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    Smile 2012 Twenty Wishes Challenge

    Starting the new thread. What are the twenty things you most want to do in 2012? Join me in tracking your progress and see what you can do!

    My approach is to make the list, then break it down into a 'next action' for each wish, and put those next actions on a 'to do' list. Then schedule time each day to actually do things. At the end of each week I hold a review to see how far I've come, and to determine what needs to be done next. At the end of the month I do a monthly review, changing any wishes if I need to mid-stream (sometimes after a month or so, they just don't fit, for whatever reason).

    Hope to see lots of people take part this year. You don't have to approach your wishes like I do. You just need to be willing to give it a shot, post what you'd most like to do, and see what you can accomplish in 2012!

    I'll be making my list this week, to be posted Jan. 1st.

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    Going to join this challenge this year.
    Maybe it will keep me motivated to get it done.
    Will work on it this week and use notebook to keep track.
    Thanks Peanut for starting it.

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    Well...here are just a few things to do this year...

    1. Go to a NFL game

    2. Concete patio to extend back porch

    3. Redo the dining room - we don't use this room and I want to make something else out of it

    4. Make three more raised beds for gardening this year.

    5. Make doll clothes and maybe a couple of dresses for me and DD

    6. Plant blueberries/strawberries/and blackberries.

    7 - 20....will be back with more as I think of them.

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    Great idea - I'm going to work on my list and will post on the 1st.

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    Default me me me....I am so i on this one...

    i need this one to hold me to some type of accountability......i will post later when the internet isnt actiing up...

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    Well mine is about as clear as mud as usual. Tried a talk with DH and got nowhere. So I think I will focus on things I can do by myself this year. Anything else will be icing on the cake.

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    Here are mine. Some are similar to last year's and some are different. I still haven't come up with the 20th one.

    TWENTY WISHES FOR 2012
    1.Declutter the house
    2.Finish the house
    3.Become fairly fluent in Spanish
    4.Study the Bible
    5.Weed and mulch all my flower beds
    6.Reclaim my woodland garden
    7.Get all the family heirlooms labeled and stored safely
    8.Work on the Seven Steps of preparedness on Totally Ready website
    9. Make a garden notebook with all the information I've collected
    10.Complete the mother and father memory books
    11. Improve singing voice
    12. Improve piano playing
    13. Study history
    14. Organize genealogy information
    15. Knit something useful
    16. Do a household inventory
    17. Make portable bird blind
    18. Organize my wardrobe
    19. Write
    20.

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    I want to join again this year...thanks peanut for starting it up!

    Will be using a notebook so I will be back on the 1st with my list.




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    I'd love to join in! I've been thinking about what I'd like to focus on but I'm still not sure. I'll have my list ready by January 1st!

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    I have twenty items but still have to make final plans before posting. I still have to drag out a calendar and try to estimate the time each thing will take and when to schedule it. Obviously, we won't be out painting the house skirting in January and that sort of thing. I've found if we're too vague about this stuff, it doesn't get done, so this time I'm going to try planning it to the nth degree.

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    I agree SD. I sometimes will put something vague on the list, and then add subcategories. So I guess it's more than 20 Wishes. Still...

    For example, I put on House Renovations as one item, and then list everything I want to do under that. Somewhat cheating I think. But it kind of works. We did get some small jobs done last year...but not the big jobs. I think the big jobs, like the kitchen, need their own separate listing.

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    We get so overwhelmed by vague plans. So if we say House Renovations, forget it. We can't get started. But if we break it down to more manageable tasks, we're golden.

    Like when we put in new kitchen cabinets last winter. We couldn't cope with Re-Do Kitchen, so we started with Replace Cabinets Over Stove. Simple, so we did that. Then the next section was another task, etc. It went great! Once we were able to make it a series of small tasks we could do in a day or a weekend, it was a lot easier. I do that mentally anyway, so putting it on paper just makes it clearer and helps us set the goals. We did that with the garden project last spring, although we badly underestimated the time it would take. We'll be doing the same with the deck this spring, only this time I'm going to try to figure out the time closer to reality. Part of my problem is I design on the fly when I do stuff like that, so the stuff I dream up as we go along can add a lot of time. But it's worth it in the end to get things just how we want them.

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    Great idea! I started thinking of my 20 and decided to keep them light and happy, so here are the ones I came up with so far:

    1. Improve my Turkish (I'm taking lessons) and take the Level 1 government exam in May (don't care if I pass, really, just want to try)
    2. Work on learning the piano and music theory (DH is supposed to teach me)
    3. Start my balcony garden with at least 10 planters
    4. Keep pantry inventory/price notebook up to date
    5. save up enough to go to our really good friends' wedding on the island where we lived
    6. make a gallery wall in living room
    7. scan and re-archive all of DH's childhood photos (they're still in horrid 80s albums)
    8. decorate the office (not a lot left to do on this but keep putting it off)
    9. Make a craft corner/storage area for myself
    10. Make more friends in our new town

    That's the first 10, I'll think of the other ten soon!

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    Thanks for the invite Peanut!

    Here's my Goals:
    1. Eat Locally - when available
    2. Cut spending by 1/3 - on EVERYTHING
    3. Don't buy ANYTHING that is full price - Buy second hand when possible
    4. Learn to say NO
    5. Use Crockpot 2x a week
    6. NO FAST FOOD
    7. LEARN TO RELAX! ACCEPT! and LOVE ME!
    8. QUIT MY CURRENT JOB in OCTOBER! - and find something I LOVE
    9. Buy a New Used Car for trade-in and cash- no credit!
    10. Rid my home of 1012 items that are unloved and unused - minialism is KEY

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    You're welcome. Glad to have you on board!

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