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Just Over a Week Left in the Year - Where Am I with the #20Resolutions?

Hi all, if you have seen my past articles this year, you will know that I have been working a project called "20 Resolutions" or "20 by 2020". I have posted from time to time on my progress (the last time was in September, when I had closed out a third category (I have also been DQ'd from one, which was to walk 20 miles per week until 2020. I had to have knee surgery in July, so there went that).

So, did I stick with it? Did I complete other categories? Did I complete the whole thing?

The answers are yes, yes, and heck no. But I'm very happy with what I did. Here are the current standings:

1. I have read 16 books

2. I have lost 2 pounds

3. I have culled 16 items from my wardrobe and donated them to charity

4. I have completed 14 pages in my sketchbook

5. I completed Level 20 in Spanish on Duolingo - DONE

6. I completed Level 20 in French on Duolingo - DONE

7. I have completed 2 art projects

8. I have written 9 blog posts

9. I have knitted 20 hats and scarves (pictured) and donated them to the homeless - DONE

10. I wrote 20 letters to loved ones - DONE

11. I have written 19 web articles, including this one

12. I listed three new items in my Etsy shop

13. I made 0 eBay listings!

14. I made well over 20 charitable contributions - DONE

15. I got 8 things out of my garage

16. I was unable to walk 20 miles a week - DQ

17. I made 20 new friends - DONE

18 - I visited 20 new places - DONE

19. I have written 4 new poems

20. I have taken 8 beautiful photos

So, I have completed 7 categories and am close to completing a few more (hey, I have a week and a half). I also learned what was very easy to do and what was surprisingly hard to do: I would not have predicted some of these outcomes when I started back in March.

As for the categories that are not completed, I am considering giving myself a three-month bonus period, since I didn't start on this until three months into the year. Not sure if that's really the problem, though, as when I started, I would only have had to do 2-3 of each thing per month to finish the 20 (on the other hand that's 2-3 things times 20, or 40-60 things per month!)

What do you think, should I see what more I can do in an extra three months?

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VinceSummers wrote on December 21, 2019, 8:55 PM

For goodness sake, take a break! I'm winded reading while I sit in my computer chair complete with extra pillow.

MegL wrote on December 22, 2019, 8:51 AM

You have done really well. It shows the benefit of writing down concrete goals, like knit 20 items... etc, rather than, just "donate to charity". I would see what you can complete in the next week and a half, consider what was easy and what hard and start again with 21 goals for 2021, LOL I went to your Mount Helicon site and tried to leave a comment but I don't have a blogger account and it didn't give me the option of commenting with email and website.

Last Edited: December 22, 2019, 8:58 AM

lookatdesktop wrote on December 22, 2019, 1:00 PM

Wow. That is some list of tasks that you have completed.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 22, 2019, 1:01 PM

Ha Ha.

VinceSummers wrote on December 24, 2019, 9:00 AM

Sipping a little top o' th' line Wild Irish Rose wine (with screw cap). Shamelessly living in the lap o' luxury...

VinceSummers wrote on December 24, 2019, 9:01 AM

All kidding aside, you have to admire her energy and determination.

frankie2015 wrote on December 28, 2019, 1:13 PM

Congratulations. I am very impressed. I made no resolutions last year and still have no resolutions for this year. My life is boring but I just might take on a few resolutions to spike it up. Alors, vous parlez le français maintenant. Pourquoi ne pas écrire quelques mots français ici? Sorry, but I am French Canadian born and raised and still can talk, write and read French. But again, a big applause and congratulation to all that you accomplished in one year or so...

AliCanary wrote on January 7, 2020, 10:00 PM

Sounds very relaxing!

AliCanary wrote on January 7, 2020, 10:03 PM

Yeah, Google makes you make an account, I guess to ward off spammers. I reckon I'd have more comments on my articles if that were not the case, but they might just be stuff like "My mother's next-door neighbor's manicurist makes $25,000 a month!" As you have seen on Facebook, I came up with a new scheme for 2020 (I've been a little sidetracked with kitty cat issues, but I'll try to get those last two photos taken so I can post the second half).

AliCanary wrote on January 7, 2020, 10:04 PM

Aw, thanks! I managed to also complete the sketchbook pages category and the articles (of course). I did a few other things here and there, but those were the only others I fully completed. I am pretty happy with it!

AliCanary wrote on January 7, 2020, 10:06 PM

Merci bien! J'ai essaye, mdr