I think it’s been since July that I’ve done this (so sad), but thought I’d at least see how I’m ending the year…
1. Spend daily time in prayer and the Word (I used to do this no problem, but since Anja was born, my discipline in this area has slipped)
This has been pretty good in the past couple of months. I know it will probably lapse again when the new baby comes, so I will enjoy it now while it lasts!
2. Read 2 photography books
Finished with one. Started a second. Can’t even remember if I finished. Sad!
3. Read 1 Photoshop book
Then one I was reading became obsolete when I upgraded to CS4 and Lightroom (which I have had since August but haven’t even installed yet because I haven’t had time to deal with learning new stuff). Last night Husband brought me home two books from a co-worker about Lightroom, so that will probably be my new goal book.
4. Book an average of 4 on-location sessions and 1 wedding each month
Was able to quit my other job and stay home with the kids thanks to my wonderful clients. Now booking 2010!
5. Sell our townhome and purchase a home with a $500 less per month payment
Nothing. Market is too saturated with foreclosures and cheap townhomes. If we don’t sell in a year, we’ll probably end up refinancing and staying here. Prayer appreciated!
6. Organize an office for myself (instead of using the dining room table…)
Still waiting for the house in which to do it.
7. Have a baby or get pregnant
Second part of this goal attained!
8. Lose 10-15 lbs.
This will probably carry over to 2010 in the form of 20 lbs.
9. Make healthier meals most nights each week
Healthy has been balanced, at this time of year, with feasts with family and friends and too many baked goods. Oh well. I’m trying not to make a fuss, as long as we’re healthy.
10. Reduce grocery bill to $250/month (this could be the hardest one…seriously)
I pretty much consider this, as I mentioned in July, a giant FAIL for the year. We probably spend $30-40 a week just on produce, and I have no idea how to reduce other things without compromising our health (as in I’m not about to start cooking from boxes just to save $). Nor am I willing to buy 47 bottles of Pert Plus and 13 bottles of Tide just to get in-store credit at CVS. I do clip coupons whenever I can and take advantage of sales. If any of you have been able to cook primarily from scratch (we do store-buy things like tortillas, crackers, cereal, some canned goods, etc.) for $250 a month or less, I am all ears as to how I can save some dough!