12 New Things

by Donna on August 19, 2010

What great timing.

I was catching up with my favorite blogs via Google Reader when I came across Sarah Mae’s post … learning a new skill each month.

First let me take a minute to rave about Sarah Mae and her blog, Like A Warm Cup of Coffee… first of all, with a blog name like that why would you think I wouldn’t LOVE this blog, and I do. I love Sarah Mae and her blog for many reasons; #1 she is bold, #2 she is honest, #3 she’s humble. I’ve even had lunch with her at a park once, not that she would remember, but I do. I think she’s just GREAT! and she is one of the girls behind The Relevant Conference. If you haven’t already pop over and say hello to her at Like A Warm Cup of Coffee.

Ok.. where was I.

Finding this post was perfect timing because last week I started a list of things that I wanted to learn this year, books to read, etc. Joining a “blog carnival“  like this is a great way to stay focused, motivated and actually accomplish your goals! I’m adding each month or two a book that I hope to read/listen to.

I’m excited to share with you my

12 New Things:

August: Learn how to make homemade Spaghetti Sauce (completed TODAY!) (finish listening to 4 Hour Work Week)

September: Re-learn how to knit and knit a scarf! (read Better Off : Flipping The Switch On Technology / Eric Brende.

October: Learn to quilt / sew a doll quilt for my daughter for Christmas (Read the Gospels)

November: Learn how to make a homemade Christmas wreath

December: Make and use a homemade advent calender. (Read 1 Christmas book w/ kids nightly)

January:Learn 2 new songs on the guitar (I’ve played for over 12 years but haven’t picked up my guitar in over a year!)

February: Learn how to make homemade french bread (read another great book; any suggestions?)

March: Learn how to cut my children’s hair

April: Plan and launch an Etsy store! (read another great book; any suggestions?)

May: Learn how to make homemade cheese

June: Sign up for an online course (read another great book; any suggestions?)

July: Run my first 5K (there… I’ve set a deadline… let’s see if this happens)

I’ll post an update by the last Friday of each month. Let me know if you’re going to join in!

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1 Rebekah August 19, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Anytime you need a book suggestion you can come to me! One of the best books I’ve ever read was “A Thousand Splendid Sons.” I could give you so many more suggestions it would make you sick.

Also, I know how to knit if you need any help. I’m not that great, but I could help a little. Also, i have some knitting needles. Plus I have a scarf that I started knitting about 20 years ago that I would LOVE to have someone finish for me!
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2 Kendra August 20, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I think I may have to join you! I was pleased to think that by the time its all said and done, Jonathan will be finishing up school!! I like that! 12 new things, that’s all I have to get through… and he’s done with school! It makes things look a whole lot better :) . And the 5K- GO YOU- anyone can do it, I’m living proof. So I commit to running it WITH YOU!!


3 Michelle August 24, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Hi Donna, Those are some great goals! How is the AM challenge going for you? I’m going to try learning 12 new things, too. :)
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4 Donna August 24, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Michelle, Thanks for stopping by! I’m excited about setting 12 goals for the year, I’m excited to re-learn to knit next month!

The AM challenge is going very slowly. I’m struggling to go to bed at a reasonable hour and I’ve been having a tough time sleeping, not sure why. I’ve got to figure out a great way to unwind at night. I was so glad that you started the challenge I needed the motivation!


5 Sherrill August 27, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Two books that I reccomend are The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses, both by Jeanette Walls. The Glass Castsle is a memoir of her growing up years. Both very good books. I recently began a couch to 5k program. Google it. it is a running/walking interval training program for people who have not been running. The end result is running a 5k.


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