32 Things – Update #1

Here is the first update! What have I accomplished so far? Actually quite a bit! I bounced around on the list instead of going down the line. Here is my update:

1. Finish the rough draft of my memoir.

Done! That was such a happy day when I finished it. Then I tackled the rewrites. I spent hours, days, weeks reading, editing, correcting my corrections and having several good friends read through it. The edits are entered. I’ve added a few bits and pieces here. But the rough draft is ready for me to start shopping around. Next up: working on my book proposal!

4. Donate items I don’t use anymore, downsize.

It felt so good to get rid of STUFF! Especially clothes that I rarely or never wear anymore. Or don’t fit. I tend to have about 3 different sizes of clothes and I needed to just part with the stuff that was too big.

8. Wine taste at wineries I’ve never been to.

Yes! I recently tried a new winery in Hood River that I had never been to and really enjoyed it.

13. Learn how to use my new camera.

Can you believe that something as simple as a cheat sheet could make using my new camera even easier?? Thank you so much to Michael, who sent me this awesome cheat sheet! Learning just a few tricks with my new camera has helped so much and I also have Lightroom now, which fixes the little mistakes in lighting I make.

20. Go to a museum.

Done! I’d been wanting to see the Titian exhibit at the Portland Art Museum for months and finally went. Michael and I spent my birthday there, exploring as much of the museum as we could in half a day. It was a really nice and special birthday.

25. Take a class that is NOT fitness related.

So hard for me! I rarely have time for classes these days, especially if they aren’t fitness related. But I love learning and wanted to enrich my life a little bit. I bought a Living Social deal for a photography class and I immediately decided to do that. I chose the Manual Photography class. It was a great class!

I also took a few other classes. One was about ADD/ADHD at PSU and another was a photography and art lecture at PSU. I love that I’m enriching my life by taking classes that interest me.

27. Enter some writing contests.

For the better part of January and the beginning of February, I was working my little butt off to enter the Pacific Northwest Writers Association writing contest. I used to be a member of the PNWA (and briefly the Screen Writers Guild) when I was a teenager. My mentor, Luanne, suggested that I enter part of my memoir into the contest. I looked into the contest and was immediately excited about doing so. I worked so hard editing, rewriting, glossing up and proofreading the first 30 pages of my novel to enter as the submission. I also had to write a synopsis (synopsis = the worst part of writing a book).

15. Go to Vegas

WOOHOO! Trip was desperately needed and thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you very much airline miles!

30. Make some new friends.

Why yes I have! And some I hope to meet in real life soon!

29. Take a day trip to the beach.

Yep! If you remember, I surprised Michael with a birthday present of an oceanfront room in Newport.

I’ve been rather slow in my goal achieving so far this year. I think part of that is because some goals just have to wait for summer or fall. Hopefully the next update will be more productive!

QUESTION: How are you doing on your goals for 2012 so far?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

8 thoughts on “32 Things – Update #1”

  1. This is such a fun idea!

    This is the first year I have written down goals and I’m doing a pretty good job at keeping them! There are many in progress and will get to be checked off soon 🙂

  2. Hmm 2012 goals… must be something in the water because I was just thinking about where I am on my yearly goals. Maybe because it’s already JUNE!

    Doing good though, except for weight loss. But there’s time. I love the idea of taking a photography class. I really need a new camera. I’m noticing more and more my tiny purse camera just isn’t cutting it!
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    1. I know! June already? Oh my gosh. The year is half over. I’m suddenly feeling the crunch. 🙂

      You should definitely get a new camera. I LOVE love love my DLSR. It’s so much fun to learn how to use it.

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