It's so true in my life that this is usually the time of the year when I eat the worst, my schedule gets shot, and I end up starting the new year all out of focus.  So when I came across this idea for making 4 simple goals to meet before the end of the year, I was immediately hooked.

Here's what I'm thinking with my goals...

1. Finish the rough rough draft copy of my book

Back in May I finally told you guys that I've been working on a book.  Well, I'm still just as excited about it, but I haven't had as much time or energy to work on it over the summer as I had hoped.  But now that Olivia's in preschool I'm suddenly feeling like my initial goal to have a cohesive, entire, (rough draft), copy of the book ready by the end of the year is definitely (hopefully) possible.

2. Make all of the Christmas gifts we're giving this year by hand
We did this a couple of years ago and, even though it was kind of exhausting, I really loved it.  But it was so exhausting that we didn't do it last year.  But since then the way we exchange gifts with our siblings (on both sides) has changed and committing to handmade gifts is a lot more doable this year.  Hopefully those on the receiving end of our Christmas list will enjoy having their gifts as much as I enjoy making them.  I always wonder about that.

3. Eat a fresh fruit or vegetable every day
I was going to have this goal be, "Don't eat more than one dessert a day," but that's against the rules (just as well), so I'm going with making the effort to eat a fresh fruit or vegetable every day.  Most days I'm pretty good about this, but I think focusing on it will help me continue to stay positive about what I'm putting into my body.  And, frankly, that's something I need right now.  I feel like my body has been so out of whack in so many ways for the past several months.  I've gone through phases of lots of exercise and healthy eating and calorie counting and diet changes and chilling out and letting things be and back pain and fatigue and a million other little things that just make me feel unsure about what's going on with my body right now.  Things that used to always be true for me haven't been true.  It's weird.  And irritating.  Maybe some extra fruit and veggies will help.  I hope so.

4. Find, open, and read the instruction manual for my camera
While I could never claim to be much of a photographer, I will say that I feel like the quality of my photos has definitely taken a dive since we moved last summer.  Our apartment in Utah had a place where I could count on getting great photos 100% of the time (as long as I waited for a time with good lighting).  Sadly, there is no such magical place in our current home.  The lighting for taking pictures is terrible in our house and it drives me crazy.  It's frustrating to put all this work into projects that I'm really proud of and that look excellent in real life, but then have all of my pictures of them turn out so... mediocre.  After our last camera died we bought a new point and shoot camera. And even though it's not a nice, fancy dSLR like I dream of owning (don't even get me started), it's still a good camera.  And I'm fairly sure that when we bought it I read something about being able to change the ISO and aperture (I honestly don't even know what those terms mean, so I could be wrong), but I have no idea how to do either of those things.  At first I was too afraid to try messing with the settings because I was afraid I'd get my new camera all tied up in knots and never get the original settings back again.  And then I just got lazy about it.  And now I'm still shooting in auto and I'm not even sure where the manual is.  So.  Hence the goal to find, open, and read the instruction manual.  I hope it solves all of my photography woes.  (Okay, I'm sure it won't, but hopefully it'll at least improve my photo quality a little.)

Accomplishing all of these things by the end of the year would be huge.  Especially meeting my first goal.  But I think if I can continue to stay focused and keep working away at each of them consistently, I'll be able to do it.  I'll be sure to keep you updated as I do.

As for rewarding myself, I definitely want to, but I haven't settled on anything yet.  If/when I do I'll let you know.  Any suggestions?

Anyone else making end of the year goals?


Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...

Love #4. DITTO!

Kathy Haynie said...

If you can't find the (actual paper copy) instruction manual for your camera, you can probably get it online.

I love the idea of activity-oriented goals, rather than results-oriented goals. It makes the goals more immediate, more doable, less intimidating.

Good for you!