In 2012, I will …….

  • have 500 or more email subscribers to Three 31
  • drink more water
  • continue book club   I didn’t make it to the October book club gathering because I spent the day with Husband and packing for the Haiti mission trip.
  • 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 One of the best 10-day trips of my life, you can read more HERE.
  • 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. I did *NOT* create anything in August either.
  • 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 While in Haiti, the team and I spent two glorious afternoons at private beach resorts enjoying delicious foods and beverages, and even more beautiful views and sunsets. It was magical. I’m a very lucky girl!
  • 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) Lord’s Acre 2012 was a great success, the event raised approximately $31,000 for mission outreach projects. I’m indebted to the many blog friends who contributed items to sell at auction. Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!
  • 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  Lord’s Acre was a success and I received donations from *MANY* blog friends; I’m so grateful for their support! pack for Haiti mission trip I’m not entirely packed for the mission trip, but I have most items laying on the extra guest bed ready to be packed. We’re going to the “sticks” so minimal packing is even more important than the last trip. I’ve had to buy a mosquito net, multi-terrain shoes (for water and hiking), and I also got a new backpack that is more travel-friendly. and accept a full-time job  Still no news on the job front. {sigh}
Octobersurvive the mission trip to Haiti without catastrophe or illness No illnesses or sicknesses to report due from the Haiti trip. It was a great experience and even better knowing that everyone on the team is happy, healthy, and better for it! and find a full-time job Still no job. =(
Novemberwrite personal notes inside each Christmas card and read a book on my Amazon Wish List

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