Life By Kristen

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2012 in Review

I love the end of year review of books, movies, etc. just as much as I love the excitement and anticipation of the new year coming up. It reminds me of the great things & gives me things to look forward to for the upcoming year.

2012 was the first year I really thought about what I wanted to improve and work on in life. Making a list of attainable goals with clear action items was helpful in keeping things in focus and remembering what was important to me.

As far as goals go, I did alright. Here’s the breakdown:

Tackle at least three items on my 30×30 list: I did 9.5 on my list! The half is for #30 which is to digitize the family 8mm home movies and photographs. For Christmas, my brother and I had the 8mm films done, but not the photographs. Go check out my list to see what I’ve done and what I’m still working on.

Donate hair to Locks of Love: Completed in October!

Read 50 books: This, sadly, I did not complete, falling just 9 shy of my goal. I mostly did not finish because I picked a few books that were a bit tough to get through, but I’m happy with how I challenged myself with reading new genres and things outside my comfort zone. Had I included books I read for work on this it is well over 50, but I wanted to read 50 ‘fun’ books outside of work time.

Create a weekly Pinterest item: This was sort of a success. I made A LOT of new recipes from Pinterest, but with travel and various work things going on, there were a lot of weeks when I did not make new items or do any DIY projects. I’ll call this a half success.

Work on my writing: Again, sort of a half success. I did more writing this year than in years past, but not as much as I wanted, especially neglecting the blog sometimes. This is one goal that is carrying over to 2013 and might just be a perpetual do better in life item.

Better communication with friends: I think I did pretty well on this front, though I did not make plans and go out with friends as much as I should have. I did work on getting in touch with people who I had lost contact with and made a few long overdue apologies and explanations to friends and family over various things. Definitely something to continue to work on.

I also tried to make small improvements every month with things like drinking more water, getting up with alarm instead of hitting snooze, etc. I definitely have achieved a lot of these things and integrated them into my life. Some of them- like painting & going for walks- are now things that I really enjoy and seek out in my non working time.

Overall 2012 was a big year- I own my house by myself, divorce was finalized, regained my name, and traveled more than ever before. I did more house projects, met a lot of new people through the interwebs, attended a blog conference, and found happiness in the small, simple things. 2012 was a year of grand and glorious things, sadness & madness, but it was a great first year of my new life and I know 2013- the year I turn 30 (woo!) will be filled with just as much awesome and sparkle.

Wishing you and yours a happy & healthy 2013!

New Name, New Hair!

FINALLY went and made it legal with the name change at Social Security and the RMV so I am officially back to myself again!

And with the new name, comes my new hair! One of my 2012 goals was to donate my hair to Locks of Love. It’s something I have done twice now- once when I graduated from high school and another when in college. My hair has always grown very quickly so I did not think it would take an entire year for my hair to grow out, but I guess as I have gotten older my hair has changed a bit.

My coworker commented that she couldn’t believe that I was going to chop my hair off since it was so nice and long, but that is precisely why I wanted to do it so that some little girl somewhere gets a great wig!

BEFORE- long and curly

AFTER- short, layered bob

10 inches!

9 Months Down, 3 To Go

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Someone I worked with told me it was 98 days til Christmas today. How is that possible? I’m still on June time and lamenting that I never got to the beach this summer- a real crime considering where I work and that my commute involves driving by one twice a day.

But it is mid September and here’s a check in on the progress of my goals for this year:

1. Read 50 new books this year. I made mention of this in a previous post that I do not think I will make it to 50, but so far I’ve finished 28.

2. Tackle at least three items on my 30×30 list. I’ve knocked a few off this list ( see new 30×30 page at the top of blog) and will work on some more.

3. Grow out my hair for Locks of Love. My hair was at ten inches in July, but when I went for the big cut, I chickened out and did a trim instead. Considering the cooler temperatures have arrived in Massachusetts, going out in the morning with wet hair is not a good option anymore, so either I need to buck it up and wake up early to blow dry out my thick tresses or take the cutting plunge.

4. Create at least one thing from Pinterest a week. I have not been great with this goal, though I have one Pinterest meal on my weekly meal plan this week so fingers crossed I can continue that.

5. Stop complaining about my weight gain and actually do something about it. It’s been a few pounds on, a few pounds off for quite some time now. I’m eating well, but still not consistently working out.

6. Get serious about writing- this blog, freelance, my book ideas, my journaling. I am excited to say that this is moving forward in various ways and in the increments I wanted to see.

7. Make better attempts at communication & plans with friends, family. I’m doing this pretty well I feel, though scheduling the lives of busy friends and family does take a lot!

Checking in on 2012 Goals

Back in January ( well, I was a slow starter to really February) I listed out my goals for 2012.  Since we’re in mid June, I thought I’d check back in on some of these.

My Twelve Changes initiative has been going well- each month to make a change and try to incorporate it into my life. I often forget to drink a lot of water every day or get up when the alarm clock goes off, but I have been good with meditating, being in touch with friends and family, and being active. In May, I tried to blog more, which I had some success with.  This month of June my goal is to read more, which has been very easy.

The goal of reading fifty books this year was one that I thought would be easiest, though some of my book selections have taken me longer to read than I thought. I committed myself to read not only titles that have long been on my bookshelf, but also to challenge myself to read books outside of my normal genre interests and a lot of the classics and traditional titles that I missed in school or never read. It took me awhile to get into books like Steinbeck’s East of Eden ( though once I did, I really loved it). I’m currently reading On the Road by Jack Kerouac and while I am determined to finish, I’m not the biggest fan. At the current rate, I’m nine behind on reaching my goal by the end of the year. I’m not terribly concerned because I read the most in the summer and often knock out one or two quick reads over a weekend.

I updated my 30×30 list this week and I feel confident that some more of these items will be accomplished in the coming months, especially thanks to the suggestions and help from friends in the internet world 🙂

My hair is currently within cutting length for Locks of Love ( minimum is 10 inches) which is great because as we get into the humid summer weather in New England, my hair has been pretty consistently up in a clip or a bun since it gets so crazy and wild at this length. I’m aiming to have a haircut in July.

The writing goal really has been one I’ve tried to work the hardest on and I’ve even begun identifying myself as a writer first, curator second a few times! I have a lot of ideas and possibilities so after all is settled with my house, I’m going to be really amping this aspect of life up.

I’ve slacked a bit with making/living out Pinterest board stuff. I have been cooking less and when I do, I’ve been going to my staple dishes and not going out of the box too much. I did use Pinterest a lot as I worked on the house redecorating over the winter. While I continue to pin a lot of fun and random things, I hope to make more of an effort to make the pins a reality this summer ( I’ve been on a pops, ice cream, and adult beverages kick lately).

I’ve been better at getting in touch with friends and family, making plans, etc. but the months of May and June are so incredibly busy with work events, graduations, travel, that I’ve definitely slacked off a bit in this area. I’m also slacking in the being active as much as I want. I’ve been going walking a lot and trying to go on my lunch breaks from work too, but the motivation has been hard to come by. I’m trying to eat well, which has been relatively easy now that local fresh produce is abundant in my area, but also hard at times to fight the temptation to want to hit the local dairy stand for ice cream for dinner.

So six months into 2012 ( how is it June!?!?), I think I’m doing pretty well on achieving my goals. What I like about my aspirations for 2012 is that there really is no losing for me because even if I fell short on the number of books read or did not make enough from Pinterest, I’ve still been working at what I want and enjoy the most. And that’s a total win!



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