Try at least 12 new recipes (one per month).
- January – Quinoa Meatballs
- February – Mushroom Lasagna
- March – Chicken Quesadilla
- April – Grilled Asian Chicken
- May – Simple Green Smoothie
- June - Barbecue Ribs with my father’s secret barbecue sauce. This is the first time I’ve made ribs.
- July – The plant engineer at the school gave me loads of squash, zucchini, and cucumbers. So, I diced up some chicken and sautéed it with the diced up squash, zucchini, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and garlic. I added oyster sauce and soy sauce too. It came out really tasty.
- August – Fantastic Meatloaf from the Trim Healthy Mama book. I tried several new recipes from this book. Some were good and others were just okay.
- September – I didn’t cook at all because we were traveling all month.
- October – I didn’t cook anything new since we weren’t home much.
- November – I got a new Vitamix so I tried out several smoothie recipes from the Vitamix recipe book and from www.rebootwithjoe.com
- December – Lots of smoothies using our vitamix!
Reach my target weight by the end of the year. – I didn’t achieve this goal.
Knit a Fair Isle vest. – I am still working on this when I’m home and enjoying it.
Learn to chain ply some handspun yarn. (I finished this in July and I’m glad I tried it. I think I overplied the final yarn though. I need to learn to treadle slower so it doesn’t twist so tightly and kink up on itself.) – Started a new Loop batt and did a little better but the single kept breaking. Obviously I need more work on this.
Dye yarn and fiber – Did not achieve this goal.
Spin my camel, yak, and cashmere fiber. Amended to add: or try different techniques
- January - spun camel/merino/silk blend fiber in
- March – tried drafting back when spinning instead of my usual short forward draft. This made my yarn turn out much loftier.
- April – Spun my yak/merino fiber
Daily - Read the bible and keep a log so I can tell how I am doing. – I’ve read it every day all year.
Daily - Do strength exercises for 30 minutes each day. – I have done this when we have been home but not so much when we are cruising.
Weekly - Walk at least 10,000 steps for 4 days every week. (4.3 miles per day for 4 days/120.4 miles per month)
- January – 159.01 miles (avg. 5.1 miles per day)
- February – 130.27 miles (avg. 4.7 miles per day)
- March – 161.13 miles (avg.5.2 miles per day)
- April – 166.86 (avg. 5.5 miles per day)
- May - 144.34 miles (avg. 4.7 miles per day)
- June - 139.99 miles (avg. 4.67 miles per day)
- July - 117.02 miles (avg. 3.77 miles per day)
- August – 139.24 miles (avg. 4.5 miles per day)
- September – 148.8 miles (avg. 5 miles per day)
- October - 108.2 miles (3.5 avg. miles per day) – this has been my lowest mileage all year so far
- November – 119.29 miles (avg. 4 miles per day)
- December - 125.23 miles (avg. 4 miles per day)
Weekly - Keep a journal and write down 5 things that I’m thankful for – I didn’t do a very good job at this.
Monthly - Read one non-fiction book every month.
- January - Life in Stitches by Rachel Herron.
- February – The Spinners Book of Yarn Design by Sarah Anderson
- March – To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink
- April – David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
- May – The Biography of Shirley Jones
- June – Spartan Up by Joe De Sena
- July – Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
- August – The Little Book Shop of Stone Gap by Wendy Welch
- September – Wild by Cheryl Strayed
- October – Life Below Stairs: True Lives of Edwardian Servants by Alison Maloney
- November - Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown by Eric Blehm
- December – 700 Sunday by Billy Joel
Overall for the year:
Yearly goals – 66% successful completion: I did not reach my target weight and I didn’t dye my own yarn
Daily/Weekly/Monthly goals – 60% successful completion: I walked 120 miles per month for 9 out of the 12 months; I did not write my weekly blessings list on a regular basis, and I didn’t do my strength exercises regularly.