- Embrace change, just surrender to it - there's a lot of it coming
- Study hard - take my own cranky lecturer's advice
- Handle student-teaching/prac weeks with dignity and if I can't do that, be the duck - unflustered on the surface and paddling like mad beneath.
- Be with my boy, just be, more often
- Have a holiday on a beach
- Cross off two things from the Before I Go list
Keeping it short and sweet, this year's goals are to:
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- I did learn more, I swear... I promptly forgot a lot of it, but I'm counting it. Be a better social media operator. Sorry Twitter for neglecting you so badly in 2013.Poor Lilybett and Boy account is still neglected, but I rocked it with my work accounts and my Klout score sored. W00t.
- 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 - this completely didn't happen.
Put together another long-term project (TBA in the next month or two)- Oh hi, intentional play project.
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 theSofties for Mirabel project)
- Be kinder to myself: re-vamp my 'self-talk'
- Be kinder to others: less gossip, less criticism, more willingness to give people the benefit of the doubt
- Accept more of the help that's offered to me
- Practice autonomy, self confidence and competence