I’m about ready to blow your mind.
2012 is halfway over.
Well, actually, it’ll be halfway over at the end of the week, but close enough. Is anyone else totally bowled over by that little factoid? I can’t believe we’re already through six months of 2012. Before you know it, we’re going to be ringing in 2013. Crazy!
With the marking of the halfway point of the year, I figured now was a great time to check in on my 12 goals for 2012. If you were hanging out around this joint last January, you know that I set a dozen goals to help me guide my year. Let’s see how I’m doing!
Babyface and I set a goal to create two legal and registered businesses before 2012 was out and, guess what? We did it! We are the proud owners of two LLCs registered in the state of Indiana. We even have business checking accounts. Fancy, right? The process wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be, but it was annoying and time-consuming. It feels really good to have all of that taken care of.
I have to be honest, this goal was a bit of a “gimme” when I wrote it, because I knew our plan was to buy this house at the time I set my goals. But, things definitely weren’t set in stone. By writing that goal, we really got to business finding a mortgage, getting the purchase contract written and getting insurance. We actually had a crazy easy time getting financed and getting in our house, so we’re very fortunate!
3. Pay off 75% of our current debt.
We’re finally just now starting to get on track with this goal. I doubt we’ll be able to hit the 75% mark, but we’re going to do what we can. The biggest thing that set us back was the tornado in Pekin. Even with good homeowner’s insurance, there were a lot of out-of-pocket costs to pay to get the house back to good condition. We’re actually still finding things. Babyface just went to open our pool for the season and realized that the pool cover was severely damaged by hail. Such is the life of a homeowner, I guess. I think that 75% goal was the dream of a renter. I think as a homeowner, we’ll be lucky if we hit 25% before the year is out. But at least we aren’t adding to our debt (well, other than that mortgage, you know).
When I set this goal, I didn’t have anything specific in mind, but the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer ended up being the perfect opportunity to make a difference and hit my goal! I raised over $3000 and the vast majority of that was thanks to you guys! I am so proud that I hit this goal. And I’m definitely trying to figure out what big good thing I can do next!
5. Go scale free.
I wrote this goal before I had my revelation about the scale and weight loss. I might end up abandoning the scale again before the year is out, but for now, I feel like I have a healthy relationship with it.
6. Find my marathon.
I’m still on the quest to find that thing that makes me exciting about sweating. Hiking is close and the Avon Walk unleashed something in me that I didn’t know was there, but I’m not sure either of them are it. The journey continues…
7. Become a better blogger, writer and recipe developer.
This goal is an interesting one. I wrote it when I was in a pretty deep and dark place about my blogging and writing. I was upset that other bloggers were so successful and yet I was floundering. I was upset that I’d had some nasty comments. I felt like I was working my tail off, but wasn’t reaping many rewards (other than, you know, the joy of doing something I loved). At some point early this year, I had an epiphany. It just doesn’t matter. I got into blogging because I like to write, share my life and take pictures. And that’s all that matters! I am who I am. If people (readers, editors, companies) don’t like me, then there is nothing I can really do to change that. That being said, I did really want to up my nutrition and culinary knowledge to become a more skilled recipe developer. I started culinary school in January, and while it’s been a struggle, I feel like I’m much more confident in my knowledge. I’m also looking into other forms of education (there are a few online certificates I’m eyeing). I’m also just getting myself out there as much as possible! I have a weekly feature on Anytime Health and I’m a frequent contributor to Edible Indy. This goal is interesting because it came from a real place of negativity, but I think I’m still following through with it, just with a different kind of motive.
8. Read 50 books.
Gosh, guys. This one is hard! I’ve only read 14 books so far this year. That is waaaayy off from my goal. And if I’m being totally forthcoming, four of those were read during my vacation, so my non-beach reading levels are way low. I really need to step this up. I really like reading, I just seem to always find something else to do. Or maybe I just need to go live on the beach for the rest of the year?
As of today, I’m at 3,814 minutes for the year! Woohoo! Training for a 40 mile walk definitely helped (although I didn’t count my actual Avon Walk minutes into that total). I’ve also noticed I’m more of a fitness “burst” kinda gal. I’d much rather do a long gym session a few times a week as opposed to doing a little bit every day.
10. Go on 12 date nights with Babyface.
I’ve lost count, but I think we are pretty much on track! Mostly this goal was written out of a desperate need for us to get out more, and we’re doing it! Now that we live 30 minutes from Louisville, I’m so excited to explore the city with my best friend.
11. Switch to a plant-centric diet.
It’s been a slow process, but I think we’re finally getting there. I’d say we only eat meat 2-3 meals a week now and when we do, that meat is responsibly raised and a small portion of our total meal. We’ve even been trying to get one or two vegan meals a week! I think the variety is good and I definitely can tell I feel a lot better when my diet is made up mostly of nutrient-dense plants.
12. Enjoy 2012.
If I had to pick, I’d say this one is the hardest on the list. I really, really struggle with worrying. And that worrying turns into stress which is a nasty little infection that can sideline even the happiest of times. I’m trying really hard to just be happy but the older I get, the more anxious and stressed I get. It’s a constant struggle to overcome, but I’m working at it. Babyface is a big help. He always helps me we a hefty dose of perspective!
So there you go! My 2012 goals. I’ve completed four of them and the majority of the rest are on the right track. I’m going to take this chance to recommit to my goals that I’m struggling with. I still have six months.