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Resolutions – May 2012

Here’s how I did in May:

Every Month Goals:

stick to my new budget

I didn’t make my budget again this month, but I’m getting back on track there.  My bills are still all paid and whatnot, but I’m not putting aside the money that I’m supposed to.

spend time with family or friends I rarely see

This month, I got to see my cousin Krystal and her family, when I took some practice portrait shots of her daughter, Kendall.  I haven’t seen Kendall since she was little, and I haven’t seen Krystal in at least two years.  It’s funny how it doesn’t seem like so long at all.  Maybe it’s seeing updates from people on Facebook, seeing their pictures and reading their words, that makes it seem like you see people much more than you do.

go someplace different or go to an event (in other words, get out of the house!)

I went to the Baltimore Aquarium!  I have no plans for June, so I’ve got to start looking for something good to do.

do something randomly nice for someone

I am finding that this is a really random resolution.  I may abandon this one for the rest of the year and bring it back next year instead.  I think that it’s just too vague.  I did do nice things (one thing in particular comes to mind) that were about doing for the other person rather than doing what I wanted, or being selfish.  But I’m understanding that a resolution needs to be structured more.  It needs to consist of steps or things you can do.  “Being nicer” is a good goal, but I’ve not been doing random nice things for people.

Resume:

Being Thankful

I am caught up on my Thankfuls, for the most part, but they are not typed up yet.  I will get that done in June, and hopefully get myself on some kind of schedule so that they are getting updated properly on the blog.

writing more substantial blog content

I wrote a couple of pieces this month that felt like the old days.  Of course, I spent some time this month looking back at my posts from the past year, and I don’t know what I was thinking.  I’ve got it in my head that I wrote many more essays and thought-provoking pieces when I first started blogging, but that’s just not the case.  In any event, I felt happy with the posts I wrote this month on happiness and owning your happiness.  I do want to do some more posts like that, but the fact of the matter is that there just aren’t enough days in a week to include everything that I want to do.  I don’t want to give up the other things I write about, or the quotes, or anything.  So, I’m thinking that this resolution is based on nothing much.

the Queries

I’ve got a new Query started, but didn’t get it posted.  I have about half of my recordings transcribed and cleared out, so that’s a good start.  I need to transcribe one huge interview session, and once that’s done, I’ll have Query material for the rest of the year!

To Do:

adopt healthier eating habits

I’m back at the beginning with this one, at about 10% healthy eating.  I’ve started getting back on track with the soda, and lunches.  Not good at all with breakfast and dinner, and with the junky chips/salty snacks.  I hate having to readjust myself to denial of the goodies, but it just has to be done.  I’m tackling breakfast next, and then on to dinner.

exercise

No exercise, yet.  I’ll have to concentrate on this one in the second six months, I think.

de-clutter my house

This is where I got the most done this month!  I’ve got boxes piled up in my living room, and I’ve gotten the kid’s room cleared out.  I’m really being ruthless with myself, with an aim on clearing it out, out, out! 

take a photography class

My class is done; maybe I’ll do another one this year, I’m not sure yet.

go to bed at the same time every night

I had a little stretch here at the end of the month where I got on a really late cycle, and then couldn’t get to sleep before 3am or so the rest of the week.  I’m getting that back on track, now though.  Otherwise, I’m not getting a really consistent sleep, but I’m generally in bed by midnight most nights.

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Almost six months in!  Here comes June…

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