2011: Goals in Review

Here’s a little reminder of the goals I set for 2011… then promptly tucked away to forget about…


and here’s the rundown on how I did…

1. Write regularly-The novel just doesn’t want to be done… that’s all there is to say.  The characters just aren’t cooperating.  Yeah, let’s blame them.  I did make major progress though so I can’t say I failed.

I’ve been better about blogging.  48 posts in 2011 doesn’t seem all that impressive but when you check out the percentage increase in my nifty little chart here, you’ll see I’ve exceeded the rate of 2010 by 128%.  Not. Too. Shabby.


2. Read-I didn’t exactly knock this one out of the ballpark but since I copped out when creating the 2011 list and didn’t establish any sort of quantitative threshold for success, I get to call this goal accomplished.

  • On Writing by Stephen King (Easily my favorite book on writing ever.)

(Then there is always the trashy teen vampire novels that I wouldn’t really want to endorse like Bloodlines, Destined and Diary of a Vampeen…forget I even mentioned them.)

3. Invite friends over-Again, no specifics outlined so I get to cross this sucker off the list.

  • In January I hosted the 1st Annual Fake Thanksgiving… I even cooked my first Turkey.
  • In October I had my housewarming party!
  • I’m going to lump in the “ask for help” goal with this list too since I asked people to come over to help me move in June and also to help me/keep me company after my surgery in August.
  • Being stuck at home for weeks inspired Waffles-n-Church where I invited folks over for breakfast and live streaming church on Sunday mornings.
  • In preparation for my one and only craft fair of the year, there was also a Waffles-n-Crafts day.

Conclusion: Waffles are a good bribe…

4. Give yourself a break-oh, Mariah, and your super vague goals.  I guess I was just really loading the situation to ensure a win at the end of 2011.  Regardless…

  • When I tell myself I didn’t accomplish much this year, a loud and excited voice in my head screams back, “YOU BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!!!!”  If you told me on January 1st, 2011 that I’d befinishing the year out on MY couch, in MY house, watching fireworks over MY backyard I would have said you were crazy.  GOD IS GOOD.
  • Is it my 30’s kicking in?  I don’t know, but I spent a lot of 2011 wrestling with the question, “What do YOU really want?”  With the help of my awesome mentor, Lisa, I’m starting to understand my uniqueness and how it interacts with other personalities.  I’m getting a grasp on the ways in which I am best filled spiritually and I’m starting off 2012 with a nice collection of “aha!” moments and whole lot of motivation to get some more!
  • This year I did something I’ve never done.  I handed over my writing for critique.  TWO PEOPLE.  This is big… maybe you have to be a writer to get this but goodness.  It felt like asking a psycho killer to watch your baby.  Then something amazing happened.  My two friends, who are absolutely NOT psycho killers, handed me back a ton of encouragement, some questions and a few criticisms that grew my story and my writing in ways it never would have if I’d kept the manuscript locked up in its Microsoft Word prison.
  • Lastly, in the most literal interpretation of this goal, I’ve adopted a new motto, “Do something for yourself today that your future self will thank you for.”  Get gas tonight, give rushing-to-work-tomorrow-morning-Mariah a break.  Make the bed now, it will give exhausted-going-to-bed-Mariah a smile.

Overall, 2011 was awesome.  Check and Check!  Watch out 2012, I’m coming at you full speed!

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Goals for June

I’m a list person. It’s the crossing off part that I tend to struggle with. Every month I see bloggers far and wide sharing their goals and I secretly think, “wow, look at those ambitious, highly-productive, stinking awesome ladies!”

I know I’m a little late to the game but, for some added accountability, I’ve decided to launch my best-of-intentions “Goal List” into the ether. Let’s see if public scorn is enough of an incentive to keep the fires lit!

Here is how I’ve done so far. 🙂

“Tue” Do: The Annual Goal List

I’m fairly convinced that there isn’t much that’s more uncomfortable than reviewing your New Year’s resolutions and/or goal list for the year that is about to expire.  Okay, okay… I’m sure there is much much worse.  I can hear you ticking off all the “Job-like” tragedies that could be happening and I get it, I do.  Regardless, you have to admit, it’s a very self-defeating process looking at a “list of things undone” versus a “list of accomplishments.”

Here’s a little recap of the 2010 list:

  • Write-Finish the novel that I frantically beat on during the month of November.  I’ve also got some ideas for children’s books that I really want to work on.
  • Be more ”Artsy”-(because we aren’t calling it crafty since “crafters” sorta freak me out).  I want to knit things that intimidate me, make things I always said I could make but never tried to figure it out, Pick up my poor neglected camera again, learn to sew, etc etc etc… and sell it all at craft “art” shows and on Etsy.
  • Cook-I’ve been inspired by the newest addition to my cookbook collection (thanks Dustin!) and I refuse to let it get dusty like the rest of them!
  • Be hospitable-which goes along with the cooking I think. Vegan brunch anyone? Game night?
  • Explore-I bought this book, Daytrips from Orlando, months and months ago and still haven’t done anything. There’s a cool walking tour of Downtown O-Town; Again, any takers?
  • Read-I was exceedingly disappointed with myself when, sorting through my books, I realized that I have, at minimum, 40 books I’ve never read.  This is unacceptable.  So, I’ve challenged myself to not buy any books until this “Unread” shelf is empty… this doesn’t mean that I can’t receive gifts… I’m just saying…

I started my evaluation by listing anything I’d done in any of these categories… Continue reading ““Tue” Do: The Annual Goal List”