At the beginning of 2011 I set a list of goals that I wanted to accomplish in the year. Let's see how I did...
#1 Continue Blogging - I think that I did AWESOME at this! While I did have periods where I got behind or didn't blog as often, I did really good compared to past years. In 2009, I had 65 posts. In 2010, I had 80 posts. In 2011, I had 187 posts! I increased my posts by 107 in a year! Pretty good, right?
#2 Print a Blog Book - Ugh. I didn't do this. And I still REALLY need to. I'd be devastated if I lost all of my blog posts, so I need to remember that and get it done!
#3 Re-furnish our house - We didn't do this AT ALL. I don't think we bought one new piece of furniture! We did buy several new accessories though out the house and made it look better than it did before. We do have some big plans to re-finish a lot of the furniture that we already have this year.
#4 Take a vacation - We did this! Our trip to Disney was amazing to take as a family, and Matt and I enjoyed going to Triple Crown by ourselves. We didn't go a ton of places, but we did have fun on the trips we did go on!
#5 Strengthen My Walk With Christ - I don't think that this is an area where you ever say, "yes - I did this. I'm good now." But I do think that I made leaps and bounds in this area this past year. A lot of that had to do with our miscarriage, but if that's what it takes to bring me closer to God, I'm okay with that.
#6 Try New Recipes - I think I did okay with this, too. I still have a long way to go, but I did start cooking a good bit of "new" things this year. Some were a hit, some weren't, but at least I tried!
#7 Continue to keep a neat house - I'll be honest, this is an area that I struggle with, but we did do a LOT better this year than years past. I have to remind myself that this is a process, and we're definitely making progress!
#8 Have date nights with Matt - We did great on this! We didn't do them crazy often (probably not even once a month), but we did much better than we have in years past! It was great to put our relationship with each other as a priority this year. I think it really shows, too. Matt and I are closer right now than we have ever been and I'm loving it!
#9 Make some new friends - I think I've done well in this area, too! A lot of my friendships are still "developing", but I really put myself out there a lot more this year and made an effort to get to know people. This was a hard one for me, but I feel like this is a goal that I definitely worked on this past year.
#10 Have more patience, especially at home - While this is an area that I think I'll always struggle with, I think that overall I did better. But I guess I'd have ask Matt to get the real answer on this one. :)
#11 Be a supportive wife - Again, Matt is the only one that can truly answer this one, but I think that this is an area that I really shined in this year. Having a husband start a new career (and one that is 100% commission) is a BIG change and I really tried to be the supporter and cheerleader that he needed. I think a lot of people didn't think he could do this, but he's been doing GREAT. He surpassed his monetary "goal" for 2011 and I'm super proud of him!
#12 Have an awesome summer with LL - This one is a little iffy. This summer is when we had our miscarriage, so it was a pretty wonky summer. While I did enjoy LL, our time was also tarnished by experiencing something so heartbreaking. We did try to make the best of it, though, and I think she enjoyed herself.
#13 Dress cuter - I think I did well at this! I hardly ever wore my hair in a pony tail this past year, and I've done much better in my dressing! I think this is one of my "best looking" years yet! I need to keep it up in 2012!
Overall, I think I did well on my goals for 2011. Up next...my goals for 2012!