Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January Accomplishments

So as a result of my 2012 goals, I am going to do a recap of each month of things that I've checked off my list, plus additional accomplishments. Meghan, Lori, Meghan, and Whitney are hosting a link-up every month for us to share our progress for the year, and I was happy to join in!

  • Be happy. I read The Happiness Project, and I worked on focusing on what truly makes me happy and actively acknowledging and enjoying simple moments.
  • Relax more. I chose not to do dishes every single day, and instead I would sit on the couch and read.
  • Write. I submitted another story to Chicken Soup, which also crosses off  part of #23 from my 24 Before 24 list.
  • Read at least one book a month. I read 4: The Happiness Project, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mocking Jay
  • Cook a new recipe once a month. (Quinoa and Peas, Turkey Meatballs, Baked Ziti, Amanda's Farfalle)
  • Save money. I put away a portion of my paycheck that I would have spent on clothes/home stuff. I also started the "$5 Savings Jar."
  • No shop months. Didn't shop for all of January! Even when our coffee maker broke...
  • Give once a month. I sent in the rest of my change to The Shine Project. I also donated $5 when I registered for one of my running races.
Extra Accomplishments for the Month:
  • Ran my first race of the year - Joe Kleinerman 10k
  • Started half marathon training
  • Finally went to a doctor about my knee and hip pain
  • Did the entire month of the De-Clutter Calendar for January
  • Spent an entire day writing (crossed off #1 from 24 Before 24 list)
  • Ate more fruits and veggies
  • Booked my flight to Nashville for the Rock 'n' Roll Country Half!


Meghan said...

You are so productive! I love the $5 savings idea! I am also excited for your half training! :) Thanks for participating!

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

Major restraint- you didn't buy a new coffee maker!? You really stuck to your goals, good for you!!

Lauren said...

productive January! And I just looked up the $5 savings Jar and it is SUCH a great idea...might be stealing that for my February goals!

Gina said...

Your month sounds awesome! Congrats with everything :) I hope February is as equally productive for you!

xo, gina


Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

Looks like a very productive January! That $5 saving jar is a wonderful idea! I need to start something like that!

Emily said...

What a great month!! I also read The Happiness Project to start of my January, so inspiring and interesting!

amy b.s. said...

holy cow! you accomplished a lot already! how awesome! and i can't believe you did buy a new coffee maker! now that's will power!

Ruthie Hart said...

I think I want to do a goals thing when we move into our new home to keep me accountable for things!!! We have been saving money like crazy and it is so much fun to be looking at houses knowing how hard we've worked. And that is AWESOME you are submitted stories for Chicken Soup! You go girl!

meghan said...

What a great month for you, Amanda! Such an inspiration for a wonderful February! :)

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Natalie said...

Wow what a great start for 2012! You are going to be in my neck of the woods when you go to Nashville!

Neon Blonde Runner said...

Many things make me happy about this post!

Love the no-shopping January, I actually thought about you and this a few times this month when I was feeling like I was spending too much-- I want to try it sometime.

And so excited about your half marathon!!!

Erin said...

Nice job lady!

Krista said...

My goodness girl, I'm tired just reading your list! But seriously I am so proud of you, I have never known a "go-getter" quite like yourself. All the wonderful things have you have done are so admirable! I wish you the best in your all your goals :)

Sundresses and Smiles said...

Saving more is definitely on my to do list so I can move out when I get a full time teaching gig in the fall!

DWei said...

Hey this is similar to what I'm doing except with New Year Resolutions.

Also, my update comes as the first post of each month. Glad to see other people are actually staying on track.

Jess said...

Not shopping even when the coffee maker breaks is HUGE in my book. Good job on your January accomplishments, girl!

Becca said...

Wow, congratulations on a really productive month! It's amazing what we can achieve when we just try. I am aiming for 100 books this year and you reminded me I need to cross The Hunger Games off my list!

Jennifer said...

Just found your blog from Kat@Living Like the Kings!

I've only read post and you've already got me hook-line-and-sinker! YAY!

Also, might I just add that I too just finished reading the Hunger Games! Holy good book batman! Seriously can't figure out what took me so long to read them!

Carrie {Living It Up in U.P.} said...

Wow, way to kick off the new year! Such a good idea to donate the change you've saved. I read The Happiness Project a few years ago and really enjoyed it. You can get so much out of doing the simple things. I also read The Hunger Games last month and loved it! I need to read Catching Fire and Mocking Jay this month!

The Sweet Life said...

Woah girl! You had quite the productive month!! LOve it!

lori said...

thank you for joining our link up!! happy to have you :)

looks like you have had a really great month! and we obviously have the same taste in books :)

Chelsea said...

Way to go girl! The Hunger Game= so addictive. Can't wait for the movie!

I've been much better about eating fresh fruits and veggies this year too. Sounds like 2012 is off to a great start.