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#20Resolutions Update - Another Month Passed, Another Goal Achieved (But So Many Remain)!

In my last update on the project, here: , I had closed out three categories, and had achieved the following on the remaining 17:

1. books read - 6

2. pounds lost- 1

3. wardrobe items gone - 9

4. sketchbook pages - 7

7. art projects finished - 1

8. blog posts written - 4

9. hats and scarves knitted - 7

10. letters written - 11

11. web articles written - 11

12. Etsy listings made - 2

13. eBay listings made - 0

14. charitable donations made - 12

15. things gotten out of the garage - 4

17. new friends made - 16

18. new places visited - 13

19. poems written - 2

20. beautiful photos taken - 4

So, now that I'm another month in (with only four remaining), how is it going? Wellll...

Traditionally, I start with the bad news so that I can end up on a positive note. Since I don't believe in fixing things that ain't broke, I am sticking to that. My worst result this time is that I went in the wrong direction in one category: weight loss. Pretty easy to do. I gave up my (admittedly very small) progress and have put myself back at zero. I also remain at zero in eBay listings. I have always had a problem getting those two things done, which is why I added them to the list. Making eBay listings has so many moving parts--getting good pics of the item, taking measurements and getting a weight for the shipping info, writing an appealing listing, and then actually getting all that stuff posted--so it's a time commitment. I need to set aside a large chunk of time to do a bunch at once, and then feed them out into my store. At least I don't have to actually create the things, as I do with Etsy.

Other categories that saw no movement were wardrobe items, art projects (another VERY challenging category), poems, and beautiful photos. To be honest, it doesn't take a very long time to produce poems or photographs, but I do have to remember to make an effort to do so, and I often don't remember! I have no doubt that these categories will start to move a lot faster when I eliminate others and can turn my attention to them.

I am happy to say that I did manage to make forward movement in a majority of the categories this month--11 of the 17 have gains. And one of them gained so much, it's been completed! Up one notch moved sketchbook pages (my latest, "Muscle Man", is pictured), hand-written letters, Etsy listings, and charitable donations. Up two spots hopped books read, blog posts written, hats and scarves knitted, web articles written (as always, this one is counted), and things removed from the garage.

Thanks to a trip to West Virginia over the holiday weekend, we added two new places visited to the other two new entries, increasing that category by four, so that's a pretty good jump. The new friends category also had a four-point jump, and hey! That was enough to bring it to 20, thus finishing it out. The list is getting shorter! Maybe now I'll make some time for poetry and pretty pictures (and eBay listings)!

Updated list:

1. books read - 8

2. pounds lost- 0

3. wardrobe items gone - 9

4. sketchbook pages - 8

7. art projects finished - 1

8. blog posts written - 6

9. hats and scarves knitted - 9

10. letters written - 12

11. web articles written - 13 (including this one)

12. Etsy listings made - 3

13. eBay listings made - 0

14. charitable donations made - 13

15. things gotten out of the garage - 6

17. new friends made - 20 - completed

18. new places visited - 17

19. poems written - 2

20. beautiful photos taken - 4

So, sixteen categories remain, and while letters, web articles, charitable donations, and new places visited are slugging it out to be the next category finished, there are still a few that are stuck at or near the starting gate as the deadline draws ever nearer. Holy schnikies, am I going to make it? Stay tuned for the next update!

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MegL wrote on September 3, 2019, 7:28 AM

That seems to be very motivating - writing an article that reads like a sports commentary on a close run race! It's one of the things I always think is motivating - passion!

VinceSummers wrote on September 3, 2019, 7:53 AM

Weight is tougher than people think. Oh, sure, there are some successes, but for most, it is a battle they will not win. Weakness of character? Not always! As you get larger and older, metabolism decreases. That constitutes merely one hurdle.

The drawing. Wish I could draw! I can't. You'd laugh. Or worse. However, one thing seems a little small to me. The head/neck section seems a smidgen small in proportion to the body. Wish I could figure out how to draw a straight line...

frankie2015 wrote on September 18, 2019, 9:05 AM

Well, I am just like you in a way when it comes to weight loss. I get super motivated but after a few weeks or even days, that motivation goes down the drain because I get so tired from exercising or I am too just plain hungry to stick to a diet. I have no self control or self will when it comes to dieting or exercising... I still wish I had your apparent energy level. Congratulations on everything you have achieved to attain your goals...

AliCanary wrote on September 19, 2019, 9:15 PM

Oh, I feel you on the weight loss. Our bodies are programmed to maintain to a great extent, so it usually requires a sustained effort to make a big difference. I'm not doing very well in that category, but I'm trying!

AliCanary wrote on September 19, 2019, 9:19 PM

You have a good eye! I elongated the original photo from which I worked to "heroic proportions" typically seen in comic book art--this results in the head being smaller in proportion to the body. With that kind of observational ability, I think you would be very good at art.

AliCanary wrote on September 19, 2019, 9:21 PM

I'm doing what I can to make it interesting--I'm sure these updates can be a bit tedious, like bean-counting, to the reader, but it motivates me to make myself accountable to others.

VinceSummers wrote on September 25, 2019, 6:29 PM

Sigh. I wish I was good at it. I can only work with the most basic software and cannot draw a nail... Thanks for the kind words, though.