Hi!  How is everyone’s crafty lives been going?  I’m late to review my goals this month, but I was late to come up with the goals, in January, so I guess I’m right on time;).  I have to say, my days have been melting into one another, and I could really use a day to just plan.  Adding ten classes to my week, plus mom and family duties, I can understand when people say that they don’t have the time.  But, I refuse to use that excuse.  After all, my job (even with the planning involved for each class) is not full time, and my daughter is in all day school, I should be able to get more accomplished.  It is all about organizing and planning, not that difficult.  So without further ado, let’s see how I did last month.

  1.  1 Blog post a week – 5 in January.  I think I missed a week this month, but the week before I wrote 2 posts, so it all evens out, right?
  2. 2 Blog follows per week – I am waaaaaay behind with this one.  I don’t want to make excuses, but I haven’t been able to follow others using my phone.  Have you had this issue?  So, I need to get onto my laptop and check out some bloggers!
  3. 3 Pinterest and Instagram posts per month – 3.  I made my Instagram quota, but my Pinterest is lagging.
  4. 4 exercise days per week – 4 and then some!  This one is easy because I teach yoga classes twice a week, so all I have to do is go to the gym two more days.  I consider exercise one of the main reasons for my good mental health, so I make it a priority.
  5. 5 fruits and vegetables a day.  I’m probably averaging 3, not goal, but not nothing either.
  6. 6 new patterns this year.  Haven’t started any new designs, but I have ideas.
  7. 7 Things donated a month.  I cleaned out baby stuff from C’s room, so I have at least 7 items ready to go.
  8. 8 books read this year – 2.  They were short, but I read the weird Kafka story The Metamorphosis and Albert Camus’s The Stranger.  Not sure how I felt about either story.  I can’t say I liked the main character in either.  But, I am really glad my book club (just by chance) decided to pair these stories together.  They seemed to piggy-back each other really well, and I kept comparing the two as I read them.
  9. 9 written or tried Ravelry Patterns this year – 0.  I really need to work on this.
  10. 10 read, commented, or liked blogs per day.  I probably have done this 4 to 5 days of the weeks.
  11. 11 video tutorials this year -0.  Oops!  I forgot this was a goal!
  12. 12 family photos a year.  With C’s birthday, I should have taken a bday photo, but alas, I’m 0 for the year.
  13. 13 days writing a month.  I don’t think I have written more than 3 or 4 days this month besides the blog.  Time to step it up!
  14. 14 Photo Sessions per year – 5.  I posed my products five times last month.  Now I need to post them on Pinterest and Instagram!
  15. 15 lbs lost by my birthday – 0.  I may have actually gained weight in January!  Ugh, I might work out most days of the week, but my appetite compensates for the exercise.  I joined Weight Watchers months ago, and have gained 5 pounds.  I think it is time to take it seriously, or stop paying the monthly fee.
  16. 16 classes taught per month – 19.  My classes ramped up at the end of January, so this goal is an easy one to meet.
  17. 17 new Etsy listings this year – 1.  I listed my commissioned shrug for a new customer, so a new sale in January too!
  18. 18 home cooked meals per month – 12?  I didn’t keep track of what I made and what we ate out.  I’m guessing somewhere around 12, but it may be more.  Oh, and I’m counting leftovers towards my 18 meals too :).

So, what did I learn from my first month?  I gotta step it up!  I think I was still comatose from the holidays and then having to plan C’s birthday right away, our celebrations don’t end until the end of January.  I feel like I am starting to get into a rhythm, hopefully February will bring better results!

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