How did I fare on the Non-Goals for last year? January 10: Non-Goals For 2012
These are the things I resolved to continue in 2012:
Walking home at least four days per week.
Partial success? Partial fail? I was fairly consistent until the summertime, after a slew of weddings and travel. Then it was sporadic through the autumn and petered down to occasionally after the work ramped up in November-December.
Need to come up with a new form of exercise.
[Update: freshly joined the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre. BlogTO helped me get off the fence and decide, by rating it one of the top fitness clubs in the city. I didn't want to join a corporate gym (my afternoons are corporate enough, why spoil the morning?), I didn't want to sign a contract, either, I wanted to go month-to-month. My local gym only gives global access with a full membership, and the staffed hours didn't work with my schedule. Other selling points with the JCC was that the whirlpool, steam and sauna are in both the men's and women's locker rooms, which is very convenient and private. The pool is saltwater -- no chlorine! There's also a towel service, plus a laundry service so gym clothes are always clean. Even with the additional services, the membership total is covered by my work benefits. As well, there are massage therapists on-site at the JCC, so I don't have to go to a separate clinic for that anymore.]
Reserving the word ‘awesome’ for when it truly is, which is not every other sentence.
Success! Not called anything ‘awesome’, even stuff that would definitely qualify.
Not owning a TV, microwave, coffee pot, or dishwasher.
75% success! Although, I did not buy the coffee pot, it was here and I used it.
Keeping up the trip average. (At least one overnight stay is the criteria of a trip.) Until last year I maintained an annual trip average of 12-14, and in 2011 I dipped slightly below with 11 trips.
With only seven trips in 2012 this was half my average, a pretty poor showing, but I have good reasons. In 2012, I started off in Montreal for New Year’s, Ottawa for Easter, New York City in May [e-shoot], Mexico in June to shoot a wedding, Seattle and Vancouver for my birthday trip in June (with an unexpected stop in Las Vegas thanks to Southwest Airlines mechanical failure), Philadelphia for the August long weekend, and NY/ON/VT/NH/QC in September/October.
Meeting new folk in new places. Travelling solo means I make conversation with the ordinary citizen on the street, on the bus, waiting in line somewhere, and it’s no big deal. It opens up a cultural exchange, without an agenda.
“New places” was way down this year, which means my meeting new folk in new places is way down, too. I’m certain this down dip will go right back up this year.
Meeting new folk in my own city. I’ve done pretty well last year to maintain a social life, considering I have two jobs. Still, I meet new people all the time at weddings, events, through volunteering, circles of friends, shooting assistants, other photographers, scouting locations, with clients, patients, musicians, you name it. My Toronto collection in Flickr currently has 129 photo sets, 28 up from 2011. Contrary to what I feel some days, I do more than work!
Yessireee, I met more Torontonians this year and expanded my social circle. I also added two new photography assistants to my roster.
Keeping my cat healthy and happy. Now that Xena’s on daily heart meds and only has five teeth left, hopefully she (we) will sail through 2012 without seeing the vet.
Not one trip to the vet in 2012! Victory!
Driving cancer patients for the Canadian Cancer Society. Even though I don’t like waking up early, I’ll do it for patients. They are always very grateful.
I was out of town less this year, which meant I was more available to drive.
Keeping up my four websites.
gailatlarge.com – turned 10 years old at the end of July!
gailatlarge.net – few updates, but I cleaned it up, which is still progress
imagelegacy.com – completely revamped and hosted on 4ormat’s servers (faster)
ImageNation – haven’t updated since March! yikes!
I’m also webmaster for another two websites, one for income and the other for charity. Believe me, even *I* don’t know how I manage to maintain SIX WEBSITES.
Completely renovated the paid one and survived a migration on the volunteer one. Being a webmaster was rather taxing this year.
Maintaining my sanity. It was a bit touch-and-go at times but I managed not to lose it in 2011, let’s keep it that way for 2012.
Sanity was maintained. I have irrefutable evidence in the form of a large report from many hours (14, in my estimation) of data collection.
So how did I do in 2012? Not bad: I scored well on most of the maintenance goals, and between Xena not going to the vet and my car staying out of the mechanic’s garage, I’d call 2012 a win!