Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 Goals Update

This is the last goal update for the year, and what a year it's been!  I signed up to post every day this year, and so far, I've kept up.  Things have been a little light this week due to the holidays, but I'll be back in regular posting mode by the new year! 

Overall, this year has been a whirlwind!  We visited El Salvador in April, Pittsburgh, Washington, Dewey Beach and Wilmington, Delaware in August.  Not to mention a week at the cottage in July!  I went back to work full-time in September and my son started at the French daycare at the same time. 

At the beginning of the year, my husband and I sat down and set out some goals for the year in various areas of our lives.  Not resolutions, but just some guidelines to help us keep our focus as the craziness of the year set in.  Some were concrete, like getting the roof done or updating the family room.  Others were geared more towards improving our quality of life, like monthly date nights or weekly family outings.  And because we're two separate people as well as being part of a pair, we each had a list of personal goals.  One of mine was to make more time for writing. 

I'm pretty happy with how well we were able to stay focused, even though there are still several items on the list that will have to be moved onto next year's list, or maybe removed altogether if they're no longer priorities.  My goal to Run 5K didn't happen, but it's still something I want to achieve in the future.  I also didn't read 100 books for pleasure, but if I add in all the academic books I read for my thesis, I'm well over the limit.  Next year, I'm going to get to 100!

On the house front, we're still in the process of turning the basement into a playroom/family room, but we've made some significant progress, not the least of which is the fireplace, which makes the space toasty warm in the winter.   The roof was done, and the family room is no longer filled with old, hand me down furniture, so I'd say that's an improvement!

Perhaps the biggest change this year was the full-time commitment to providing a gluten free world for my son, and sharing that journey with you!  As I get more comfortable navigating a gluten free existence inside the kitchen and out, my son's positive food experiences grow.  The company that provides his food at the daycare has taken a huge load off my shoulders as well- most days, my son eats a meal that looks almost exactly like that of his classmates. 

Moving forward, I'm looking forward to creating a new list for next year.  This time, I'm going to make a whole list dedicated just to the blog- I have a lot of ideas swirling around in my brain that I'm looking forward to making a reality! 

I'll be blogging straight into the new year, including a whole new year of weekly gluten free menu plans!  Check back often!

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