Run a half-marathon. Nope.
Do one art project each month. Eh. In retrospect, this wasn't that helpful of a resolution, seeing as good projects take much longer than a month. But this past year has been good soil for an idea that is just now coming to seed, and which I am hoping will be finished this coming year, and am really excited about. That feels even more successful to me than doing twelve small projects.
Do the introduction class and two-week trial at the climbing gym. Maybe stick with it. Nope. Instead, I joined the YMCA and am loving it. I am pretty certain that YoPi at the Lakewood YMCA on Monday evenings is way better than any climbing gym.
Get more involved in Walltown. Keep popsicles in the freezer. Sit on the porch. Visit neighbors. Not really, except the sitting on the porch part and sharing some tomatoes with Mario and talking plants with Mr. B. Need to keep working on this.
Read a book a week—fifty two books in the year. I was so far from this goal, and it seems to me like the most important goal, the one that I need to really work on again this coming year. Not necessarily 52 books, but just more books. More reading. I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be a working woman, to carry the burden of both making money and domestic responsibilities (something that I find myself falling into, by habit), and how little time that leaves for anything else besides sleeping. Finding time to read is hard, much harder than when I was in school. But I have also been realizing what a necessity it is for making art. If I am going to make art, I need to read more. And if I am going to read more, I need to be both better at fighting for my time and letting the dishes go.
Initiate girls' weekend with Rebekah and Anna. Kind of, not really. Try again for this year!
Go on a backpacking trip with Sarah.
Find a way to begin learning Italian. I tried so hard to get into a course at Duke and the local community college, but to no avail.
Compost. Build compost pile in the backyard.
Save and buy a new camera lens and/or body.
Have monthly re-evaluations of goals and life choices. Nope, not really.
Find a way to practice confession at a church. No. Perhaps this Lent?
Sew a dress.
Develop recipes of my own. Start collecting them into a homemade book/blog. Mm, not really, but I have got something in the works for the new year.
Bike more often.
Write long letters to friends, especially Jess, Kira, Jayne, etc. Some, but not enough.
Write one letter a week to Austin, even if short and sweet. Failed at this.
[our home, 35mm]