One great thing about having a blog is that I can go back and look at my resolution post for New Years and see how I did. So how did my 2010 compare to the great visions I had for it 12 months ago? Let’s find out. (I realize that this might be one of those posts that’s only interesting or useful for me. I won’t be offended if you skip over it!)
I had 10 goals in 2010 (I’m so clever.):
1) Healthier equals happier. Yeah, I think I accomplished this. Back in January 2010 I was the heaviest I’ve ever been in my whole life and even though I haven’t lost all that much weight, I’m slowly (oh so slowly) making this part of my life better.
2) Spending does not always equal happier. I need to do better with this one! Since Spain I’ve been trying to build back up some savings.
3) Stress-free equals happier. I did pretty well managing my stress at the beginning of the year and over the summer, but this holiday season has been particularly stressful for whatever reason. I try to remind myself every day not to let the little things stress me out, but I could be doing better (not that that needs to add another stress on my life).
4) Read more classics! Read 15 classics published before 1970. FAIL. I read 3.
5) Use challenges as a way to focus reading, to read more books by women, by people of color, by authors from different countries. Well, even though I gave up all my challenges, I still did an excellent job. Of all my reading, I had almost a 50/50 split between men and women and over 50% of my books were written by a POC author or featured a prominent POC character. I do want to read more books in translation and from different countries in 2011.
6) Find more of a balance between the genres of fiction, non-fiction, recently published and older novels, YA and middle grade. This sort of happened organically. I read a lot more non-fiction and a lot less YA this year, two things I wanted to accomplish. (Not because I don’t love YA, but just because I wanted my reading to be more balanced.) I also read more recently published novels.
7) Read more poetry & 8) Read more short stories. Both of these were failures. I did read some poetry, but not enough in my book and I read barely any short stories.
9) Find more time in my life for things like crocheting and cooking healthy meals. Win! I actually read a lot less books this year than last year and I’m totally okay with that, because I’ve been crocheting and cooking a lot. I’m also on my way to finishing my first knitted scarf.
10) Write more. I’m going to do this. Really, I am. I didn’t in 2010, but… I will in 2011!
So…um… 4.5/10. But this isn’t a numbers game – overall, 2010 was a great year and I’m so pleased with the goals I did accomplish. Besides, I can’t be perfect. I have to have some goals for 2011, right?
Enjoy your New Years Eve, kids. Check back in 2011 for my new New Years Resolutions!