2010 Goals Wrap-up

by Wendy Copley on January 1, 2011

Alrighty then! The year is officially over, so I think it’s a good time to wrap up my 2010 goals list!

Wrapping it up

I really slowed down on my goals in the last few months of the year, but I did manage to cross a few more items off the list:


  • #18 Make a Santa outfit for Wyatt’s Imaginext Batman. — I slipped this one in last week and I wrote a Batman Christmas poem to go with it! Awwwww…yeah!
  • #27 Set up a light box for photographing food and crafts. — I’ve got a new system involving sheets of foam core and woodworking clamps that I learned about at BlogHer Food. I can also throw a natural light lamp into the equation when I really need to. It’s all a little wonky, but I think it works pretty well.
  • #29 Add five new foods to Wyatt’s eating repertoire. — The five new foods are: chicken, stews/casseroles, snap peas, sandwiches, and tacos.
  • #30 Do a potato stamp art project with the boys. — This was another one that we did in December. It wasn’t very successful because they decided that they wanted to just paint with brushes instead of using the potatoes but it was fun for the two and a half minutes that it lasted.
  • #64 Make more lists. — I guess I’m not technically positive that I made more lists this year than I did last year, but I made a heck of a lot of lists this year. Honestly, I think this post alone is probably enough to tip the scales.
  • #65 Print and frame a “Get Excited and Make Things” poster for my office wall. — Whew! I did this one yesterday. It’s kind of ridiculous that it took a whole year for me to wrap this one up because it took all of five minutes, but I’ve got this in a 4×6 frame sitting on a shelf in the living room that I walk by all the time now.
    Don't keep calm and carry on.

With those last few items, that puts me at a grand total of 43 of my 73 goals completed! Wooo!

My Favorites

Here are my favorites of the goals I completed:

  • Learn to crochet — I’ve wanted to take up crochet for a long time and it was really satisfying to finally get it. And I adore my first major project, this giant granny square lap blanket:
    Rainbow Afghan
  • Learn to make marmalade — Wow! I never would have realized it, but this one little goal triggered a love of canning! I can’t wait to experiment with this more this year. Pickles are definitely on my list now!
  • Take my kids to Iowa in the warm months — We had a great trip to Iowa to visit Grandma and Grandpa. I loved taking the boys to do all of the things I remember so fondly from my summers growing up there.
    Splash Pad
  • Make 30 scrapbook layouts — I always love scrapbooking and it was really nice to get back into the habit of making pages again.
    Laundry Love
  • Read To Kill a Mockingbird — I’m so glad I finally read this book. It’s stayed with me over the months and I’m still thinking about it from time to time.

The Stuff I Didn’t Do

Here are the goals that I did not complete:

  • Actually make those pretzel crayon thingies for Wyatt’s lunch.
  • Assemble paper Christmas train with the kids.
  • Assemble paper Christmas village with the kids.
  • Assemble Project 365 scrapbook. (started!)
  • Bake bread.
  • Clear out the basement storage room and Freecycle like crazy.
  • Clear the clutter from my bedroom.
  • Do another photo-a-day project. (started!)
  • Etch glass.
  • Find five reliable, healthy, delicious soup recipes. (2 found!)
  • Finish my book proposal.
  • Get a new couch.
  • Get rid of half the stuff in the office.
  • Go on more than one date with Zach.
  • Go out to a grown up restaurant with another couple.
  • Hold another diaper drive for Help a Mother Out.
  • Knit August a cute hat.
  • Make a twinkie cake.
  • Make Augie more felt food.
  • Make car organizers for each of the kids.
  • Make felt gingerbread men for the kids.
  • Make macarons.
  • Make red beans and rice from scratch.
  • Make some felt flower barrettes.
  • May some air dry clay flowers.
  • Organize my crafting.
  • Set up a desk for Wyatt.
  • Stay in a hotel alone for a weekend to sleep late, scrapbook, blog, and do whatever I want.
  • Take a day (or weekend) trip to Santa Cruz.
  • Take a letterpress class.
  • Take Wyatt to the King Tut exhibit.

