The Casting Dock

Goals update: part one

Considering we are almost at the halfway point for 2012, I figured it was time to check in on those ambitious 12 goals I set for 2012 (talk about accountability!)…Some are going really well, some have been modified, some haven’t even been touched.

Isn’t that how those things always go?

An update on the first six at least…

1. Save a significant chunk of money towards a house down payment.

This one is going great! We have a designated amount pulled automatically from our bank account every month. We don’t think about it, we don’t notice its absence, and it just (magically) accumulates. If only achieving all goals could be so easy and painless and passive!

2. Earn 100,000 frequent flier miles.
Eh, I have mixed feelings on this thing. I mean, I have gathered a good chunk of miles, more than 50,000 which would make sense for this point in the year, but I have lost a little of my gusto. I’ve mostly earned miles simply through credit cards. My goal was to find more creative ways to accumulate them. So we shall see. But I suppose, technically, I am at the mid-way point.

3. Do something new (or something I haven’t done in a really, really long time) every month.

This one has been adapted a little bit from a new thing every month to simply 12 new things this year. I found that there weren’t many “new things” that I wanted to do in the winter months. So I am a little behind here, but it’s certainly been fun and I think I will hit this goal for sure.

So far, I…:

a.) Sponsored a child. Always an interest of mine and never something I have actually did.

Meet Rosie.

b.) Went strawberry picking (twice this season!). I don’t think I can overemphasize how much I LOVE berry picking here in the summer. I always hit up the blueberries and raspberries multiple times, but every year, to my utter disappointment, I miss the narrow strawberry window. Not this year!

c.) Voyaged to the Flume Gorge in NH. This is one of those “been on my list for years” kind of things, but I’ve just never bothered to trek out there. The Flume is a natural gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mt. Liberty with water cascading between the two granite walls. There are miscellaneous other hiking trails at the associated state park as well. To be honest, I thought the admission price ($15) was a little steep because the round trip hike is only 2 miles so it’s over quickly, but we extended the trip and explored some of the other trails as well, which made it more worth it.

4. Read 25 books.

I am slightly behind here, but I’ve been banking on playing a little catch-up in the summer months. I am currently on number 11. I’m thinking I may do a little book recap at the end with any stellar recommendations so for now, I’ll leave it at that.

5. Write a letter of gratitude every month to a person of impact in my life.

Oh man, this is one of my epic fails! I modified this one to be simply 12 for the year instead of this monthly thing, but I still haven’t written even one. Uuugh. I do have a list of people I want to write to…just haven’t done it.

6. Learn farrrr more about my camera.

Haven’t done anything for this one either, but it was always my intention to tackle this baby in the summer so I don’t categorize this one as an epic fail…yet. Jerry surprised me with a new lens a couple weeks ago too…my versatility will be expanding past the fixed lens!

That’s enough for now. I’ll update on numbers 7-12 later…

1 comment

1 Bryan { 06.24.12 at 1:04 pm }

I love that little “twelve in 12″ image… Something tells me I will see it again come December.

I didn’t know that’s what Roseanne looked like… The interesting thing is that Dad also sponsors a child, if you didn’t know. He has for years had a pic of her on his fridge. I know it’s just a little commitment, money wise, but it really makes a difference in the life of a child. What a great thing to do!

I can’t believe that you are mostly meeting your goals. These feel like a version of new years resolutions which reminds me of my own new years resolution, which ive struggled to keep. This year I wanted to cut down on my shopping extravaganzas but I am still spending too much, especially online… Goodness.

I can’t wait to see you meet your goals this year!! Good luck Lis. As long as you take it one step at a time, you can do it!

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