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Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Look Back

I am in a slump.  The "I have to go back to work on Tuesday" slump.  I know that it is a fabulous thing to have two weeks off, when there are LOTS of people that either
a.  have to work throughout the holidays OR
b.  don't have a job to complain about having to go to
BUT, it messes with my mood...the holidays, and then back to work...feeling like there were 800 things that I wanted to do and failed to do.  Like clean out my laundry room.  But, that is not what this post is supposed to be about.  I am taking a look back on what I hoped for 2010 and evaluating how I did.  So, let's see....Here's last year's New Year's post...

1.  Um, yeah.  The healthy thing didn't totally work out the way that I wanted it to.  I thought I would be all buff by now.  But I think buffness requires actually doing something other than sitting on the couch blogging about being all buff.  So, maybe I should take a look at that again this year.  I didn't take any vitamins this year either.  Perhaps I should start doing that.  Ok, so I get a big fail for #1.
2.  Well, well, what do we have here?  Giving etsy a fair shot.  Check!  Success!  At the end of October, on a night when I was having a pity party, I was complaining about feeling like a failure and Chris said that I don't do a good job of setting concrete goals and therefore, no matter what I do, I can still talk myself into feeling like I failed.  So, at that point I had 70 online sales and I told Chris that if I had 100 online sales by the end of the year THEN I would allow myself to feel successful.  A concrete goal that I felt was ridiculously out of reach and so then I could pity myself some more.  I finished the year with 101 online sales.  I'm not sure what my "concrete goal" is for 2011 yet, but I will be sure to let you know when I decide.  I did a couple of shows and I'm undecided on how I feel about it.  BUT, I really think that I rocked the house on this goal.  Just sayin.
3.  The whole wife-ing and mother-ing skills...a continuous work in progress.
4.  Blogging everyday?  Even though there were some days that I didn't post, there were also some days when I posted my little heart out and so I think that just balances everything.  Score.

So, I feel like I accomplished 50% of my goals.  Which is better than some of my years when I didn't accomplish any of my goals.  Those were some rotten years, let me tell you.  I have no idea what I'm talking about.  I'm sure that I have always accomplished some kind of goals.  I am a goal oriented kind of person.

Which leads me to this year.  I am still working out the details of my list of goals/resolutions, but I want to share with you the greeting from church today.  I think that I am going to say this one everyday because I believe it and I need to remember that I believe it....

God gives us one day at a time:
Long enough for laughter to follow any tears;
Deep enough for prayer and silence to dance together;
Time enough to help someone in need;
Plenty of time to notice beauty and glorify the Maker;
Sufficient time to build a bridge of forgiveness or tear down a wall of resentment;
The right time to embrace friends, smile at strangers, play with children, give thanks to God.
Praise God for the abundance of this day we have been given.

So true.  It is so true.

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