Summer is here (blah) and my sweatshirts have been neatly tucked away for another season. That’s sad stuff. Anyway, here’s my resolutions update:

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In 2012, I will …….

  • have 500 or more email subscribers to Three 31 (please subscribe to my blog!)
  • drink more water
  • continue book club   We’re going strong!
  • eat vegetarian (no meat) one day a week
  • read at least 30 books + 12 with book club   If smut trashy 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 NOT well, except for the numerous thank-you notes I’ve sent to mission trip donors. Many thanks to all!
  • 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)   
  • 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 Have NOT done this.
  • 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  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. In May, I tried two new recipes: rattlesnake bites and layered cupcakes.
  • 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. 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) 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 It wasn’t HfH, but I 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 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 trip with Husband
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December —

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