There are 30 things on my goals list that I didn’t complete, and that’s OK with me. When I drew up this list, I was going to be happy if I completed half and I actually made 60% so I think that’s pretty good. Since the whole point of this project was to do things that would make me happy, there is absolutely no point in beating myself up for the projects I didn’t get done! Still, I think it’s worth looking at what fell by the wayside to see what happened there. I found that most of the uncompleted tasks fell into three main categories:

  • Crafty projects I lost interest in as the year went on
    This is pretty straighforward. I had a bunch of very specific projects on my list — make red beans and rice, make felt food, car organizers and gingerbread men for the boys — but as the year went on, I found other projects that were more interesting to me. I think there’s something to be said for setting specific crafty goals, but it’s also kind of ridiculous to force myself to do one fun thing when there is another fun thing I would rather do. Next year I’m planning to set a quantity of crafty projects to complete rather than spelling out what those projects should be.
  • Things I couldn’t afford
    This one is also pretty straightforward. There were a number of goals on my list that I really wanted to do, but we just didn’t have the money for. Letterpress class, a hotel stay, and buying a new couch are all worthy goals, but paying for groceries and health insurance takes priority.
  • Things that require that I not be a slob
    Yeah….the slob factor. I had nine “organizational” items on my list and I completed fewer than half of them. And of the ones I did knock off…things are back to a state where they need to be tackled again. I guess I’m not sure what I should take away from this. I’d really rather have an uncluttered house, but I find that this is one of my biggest challenges. Maybe just, “try harder next year”?

In Conclusion

I liked this project! I much prefer setting these smaller, more specific goals to the big, grand New Year’s resolutions that I’ve tried in the past. Having things that I could regularly tick off my list really made a difference in my satisfaction levels and it made me feel like I was progressing as the year went on. I also found it helpful to have the list posted on my blog and to summarize the progress I made each month (or most months, at least).

I’m already working on a new list for 2011, so I’ll be posting that in the next week or so!

What goals did you accomplish in 2010? Are you planning anything fun for the new year?

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  • Krissi

    Thank you for inspiring me to make my son’s lunches extra special! And for introducing us to the LEGO bento box…I gave it to him for Christmas and he loves it! I look forward to reading about your adventures in 2011.

  • ChrissiHR

    You’ve inspired me to make a list of goals for myself for 2011 – things that will make me happy and by making me happy, make my family happy. =D I sat down with my husband and made a list of 100 things without any effort at all 2 weeks ago. Some were blatantly inspired by things you did and blogged about and some were inspired by other blogs and/or are things I’ve been trying to carve out time for. I also challenged my unemployed husband to create a list of 100 things and put a little money on who completes more of their list. πŸ˜‰ It’s a win-win kind of thing, though. πŸ˜‰

    Chrissi, Cyber School Mom

  • That’s so cool! I love that you’re challenging each other like that! Bragging rights are a big motivator… πŸ™‚

  • Mmm. Pickles.

  • Karol

    To Kill A Mockingbird is my all time favorite book. I read it at least once a year. And have the movie on my dvr. You inspire me with your lists. I honestly do not know how you do everything and raise two fine young men. Whew. You made me so tired I think I need another cup of coffee! Happy New Year!!

  • Tiffany

    Actually, I took your cue as I followed your blog over 2010 and made a 2011 goal list on my blog! It grows almost every day as I think of other things I want to add. Thanks for having an awesome, inspiring blog that is well worth my time! πŸ™‚

  • That’s great, Krissi! And thanks so much for reading this year!

  • I’m expecting you to help me, buddy!

  • Well, if you look at the things I didn’t cross off my list, you’ll see that I don’t clean my house! That frees up a lot of time. πŸ˜‰

  • Wow, Tiffany! That’s great! And thanks so much for reading!

  • Martha

    Hey Wendy, I loved your list of goals. It almost got me to start my own blog last year just to do one of my own! I failed on that account, but hey there is always 2011 and if I get it together this year I will have a goal list for sure! A lot of things you’ve got on your list are things I’d like to do to, we will have to share notes. And I’ve got a great soup recipe that my kids always love and it’s super easy. Happy 2011!

  • PatE

    I am working on my list now – and I think I like the idea of not naming specific craft projects, but having a set amount of them to do.
    Now, that house cleaning thing – do we HAVE to do that?!

  • Christina

    I was also inspired to make a similar list to this. Now I just have to find it to find out how well I did… I made my first shaped PB&J sandwich for my son (inspired by your wonderful lunches) this week. He loved his choo choo train lunch. I will so be doing that again. I look forward to your new list and mine. Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing your life with us!

  • I love reading your blog and your great sense of humor. It’s an Iowa thing πŸ™‚
    I allowed myself time to be creative and had a ball giving most of my projects away. I made lunch for my kindergartener and myself every day this fall, even though we accidentally left lunchboxes on the counter at home a time or two. I ran a half marathon with my husband, my usual partner.
    I’m taking the theme road this year, focusing on my relationships.

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