Tuesday, March 01, 2011

2011 Plan of Attack Progress

Seamus is the Patron Saint of Resolutions. While camping, he finally overcame his fear of the canoe
and had a lovely trip around the lake with Nathan and John. May Seamus be an inspiration to us all!

In the interest of accomplishing my goal of making 2011 my best, most creative, productive, exciting and monumental year yet, I will be periodically reviewing my Plan of Attack progress.

Creative Goals
Writing: While I haven't been very consistent with my goal to write for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, I have been writing more often, with better focus. Last week, I received a rejection from a magazine with some great feedback from the editor, which was very motivating. I've already started rewriting the story and I'm loving the new direction it's taking. As for my goal of submitting one story a month to a journal, I skipped January but did submit one story to five journals for February. And I have another story ready to go - it's just a matter of figuring out where to send it. I should be able to catch up in March with submissions and be on track to fulfill this goal.

I also entered a contest yesterday, so that's one down, five to go. My rule with contests is that entrance fees up to $20.00 are acceptable, but only if you get a "free" subscription to the journal in exchange. Consequently, I am looking forward to receiving copies of both Gulf Coast and Willow Springs. Not too shabby!

Reading: I decided to kick off 2011 with a very long book, so even though I've only read one book so far this year, I have definitely been reading regularly. My methods for fitting in more book time (reading before bed and traveling with a book) have paid off, though I have to admit - I've not been taking notes while reading. Hard to do in bed. I have, however, started reviewing books on my blog, which I hope you're all enjoying.

Photography: I have yet to sell my current camera and get a nicer point and shoot (need to pay off credit card first) nor have I taken a class or read a book about photography. One thing I need to do is make a bigger, better light box. I love the results I get when I use it, but mine is already banged up and falling apart. 

Health Goals
So far, so good! I did indeed PR in Houston - my finishing time fell in between my A and B goals. Go, me! While I haven't started weight training, I have been swimming and rock climbing twice a week, respectively, which sort of counts, maybe? I also invested in a moisturizer with SPF 15 and started wearing a little mascara a few times a week. Baby steps!

Financial Goals
I am making the last payment on my credit card this month, which  will be the biggest accomplishment of my adult life. I'm exaggerating, of course, but only slightly. I'm also doing well with the Great American Apparel Diet - I have avoided clothing stores and unsubscribed from all clothing companies' mailing lists. I'm looking forward to putting more money in savings and towards my student loans once the massive credit card debt is a thing of the past. Exciting!

Calvin still has some work to do as far as canoeing goes.
He looks calm in this photo, but don't be fooled.

In Conclusion
2011 was off to an okay start - I made some strides towards my goals, even while falling short here and there - but change doesn't happen over night and many of these goals are about creating new habits and shifting my priorities. In that sense, I think January and February served well as an opportunity to lay the groundwork for the months that lie ahead. Now, I need to continue the momentum and make some major accomplishments in March and April, mostly so I can report good news here. Wish me luck!

How are your resolutions going? Is 2011 all your dreamed it will be?