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Reviewing 2006

 I admit I am a bit behind. In 2006, I had reviewed the previous year and managed to set new aspirations (similar to goals but loftier in my mind) by January 2. This year it is 19 days later and I am just reviewing.

Aspirations for 2006

  • Submit art and get published. To this end, I am going to try to create something at least three days a week. My creating has gone to the wayside as work has increased. I am also, as a way to get published, going to look ahead to the themes major art magazines will have in 2006 so that I may have a creation on hand to submit. I will also join at least three swaps a month to keep me creating whether I want to or not. So basically, there are several steps within this one goal. I started this off wonderfully. I had dates on my calendar. I did swaps. As the year progressed, it escaped me. I don’t know if I intentionally put it off or what but I sort of stopped ?
  • Work on reorganizing the garage. The goal of being able to fit a car in it is rather unrealistic but it is possible to get it reorganized so that I am not afraid to open the door. The garage is still rather a mess but does fit a car in it. The car in it is the reason it is a mess. Will get rid of car by the end of May and then be able to really use the garage.
  • Lead Simple Abundance faithfully this year. Be sure to post a starter to each monthly thread. This was another “failure” of sorts. Come October I was in full travel mode with high school, middle school and college sports and activities. I put 13,000 miles on the car from mid-August to mid-November. In the process, I stopped posting this. I have started again in 2007.
  • Be more active as a mod at OrganizedHome.com. I believe I fell short, in my estimation, on this aspiration also. I am not quite so bad this year so far.
  • Read 2 books a month – including re-reads. I did read a lot in 2006. I easily read over 25 books, just not at two a month.
  • Fitness – I will walk 500 miles this year. In past years, I have done a month by month goal and then get disappointed when I don’t reach it. I will say this – Jan and Feb will have 20 miles each. I will list the rest of the months by mid-Feb. I will walk more during the summer months here due to our lovely weather. I stopped keeping track but am sure that this was a bust.
  • Fitness 2 – Once the kids are back at school and the tree is put away, mid-month, I will do Pilates 4 times a week. Once again a bust.
  • Budget – I will attempt to not overdraw my debit account at all in any given month this year. Sometimes this is hard for me. It should be easier this year as I renegotiated my pay structure mid-year last year and it is a set amount per week. I kept up with this aspiration. It meant more saying no to the kids but it did work.
  • Budget 2 – I will pay my utility – electric and gas come together – on time. This will, again, be an aspiration in 2007. I did it 75% of the time in 2006.
  • Budget 3 – I will pay off debt as I can. I am still working on this.
  • I will become adept at utilizing menu planning so as to maximize the money spent on food and the variety in our diets. This went well some months and not so well other months. I am going to work on it again in 2007, figuring if I get it down, it will become habit and will work better.
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