Defining Success


Last June I wrote a list of 10 things I hoped to accomplish during the remainder of 2010. I completed 7. Success? Well...I guess it depends. In school days, a 70% would be a very low C, even a D+ for many teachers. So yeah, that's bad. But I'm not in school, and being an adult means measuring success for myself--and I'm happy with it. 

#1 was to read through the Bible in a year. I started this on January 1, 2010, and read a few chapters every day through January 1, 2011. I can now say that I have completely read through the Bible cover to cover. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to do it again in 2011, but I'm proud of myself for keeping up during a busy 2010.

#2: Celebrate one-year anniversary with Jordan. Looking back, I realize it's kinda pointless to make a resolution like that. I mean, if a relationship isn't working out, you shouldn't force it to work just because you don't want it to be over. Thankfully, though, mine did, and we will be hitting the year-and-a-half mark next month.  Check. 

#3: Fly to Illinois to visit my college roommates. Done. It was wonderful and fun and actually came at the perfect time--just when I was seriously needing some girl time. These same girls will be bridesmaids in my wedding.

#4: Go skydiving. Yes, I did, and it was awesome. Totally worth the money to go once. I'd go again, but I think for me this will most likely be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

#5: Crochet another blanket. When I wrote that, I hadn't started a blanket yet or have someone in mind to make one for. But Jordan was the lucky recipient for Christmas this year after I finished my eighth blanket. Eight! That's a bit crazy. I might need to get out more.

#6: Run a half marathon. This had been on my bucket list for a few years, and it was with the insistence of a good friend that I registered and trained, and we ran it together in October. I don't know if I've ever felt so accomplished. 

#7: Bake a successful loaf of bread. Yes, I'm counting my most recent loaf as a success. Now I just need a food thermometer, and I'll be set for successful loaf number two!

{now here's where I started to drop off}

#8: Start a senior girls' Bible study. This Yeah, I dropped the ball. But I did start talking to the older people at church and make many new friends. Now I have quite the following in the first service. So it wasn't a total fail.

#9: Read fifteen books outside of work. Okay, so maybe I only read seven. But I read a lot at work...I'm talking nine or ten a month. So there. 

#10: Learn how to change a flat tire. No, I still don't know how to do this. The only resolution that I would consider to be a monstrous failure. I am such a lame girl. 


So would I consider 2010 a success? Most definitely. It was hard for sure, but it was also a lot of fun. This coming year has big shoes to fill. But I'm not worried. I've already hit the ground running with save the dates and dress shopping and all that wedding jazz. 

Even so, I promise to not make this a wedding blog. After all, I've still got my half marathon training to tackle. But that's a story for another day.