I've seen a lot of stats thrown around about people and their new years resolutions. I think most consistently you hear that 80-90% of resolutions fail. In an effort to hold myself accountable and push myself even further in 2016 I wanted to take some time and look back on the goals I set out for myself in 2015 (written a year ago) and see how I did.
#1: READ OUR NIGHTLY DEVOTIONAL EVERY NIGHT IN 2015 - SUCCESS
We read our devotional every night in 2015 and on nights we missed we would read the previous night to make sure we caught up. I'd consider this one 100% a success.
#2: USE THE COACH.ME (FORMERLY LIFT) APP EVERY DAY IN 2015 - FAIL
Sadly this one is a fail. I used it for the first two months of the year and fell out off of it. I used a new app called Productive for the last couple months of 2015 but not as regularly as my goal was at the start of the year.
#3: WRITE TWO CHEF JOEL & JENN ARTICLES A MONTH - PARTIAL SUCCESS
We did 15 new recipes in 2015. So we didn't meet our goal of doing 24 new recipes in 2015. I consider this one partial success though considering we bought and sold a house and subsequently moved twice all in one year. Not to mention we both got new jobs this year. So fifteen was not too shabby.
#4: "READ" 5 BOOKS IN 2015 - PARTIAL SUCCESS
I read three books this year, one of which was The Way of Kings which was a 1,000+ page fantastic epic. The other two was the first Harry Potter and our nightly devotional. I am disappointed that I didn't meet this goal though I wish Jenn and I had gotten further in the Harry Potter series.
#5: DRINK MORE WINE AND EVEN LESS SODA - SUCCESS
I'd say this was an absolute success although I don't have any empirical data to back this up. I would say 2015 was the most wine I've ever drank (always in moderation) and the least amount of soda i've ever drank. In soda's wake I've substituted it for a sparkling water which gives me some the feeling of drinking Coke.
#6: BE A BETTER HUSBAND - PARTIAL SUCCESS
With everything that happened in 2015 I think the fact that we like each other more today then we did when I wrote these goals in 2015 says something. This is one of those years that could have really broken us down but we stuck together and figured out what we wanted and made it happen. It wasn't easy but I know for an absolute certainty that our relationship has never been stronger then it is today and for that I am beyond grateful. However I only give myself partial credit for this goal because I also am aware enough to know that I got lazy. I didn't buy Jenn enough flowers, or open her door enough, or randomly send her love notes. So there is still work to be done.