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2010: A Year In Review

2010 December 31
by Pamela

So about a year ago I decided to set some goals for myself.  They weren’t resolutions, just things I was hoping to accomplish this year.  Several of you have asked how this worked out for me.  I think I hit way more than I would have had I not set them in the first place.  In addition to putting them out here, I also posted them on our wall so I had to look at them regularly.  I think it helped too that some of them were quite attainable, even easy.  Hitting a few goals early in the year seemed to propel me towards the more difficult ones.

And some just ended up being a joke.

Here’s my update with results in bold:

1. Start and maintain a blog for a full year.

Done!  I started writing around Christmas of last year, not knowing if it was something I was really capable or interested in maintaining.  It has been a great outlet for me.  Thank you for reading!

2. Lose the ten pounds I keep gaining and losing and lose them for good (at least until and if I get prego again – I suppose bon bons won’t aid in this goal)

Uh yeah.  So I got pregnant and not only did I not lose those 10 lbs. but I gained 36 so far.  

3. Memorize 52 scripture passages.

This has been the hardest one by far.  I’m going to “test” myself tomorrow, but I am fairly confident with 37 of the verses.  I definitely want to memorize more scripture next year but will try for 24 verses max.

4. Find an at-home hair color that a. looks like a better version of my real color and b. covers my increasing-on-a-daily-basis-thanks-to-my-two-children grey hair.

Done!  I don’t have a bottle with me to share the name, but it’s made by Loreal and is available at Sally’s Beauty Supply.  I’ll give more details if anyone is interested.  I really like the color and the grey coverage is excellent.

5. Host a bunco party for ladies, complete with funny costumes.

Done!  Twice!  Although no funny costumes were worn.

6. Stop freaking out about the house and have more people over.

Until I got pregnant, we entertained much more than we had been previously.  Since my pregnancy, not so much.  Unless five-year-old girls count.  If so I have been the Hostess With The Mostest

7. Intentionally be open for “impact moments” with people (more on this in another post).

I don’t even remember what I meant by this now. 

8. Figure out and employ a system to keep our house clean on a daily and weekly basis.

Sell my children?   Uh no, I didn’t hit this one.

9. Take our girls on vacation. Bonus points if we get to do this with some other fun families.

We had a great vacation with the Waldos, first camping and then staying at the most beautiful condo resort. 

10. Figure out how to get my knee healed up for good.

Nope.  Although my knee doesn’t hurt at all when I’m pregnant and carrying an extra 36 lbs, ironically.

11. Make Julia Child’s recipe for Boeuf Bourguignon

Yes!  Although it wasn’t worth the effort, this was something I was nervous to do and proud of us for accomplishing.

12. Do something to improve our marriage and the marriages around us. I don’t know what this is yet. Maybe read a book together, go to a conference or retreat?


13. Host a fondue party.

I served fondue at a few parties this year but found that fondue pots, at least the cheap ones I was working with, didn’t bode so well with heat stabilization.  I’m considering this goal accomplished, but serving one fondue at a few parties wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I wrote this.  I was picturing a hippy-like party with all of us lounging on pillows around the coffee table.

I’m definitely going to set some goals for 2011, but there will be less and hopefully more attainable.  Like “brush my teeth everyday” since having a newborn doesn’t aid in personal hygiene. 

I really, really appreciate all of you who take the time to read this site.  You have all been so kind and generous to me, so encouraging and thoughtful.  My big fear was making this site public, not knowing how anyone would respond.  The people who comment here make me want to write more.

So thank you.

5 Responses leave one →
  1. Lisa Afek permalink
    January 4, 2011

    Hi Pamela, I really enjoyed reading how your past goals worked out. I rarely make resolutions, for fear of failure so its good to hear some did work out. Thank you for being generous enough to share your life through a blog,its humorous and encouraging. :) Lisa

    • Pamela permalink*
      January 5, 2011

      Thanks for reading Lisa! As you can tell, many didn’t work out at all or as planned. But I still think I ended up further along than I would have had I not made them. Still thinking about 2011 though….

  2. Tammie permalink
    January 6, 2011

    Well Thank You! I love being able to keep up with what is going on with you and your family. It makes me missing hanging out with you. :-(
    Do tell about the fabu condo resort! Hosam and I are looking for things to with family/friends since my one sister REFUSES to go camping.

  3. Tamora Rowe permalink
    January 9, 2011

    I truly love your blog. I was excited to read your goals too since I was a part of at least a couple of them coming true. I know you and your family are going to have an amazing 2011. Hopefully, we’ll get to see more of you all. :)

    • Pamela permalink*
      January 9, 2011

      My goal in 2011 will be to have you over to snuggle my baby (babies are contagious, I think) while I take a shower. Thank you for helping some of my 2010s come to fruition!

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