My over-arching, over-riding goal this year was to be less sloppy. Not sure that I entirely achieved that one.
fix crazy baby hair(check!); figure out how to solve outfit issues (uh, no); be comfortable but more put together at work (I think this one worked out okay - I found a happy medium between the two)
- My home: putting away the never-ending laundry rather than making our lounge-room our closet; getting the dishes into the dishwasher after each meal; having a weekly desk tidy (yeah, so this was a long shot - life with a toddler, or at least, my life with my toddler means this was a pipe dream)
- My work: be more than half-arsed about lesson-planning and craft
workshops that engage the students; give more lectures without reading
my notes (I think I did okay at both of these - the feedback from the students this year showed they were more engaged with the materials and happy with the overall shape of the subject); write an article;
attend a conference(I was partially funded to attend this conference and had two papers accepted. One was published in the refereed conference precedings and the other may find home in a small ebook collection)
- My blog: fix the design; work on the photos collages (Check! I've been playing with all of these things throughout the year. I did a little redesigning and managed to improve my photoshop skills from nil to middling. It's an ongoing process).
Other concrete/time-specific goals were:
- Cross off three things from my Before I Go list (Check! I watched the sun set over an ocean, handstitched a single bed quilt for Dear Boy before he went into a big-boy bed and harvested a full meal from my garden. I'm also so close to listening to 1000 new songs that I can taste it).
Do another photo challenge
- Complete the eight.ten.ten Treasure Yourself Project in my own time frame (yeah...na... didn't happen)
- Develop a habit for regular skin-care (Ditto on the yeah...na)
- Learn 26 new things (l've hit 25/26 -the last one is going to have to wait until I get home tomorrow - learning new tricks and blogging about them while on holidays is a tough gig)
- Send birthday cards so they arrive on time (No. In fact, I failed abysmally on this one - not only did I sent cards late, I forgot some and added an extra year to poor Occy. Where has my brain gone?)
Say yes to being involved in charity- especially things that ask for time or skills rather than money (Loved the Softies for Mirabel project)
And for 2014? What will the New Year Bring? Here's the short and sweet version:
- Fix the work situation. It is well and truly broken, so there's going to be some internal and external fixes, some retraining, some hunting further afield and perhaps a few uncomfortable but necessary conversations with my boss and maybe Lovely Husband as well.
- Learn to use the sewing machine.
- Sew a pair of shorts or pants for Dear Boy using said sewing machine.
- Learn more about the camera and how to take good pictures
- Be a better social media operator. Sorry Twitter for neglecting you so badly in 2013.
- Undertake another month long blog-every-day challenge - whether it's one of my own making or linking in with someone else's prompt list.
- Make our home more lovely to be in and less 'uni-chic' and 'that'll do'.
- Be better/smarter about savings, super and health/car insurance.
- Put together another long-term project (TBA in the next month or two)