Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Resolutions 09

Six month update!
Some of these probably only other people can respond to...

Have more patience and lower expectations of people
I've had several great opportunities to address conflict and (I think, at least) have been really successful at engaging with patience, compassion and a focus on addressing the issue, not winning.
Assume the positive
I've been trying to moderate better. Deciding to engage based on what the outcome might be (a fight or a conversation). When I do engage, I've really been working at more ethical communication, learning opportunities, articulating clearly, etc.
Be more proactive and dedicated
Go camping at least 5 times

Have gone camping once. I might make the argument it should count for more...I can't believe I didn't blog about our winter camping experience!
Pay down debt
It won't happen as quickly as I'd like, but I still have no credit card debt, and have upped the monthly payment on one student loan.
Grow an herb garden
I have 3 tomatoes, 2 peppers, an onion, mixed greens, 6 basil, chives and parsley. These were all starters from Molly. I have not been successful in any herbs from seed (which Liz later demanded). They sprout, then die, then sprout. I may try one more time.
Read one book a month
Female Chauvinist Pigs, Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Villa Incognito, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, Never Let You Go, Woman's Diaries of the Westward Journey, and various unfinished attempts. (on track!)
Expand social circle
We tend to find then lose people. At least we're trying.
Write (and follow) a budget
so far this year I am ~$200 in the red. This may be from one of my unfortunate interactions with the Man giving me tickets, from unexpected tooth extraction...LOVE pearbudget
Stop buying crap-
yea...still a work in progress. clothes, mostly. But it is in progress.
Work on my picture face

Not great, but I've been more willing to try. I feel as though this is half the battle.
Talk less
right.