thirteen by 2013

last year around this time, I stumbled onto a new blog through something I pinned. and on that blog I found something that she had found through another blog that I wanted to try: making a list of 12 things to accomplish by 2012. it didn't take me long to come up with a list of things I had been meaning to finish or wanting to try. [plus, we all know that list-making is one of my favorite activities.] I gave it a good effort, and wound up finishing 10 of 12 items on my list.

I've been thinking for a while that I should do a 13 by 2013 list this year. maybe it's all this sitting around with my leg up that makes me itch to be productive? opening my reader this morning to find a 13 by 13 list by August Empress gave me the push to finally sit down and hash through my ideas.

with a little deliberation, I narrowed my list down to 13 things I think I can manage in the next 10 weeks.

thirteen by 2013

1. finish reading the sound and the fury done + posted 10.28
2. hold a paleo challenge with husband
3. paint + hang the 3 big canvases sitting in my office
4. heal my knee enough to go for a run
5. post on the blog at least twice each week
6. complete level 1 of Rosetta Stone Mandarin
7. find a local shop to print photos for hanging
8. create a better storage solution for my nailpolish collection
9. finish the roll of film in my Holga  complete + posted 11.15
10. implement a well-planned blog redesign "tour" posted 11.11
11. organize my closet/wardrobe [including shoes + belts] posted 11.28
12. plan a photo project to start next year
13. take a trip to the "17 km of splendid coastline"

I'll be posting photos of things as I complete them, and coming back to update this list here. [hoping that having to report things will keep me motivated!]

I learned a few things from last year's attempt. the key [for me at least] is to set concrete goals, nothing too abstract. "exercise more" or "practice photography" are not really measurable achievements. "run a 5k" and "shoot a roll of film" are. a good goal is something closer to a true/false or yes/no question than a short answer or essay.

feel free to join up in setting some goals to achieve by the end of the year. hopefully, by joining forces we can all be a little more productive! leave a comment below with a link to your list, and use this code below if you'd like to borrow my graphic.

good luck!

copy code for graphic: <a href="http://inkandadventure.blogspot.tw/2012/10/thirteen-by-2013.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8oAcOgaDrp8/UIEdftPd7aI/AAAAAAAABaQ/KDdH8UWe3Lk/s1600/13x13.png" border="0" alt="13x13" /></a>


  1. Found your list through August Empress ... hope it's ok that I'm using your image. I'm terrible at graphics :)

    1. totally ok, that's why I shared the code :) good luck with your list!


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