2007 Mid-Year Resolution Update

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This post is a little later than I had hoped, but July has been a busy month for me. Yes, it’s time once again to review the resolutions I made at the beginning of the year and see how well I’ve kept them.

Eat right – This one has been… Interesting. I would say that, on the whole, I’ve been eating fewer calories. Much of what I’ve been doing over the past year has stuck; I have pretty much the same low-calorie breakfasts and snacks every day. I think the real problem here has been lunches and dinners. Morah and I were talking just yesterday about trying to create meal plans for ourselves that will help control how many calories we eat. I added up my breakfast and snacks and found that I can eat over 1500 calories for lunch and dinner (combined, obviously). That should be pretty simple, especially if we’re being really conscious about it.

Work out more frequently – At the beginning of the year, I said I didn’t want to join a gym. I still don’t, but I’m running low on ideas. You’d think that, living in the Northwest, I’d be outside getting exercise all the time. Too bad where I live doesn’t really contribute to that. I did, however, get a lot of exercise last week (I’m still sore!), and I’ve been trying to do some sort of exercise every day. Morah and I tried to play tennis a couple of months ago, but she rolled her ankle and couldn’t do much of anything for almost a month. Perhaps we’ll try that again soon. I miss playing racquetball. We’ve been trying to think of a place that has free racquetball facilities, and EWU is the only place we can come up with (they haven’t changed the student ID cards since we graduated, so we could still use the courts for free). The only problem is that EWU is way out in Cheney…

Floss my teeth – Yep. Still not really doing this as much as I should. I do it from time to time, but I know I should do it more often. I don’t have a good excuse here.

Do my traction – My back has been feeling better, but I can tell I still need to do my traction. I’ve been bad at work lately and haven’t been sitting on my block and wedge (they’re really rather uncomfortable). I haven’t been doing my traction at home either. I set an alarm on my mobile phone to remind me to do it, but now I don’t even think about why the alarm goes off. I really need to get in the habit of doing it the moment I come home. That way I won’t have a chance to sit down and get comfortable and putting off doing it.

Save money – Wow! Morah and I have been doing a great job of this. Sure, we’ve splurged here and there, but we know our limits and we’ve still managed to save every month. In fact, my entire paycheck goes into our savings account, so we pretty much just pretend like that money doesn’t exist. We’re well on our way to buying a house!

Get caught up & stay caught up – I didn’t make a schedule. To be perfectly honest, I completely forgot about this one until I re-read it just now. Creating a schedule sounds like a great idea, though. We have a huge stack of old magazines that need to be read and tossed, so perhaps while I’m doing my traction every day after work, I can be reading a magazine and working toward getting rid of them all (the pile is literally about three feet tall). I also have three or four books I’d like to read, I want to learn Javascript and Rails, I need to organize the files on my computers, and so on. Last night, Morah and I turned off the TV and did other things. Why can’t we do that every night?

Build my business – It’s been slow-going, but I have had paying clients, so things are moving along. My biggest roadblock right now is selling. I really don’t like the sales aspect of the job, but it’s a necessary evil. I’m also at a loss for who to go after. Most of the people on my prospect sheet are restaurants (because, come on, that’s an easy website to build), but they usually can’t afford anything too grand. I’m also battling the Spokane market insofar as small business owners here just aren’t willing to pay for quality. I hear a lot of, “my friend can do it for free/less money.” Okay, but does your friend know things like grid-based design, coding standards, liquid layouts, usability, accessibility, and so on? Sorry, this is becoming a rant…

Work on my personal websites – When I was at AEA in June, the geeks I met there all agreed with me: web designers don’t have good personal websites. The problem is, we’re usually so busy working on other peoples’ sites that we don’t have time to work on our own. Even if we do have the time, we’ve probably been working on websites all day, so why would we want to come home and work on another website? Since the beginning of the year, I have managed to launch ALLO v5 (and even a second masthead!). I’ve even been blogging a bit more. Thomasandmorah.com v3 went up a while back as well, although I haven’t updated that as much I should. Still, I think I’ve made a good start toward reaching my goal. Here’s hoping I can keep it up.

While this update seems like it has been written for my readers, it’s actually rather self-serving. In writing this, I’ve been reminded of the resolutions I made and can continue to work toward improving myself, my life, and my websites in months ahead.

I know some of you made resolutions. How are those working out for you?

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  1. “We’ve been trying to think of a place that has free racquetball facilities, and EWU is the only place we can come up with (they haven’t changed the student ID cards since we graduated, so we could still use the courts for free). The only problem is that EWU is way out in Cheney…”

    Yeah, so are we!

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