1 - get enough sleep. oh, i took this to a whole. new. level. before christmas and i think that a change in medication and a vacation managed to get me back to sleeping like a normal person and not like a zombie (zombies sleep during the day a lot, right?). i think that i kept my health and my sleeping priorities throughout 28 and it resulted in a lot happier and astute me. i think now the challenge will be to find ways to keep my energy up throughout the day and to get to bed a decent hours so i don't feel like i need to sleep an extra hour before heading into work (and this is one of the many reasons why i love being a consultant!).
2 - buy a home. i think it is safe to say that i rocked this goal right outta the water! my nest continues to be a home and i continue to love it.
3 - reduce my level of anxiety. overall, i am doing really well with this. i still have moments where i can feel my breath quickening, but now i recognise what it is and take steps to bring my anxiety to an acceptable level. i don't think i will ever completely overcome anxiety that comes with taking the bus, new social situations, or when life decides to overwhelm you, but i surely have developed some pretty good coping and identifying skills, which will continue to help keep me sane. literally.
the proof that i have achieved this goal is that i am not worried about the future and am instead confident that although i have no idea what is coming in 2010, in 29, or the next decade, i sense that it will be pretty damn good.
4 - take better photos. i think that i learned a lot through my course, a lot of the technical side at least. however, i am not completely confident with my ability to now apply it to my photography practice. i took a lot of photos in ireland (and would have taken a lot more had it not been for frozen fingers and the lack of fingerless gloves), but i kept my camera on the green idiot box and didn't really test out my knowledge.
in the spring there is a follow-up course that i am going to take that is all about taking photos on location with an instructor and that hands-on learning will likely solidify a lot of the knowledge currently buried deep in the recesses of my cerebral lanscape.
this goal is linked to #2 as well because i have printed off a number of my photos from all over the world, framed them, and hung them. nothing like unique and homemade artwork to make a nest nestier!
5 - become financially confident. so i bought a file folder. with an accordian-like filing system. i will file my receipts in this. maybe one day i will graduate to actually making an investment or contributing to my rrsp. this was a bit of a failure as far as 28 is concerned. but i bought a house, can we talk more about that?! because that is sort of like financial confidence, right? sort of?!
6 - be happy where i am. i am. simple as that. not wondering where i will head next. not complaining about where i am, the state of my career, or why i haven't achieved more. happy. content. excited as i think of the future. done and done.
7 - visit friends who live in other places. when i first made this goal, i had some pretty specific places in mind to visit. that list would include chicago, washington dc, ottawa, and maybe even alaska. where did i end up travelling and visiting friends? toronto, sheffield, cobh! not exactly as i had expected, but i did get to visit old friends who recently relocated, a dear friend from grad school, and a new friend who i had actually never met face-to-face, but who i 'knew' through a previous working relationship.
i think that i can put more effort into this goal in the future and make sure that i get to see those people and places that i mentioned above, along with taking other opportunities as they arise.
8 - make the best dating decisions for me (the goal formally known as sort out my relationship). i think that i have achieved this goal in both its former and current incarnations! i sorted out my relationship (good riddance to bad rubbish is a saying that comes to mind) and i made a lot of decisions about dating this past year and all of them were the best that i could have done for me.
i went on blind dates, i allowed myself to be set up by friends, i tried online dating, i ended things when they no longer suited my needs, i allowed my thoughts and assumptions to be challenged, i got to know A LOT of very eligible bachelors, i made a few new friends, i have been sent gifts from foreign countries, i have made a lot of new facebook friends, and i am still single. not to say that this is a failure of any sort because i think that as my goal was to make good dating decisions, i have done just that.
it will be interesting to see what 29 holds in terms of dating and relationships, but i think as far as goals go, all i can do is what is under my control and that is continue to make the best decisions for me!
now, i still have a few more weeks of 28 left, but i am making the assumption that nothing is going to change so drastically in the coming weeks that would affect the way that i see my eight for twenty eight goals over the past 50 weeks!