So close and yet so far

So last night didn’t exactly go as planned… Why am I not surprised?

I worked pretty hard on the socks, and I’m in the middle of the toe decreases now. How frustrating is that? I just wanted to finish, but my eyes were closing. I had to forgo the knitting for sleep. Funny, its usually the other way around.

It was raining this morning, so I didn’t go riding when I woke up. I had extra time, so I actually managed to take some pictures of the knitting! Want to see?

Here they are. I know they look a little strange with the pink section, but a knitter has to do what a knitter has to do. They’re destined to be everyday socks, nothing particularly special, so I’m not too worried about their colour scheme (obviously, I used an awful lilac colour).

There they area again. The pink has some type of shine in it, which you can probably see better in the next photo. They don’t look too bad… I mean, I initially thought that I was going to have to switch to pink at the heel, so this is progress.

There we go. I can’t actually tell if that photo is going to work or not… It won’t appear here, and my typing appears a good 3-5 seconds after I press the button. So I’m sorry in advance for any errant spelling errors; I’m having computer issues.

The plan for tonight is to finish these bad boys off. Then I’ll just have the Zoomobile socks, and I may allow myself to start another project too, since I’ll have one off the needles.

What’s going on in the rest of my life, in a list.

1. There’s a new page at the top of the blog, called “The Trouble with Greys”. I had started another blog with this title, but I couldn’t keep up both blogs with interesting content and quality writing. So I took some of the posts from that blog and put them here. There’s lots of pictures; check it out.

2. Back when I wrote about my goals, I wrote that I wanted to successfully test for my Pony Club levels on July 2nd. That was on Monday, and I’m pleased to inform you that the goal is completed! I received a score of 91.5% (out of 100) on my riding test, and I couldn’t be more proud of my horse!

3. Speaking of said horse, I have contacted barns near my University to move her to in the fall… The place I want only has one stall left, so I’m freaking out a little bit. This means I have to decide fast! I’m excited but scared all at once; what if, what if, what if. That’s all that’s running through my head. So I have to make the two hour drive up there sometime in the next week, between work, in order to meet the barn manager. Fingers crossed that it all works out!

4. I have a wedding this weekend and I have no idea what to wear. Oh, crap. I also have to get someone to look after the horses. I swear I’m usually more organized than this!

5. I’ve been reading these books about food security and eating well, and I love it. I’m so grateful that I live on a farm, and either grow or know the farmers of most of my food.

6. I’ve been reading. Period. Hence the lack of knitting. But I have this list of over 225 books to read, so I’ve been slowly working on it. Plus you can’t work in a library without constantly pulling books off the shelves to read.

That’s all for now folks, hopefully now that I’ve gone back to one blog again I’ll be posting some better stuff. And more pictures of the socks, hopefully travelling a bit now that it’s officially summer!

Goals

Sorry for the crazy post yesterday… Sometimes I just get crazy happy and my thoughts go in all directions.

As you may have surmised, I’m a goal setter. I always have been. Recently, however, I’ve stepped it up a notch. In January I made some yearly goals. I typed them up and printed them out, then hung them up on the walls of my room for the world to see. Since they were so public, it seemed even more important to complete them.

There were many goals, and since I don’t have them right in front of me, I can’t tell you all of them, but the ones I do remember go something like this:

1. By April 2012, qualify for Pony Club National Quiz at the A/B level (that’s the highest level, and I would have to finish in the top four competitors to make Nationals, for those of you who don’t know).

2. By April 2012, obtain an 80% academic average.

3. By June 2012, run a cumulative total of 250 kilometers (started counting in January).

4. By August 2012, jump a 3’3″ course with Domino.

5. By August 2012, jump a small course with Felix.

Let me tell you how these goals went/are going. #1, make National Quiz for Pony Club, has happily been completed. I worked really hard, and studied for it a lot, and I made it! I was so happy when I got to take that goal off of the wall. #2, however, did not go as planned. I worked extremely hard this past semester in school, and going into exams I had a 79.9% average. I had over 83% in all of my classes except chemistry, which I was in danger of failing (I had a 57%… And I do not fail things. I take school very seriously). After exams, my average was only¬†a 72%. To say I was dissappointed was an understatement. However, this failure only served to motivate me further. I can’t wait to go back to school in the fall and prove that I can do it.

Domino last year, jumping a cross country fence that’s around 2’3″.

Goal 3 was also uncompleted… I did well at the start of the year, but I think I’ve only run around 130 kilometres in total since January. My motivation just fell off. More about that later. Goals 4 & 5 are still in progress. I think I can do #5 with no problems, but #4 seems a bit lofty at this point. In all fairness to myself, when I made them, I thought it was going to be a challenge, but doable. I have reassessed, and I don’t think that 3’3″ is attainable this year.

