Saturday, December 31, 2011

December Report Card (And Farewell, 2011)

Well, that's all she wrote, folks.  Another month, another year in the books. 

I am so proud to say that I accomplished all of my goals this year.  Yes, I only had one a month, but the point is, I did it.  I really enjoyed this Christmas season.  I suppose I could have done more, but I didn't do anything out of obligation.  I sent out Christmas cards with a Christmas letter, simply because I wanted to.  I made Christmas treats and cookies, and embraced the mess so my three-year-old could paint them.  We listened to Christmas music every day and I put my my tree right after Thanksgiving.  And that was all enough for me.  Pumpkin Pie has been bemoaning the fact that Christmas is over for a few days now.  I'm glad to know she enjoyed it.

I don't really have the time or inclination today to come up with my goals for next year.  I do know that next year will look different than this past year, simply because of the changes that are happening around our house.  I think I am going to follow Money Saving Mom's advice on how to set up yearly goals, by deciding on priorities, then focus areas, then breaking them down into bite-sized pieces.  I do know that I want to set goals in several different areas of life, rather than just attempting one project a month, like I did this past year.  Oh don't worry, doing a project will be at least one of the areas.  I just want to expand next year.  But I'll keep you posted on that.

I've always wondered how many books I read a year.  The answer for 2011 is 122.  I've toyed with the idea of being a bit more intentional about the books I read, but I'm not going to mess with that.  I love reading whatever I want, whenever I want.  It's a plan that works for me.

Here is my reading list for December (titles in red were books read for book reviews):

As You Wish by Robin Jones Gunn
The 360 Degree Leader by John C. Maxwell
Let Them Eat Fruitcake by Melody Carlson
Yours Forever by Robin Jones Gunn
A Beautiful Mess by Kristin Ritzau (book review coming soon)
Surprise Endings by Robin Jones Gunn
Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon by Melody Carlson
Spring Broke by Melody Carlson
Three Weddings and a Bar Mitzvah by Melody Carlson
Longing by Karen Kingsbury
Relationships 101 by John C. Maxwell

On to fresh beginnings.  On to new adventures.  On to going with the flow as we step into some unknown things. 

May God reveal Himself to you in fresh, new, real ways in 2012.

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