First to review my progress on last year's goals:
1. Knit more sweaters: I did pretty well on this one. Funnily enough, I knit four sweaters again this year, though unfortunately I only manage to share one on the blog. Two haven't even had pictures taken yet, though I wear them all the time. The other two were gifted away.
2. Buy less yarn: I did okay on this. Not great, but I did manage to knit up about 700 more yards than I purchased, so technically I was in the black. (Hey, my favorite yarn ever was discontinued. What choice did I have but to purchase a few sweater's worth on clearance? Plus I took a little tumble on sock yarn, also my favorite, also discontinued.)
3. Taking better care of the farm business: Nope. I did very little on this one, unfortunately. I actually suffered a bit of a setback as my local outlet went out of business.
4. Keep more organized sheep records: Yep! This was one of those things whereby the year was running out and I still didn't have it done. Rather than having to make it a goal YET AGAIN, I buckled down and got them thoroughly organized. They are now a thing of beauty.
5. More published articles: I managed two more in Piecework magazine, then I ran out of time. Maybe in the future though.
6. More regular exercise: I did pretty poorly on this one until I had my rear end handed to me on a platter by my kids while hiking during our vacation in August. I was so appalled at my lack of ability to keep up with them that I doubled my resolve to get in better shape. The dog and I manage a couple of miles, mostly running, about two out of three mornings. I ran four 5Ks this year, and just today I managed to run a five mile race -- which I still can't believe I did.
So for this year:
1. Knit four sweaters. That seems to be my ideal output: a sweater per quarter. Should also help me with goal number...
2. Continue with the stashdown. I loved how it made me more mindful about what I was adding to the rubbermaid container, and how it forced me to be creative with what I already have.
3. Blog more regularly, or at least back to previous levels. I barely made 100 blog posts this year, which is quite a bit down from prior years.
4. Improve the farm business. This one is crying out for my attention. Third year's a charm.
And last but not least, a traditional one:
5. Eat more healthily. I am doing OK with the exercise end of things, but I need to get better at making healthy choices about what I put into my body as the flip side of that particular coin. So more raw carrots, fewer Wendy's fries with sea salt.
That's it for now! How about you?