Here’s Felix jumping for the second time ever. This definitely shows promise for Goal #5.

So I figured that I would make goals for the year, then reassess & make new goals only once per year. I’ve found that this doesn’t work… My priorities change, and there’s always new things popping up that I want to complete. I’ve decided to play it by ear; make new goals when I feel the need to. I’m also going to continue making them more and more public. I found a great tip somewhere to make your goals into your passwords for websites… Though I have yet to try it, this seems like a great way to keep your goals at the forefront of your mind.

So I made some new goals yesterday. Here they are:

1. I achieve my D2 Riding Level with Pony Club on July 2, 2012. (For those of you that don’t know, that’s just a certification that you can ride and compete at a certain level)

2. I run a half marathon on July 29, 2012.

3. I write the first draft of a novel by August 31, 2012.

4. I acheive 350 hours of riding on Domino by September 1, 2012. (I count my hours through the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Horseback Riding Program, where they give you rewards for riding for a certain number of hours).

5. I send in a draft of my novel to a publisher by December 31, 2012.

6. I achieve a 80% average by December 23, 2012.

So. Those are my short term goals for the time being. They are all attainable. For my Pony Club testing levels (#1), I have to jump 2’6″, which I know Domino is capable of. I have some novels on the go, and my boyfriend and I are running the half marathon together, so I know that he will help to motivate me. I’ve already got 295 hours of riding in on Domino so far, and I’m ready to work hard this semester for my average.

I’m a goal setter. It helps me to do the things I want in life. To be honest, I didn’t think I would be running a half marathon for a few years… It was a long term goal. That’s what happens when you have a boyfriend who dares you to do things.

Notice that I don’t set goals about knitting; knitting is a hobby for me, something that’s relaxing. I like to keep it that way, so I’m free to work on whatever I feel like, with no deadlines (except Christmas, of course).

What are your goals? What are your goal setting methods, and how do you motivate yourself to get them done? Leave a note in the comments; I love to hear what is important in your life.

A Thursday List

1. OMG I’ve been surfing the blog-sphere and I’ve found something amazing. I kind of want to try it. Kind of. I found it from a post on the lululemon blog, which then linked me to the real blog that they featured in the post (confused yet?). The blog is called 12 Months of Lent and its all about goal setting… With a twist. The writer picks something she’s always wanted to try/do/improve, and dedicates a month to it. Some of her challenges are fun, some are not. I’ve been reading through the blog and it’s addicting!

2. Writing: I’ve got 3 chapters done on each book I’ve been working on. I discovered that if I sit down at the computer and think about writing a chapter instead of writing a book, the words come to me a lot better. I also print each chapter after I finish it, so I can watch the pages physically stack up. It’s like watching your knitting grow; I just can’t wait to keep writing so I can watch it get bigger! Inspiration comes in the strangest forms!

I had this quote on my wall in sticky notes all year. Read it. Live it. (And for me, that means write it.)

3. Happiness. I’ve definitely had a great life. I would say a fantastic life. I’ve been given lots of opportunities, and my family is very close. That said, I’ve definitely had a battle with happiness. Over the past year, I’ve come to terms with an event that occurred thirteen years ago. It was traumatizing, and it was a huge struggle to overcome it. That’s why I’m going to write a series of essays or a book or an article or SOMETHING to celebrate my “getting over” this event. I’m really proud of myself, but I would love to share my experiences so people in similar situations realize that they always have somewhere to turn. I don’t know how/where I’ll publish it, if I even do, I just think that happiness is so undervalued and yet so necessary. And I want people to be able to overcome whatever is holding them back… Can you tell that this is still a very nebulous idea in my head?

4. Knitting. What’s knitting? Oh yeah, that thing that this blog is supposed to be about… Right…

5. My sister. I’ve mentioned offhandedly a few times how my little sister is severely disabled. She had surgery in April to repair hip dysplasia (dogs get it often… it’s similar to dislocation but I’m a little fuzzy on the exact details). Since she has limited walking ability in the first place, we were concerned that she would never be able to walk again. Yesterday, with the help of her walker, she made it the entire length of my house! It made me smile so much, I thought I would share.

I don’t live here (just erase the mountain and then its about accurate), but the weather is the same where I’m from. Get outside people, the sunshine will make you smile.

6. In light of #1, there are so many things I want to accomplish this month! I’m going to make a goal list for the summer, right now. But I want to try making someone smile each day. I want to write at least 50 words every single day. I want to train for my half marathon. It’s all too much. Time for some prioritizing.

Peace & love.