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Writing Them Down: Everything Else

"Map out your future, but do it in pencil."  -- Jon Bon Jovi

Earlier this month, I decided to write down my goals for the new year -- in my blog.  I really do think there's something . . . magical. . . about writing your goals down.  And sometimes I think it helps to share them in a public way.  Built-in accountability, you know?  (But I do think it's okay to use a pencil!)

So.  Since it's already the end of January, I decided I better get this goal-setting wrapped up.

"When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves."  -- Anthony J. D'Angelo

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My personal gardening goals for 2010 are:

  1. Renovate the big bed in the side yard near my driveway.  (Now that I've finally admitted that my long-wished-for "cottage garden" just isn't going to work in that location, I need to find the plants that will!)
  2. Incorporate more vegetables and herbs into the existing beds -- and add containers.
  3. Expand the pond (but only slightly. . . don't worry, Tom.  Not much digging!)
  4. Add a swing to the pergola and get some new patio furniture.
  5. Thin out some of the overgrown plants and participate in plant trades with other gardeners.
  6. Start thinking about renovating the shade garden; gather ideas.
  7. Begin worm composting!

"Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion.  You must set yourself on fire."  -- Arnold H. Glasow

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My personal health and fitness goals for 2010 are:

  1. Stay the course.  I've developed a good fitness regimen -- I need to maintain the program.
  2. Up my swimming mileage to 2 miles/per week by June.
  3. Drink more water!
  4. Focus on mindfulness - living in the moment.
  5. Practice meditation.
  6. Continue taking Jenny for a walk every day -- regardless of the weather.

"Of course I'm ambitious.  What's wrong with that?  Otherwise you sleep all day."  -- Ringo Starr

Book monster 

My personal reading goals for 2010 are:

  1. Always have a novel going!
  2. Read a "classic" at least every 3rd book.  (On the list for this year: "The Awakening" and "Dracula", for sure.  Quite possibly "Anna Karenina."  And definitely something by Dickens.)
  3. Read at least one of Charles Dickens' novels ("Great Expectations"?  "David Copperfield"?) because I never have, and I want to give it a try.
  4. Read at least two non-fiction books (other than gardening or knitting books).

"The question isn't who is going to let me;  it's who is going to stop me!"  -- Ayn Rand


My personal miscellaneous goals for 2010 are:

  1. Do something with my photographs (like framing. . . or notecards. . .).
  2. Put together a great scrapbook for Brian as he graduates from high school.
  3. Paint and organize the mudroom and laundry room.
  4. Use things up before replacing; repair when possible.
  5. Take Jenny to the "advanced" obedience training class and continue to work with her.
  6. Think twice (or three times) before making purchases; limit impulsive buying.
  7. Do whatever I can to reduce my "carbon footprint."

Okay.  That's it.  They're written down.  In pencil!

"Don't say you don't have enough time.  You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. "  -- Life's Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


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What wonderful lists!


Good luck with your goals, you got yourself quite an impressive list up there :)


Gee! You make the rest of us -- or maybe I should just speak for myself -- you make me look like a slug! LOL


Great goals!


WoW! good for you. I love your list. Writing it down is the best way to start. I love the Bon Jovi "pencil" quote. So true!

Thank you for your kind comments about my Merlin dog!


Great goals! Good luck with them! I need to remember the "When solving problems" quote.


Such a positive, inspiring set of goals! I'm dreaming about my garden too. I started with one raised bed and now want another! The gardening magazines are starting to come out to tempt us!

denise copeland

Goodness, I especially love the goal about your photography! I am sue that you will have a huge sense of accomplishment in completing the others as well. I read them twice looking for the knitting goals or is that the goal, to not have a knitting goal?

Diana Troldahl

I love the photo of the Allium.

What a powerful and brave thing, to set goals, Especially as not too long ago life turned your goals Hiney-over-teakettle.

I have very few specific long-term goals, but lots of short term ones every week.
This week: Compose questions for Jaala Spiro, finish two of the 5 samples to send to Knit picks, begin shawl design for 2nd of 10 for 2010.
Work more on the sock pattern submission for Knit Circus Summer edition.
Oh, and finish the final 6 text and photos content folders for my patterns for otterwise.com.
That ought to keep me out of trouble, mostly


A very well-thought out list of goals. I'm working on mine and hoping to have them up for accountability this week. Best of luck! :)


I think I might steal some of your goals :-)


Good for you! Here's another saying to add to your collection (sorry, I don't know the original author): Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. You're off to a great start!

Gardening: by worm composting, do you mean having a compost area that provides a nice environment for worms, or is worm composting something you do with worms? We have composted for decades and always have big fat worms in our compost soil. We used to continue to throw vegetable matter on the compost pile in winter, but we stopped doing that because animals (probably racoons) strew it all over the yard. Now I just save coffee grounds over the winter to add in the spring.

Fitness: I'm with you on keeping up with that. I used to swim, but needed to find something to do at home with my kidlets. So I hop on my nordic track instead. Swimming 2 miles/week! You go girl!

Books: Yes to Anna Karenina, meh to Great Expectations. I had to read the latter for high school English. Dickens is not my cup of tea, but I agree that everyone should read at least one of his works. David Copperfield would be my choice. Anna Karenina is excellent, but it's a challenge to keep track of the many characters.

Photographs: want to do mine when you finish yours? ;)

And I'm definitely with you on the thinking twice before impulse purchases!

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