31 Dec

This Last Year I…

Posted by Jenna, Under Goals

At the beginning of the year I committed to do several things.

Here’s what I accomplished:

Had a baby!


The rest of my goals? I didn’t finish them 100% like I wished I would.

A few that I accomplished partially:

I lost 25 pounds.

Then gained 5 back. So I’ve lost 20 of the 30 lbs I vowed to lose.

I shot 7 weddings for Jenna Cole.

Kimberly and Bradley

Kathryn and Eric

Natalie and Jeramy

Laura and Matt

Kate and Cormac

Lauren and Richard

Brynn and Jeff

I finished three nonfiction LDS books.


And those I didn’t even come close to accomplishing:

Finish college courses except last foreign language class. (Not currently working on this right now.)

Clean out my inbox by the end of January. Reply to Jenna Cole emails within 24 hours. Reply to personal emails within 72 hours. Reply to blog comments within one week. (I cleaned out my inbox by the end of January, but if filled right back up again.)

Dream up a “concept shoot”. Find models. Find props. Make artwork I can be proud of. (Someday this will happen, but my paying clients always have to come before my personal goals.)

Attend the temple at least once/month after the baby comes. (I’ve only been twice, once in Dallas and once in SLC.)

After baby is born, devote an entire day to myself. Get a facial/pedicure/massage, go to a museum, take pictures of whatever inspires me, do no laundry/no dishes/cook no meals. (This is one I should definitely work on in 2011!)

Cook/bake one dish from the Polish cookbook TH’s aunt gifted us. (I have the poppyseeds. Maybe for Valentines day?)

My 2009 goals, and what I accomplished.

This year I’m going to start working on 101 goals to be finished in 1001 days. I was inspired by Emily, and you’re free to join us if you’d like!

21 Comments


  1. Congratulations! 2010 was a big year for you! And here’s a tip for when you want to visit a museum in Chicago. You can check out museum passes for free at the Chicago Public Library! Passes for families of up to four people are available for check out from Chicago Public Library branches. Each library location has a limited number of Passports for each of the 13 museums that participate in the program, and one Museum Passport can be checked out per person, per loan period (one week).

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  2. That seems pretty impressive to me! Particularly number 1.

    I have a handful of goals for 2011, but the most consuming and exciting one is related to my new favorite piece of jewelry …

    Sophia Reply:

    I clicked over to your blog as soon as you said that, haha :) Congrats!

    Jenna Reply:

    You are engaged! I just clicked over to read your announcement post. Such a sweet way to share the news.

    Emmie Reply:

    Congrats!!!

    Gogo Reply:

    Oh thanks! Sooooo excited!

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  3. I’m excited to see your 101 in 1001. I’d like to do one, as well, but I feel like I don’t have enough attainable goals… I’m always so busy!

    Jenna Reply:

    Reading other peoples lists has really helped me write mine. Some of mine are as simple as “build a snowman”. :)

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  4. I love that 2 out of the 3 books are by Gaskill. Love him. He says hi every time I see him on campus.

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  5. Good job on accomplishing your goals. I didn’t complete all my goals for 2010 either. However managed to accomplish a few, for which I am proud of. One of the is paying of my student loan.
    Btw, what did you think of the book comparative look at Mormonism and Catholicism? Did you get a better understanding of Catholicism vs Mormonism. Reason for my question hubs is LDS and I’m Catholic.

    Jenna Reply:

    Yes! Yes! It is an amazing book that really focuses on pointing out the similarities between the belief systems, rather than the differences. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, and I’ve hears they plan on writing like 14 different books on religions around the world.

    It even taught TH some things that he had misunderstood during his 18 years as a Catholic.

    Nina Reply:

    Oh awesome! Do you know where I can purchase the book? Is it available as an ebook? The hubs graciously gifted me a Kindle for Christmas.

    Jenna Reply:

    I bought it from Amazon, but if you can’t find it there try Desert Book. I’m not sure if it’s in ebook form yet. I’d love to hear your perspective on it once you finish it!

    Jackie Reply:

    There is a saying in the Catholic Church, “Most people do not hate the Church, only what they mistakenly believe it teaches.” I’m happy you all are doing your research!

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  6. Congratulations on the first three achievements, those are big ones. The rest, well you can continue to work on it. Resolutions are here to make us aim to be better after all.

    My resolution for the year is to find a job I’m happy about.

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  7. I just started the 101 in 1001 project last year and I love it! It’s a long enough period of time where you don’t feel rushed and you can really mix it up with fun and serious things! Good Luck!

    Since you mentioned others lists… here’s mine in case it helps anyone think of more ideas!
    http://kristinsnotes.wordpress.com/101-in-1001

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  8. having a baby, losing 20 pounds, shooting 7 weddings and reading is no small feat. I’m quite impressed actually! I think you should be proud of your accomplishments this year.

    Definitely take a day out for yourself in 2011!

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  9. Maybe you can shoot my “wedding” this year! We’ll see!!!!

    Happy New Year! May all your wishes come true!

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  10. I’m definitely on the 101 in 1001 bandwagon this year. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. That is amazing that you shot so many weddings this year- you should be so proud of the way you’ve built up your business! I’m looking forward to the 101 in 1001 post as well- I think those lists are so interesting.

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  12. You did an awesome job towards your goals!! I know I’m super glad that you shot our wedding! :-D

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