It is that time of year again. 2011 is rapidly coming to an end and 2012 is almost here. 2011 has been a pretty good year for me; I started a new job in my field, I got engaged, I finished some pretty awesome knit objects. I had some goals for 2011 I didn’t stick to, as tends to happen all the time.
One of my goals was to do a little destash in the yarn I have in my house and my parents’ house. I have gone through the containers I had in my house and managed to empty one completely; I put all the yarn I knew I would never use into big garbage bags and dropped it off at Goodwill for someone else to take advantage of. I haven’t gone through the stuff at my parents’ house yet but that is still on my list of things to do eventually. It’s not as pressing because they aren’t as concerned about space, whereas we need all the space we can get right now.
Another goal was to keep exercising. Sadly that has completely stopped now. Due to the hectic schedule of the end of 2011 my mom has stopped going to aquafit and thus I have also stopped going. I have let my Wii programs slide to the point of being non-existent now.
So as you can see I had some success and some failures for 2011, but that’s ok! 2012 is a whole new year, a whole new chance to start over again and this time I have new goals, better goals, than before.
So here are my 2012 New Years Resolutions!
First I plan to knit from my stash as much as possible. Sometimes someone requests a project that I just can’t complete with what I have on hand so I go get what I need for that individual project. Last year I did a lot of buying for specific projects. That means I have yarn for 3 sweaters for myself, lots of socks for me and others, lots of baby stuff (and since there is another baby coming to my family I will need some baby stuff), stuff for a blanket for my cousin, and then I have all the stuff I have acquired over the last couple years that aren’t intended for something in particular but that I can use for things. I have the Big Book of Knitted Monsters by Rebecca Danger and have a serious love of these monsters so I plan to knit a bunch of them. The great thing about this book is you can really use any yarn, any size, that you want to make the monsters.
A big goal for this year is to start planning my wedding. So far we haven’t really planned or even discussed anything about it. He says that he has done his job and the rest is up to me, but we’ll see about that. He has to have an opinion on at least some things!
Another big goal is to try to do some actual budgeting. My weekend retail job pays every 2 weeks, direct deposit, and my other job pays weekly by check. I need to start keeping track of what I’m spending and dividing each pay up into chunks. Some for my fiance for bills and groceries, some for my credit card, and some for my line of credit. I really need to get these debts moving along because I have no desire to be paying this off for the rest of my life. Some of my money also needs to be out away for the wedding, a house, a car, stuff like that. As it is I spend too much on lunches (such as Subway every day) and junk I don’t need. My yarn ‘diet’ should help matters since I won’t be spending very much on yarn this year.
Another big goal is to keep on top of housework. I started making a weekly schedule for cleaning, a couple things a day based on my work schedule. I let it slide when I got my new job and was working full time. Once the holidays are over and I’m back to work I need to start my schedule again so that things are getting done. Along with this is cooking, I don’t cook very much but I really need to learn and keep up with it. I made a few meals for us this year but only a couple and then it also slid when I got the new job. Now that I should be adjusting to the new job I really do need to get back to doing more cooking and cleaning.
For now that is my list of resolutions for 2012.