- Read every day. As expected, this one was easy since I enjoy reading and normally include it as a regular part of my day. I was able to finally catch up on my Time magazine subscription in addition to reading a few novels and non-fiction books. "The Bitter Pill" cover story in Time was easily the most thought-provoking piece of writing I have read all year.
- Write every day. I probably wrote two out of every three days. I may not have met my goal, but I feel good about my progress because even two out of three days is a huge improvement for me. It is becoming more natural to write as part of my daily routine instead of just squeezing it in when I "find the time" (when is there ever extra time?). I hope to keep building on what I started this month and plan to continue writing regularly. I have found I am most successful when I write during HP's first nap. If I wait too late in the day, it's a lost cause.
- Use language more precisely. If I am being honest, I will admit that I did not put much effort into this one. For most of the day, my primary conversationalist is a nine-month old. When Henry gets home, I want to share my day without carefully choosing every word that comes out of my mouth. Perhaps this goal would be better implemented in a year or two. For now, I think I better shelve it.
- Photography. I signed up for an adult-education photography class through the University of Texas that starts tonight. I am excited to learn how to better use my DSLR camera and to have one night a week this month to get out of the house and do something where I am "Sarah" instead of "Mom." I have no aspirations to become a professional photographer, just to better capture moments with my family.
- Knitting. For Christmas I received knitting needles and a knitting book, but I haven't managed to progress past making simple washcloths. This month I want to complete one (non-washcloth) knitting project.
- Collage. I bought two canvases from a craft store months ago with the intention of creating a collage from the maps and ticket stubs I saved from my year abroad in college. A large bag of keepsakes has been following me around for seven years now. I am determined to free up some closet space by turning it into something I can hang on the wall.
So here's to April, may you be a month filled with artistic endeavors that leave me renewed (and not stressed, as is wont to happen when crafts do not go as planned).