Me in my purple-and-green-zig-zag-striped-shirt in my freshman year of college. You can still catch me in this shirt on a regular basis. In fact, I think I’ll wear it today
2008 was a successful year in terms of personal progress. I accomplished my goals in good style. As I reflect on that particular year, two things stand out to me: 1) my goals for the year weren’t to change anything I wasn’t already doing, but rather to focus, and improve in areas where I already was working. And 2) I didn’t go overboard with a page long list of areas in my life that needed improvement (although I certainly have such a list), instead I only made a few goals, and let the rest of my life continue in at the level it was already functioning. If I tried to overload myself with too many goals, I would become overwhelmed at my failure and in six weeks time drop everything.
And so, with these lessons in mind:
Goals for 2010
1) Become good at laundry. I am good at laundry. I know what temperature to wash what load in. I know how to separate, and how to spot treat, and how to press and blah blah blah. But I hate laundry. Correction: Andrea pre-2010 hated laundry. This year I am going to not only accept it as part of house-wifery, but embrace it as an art form (well, maybe that’s a stretch). I’m going to stay on top of it, so that I never have to hear Wyatt say at 7:45 pm – “Where are the kid’s jammies?” And I won’t have to curse (in my head of course, not in front of the children! Gasp.) I’m going to have laundry done, and put away in good measure.
2) Become a FASHIONISTA. You see, I’m one of those girls. The ones that are still wearing their favorite shirt from their freshman year of college. The ones that got perma-stuck in the year of their nuptuals. The ones that still sport a mullet AND think it’s awesome (well, I didn’t get married in 1985. But if I did . . . ay carumba!) But no more. The sad realization came just a few weeks ago when Wyatt and I were at Wal-mart. WALMART! And I bought two shirts out of sheer neccessity. And I thought to myself as I put them in the cart: I can’t remember the last time I bought two shirts at the same time. Then, just days later Carrie showed me a coat she got – so SO SOOOO cute. And I thought – if I shopped more, I could have clothes like that.
And so 2010 is the year I’m going to start being more stylish. I’m going to stop being one of those girls, and instead become one of those girls. Watch out!
1) Start a nice little photography business. I’ve talked about it, made sad little attempts over the years. But the past couple months I’ve felt more confident, more able, and more ready. So I’m teetering on the edge of the nest, about to jump.
2) Quilting. 2010 is the year I finally embrace this art form that I’ve always admired from afar. I want to make quilts to fill my cabin. I want trunks full of handmade softness that will keep my loved ones warm and cozy on cold nights.
And that’s it. See, not so many goals that I’m overwhelmed. Of course there’s the continual progress of becoming a better mother and wifey. But I think the above will improve all areas of my life. It’s going to be awesome.
Check me out in 2011!