Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Yearly Goals Check In

Way back in January, I set myself a few New Year's resolutions, and since we're exactly halfway through the year, I thought I should check in on them. The goals were: read 45 books, send out 52 submissions, become better with money, get back into some healthy habits, and visit historic house museums. Here's how it's going, six months in.

Read 45 Books:
So far, I've read 13 books in 2015, which Goodreads tells me is 9 books behind where I should be. This hasn't been a banner year for reading, especially considering that two of the books on my list are comic books and two are art books, but I've found myself pretty taken in by nonfiction lately, so that's been an interesting shift. We'll see if I can manage to catch up before December. If not, it's okay, guys. It's okay.

Send Out 52 Submissions:
Okay, so I'm almost on track with this one, since I've sent out 19 submissions (I should be on 26 by now). But, I also sent out all 19 of those on one evening in January and haven't sent out any others. So, anyone want to have a poetry date soon? So much for weekly goals.

Be Better with Money:
This one has actually been a small success for me. I haven't done too much paid freelance work, but I am hoping to improve on that soon. I did write one paid article, and I've sold a few things on eBay, so it's not all lost, but I can definitely work better for a side hustle. However, I did manage to get a job with a 40% pay increase, and for the past two months, I've been on a cash budget, which has really helped to reign in my spending. I consolidated my retirement accounts, and opened a high-interest online bank account to save for an emergency fund and for travel. So far, so good!

Healthy Habits:
I did rejoin Weight Watchers after the marathon, although I haven't been great about losing weight, after an initial 5 pound weight loss. I'm planning to try it for the rest of the summer, and if I'm not down at least a bit more by September, I'll probably stop. Unfortunately, as part of being better about money, I quit my gym, so I'm slowing figuring out how to work out on my own. Fortunately, I've been much better about eating out, and I started walking to and from the express train, which helps in that arena. Together, R. and I have both been much better about cooking dinners, even though our dinner share ended when I took the new job. It's definitely a work in progress, but I'm getting there! As for writing every morning, it just hasn't happened yet. We'll see, guys.

Visit All the NYC Historic House Trust Houses:
I can pretty much guarantee I am going to fail at this before the year is out, but I've had such a blast checking out the houses I've visited so far! I've got recaps on the Wyckoff Farm House and the Morris-Jumel Mansion up already, and I hope to post about the Old Stone House and the Poe Room (not a Historic House Trust house) soon!

Did you make any New Year's resolutions? If so, how are they going?

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