Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2015 Goals in Review

I have to admit, I wasn't that inspired by my goals for 2015. I did accomplish some, found they didn't quite challenge me. At any rate - here is a look back at my goals.

Travel to a non-english or spanish country. (Amsterdam planned for April)
last April my sister and I traveled to Amsterdam for a long weekend. It was easy to navigate despite not speaking dutch.  I definitely plan to visit another new country in April of 2016. I'm not sure yet if it will be Portugal, Germany, France or Ireland - but will figure something out - once I get my head wrapped around my financial goals of 2016.

Read 36 books (36/36)
I wish I could get myself organized enough for goodreads - but since I already spend enough time on facebook/ twitter/ instragram and reading blogs - adding another social media is just too much.  I did meet my goal of 36 books.  This has been a favorite annual goal of mine since college. I started out just reading 12 books a year. Next year I'll be looking to read 39 books! 
  1. One Summer: America, 1927 - Bill Bryson
  2. Wedding Night - Sophie Kinsella
  3. Landline - Rainbow Rowell
  4. Raven Stole the Moon - Garth Stein
  5. All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
  6. Eleanor and Park- Rainbow Rowell
  7. The Good Dog- Avi
  8. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone- JK Rowling
  9. Still Alice - Lisa Genova
  10. In the Woods - Tana French
  11. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets-jk Rowling 
  12. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - JK Rowling
  13. In the City of Bikes - The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist- Pete Jordan
  14. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - JK Rowlng
  15. Harry Potter and the Order of  the Phoenix - JK Rowling
  16. Harry Potter & the half Blood Prince - JK Rowling
  17. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hollows - JK Rowling
  18. Ready Player One- Ernest Cline
  19. Descent - Tim Johnson
  20. Curiosity: The Desire to Know and Why your future depends on it - Ian Leslie
  21. The Night Circus- Erin Morganstern
  22. Freakonomics- Steven D Levitt
  23. What I was doing while you were breeding -Kristin Newman
  24. Go set a watchman - Harper Lee
  25. Faithful Place - Tana French
  26. Grandma Gatewood's Walk - Ben Montgomery 
  27. The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty - Vendela Vida
  28. The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
  29. The Martian- Andy Weir
  30. Luckiest Girl Alive - Jessica Knoll
  31. The Good Girls Guide to Getting Lost - Rachel Friedman
  32. Natural Born Heroes - Christopher McDougall
  33. In the Unlikely Event - Judy Blume
  34. Aleph- Paulo Coelho
  35. After Alice - Gregory McGuire
  36. Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith
Yoga once a week (60/52)  
I am so excited to have finally achieved this goal -  It has been a goal of mine since 2011 ( maybe earlier but thats as far as my new years goals saved online go )  The Yoga Studio App most certainly made the difference.  Being able to do a class in my living room or back yard kept me going. That and really finding my niche in one local instructors class.  

Follow one new recipe a week (7/52)    
I love this idea, but honestly cooking new recipes is costly. I would love to find a way to incorporate new, healthy, budget friendly meals in 2016 but again, not sure what it will look like. 

Begin volunteering regularly at the Albany Pine Bush 
I completed all of the requirements to be a volunteer, but haven't really had the chance to walk the trails & log it.  I have been on a few since becoming an "official" volunteer but still can't remember my log in information. (whoops)
Explore all of the Pine Bush trails
There are still 2 trail to check out, one of them connects to my neighborhood, so really I have no excuse. 
Cross off 12 Bucket List goals (4/12)  
I did start a compost, went to my first roller derby bout, bought and went xc skiing (looking forward to improving my skills at this), and finally saw a live production of Rocky Horror Picture Show.  I also climbed 5 mountains towards Catskill 3500 club (and several others) visited a new country & and a new UNESCO site.  So while it wasn't much, it wasn't complete neglected. I am definitely a bit more motivated to work off my bucket list in 2016 !

2014 was SO big, that 2015 felt a bit like the sophomore slump.  I can't complain though, my family & I are healthy, I traveled, hiked, ran, yoga, tried close to 100 new beers, and made some great new friends this year.  It's been real & I am looking forward to 2016.


  1. Had you read the HP series before? I reread them every year, and I love when people pick them up for the first time. I'm jealous of their chance to enter the series fresh.

    1. I had read them back in high school. It was great to revisit them, I also finally saw all the movies!

  2. Oh Man that's no Sophomore slump, not every year is going to be huge, but you always seem to be accomplishing so much I can't even. Seriously you had a great year!