Mid-Year Resolution Update

Happy 4th of July!!  It is a rainy day (thanks to Hurricane Arthur headed up the coast) and halfway through the year so I figured it was a good time to check in on my progress on my 2014 goals and maybe even set some new ones for the second half of the year.

One of my goals for the year has been to update my website,  While I haven’t done this yet, I am making progress.  I have set up an appointment with a photographer to take new photos, and I going to set a definitive resolution for July to:

  • Go through the copy and rewrite sections of the site that need updating
  • Update the photos on the site (once I get the new ones taken)
  • Have the site made mobile-friendly (or set up a mobile site)
  • And post much more frequently on my media blog


A related (and unfinished) goal was to learn HTML, CSS and perhaps even learn how to build a website.  I would really like to achieve this one.

  • If I don’t get to the online tutorials this summer I should look into will sign up for an actual class.


Shakira in her life jacket!

Shakira in her life jacket!

A big goal for this year has been to train my puppy!  We are almost there.

Actually if I wrote this last week I would have said she is all trained, but then she went in the house.  BUT she seemed remorseful afterwards so I think she now realizes that she isn’t supposed to go in the house — that is progress!


Paint my downstairs bathroom, and paint my basement steps — DONE and DONE!  And it looks great!

Oh and here is a resolution that I love completing, to get together with  at least 2 friends each month.  I’m met or exceeded this goal every month.  In the past 2 months I’ve had dinner with Jen (twice), Trudy, Barbara, Deb and her friend Julie.

Another fun resolution has been to write 52 letters in 52 weeks.  I haven’t necessarily written a letter each week, but I’ve certainly sent 26 over the past 6 months.  This year, I’ve saved all the Christmas cards I received and put them in a big envelope.  Then when I sit down to write a letter I pull out a card and write to that person.  Recently I’ve written to Ellen, Carolyn, Shirley, Kelsey, Taylor, Diane and graduation cards to Michael and Kaleigh.

  • For the rest of the year, I’m going to get back on track and write a letter each week, starting today!

Market Square 10k

My exercise goals are going great.  I’ve been running a lot and running in a lot of races and getting faster.  I’ve even met my goal of breaking an 8 minute mile for a 5K!

I’ve also been going to yoga fairly regularly.  I haven’t been to the gym in quite a while though…  A goal for 2014 that I will achieve in the fall is to

          • Run the Seacoast Half Marathon

I resolved to see all the movies that were nominated for Academy Awards in 2014.  Movies aren’t a big draw for me, so this resolution is actually hard.  But I have seen:  America Hustle, Nebraska, Captain Phillips, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

  • That leaves Philomena, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Gravity,12 Years a Slave, and two movies that weren’t nominated for best movies, but for best Actress and best Supporting Actress: Osage County and Blue Jasmine

Organize my vegan recipe book — DONE!

Clean out unused items around the house (electronics, food, kitchen gadgets, make-up) — I made a lot of progress on this when I tried to get rid of at least one thing a day for 30 days, so while this is an ongoing resolution, I am going to count it as ACCOMPLISHED (for now).

 Visit with my (grown) children at least every 6 weeks — It is time to make some plans to get myself down to their area or get them up here!  It has been longer than 6 weeks.  And even though the holidays are quite a few months away, I need to start figuring out who is going where this year!

And a related resolutionTake Kelsey to NYC over the holidays — Well I started looking into this, and it might get a bit expensive, and so I really need to rethink either NYC or a ski trip in early 2015… So before the holidays I need to:

  • Determine where everyone is going for Thanksgiving and Christmas and plan a ski trip for early 2015

Oh here’s a resolution that has gotten ignored all year (and for the past several years too it appears.  I will have to add it to my end of the year goals:

  • Finish Kelsey’s High School scrapbook (she graduated in 2007!) — I have all the papers and pictures.  I just need some time to organize everything and put it in the book.  I know, old school, but I have physical scrap books for her up through 8th grade so I am going to finish this one the old fashioned way.  Then what?  Who knows, it will most likely sit in my basement (along with my son’s scrapbooks) until I give the books them and let them figure out what to do with them!

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