Thursday, January 03, 2008

Broken Resolutions

I was looking back at last year's resolutions and it was pretty depressing. I don't think I accomplished one. On the other hand, I had no idea how 2007 would unfold. The goal that cracks me up the most was my weight loss goal. I talked with exuberance and confidence that by the end of 2007 I would be within 10 lbs of my goal weight.

Instead of loosing weight; I gained. With the notable weight gain, however, came a baby that I didn't foresee having. So the year turned out entirely differently than I had pictured. But it was wonderful. I wouldn't trade it for the world.

When I was starting to write my goals for 2008, I was so depressed that I had to do SOMETHING to make me feel better. So I wrote down all the things I did well in 2007, even though many or most of them weren't on my list.

*We put enough money in savings to pay for our baby. And if you knew how bad our insurance sucks then you would recognize this was a feat!

*We started an emergency fund. I found a local credit union that had really good interest rates on CD's AND it will allow you to make additional deposits.

*We paid down some debt.

*I volunteered in Anson's Kindergarten class once a week. Then I volunteered in Anson's 1st grade class once a week and Nathan's Kindergarten class once a week. (In Nate's class I actually go in every other week and Wendell takes every other week so one of us is in there weekly.)

*I started an upper grade/advanced lower grade reading program. We ran it as a pilot program Jan-May then started it up for it's first full year in Sept.

*I helped with Reflections.

*I helped with our school carnival which, by the way, grossed over $10,000. That $$ amount is not a typo.

*I was appointed to the School Community Council.

*I'm the Education Commissioner for our school PTA.

That makes me feel so much better. So my house looks like crap because I never got it organized in 2007. And I gained 20+ pounds. And I'm still not reading my scriptures everyday...well as a family we read it everyday, but me, personally, I'm inconsistent. And I didn't exercise AT ALL my 3rd trimester. BUT. I still did a lot. And that makes me feel better.


Laurie said...

I don't know why I set new year resolutions because I usually don't accomplish them but I love to do it. I think that Beck is a pretty good trade off for broken resolutions and you really did do a lot of good things. I can't wait to see what you do in 2008...

Jennifer @ Fruit of My Hands said...

I didn't know that about America First. That is my credit union too!

You got a lot done last year!

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I think that writing down all the things you did do is a wonderful thing. I do that sometimes with my to do list. I did it alot when I worked full-time. I always ended up doing things that weren't on the list, so I wrote them down and crossed them off.

Those things are great accomplishments even if they weren't original goals. And, a baby is a good excuse for weight gain. I don't have that excuse...

D-dawg said...

Jenna, good job! Great idea to write down what you did do. I should do that. I am impressed that you are so involved in the school stuff!