aka: Best Newsletter Ever. Found this via Melancholy Smile and loved it so much I had to play along.
Click here to make your own. I double dog dare you!
One of my regular meme suppliers, Jen @ Stuff Jen Says, just posted her answers to 7 Important Questions To Ask Yourself Before The Year Ends which she found at Dumb Little Man Tips For Life. Since there are never enough memes in my life and this one seemed all poignant and relevant and less frivolous than what might seem normal around these parts, I thought I’d play along. You should, too! Then we can be all thought provoking and clever together!
Anyway, let’s get this party started, shall we?
On a scale of 1-10, how satisfied are you with 2010?
I think on the whole this has been a very good year with very little in the way of Big Sad Events. Although there are things in my life that I aspire for or desire, I have good health, a happy family that loves me, incredible friends and good things going on. I don’t think I could give this year and my life in general much less than a 9 out of 10.
Why did you score that way?
Oh I’m an over achiever and kinda answered this already. I mean if you threw in obscene amounts of money and home ownership, maybe a new car, I’d have given 2010 a solid 10. But I’m pretty happy with the current status of things over all.
What are your biggest accomplishments this year? Include business achievements, relationships, health and fitness, etc.
Um… I survived? MM is nearly potty trained, as in wears underwear all day and this morning woke up with a dry pull up. I think when 2010 was ringing in, I wasn’t entirely certain that was going to pan out. So that’s pretty cool. We are actually in the process of buying our first home, again, not something I was entirely certain would pan out but now seems largely… likely. Also, we’ve started making friends and feeling more at home here, which is kind of rocking.
What are the biggest lessons you learned this year? We can let the things that happen pass us by, or we can stop to understand and draw lessons from them; this can make us wiser than we were before.
I had a pretty easy going time of it in 2010 frankly and can’t think of any huge lessons I’ve had to learn. Except that you cannot force a child to potty train until they are ready, no matter how hard you might try or how clever you or they are, they are not going to go until they have to and want to go. I kind of learned that one kicking and screaming though. I also learned that my son can go a month without watching tv with very little issue. And that I can survive most of the day without Internet, though I would rather not.
What are your biggest goals that you want to achieve next year? How can you make next year your best year ever? In other words, if it’s December 31 of next year, what do you want to see in your life? What will it take to feel a 10/10 satisfaction level at the end of next year? Make these things your goals for 2011.
I would be very disappointed if I rang in 2012 not owning a home and while I’d survive if this happened, becoming a homeowner next year is one of my biggest priorities, although that is largely a matter of time now and not very much is left to be done other than waiting. My other big priority is getting back on the weight loss wagon. I did really well in 2009, less well in 2010. In 2011 I need to do much better, before I become completely lazy and unmotivated permanently.
What new habits do you want to cultivate?
Healthier eating and a more active lifestyle.
What are your immediate next steps to achieve them? What do you have to do to get the ball rolling? Writing down specific dates for these actions can help motivate you.
I think the best thing I can do is exercise regularly, move more, drink lots of water and do the best I can – and go easy on myself when I do less than that. But not too easy!
How about you? What are your goals for 2011? Feel free to share them in the comments section below or on your own blog!
Outside my window: it’s you’re fairly standard cold winter morning. All of the snow we’ve gotten in the past few weeks is still present and accounted for and likely going nowhere anytime soon.
This weekend : was Christmas! We had a very Merry weekend, indeed. A nice, small, intimate affair. The kids were fantastic and slept until just after 7am – I’d been concerned that MM would get up at the crack of dawn and ransack the gift pile, so we left a few big unopened goodies to distract him with, but it turned out to be a non-issue, as we woke up before him.
Santa filled our stockings with: some very nice goodies! Dan got some new knitting supplies, I got some new Glade scented oil candles and new pot holders, MM got some awesome new crayons and coloring books and Little BB got some toy food (including a basket of fruit from IKEA) and a cute blanket with a felt doll sort of sewn onto it.
We also: made out fairly well in the wrapped gift department. The two Big Gifts which you can see above were the toy kitchen which we scored at Aldi for $30. It was a beast to put together, but so worth it and the kids just adore it. We also got a treasure chest style toy box at IKEA and filled it up with odds and ends dress up clothes like some inexpensive costume hats from Savers Halloween section, an assortment of toy badges from the Dollar Store and a handmade super hero cape and mask made by Dan and I a few nights before Christmas, using an old tee shirt. We cut out the front of an old Superman tee shirt of Dan’s, keeping the neck in tact. Then cut the neck at the middle and attach velcro so it can go on and off easily. We used scrap fabric to make a ninja turtles style mask. Idea inspired by Homemade by Jill.
My love got me: Gold’s Gym Dance Workout for the Wii which I am really enjoying so far.
And I got him: The Rivals for Catan card game, based on the popular board game. We’re looking forward to playing it soon!
That night: We had dinner with good friends which was a lot of fun. MM got to play with his Wisconsin Besties and we had good food, fun and conversation to boot. A perfect ending to a happy holiday! We made my MIL’s famous rum cake and also a sweet potato casserole for the occasion and the kids loved showing off favorite presents and burning off the holiday energy together!
I am reading: A First Among Sequels (Thursday Next, Book 5) by Jasper Fforde still, I am now probably 2/3rds through it which means I’ll likely finish it by the end of the week. I always love his books and I swear they get better with each installment.
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Two last picture to share before I go: here’s a couple more Super MM pictures that I think you need to see.