New Year’s Eve…

the christmas decorations are coming down and the snowmen things are going up for the month of January. I am ready to start a new year with a fresh slate and make a few changes along the way as well as trying a bunch of new things (new two favorite quotes for the new year "fear is not an option"-dvf and "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. "-Coco Chanel"). Those two quotes are going to be my mottos for 2011.  
 (only picture I took of myself this month- total slacker…)
Since it is the last day of the month, I better check in with my 27 things to do before I turn 28 list…

(items in orange are the status of each goal, so I can see my progress and figure out what I need to work on more. I want to make sure that I keep up with them and here are the rules/guides I created for myself:

1. try and accomplish all the goals in one years time
2. complete a monthly recap on the blog at the end of each month
3. document goal progress with a photo or a photo for completion (*this one is new)
4. add a page to a scrapbook about the goal (* I think I will make a little mini-book to document the process of completing my goals and this will also help with goal #3.)

The goals:
1. Read 1 book a month (I haven't managed to finish a whole book, but I am reading 3 at the same time by next month I should be back on track with this one.)
2. Blog 3 times a week (along with introducing new features) (I managed to blog at least once maybe twice a week. My schedule has calmed down aka not getting up quite so early so I have enough time to actually blog.)
3. Scrapbook twice a month (really failing with this one)
4. Bake once a month a new recipe (either bread, cookies or some other yummy thing) (all the cookie baking in the last month made this one rather easy)
5. Make 2 full size quilts  (I almost have a quilt top complete just need to add borders and get some backing!!)
6. Use up my fabric stash even the little pieces I have been saving
7. Try something new (joining our community's weight loss challenge that goes through June, I have already lost some weight  but I need something that will provide me with a little more motivation like winning a prize. We all know that I am super competitive ;)… )
8. Go bowling (we actually got x a little bowling lane, it keeps score and everything, but I still want to make it to the bowling alley at least once this year.)
9. Teach more sewing classes using my own patterns
10. Go to the driving range and practice my golf swing
11. Tackle my sewing work-in-progress list (crossed of 2 things from that list…)
12. Take Xavier on an adventure
13. Go through my closet and do some much needed purging and updating
14. Participate in one online swap like a pincushion, pillow, or urban home goods
15. Go all out with the decorating and activities around the holidays (like christmas, easter, etc.)(totally went all out for christmas and am planning on some V-day decor for feb.)
16. Take a new self-portrait once a month (this one (above the list) is the only picture I managed to sneak in, super lame I know and not a great picture but it will do for this month. taken on christmas day.)
17. Go hiking
18. Take a new family photo of X and me (plans are in the works for our valentine card)
19. Comment more on all of the blogs I read (I am making time for this one for the month of January, since i subscribe to a ton of blogs i am going to at least try and comment on 30 posts in jan.)
20. Increase the distance in my morning/afternoon runs
21. Going swimming when it is really warm out
22. Play a game of tennis
23. Go to thrift stores and yard sales more (in order to find new things for photo props, household decor, etc…)
24. Make some kits to sell in my online shop
25. Open my own shop on line selling my patterns (major goal for 2011!!!)
26. Attend Spring Market in Salt Lake City with a booth selling my patterns
27. Have a booth at a local craft fair

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