#reverb 13: failure is an opportunity

FAIL: What just didn’t work out this year?  Is that okay with you?  Or are you going to try, try again?

I hate to think of goals that shifted or things I did not achieve as failures, because most of the time, I just feel like I prioritized things differently. I also think that it's important to acknowledging trying something as a success even if the results aren't what you expected. 




However, I am disappointed that I lapsed so much in my running/training for a half-marathon. I ran several 5K's but never got my miles close to 13. Instead of not running in the half that I signed up for, I did change my entry to 5K and it was important for me to follow through with that at least, which made me remember why I enjoy running. 

While I'm not chastising myself for not getting where I wanted to be, I'm definitely planning to recommit to this goal. 

I also need to focus my energies in doing more academic writing and publishing. 

There are some goals I admit I kind of gave up on that I probably won't try again:

Project Life 2013: I made it to March this year but lost focus and interest a bit. I'm considering making a photobook of some kind from photos this year, of which I took many, but the kind of energy needed for me for PL just isn't there. I do plan on trying to complete a One Little Word Smashbook or maybe even do something digital there, too. 

In the past few years I've said I wanted to keep a plant alive or make a succulent garden. I have made no steps toward accomplishing this, and so it qualifies as more of a failure to me. Still, I'm not sure if it's in my future or not. I do like succulents and air plants and people say they're really easy but I once killed a cactus and also bamboo. So, maybe plants aren't in my future. And I'm good with that.