December, a time of family, celebration, and oh yeah, realizing it’s time to own up for how you did with your New Year’s Resolutions. While I had a few rough spots, all in all, 2011 was a good year for me.
Complete a Triathlon (Olympic Distance)
This is probably the one I am the happiest about. I remember setting this as a goal last year and it seemed so far from realistic that I really didn’t think I could pull it off, but I did! I completed the Olympic distance Grand Rapids Triathlon in June. It was a ton of fun, a lot of work, and if you are interested in one at all you should definitely do it! If you want the details you can see them here.
No Ice Cream
This one was actually a little easier than I thought. Sure, the occasional bowl of moose tracks was really tempting, but it was a lot easier than giving up pop was last year. Surprisingly, it has helped me to change how I am going to set goals for myself in the future, who would have thought little old ice cream could be so philosophical.
Develop one new website/service
Another one I was able to complete, I actually set up quite a few sites this past year. I think my favorite though was this site for my friend’s comics – jakerohdy.com.
Become proficient at shooting a handgun
While I don’t think that I will be winning any USPSA contests any time soon, I have become a pretty good shot. I ended up buying a Browning Buckmark .22 and have had a blast shooting it. I’ve also shot a few other .22’s, a couple of 9mm’s, a Glock .40 cal. and a .38 special revolver. Given that I had never shot a pistol before this past year i would call this another win.
Blog once a week
Ah yes, blogging, the one I set every year and then fail to deliver. Based on the total blog posts I have written (52) between brentswisher.com, teageek.org, and thewebcounts.com, I actually made it this year to the equivalent of one post a week, but I can’t really count this one as a success. I had wanted post weekly to teageek.org and haven’t written there since August. So I guess this is a sort of win, but since technically the goal was once a week, I’m going to have to classify this one as a failure.
This was the first year I tried to complete a different challenge each month, and it was a fun and interesting test run. Here is how they broke down:
January: Lose 15 Pounds
February: Work Out 5 days a week
March: Read 10 books in a month
April: Clean/De clutter Entire Apartment
June: No TV
August: Write 5 blog posts a week
September: Find a new workout
November: Decrapify for Christmas
As you can see I missed a few months entirely, and while I didn’t totally complete some of the challenges, I usually did make progress. It was a fun learning experience and helped me to keep things interesting. I’m going to do something similar next year, but want to take some time to think about how it went and what I can do to make it better.
Well that’s it!
The Official Count:
4/5 Resolutions Successful
4/9 Monthly challenges completely.
Onward to 2012!