The year that was

The new year is always a good time for reflection and also to think about upcoming goals/resolutions, but this post is all about the year that was and in particular how I am going with the goals I set in December 2010, also known as my 20 in 2. So without further ado, here goes:

1. Save a deposit and buy a place. Update: Still saving and still looking for the right place.

2. Finish my legal studies and be admitted as a solicitor. Update: I’m now doing my final subject, which means I finish that in March (hopefully!) followed by my compulsory Practical Legal Training (PLT) which should see me admitted later this year!

3. Volunteer at least once a month. Update: I volunteered once. Pathetic! More effort required…

4. Lower my cholesterol and keep it within the ‘normal’ range. Update: Cholesterol still high, lowering my dairy intake.

5. Think about becoming a father. Update: Still thinking!

6. Take the time to watch the sun rise or set at least once a month. Update: Done!

7. Ride 10,000km over a 12 month period. Update: Fell short – 7,100km logged on the GPS, probably 500km on the rollers so all up just over 7,500km. Will aim to break 10,000km this year.

8. Successfully complete the 3 peaks challenge. Update: Done! Stupidly signed up again for this year 🙂

9. Enrol in and successfully complete a culinary course. Update: Still on the to-do list. If you know of any good ones please let me know via the comment box below!

10. Have friends over and cook them a meal at least once a month. Update: So-so on this one – maybe once every two months!

11. Take a European or North American vacation. Update: On the list – maybe after I finish my studies.

12. Take at least 1 photo a day. Update: Hasn’t happened 😦

13. Take the Camera Craft 3 and Lighting workshops at the Australian Centre for Photography. Update: Camera Craft 3 is done! Lighting hopefully this year.

14. Take a public speaking course to help overcome my glossophobia. Update: Took the NIDA presenting with confidence course last month, but it will be a long time before I feel comfortable speaking in front of a large group of people.

15. Read 1 non law-related book per month. Update: Nope. More work to be done here.

16. Make a will. Update: On the to-do list.

17. Take a group family photo at least once per year. Update: So far so good.

18. Learn to dance (don’t laugh!). Update: Still on the to-do list.

19. Photograph a complete stranger once every two months. Update: Nope. More work to be done!

20. Try and be a bit more sociable. Update: Trying, but difficult.

So there you have it. Only 3 of 20 completed. Plenty of room for improvement! 🙂 What are your goals for 2012 and beyond?

Looking to 2011

It was about this time last year that I was speaking with Shane Ambry about the year ahead and the fact that it would be good to have something akin to Jessica Claire’s ‘101 in 1001’ list (she also happens to be an amazing wedding photographer). I’m not sure who originally came up with the idea but it is similar to a bucket-list, only with a shorter timeframe – i.e. 101 goals to achieve in 1001 days. Think of them as the detail in New Year’s resolutions.

I didn’t end up making one for 2010 but i’m determined to create one for 2011 – and instead of ‘101 in 1001’ i’ll make mine ‘20 in 2’ or 20 goals in 2 years – 1. because I can’t think of 101 goals that I really want to achieve of such significance and think they would lose their meaning after 20 and 2. three years is quite a way ahead and i’d rather focus on short-term goals. So, here is my list so far in no particular order:

1. Save a deposit and buy a place

2. Finish my legal studies and be admitted as a solicitor

3. Volunteer at least once a month

4. Lower my cholesterol and keep it within the ‘normal’ range

5. Think about becoming a father

6. Take the time to watch the sun rise or set at least once a month

7. Ride 10,000km over a 12 month period

8. Successfully complete the 3 peaks challenge

9. Enrol in and successfully complete a culinary course

10. Have friends over and cook them a meal at least once a month

11. Take a European or North American vacation

12. Take at least 1 photo a day

13. Take the Camera Craft 3 and Lighting workshops at the Australian Centre for Photography

14. Take a public speaking course to help overcome my glossophobia

15. Read 1 non law-related book per month

16. Make a will

17. Take a group family photo at least once per year

18. Learn to dance (don’t laugh!)

19. Photograph a complete stranger once every two months

20. Try and be a bit more sociable

If you have created your own list i’d be interested to hear what you’ve got on it and why, and also how successful/unsuccessful you were in achieving the goals. As I think of the last 6 5 4 3 2 1 items i’ll update this post  – LIST COMPLETE and also create a separate section on the blog called 20 in 2 and as I complete things I’ll cross them off this list and update that part of the blog!