And what a year it was. I’m not sorry to see it go, either. It definitely was not the easiest year. We had our fair share of struggles and issues to deal with. I am optimistic that 2014 will be a much better year. We have high hopes and are looking forward to positive change in the New Year.
I looked back on the goals I set for myself 2013 and I found that I didn’t accomplish as much as I had hoped. In keeping with my re-discovered positive attitude though, I have just added those goals I didn’t accomplish in the past year to the list for the upcoming New Year… There are only a few hours left, you know!
I also looked back on my finishes from 2013. I have a few, but again, not as many as I had expected or hoped. I won’t dwell on this. Again, I will just look forward to accomplishing more of what I set out to do in 2014.
As I mentioned just a couple paragraphs ago, I made my list of goals and things I plan to do or accomplish in 2014. I don’t make resolutions, I feel like resolutions are always always always broken. I feel like if I just make them plans and goals then there are no resolutions to be broken. If I don’t accomplish them all there is no reason for me to feel guilty about it as I would if I had made actually resolutions. This list is a bit longer than the last year’s list but I think this coming year will be the year for accomplishing things. Because I’m not really too worried about the long list. So here goes…:
- Read 35 books in 2014 – I set a goal of 40 books in 2013 and only read 27. I thought maybe decreasing the goal a little bit was pertinent.
- FINISH THE VINTAGE COLT – this was on my list for this past year, and it obviously didn’t happen…
- Stitch on linen/evenweave – this was also on the list for 2013, also didn’t happen
- Continue learning Photoshop – I learned a lot in 2013, but I have also learned that there is always more to learn!
- Learn to use flash – I would like to do a bit more indoor photography and I think this would help me out a lot
- Invest in a tripod
- Print some of my best photos and have them framed and put on display in the apartment
- Complete a photo project or two – I have a few ideas!
- Keep tomato alive! – my tomato died again this season
- Keep lettuce from bolting – my lettuce bolted again
- Apply the lessons I have learned in years 1 & 2 of the balcony garden – there was lots learned, hopefully the 2014 season will be the best season yet!
- Learn how to start tomatoes from seed and do it
- Use the window boxes we purchased late last season – I’m thinking some nice flowers!
- Get a stand for the second lettuce pot
- Build a new garden stand to replace the rickety one I currently have – I’m thinking of building it out of cedar, both beautiful and durable
- Grow one less container of green onions
- Post more regularly – posting in 2013 kind of fell to the wayside and I hope to remedy that in 2014
- Research self-hosting and decide whether or not I will start to self-host this blog
- Create some new blog series – resurrect finishes around the house and possibly add some new ones
- Continue the process of getting healthy and getting my health under control
- Try some more crafting
- Do more around the city – there are always things to do, and I want to do more of them!
I put this list on the blog for a couple of reasons. 1 – it makes for a great year-end/beginning of year blog post and 2 – it gives me a really easy way to look back at what I set out for myself to do in the year. It’s win-win really. I hope everyone has an excellent new year’s celebration and I wish nothing but the best for all of my readers in 2014.
Happy New Year!