Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Why Leap in February? Goals Report

I hope everyone is enjoying their extra day today. I never thought about it before but why February? Why not June or July? It's a dreary, rainy DC day and I'd much rather get my extra day on a sunny warm summer one.

So today, I spent my nap times reviewing my Employable and Enjoyable Action Items from February. I really worked hard to rectify my scores after last months "not-so-hot" report.

So here is the outcome for my Employable Action Items.

Attend a networking event.

Attend a community/town meeting.
FAIL. I really thought this one would work out too! I had put four different town meetings in my calendar but each time something came up (like volunteering) and I was like, "oh well, I've got three/two/one other to still go to" and I just put it off. Then when the last one came around I was busy getting ready for our trip. Lesson: don't wait until the last minute.

Learn a new blog skill.
SUCCESS. Boy, have I been busy on this one! I even wrote this post about some of the cool things I learned. I also learned how to use google analytics and stop it from tracking my own pageviews (a ridiculously time consuming feat until I discovered this. I swear I tried all the other ways first and it didn't work!) I signed up to be part of some blog directories like Technorati, and Blogher. I figured out RSS feeds, how to add customized buttons, dallied in CSS, messed around with my template, played around with blogrolls, started a weekly segment, and I bought my domain! Lastly, I reflected about how I think blogging will help my career and posted it for the Brazen Careerist's February Run Around. A lot of these things you can now see around my blog - so how did I do?

Volunteer somewhere new.
SUCCESS. This past month I volunteered at a local food rescue farmer's market distributing fruits and veggies to families in need. I've been a strong supporter of food rescue (redistributing day-old products that stores would otherwise be trashed) since I was in high school and college, and used to complete weekly rescue missions. It was nice to see the distribution side of things and it was great to get to know more about my local community. 

Take a class.

Read a new employable book.
FAIL. I did get the book from the library...but you're just going to have to wait until next month for me to let you know how it went.

AND my Enjoyable Action Items:

Read an enjoyable book.
This month my husband and I read the 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. Get your own love languages profile for married couples, kids, singles, parents of teens, everybody: here.

Try a new recipe.
Your probably lucky that I don't have pictures because while it was very tasty (even baby loved it - spices and all!) it didn't turn out this pretty. 

Take baby to a new place.

SUCCESS. Check out this post about baby's first museum trip.

Organize a part of my house.

Complete a home project.
FAIL. Although my husband and I finally decided to put a time stamp on updating our bed set. 

Have a night out.
FAIL. I had two potential nights planned, but alas, travel and life got in the way.

Ok, so just to's not all bad, but I do have a ways to go. I said I worked hard on what I missed last time, and they are all YAYs! But I'm going to have to spend a little more time planning (and less time procrastinating) in order to get some of these things done. In reality, if I had read a little less Us Weekly, I could have gotten those books read and if I had just committed to one night for my town meeting, I would have not left it until the last minute.

I'm looking forward to a fresh start in March.



  1. Love these charts of activities completed! That is a great idea! I just started reading your blog and following you on Twitter. Looking forward to more!

  2. Thank you! I have an extreme fondness for all things excel!