My successes and failures 2018 seem to balance out. My light-hearted list of eighteen things to do in 2018 was inspired by creative Perth bloggers, Amanda Kendle and Aggie Lim.
Half way through January, I got on the bandwagon and posted my own list of goals for the year. Of course i achieved only about half of what I’d set out to do. What follows is my assessment of successes and failures 2018.
Successes and failures 2018
Settling into new home.
This time last year, John and I were on the cusp of moving from suburbia to an apartment in a high(ish) rise building in Subiaco. We’re delighted with our decision and with the place we now call home. It’s bright,light and airy, and furnished just the way we want it. The amenities, pool and access to the railway station. We’ve become part of a vibrant community.
Improve my blog
How could I have imagined that social media could be such fun? Joining one of Amanda Kendle’s Blogging Mastermind classes made an enormous change because I now view my online world with excitement. Not only have I learned an enormous amount, but my friendship group also grew as we laughed, challenged ourselves and each other and learned heaps. Thank you, Amanda, artist Mia Laing, author Susan Dunn, and the inimitable Tricia Steadman of Arty Brelllas
Not one of my greatest successes,but I do answer it more regularly, take more photos, play music. A slight improvement .
My goal was to tame this little machine, and that seems to have been accomplished. I still don’t really love it, but it is a useful piece of machinery now that I’ve worked it out. Although it wasn’t one of my goals, I now also back up scrupulously and regularly
Swim 200 kilometres
Yes, that’s right. At one kilometre three times a week, it would have been possible. A cough I couldn’t shake and two months’ time out for cataract surgery put paid to this goal. Swimming does amazing things. When I swim regularly, my life falls into place. Here’s hoping for better luck next year.
Holidays, including a few short breaks and a longer holiday.
On target for this one. Singapore, Dwellingup and Bridgetown.
Whatever was I thinking? Total fail. I didn’t even get the pastels or paper from the box where they’re stored.
Read and review ten books
This started well, although not for long. Two changes of spectacles in six months and a new optometrist led to a diagnosis of significant cataracts. No wonder I felt dispirited and tired when I tried to read. My ‘significant’ cataracts have been corrected and I’m looking forward to tackling some of the books that have been piling up on my wish list.
My new book simmers. There’s a heap of research waiting to be sorted. A plan on my notice-board. More about this to come soon.
Find my camera or replace it
Found it in one of the boxes hurriedly stowed in a cupboard in my writing nook in the apartment. The camera and my phone come with me wherever I go to record the lovely and not-so-lovely things I see on my walks and travels.
Have fun at the Fringe Festival
We saw a few things, so easy to get to by train from here. But it seems so long ago, I’ve forgotten lots of details. But I think the goal can be ticked.
Improve my repertoire of vegetarian meals
An easy goal, because I’ve cooked vegetarian for most of my life, I enjoy cooking and I’m happy not to eat meat.
Exploring this lovely area has been, and continues to be, a joy. Love it! So much of interest and beauty,although a bit run-down in places.
Enjoy family and friends
Success! Love being with my family of procreation and my family of origin, and have shared many good times.
Perhaps make a new friend or two
New friends have come into my life in unexpected ways through the Mastermind class, a new church and the community in SubiStrand where we live. Such blessings!
Invite my great-granddaughters for sleepovers
Yes, and that was wonderful. Wish I’d done it more often, but their timetables and mine seemed to clash.
Review this list in December.
So that’s a roundup of my goal successes and failures in 2018. Of course, much more happened that no one could have foreseen during this year. On the whole it has been a good one, and I’m looking forward to 2019.