Resolutions Update {April}

Wait, the month of April is over? Whoa. That’s crazy. Well, no sense in wasting time. Here’s my progress:

Join the fun and post your resolutions by adding a link to the bottom of the page.

In 2012, I will …….

  • have 500 or more email subscribers to Three 31 (please subscribe to my blog!)
  • drink more water
  • continue book club   I have a confession: I haven’t read the book we are discussing in April. I have six days to finish a novel. I better get my butt in gear. Pronto!
  • eat vegetarian (no meat) one day a week
  • read at least 30 books + 12 with book club   If smut romance novels count, then I’m way past this goal. If you read THIS, then you know how much I love and adore the “50 Shades” series by E.L. James. It was good stuff. Nevertheless, I’m still reading “regular” stuff too and on track to surpass this goal.
  • purchase an e-reader     Husband purchased me a Kindle Touch for Valentine’s Day ….. and I absolutely LOOOOOOOVE this thing!!!!!
  • participate in 52 Letters, 52 Weeks   This is going well.
  • purchase really nice stationery set and writing pens
  • make 10 new friends
  • do laundry more often (instead of letting it stack up and doing multiple loads)   Terribly back-slide in April, I need to do better in May … my Husband’s whitey-tighties and socks depend on it.
  • feel comfortable pulling a trailer   I drove the church’s van pulling a 14-foot trailer when the mission team and I went to southeast Kentucky. I did awesome!!!!!
  • go to a drive-in movie
  • purchase an external hard-drive and organize our digital photos This has moved up on the priority list because I’ve been having issues with my laptop and I’m deathly afraid something is going to happen and I’ll lose my photos. Oh that makes me skeeeered!!!!
  • participate in photography classes     Invited by Brandy @ BellaPop to participate in her first-ever online photography class.
  • learn to edit photos in Adobe Photoshop
  • take a photo worthy of hanging on a wall
  • purchase a tripod, lens filters, and a 50mm lens
  • take pictures for someone
  • mission trip to Haiti  co-leading a team in October
  • mission trip to Appalachia Region in Kentucky  Went to the Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky (March 10-17, 2012) on a mission trip. Click HERE for details.
  • do/create something inspired by Pinterest every month  In January, I made this. In February, I learned to do this – YUM! In March, I wrote an article for a friend who’s incorporating Pinterest into her ministry … stay tuned for details. In April, I made paint chip coasters.
  • see a performance at Bass Hall in Fort Worth
  • write at least one freelance article
  • be published somewhere (other than my blog) My DIY wreath was published at Craftgawker.com on January 23. An article I wrote about the KY Mission Team was published on March 27 in The Sebree Banner (a newspaper in KY). In April, my name was printed TWICE in The Joshua Star newspaper for articles and photographs I submitted for publication – both were church-related activities.
  • get new eyeglass frames  I went to the eye doctor and got new contacts on January 16.
  • host a Game Night
  • celebrate our 5th anniversary by doing something ( anything! ) I wrote this blog post for our anniversary on March 31. We celebrated our wedded bliss by doing our own things: Husband went to an auction and I stayed home to edit photos from the mission trip. It was a fine day for the Kentucky Wildcats though, they advance to the championship game to be played April 2. GO CATS!
  • sell something at auction
  • buy something at auction
  • attend a professional athletic event
  • improve my calligraphy skills
  • support the United States Postal Service by mailing more cards (see 52 Letters, 52 Weeks)
  • go hunting
  • go fishing
  • swim in an ocean
  • host at least three (3) sponsored giveaways   Vicki at Curly Willow Collections provided this collection of custom greeting cards (giveaway ended March 25 – congrats to Jan Elmore) and Brandy at Bella Pop provided a “seat” at one an online photography class (giveaway ended March 31 – congrats Diane Collins).
  • get a new couch  New furniture arrived in January. Unfortunately, the living room is not arranged like I want it. Yet.
  • finish the headboard for guest bedroom (use an old window frame, then sand, paint, and attach to wall)
  • host at least three (3) dinner parties
  • co-chair Lord’s Acre (a fundraiser at church)
  • plan a DIY craft party   I hosted a DIY party at my church on January 21 and April 28.
  • tithe more
  • save more
  • eat a raw oyster (and not die)
  • eat a Rocky Mountain Oyster (and not die)
  • volunteer with Habitat for Humanity It wasn’t HfH, but I did spent a Saturday painting wheelchair ramps during the Great Day of Service.
  • babysit for a friend
  • make a new resolution every month (see below)

Monthly Resolutions

January — no soft drinks SUCCESS!!!!!
February —
journal every night  I wrote in my journal 24 of 29 days in February, I’d call that “somewhat” successful.and drink only water during the day  EPIC FAILURE – ’nuff said. Blah.
March —
post to my blog at least four (4) days per week  Somewhat successful, but remember: I posted multiple times during the trip to KY for the mission team’s blog. That counts for something, right?!  and prepare a story board for the novel I want to write  I purchased a tri-fold board and package of 200 small Post-It notes to begin my novel’s storyboard. I have also began typing a manuscript, I have 15,000 words already. I think that constitutes opening a bottle of Cupcake Moscato and toasting with a big wah-hooo!!!!!!!
April — 
schedule a trip to Kentucky (Derby anyone?) and detail my car Kentucky is confirmed for August (family reunion and 10-year high school reunion) but I really want to go sooner. Car detailing: an epic failure!
May —
complete a photo challenge
June —

July —

August —

September —

October —

November —

December —

Do you have any resolutions this year? Share your blog post or add a comment below.



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  1. Lindsey Steele April 30, 2012 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    One piece of advice…I read where you need an external hard drive…mom bought me an external hard drive by clickfree. You definitely need to look into this kind. I love it because there is nothing to install on your laptop. Just plug it in and it automatically checks for anything new that needs to be backed up and just saves it. There is no installation and it is so easy to use. It plugs in as a USB drive and is amazing! Qvc is where we got ours and it is really small. I carry mine in my purse so if something were to happen and we lose our house, at least I will still have my pictures. I even bought a scanner and scanned all of my baby pics just in case. Just thought I would share this with you. You would love one of these! Love ya cuz!!!

    • Nicole April 30, 2012 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      Which do you have? I see a Clickfree 1 TB hard-drive for $120. Is that about what you paid? Thanks for the idea and good review, I’m always looking for a deal. Love ya! Miss ya!

  2. I love this post and seeing all your progress. Just wonderful.

    • Nicole May 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      Thanks Carolina! I got the idea from another friend and blogger. It definitely keeps me accountable throughout the year. It’s a lot of fun too!!!

      Hugs,
      Nicole

  3. Steph May 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    I call “babysit for a friend”!!!! 🙂

    • Nicole May 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      Anytime! Anytime! The babysitter can have dibs on the swimming pool too, right?! HAHAHA

      N

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