Six Months and Counting: Where Are You?
Amazingly, we’re just past the halfway mark of 2012. This is a great time to review the plans or resolutions you made at the beginning of the year. Are you on course? Do you need to make a few adjustments? If you didn’t start 2012 with a plan, why not decide on what you’d like to get done before the next six months have passed? Let’s make sure that you feel satisfied and pleased when you raise a glass to ring in 2013.
At the beginning of this year, I published two posts encompassing my New Year’s review and planning process. The first is 2011-2012: Review, Celebrate, Plan; the second is 2012 Year Plan: Practice and Intentions.
I described my plan for 2012 as a “folio of intentions.” When I look at my list today, I see that I’m not as far along by this point as I would have predicted back in January. I crossed one item off of my list entirely after deciding not to do it. I also did a handful of things that weren’t on my list that I consider to be relevant milestones, but mostly I find it humbling — and inspiring — to review these priorities. I have some course corrections to make. Here is my original list, with the six-month update in green. New items are also in green.
Deepen presence in family time
- Consciously strengthen relationships with each child [yes]
- Continually add to “block time” card stack (activities/project deck with seasonal focus) [yes, but not as much as I’d hoped]
- Do at least one art project each week with Aidan and Liam — Thursdays [have not managed to do this weekly yet]
- Schedule weekly or bi-weekly date with husband [no — we’ve only had a handful]
- Spend one-on-one time with second oldest son before he leaves for college
- Spend one-on-one time with oldest son before he goes back to college
- Spend one-on-one time with daughter
Continually solidify creative practice
- Submit five pieces for publication [behind pace]
- Blog at least once per week @ Studio Mothers [yes]
- Maintain Project Life binder all year [I’m a few months behind]
- Read 50 books [I’m on pace with this one]
- Create regular time for blog & magazine reading [still only ad hoc, not regular]
- Establish regular time slot for daily writing practice
Focus on self and spiritual practice
- Continually strive for daily meditation practice [yes — not 100%, but strong]
- Prepare for new role as peer leader at sangha [I decided to decline the offer to become a peer leader as I felt I was worrying too much about being a “good” leader, and that the ego-driven thoughts were actually distracting from my practice — in addition to not having sufficient time in my schedule for the responsibility]
- Daily journaling [yes — about 90%]
- Continue to strengthen morning centering practice
Build coaching business
- Add Right-Brain Business Plan benchmarks to planning calendar for year [no — this is one thing I want to get to sooner rather than later — adding it to my current action list]
- Develop and enact marketing plan [yes, but need more time on this one]
- Build envelope of private clients [yes]
- Foster private coaching circle [yes]
Build Open Studio
- Create new workshops for each quarter [yes]
- Attract increasing number of attendees for Creative Community hours [yes — quite successful]
- Establish working collaborations with local creative organizations, resources, and people [yes — measurable success on this front]
Up the ante on commitment to good health
- 100% vegan, gluten-free from January 2012 through June 2012 (longer if still working) [I only managed about three months of strictly vegan diet — went back to eating eggs and dairy. I could write a 3,000-word blog post on this topic if I thought anyone would want to read it]
- Consume 2 green protein smoothies each week [I’ve had a few lulls, but for the most part, yes]
- Take vitamins, minerals, supplements, and iron every day [yes — almost 100% — I take about 16 pills every day!]
- Exercise at least 3x per week [yes]
- Meet benchmark of being able to rapidly do 10 full-on “boy” pushups by end of year (I can barely do 5 right now) [progress here, thanks to working with an excellent personal trainer, but I have a lot more work to do]
Improve financial stability
- Reduce debt by 25% [sadly, not on pace for this one — and with two kids in college this year plus one still in preschool, this may not have been the most realistic intention]
- Set up automatic savings system [see comment above!]
Where are you on your intentions for 2012?
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You have quite a full life!
I didn’t do the New Year’s resolution thing this year, instead I ended up doing more of a June-Year resolution. Early last month I decided I was tired of not doing all the creative stuff I wanted to do because of a variety of excuses – most completely valid but entirely unsatisfying excuses.
Things like: I work 40 hours, I’m exhausted when I get home, I stare at a blank page and *want* to fill it but I just can’t think of anything.
So I resolved to write one thing every day. No matter what. No matter how small, how short, how bad – write one thing every day. I’m now on day 32 and find that the more I write, the easier it’s coming. Days when I get home exhausted and usually would be creatively dead, I still can get a story out, even if I don’t always like the result all that much, I still wrote a story and I’m keeping to my half-year resolution.
Now it’s starting to spill over into other creative things, like making paper, sewing, and painting!
… the exercise thing I still struggle with 😉
Very cool! I love the idea of actually trying to keep track of all your goals! Good job!
Wow, this is a great list! I hope people see it here and get inspired to make their own. Halfway through the year means we still have plenty of time to make a change!