I am loving my 5 goals per month! This is an easy way to get organized without getting overwhelmed.
To recap my October goals –
- Run 5K (woo! Run Like Hell on 10/19) – I not only ran it, I PR’d!
- Not puss out & go to bed super early in Vegas. – Smashing success! Amazing how easy it is to stay out when you’re actual with people you enjoy – as opposed to last time!
- Not stress/worry/freak about the state of clean of my house in advance of the in-laws visit. – Not only did I not get all stressed, I only mentioned a couple of times that I wasn’t a good housekeeper. Score!
- Come up with an affordable, yet meaningful 2nd anniversary present for the architect (suggestions welcome). – I think I did well. An iPod dock for his car stereo complete with new (to us) iPod – and that is a story in itself! It involved getting lost in the back woods of Vancouver, and purchasing a gently used iPod from some people in a trailer house. I felt kinda bad – the iPod was the kid’s, and his folks were selling it because they needed $50 cash…and then I show up, lost & air-head-like with a $50 bill…..I felt all elitest and guilty. 🙁 BUT – the architect did like his gift (which came complete with an installed love-song playlist.
- Knit one complete project (instead of 3 half projects – half of a hat doesn’t do anyone any good). – I made myself a kick-ass new scarf! It’s not quite done, but I promise to post a photo of it as soon as I’m finished as proof.
So, I find myself needing some November goals. I think it’s good to spread my goals out a little, so they’re not all fitness, or gardening, or personal improvement…..
- Run the Turkey Trot (4 miles) on Thanksgiving in 45 minutes or less. This will be a bit harder, due to the presence of hills. (fitness)
- Make one new recipe from Tastespotting each week for four weeks. (food)
- Make my rain barrels. (gardening)
- Finish all holiday gift obtaining and stick with budget. (personal)
- Participate in & finish NaNoWriMo – something I haven’t accomplished since 2005. (writing)
Due to financial uncertainty in the gazelle/architect household, holiday gift shopping will have a smaller budget than in years past. I am going to work really hard to remember that people aren’t friends with me because I get them winter gifts – and that a small thoughtful gift is equally as valued as an expensive gift. However, I also don’t want to send all of my loved ones cards saying that I donated to the ACLU or Planned Parenthood in their honor (although I have a few relatives to whom I would LOVE to send that card). Does anyone have ideas for thoughtful, inexpensive gifts? Can I knit everyone a dishrag?