I’ve been procrastinating about this post because it’s going to be depressing! I set some lofty goals and did not achieve very many. Here’s how it all panned out:
Goal 1: Love Elliott, Lena, and Gil.
Elliott: Encourage him to write. He’s writing a book and wants to have it completely finished by the time we leave Sicily in July 2014.
We did this! I invested in his writing and progress by checking in with him, helping him carve out blocks of time, and motivating him to get started. He gets the real glory, though: he finished his book before we left Sicily! He’s waiting to hear back from editors now.
Lena: Establish a morning “school” period with Lena for 1 hour at least 2xs/wk when at home.
I worked on this goal sporadically at best until about June/July, when we moved from Sicily to the States. I haven’t come back to it, unfortunately. I did manage to write a blog post about 37 Ways to Stay Sane at Home with Your Preschooler, though. I thought Lena might be reading by the end of 2014, but her skill level (ie. she knows her letter sounds and might be able to figure out “cat” and “Bob,” etc.) has not changed all year.
Gil: Read one book with Gil every day.
We did this! Gil loves books now, and we really enjoy reading to him. He is a very interactive reader and loves to comment on everything on every page…
Goal 2: Read, Read, Read
This I did achieve, at the detriment of other writing goals, unfortunately. (See below.) I read 72 books in 2014, and you can see the full list here.
Part 1: Read five classics.
I read five: The Pilgrim’s Progress, Never Let Me Go, Parnassus on Wheels, The Screwtape Letters, and The Giver. Not quite the classics I was aiming for. But I did manage a few “modern” classics-slash-books I have been meaning to read forever, like Unbroken, The History of Love, and The Book Thief.
Part 2: Finish War and Peace!
NOPE. I think I read about five pages? Out of 1300? So yeah…
Part 3: Read five parenting books.
I read six: Mommy, Teach Me!, Honey for a Child’s Heart, The Whole-Brained Child, Grace-Based Parenting, Steady Days, and Playful Learning.
Part 4: Read 3 books about Italy.
I read three: A House in Sicily, Mattanza, and La Bella Figura.
Goal 3: Make contact with my siblings (Eric and Emily) once per week via email, phone call, letter, package, or a visit.
I didn’t do this. I started off strong, but by March or so, I wasn’t making regular contact anymore. I’m sorry, Eric and Emily. :(
Thankfully we were together this summer for awhile, and we have been in a lot more contact since I moved back to the States. I feel closer to them than I did in Sicily. I still need to work on this goal, though!
Goal 4: Write daily in my One Line a Day Journal.
Nope. I think I recorded about 20 days the whole year.
Goal 5: Learn more about and practice the manual settings on my camera.
Nope. Still no clue and so I’m still shooting on my DSLR camera with just the automatic settings. Sigh.
Goal 6: Publish a piece of writing (fiction or non-fiction) in a non-blog setting.
I did get a piece published in a small magazine that you’ve all never heard of called Among Worlds, so that was cool!
Goal 7: Write 12 guest posts for other blogs (average of one per month).
Unfortunately I only did five guest posts, but each one of them was a great privilege, and I have more lined up for 2015! Here are the guest posts I wrote in 2014:
- On Being a TCK (Third Culture Kid) for Communicating Across Boundaries
- A Window into Farm Life in Sicily for Happily Married to the Cows
- A HUGE honor: being a part of Design Mom’s Living with Kids series! I treasure this blog post and the photos!
- And finally, two posts on Courtney Lynn Harris’ blog: Living Simplicity Parenting Part 1 and Part 2.
Thank you for featuring my writing, Marilyn, Alica, Gabrielle, and Courtney!
Goal 8: Study Italian: finish Italian Made Simple before we leave Italy in July 2014.
Noooooope. Did a couple pages, and then sold the book when we moved. I will probably never speak fluent Italian, and I can blame myself for that. Whomp whomp.
So there it is… my half-achieved goals of 2014. Clearly I like to read novels but not camera manuals or Italian primers, and I like to dream big but have trouble making the nitty gritty happen!
Should I try this again in 2015? Still deciding… I might take a different approach this year.
What about you? Did you accomplish any or all of the goals you set for yourself in 2014? Inspire us!