Resolutions Update | August

I’m so glad September is here, that means cooler weather and football. It also means that I have just a few more months to complete this list of goals. I don’t know if I’m going to make it, but I’m giving it my best shot!!!!!!

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In 2012, I will …….

  • have 500 or more email subscribers to Three 31
  • drink more water
  • continue book club   Going strong, more ladies are joining the fun too!
  • eat vegetarian (no meat) one day a week
  • read at least 30 books + 12 with book club   Definitely on track to surpass this goal.
  • purchase an e-reader     Husband purchased me a Kindle Touch for Valentine’s Day
  • participate in 52 Letters, 52 Weeks   This is going NOT well, except for the numerous thank-you notes I’ve sent to mission trip donors
  • purchase really nice stationery set and writing pens
  • make 10 new friends blog button swap
  • do laundry more often (instead of letting it stack up and doing multiple loads)
  • feel comfortable pulling a trailer   I drove the church’s van pulling a 14-foot trailer
  • go to a drive-in movie
  • purchase an external hard-drive and organize our digital photos
  • participate in photography classes     Invited by Brandy @ BellaPop to participate in her first 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
  • 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. In May, I tried two new recipes: rattlesnake bites and layered cupcakes. FAILED in June. FAILED in July too.
  • 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 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
  • 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). In July, I wrote a review, and hosted a subsequent giveaway, for a leather camera bag provided by Copper River Bag Co.
  • get a new couch  New furniture arrived in January.
  • 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 hosted a dinner for the Haiti mission team in August
  • 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, June 16, and August 11.
  • tithe more
  • save more
  • eat a raw oyster (and not die) I ate a raw oyster Thursday, May 17 with friends at Razzoo’s in Fort Worth. They were delicious!
  • eat a Rocky Mountain Oyster (and not die)
  • volunteer with Habitat for Humanity I did a 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 I’m crying WOLF on this photo challenge. I think I took a total of a dozen “themed” shots. What a failure. However, in my pathetic defense, I don’t have a cell phone that takes pictures and I don’t take my Nikon camera with me everywhere, thus the extreme challenge of a daily photo challenge.
June —
attend Annual Conference, register for my high school reunion, and take a tripwith Husband I successfully completed all THREE of these … went to annual conference, registered for my high school reunion, and spent a week in Washington DC at Mt. Vernon, the National Mall, and ate dim sum.
July —
read two books that I’d never choose for myself ….. I read MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche, write another 20,000 words in my novel ….. EPIC FAILURE, go to Kentucky …. spent two weeks in Kentucky.
August — attend my 10-year high school reunion in Kentucky  and find a job I have applications submitted for several positions, all marketing, PR, business development related. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Septembercollect at least 10 donations from bloggers, small business owners or independent sales consultants for Lord’s Acre mission fundraiser, pack for Haiti mission trip, and accept a full-time job
November —
December —

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

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  1. Celeste Zachry September 3, 2012 at 8:11 am - Reply

    I think you are amazing for simply having such lofty goals. My goals are more along the lines of “Don’t strangle the kids today.” Success!

    See? You’re doing great in comparison.

    • Nicole September 3, 2012 at 10:20 am - Reply

      HAHAHAHAHAHA Celeste, you never cease to make me laugh. Most of my goals are probably “too lofty” but that’s OK. Whenever you have the inkling to “strangle thy children” please send them to me. They can entertain me with their presence while you have a cool-down period. LOL


  2. Jessica Bevil (@bubbiesmom) September 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    I love how you have done this. I’ve created a 101 in 1001 Days Project on my blog but honestly, I rarely do anything on it. May something smaller like what you are doing here, would be a better idea… 😀

    • Nicole September 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Jessica!!! I was inspired to do this resolution list by my friend and fellow blogger, Lisa at LDA Press ( While most of these goals are lofty, writing and posting them helps keep me accountable. Plus, they “seem” more realistic than my very-dreamy bucket list (i.e. traveling to exotic places, etc.). Thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it. Hope you are enjoying your Labor Day too!


  3. lifesabeachwishiwasonone September 4, 2012 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    I So wanted a 50mm lens and finally got one. I swear, your life will be forever changed :), ok I’m nosey, what kind of camera do you have??

    • Nicole September 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      Nicole, I have a Nikon D5000 with the standard kit lenses and I also have a 70-200 lens. My wish list for Santa is ever-growing, but a 50mm is definitely on it. HAHAHA

      “the other” Nicole

      • Nicole September 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm - Reply

        ok this is just freaky! I had a Nikon D5000 until about a month ago when I upgraded to a Nikon D90. Actually my D5000 is still at the house waiting to be sold. I sold hubby’s D5000 for my D90, then we bought him a D90 also (we don’t share camera’s very well :)) and now my D5000 is waiting to be sold.

        • Nicole September 4, 2012 at 7:50 pm - Reply

          Wow! I am still a very beginning learner / amateur, but I enjoy it and love those few-and-far-between moments when you capture something that surprises you. I haven’t had many of those moments, but the few I have, it keeps me hungry to keep trying. I still want to lock myself inside a classroom with someone who knows what they’re doing (photography and Photoshop), for some one-on-one lessons. Any takers?! I’ll provide the room and board, unlimited sweet tea too. HAHAHAHA


  4. Nicole September 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Um… that above comment is mine… silly computer!
    I So wanted a 50mm lens and finally got one. I swear, your life will be forever changed 🙂 , ok I’m nosey, what kind of camera do you have??

    • Nicole September 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      I knew it was you …. tee hee hee

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