Mid-year Goal check in

Can you believe half of 2015 is behind us?

At the beginning of the year I posted about some goals I hoped to accomplish over the course of the year.  I thought now would be a good time to check in =)

For 2015 I hope to:

  • travel somewhere new (I’m looking at you, Texas!)
  • find more ways to feel productive (maybe more of a state of mind than actual *doing* things)
  • volunteer a minimum of 500 hours (looks like I came in just under 350 this year – I can do better!)
  • finish projects around our apartment (decorating and cuting the place up a bit)
  • start to learn Spanish!
  • read more non-fiction books (recommendations welcome)
  • continue to work on finding a healthy relationship with myself and learn to love my body just the way it is

The year got off to a rocky start when I fractured my foot. Despite this fairly large set back, I think I am just about where I want to be now that it is mid-year.

I managed to a couple of new places. We went to Hawaii for the first time in 2014, but we visited a new island earlier this year.  And I went to Vida Vegan Con in Austin, Texas.  Annnnnnd I may be able to add one more place to my travel list for the year. Keeping it on the downlow for now though 😉



Feeling more productive is definitely a state of mind. I sometimes feel as though I should fill every spare hour I have with something, but sometimes it’s ok to just be. I’m getting a better handle on this, but I still really need to work on balancing things more and relax and have more fun.


As for volunteering, looks like I’m at 220 for the first half of the year. Considering I had to take off most of January, February & March, I have a feeling I will hit my goal of 500 hours no problem.  In addition to my regular volunteer places (foodbank, YMCA, hospice, Make A Wish and City of Sunnyvale), I am adding Full Circle Farm (an organic volunteer run local farm) and Reach Out and Read (reading to sick kids at hospitals waiting to see their doctors). I may have another in the works.

The apartment is looking pretty adorable. I even did a Paint Nite so I could add some of my own art to the walls (mine is on the right):

paintniteI did start to learn Spanish. Puedo hablo solo un poco. I found a free online course that is great! But I really am a hands on learner, so I think I may find a class in the area to take in the fall.

I have read several non-fiction books already this year including “Yes, Please” and
“Unbroken”. I have some more I look forward to reading over the next few months.

Lastly, you may have already read my Green Recovery Story on Choosing Raw. Although I’m feeling better about my body and myself as time goes on, this is something I will need to continually work on.

And here is a cute picture of my pup for no reason at all then to make you smile!


How are things looking for you now that we are in July? 

16 thoughts on “Mid-year Goal check in

  1. I think it’s so wonderful that you volunteer. I always say I’m going to get out there and do more volunteering and never seem to do so.
    I’ve always wanted to do a paint night – I heard they’re so much fun. :) I need to look up one in my area.

    1. I love volunteering – it’s hard to get started sometimes though. It can be tough rearranging schedules, especially if you work!
      You should do a paint night – they are so much fun!

  2. I totally wrote a 2015 goal list, I need to check it out RIGHT NOW – I have a feeling I actually may have crossed off a TON and I will certainly be crossing off SO MUCH MORE by the end of JULY! I cannot wait to reveal why! 😉 And now, I must check out Maui on a Budget because I was just talking about going to HAWAII!!

    1. You seem like a very productive lady GiGi! I bet you have a ton done already =) I look forward to reading about your checklists.
      You need to check out Maui – it is awesome sauce.

  3. I love that you do so much volunteer work, Kimmy! I was thinking about doing some volunteer work at my local wildlife park but with 3 young children with me all the time, it just isn’t going to work. Once they are a bit older I’m looking forward to doing some volunteer work though :)

  4. Hi Kimmy, wow, I’m impressed! I love the idea of doing a mid-year check-in on progress towards goals. You’re knocking yours out of the park, especially given your injury this winter. You go girl! :-) I’m sad I missed VVC, but looking to go next year!

    Unbroken is a tough but amazing read, isn’t it? Other nonfiction I’ve loved: Half-Broke Horses, The Blue Zone Solution, anything by Malcolm Gladwell. An oldie but goodie: A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. Happy reading (and traveling)! If you ever want to come to the DC area, my door is open!

    1. Thanks Lee! I find sharing my goals on the blog helps me stay accountable and get more done ;p
      Oooh thank you so much for the book recommendations – I was really looking for more to read and it sounds like we have similar reading tastes. I’ve been wanting to read the Blue Zone book for awhile now and the others sound good too.
      I definitely want to come to DC again and will let you know when I’m headed there =)

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