Motivation Monday: January 2012 Week 1/23

I am a day late and a dollar short, as the saying goes. I had some internet issues yesterday and by the time we had them taken care of. I could not bring myself to go into my office. Anything I took care, was done via my phone. So here I am Tuesday afternoon, writing my post for yesterday. Do forgive me for being late to the game.

Since this is the last full week of the month I would like to recap my monthly goals and figure out what I need to finish up by next Monday which is when I will post goals for February.

My plans for the month of January were to organize all of my genealogy books/magazines in one spot. I have taken care of that, for the most part. I have a few items missing and I will be working on finding those soon (for some reason I fear they might have made it into my attic).

My goal for starting research on my Richmond line has hardly been touched at this point. I did purchase Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 and started a new tree to track my progress on this line. So I have the basics in the program so far, small steps right?

I plan to make some changes to my goals for the year, so stay tuned for a post about that. I have been giving this some thought and I know I need to make these adjustments now, otherwise, I will fail at what I have set out to do.

As for the few things I wanted to do over the month, I was able to go to IRAD with Jen and helped her do a bit of research. We had a good time, oh and I used a microfilm machine, that was a first that I have used any type of micro machine since maybe the 80’s.

I did not go hear Tim Pinnick speak, unfortunately he had a death in the family and it was cancelled.

Jen, Laura and I went to the Italian Cultural Center and heard a lecture about Anti Italianism, it was very interesting. Though I do not have any direct Italian ancestors, I do have Italian family and this made me really think about stereo types and how everyone is affected by it.

Finally, I went to the Dupage Genealogical Society’s January meeting and heard Jen speak about organizing your data, that really changed the way I am analyzing the information I already have. You can read about the lecture here.

Plus, if you have not heard, we started planning a Midwest Geneabloggers get-together, you can read about that here.

So you can see that even though, I missed on the research part of my goals, I really have done quite a bit with genealogy this month.

Thanks for sticking with me on this.



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  1. You’re doing great! This is going to be a wonderful year. I think that a big part of making it a success will be to count our success rather than the things that might have gone as planned. You’ve done some great genealogical research and education this month. 🙂

  2. You’re doing great, moving forward! Life happens, don’t feel bad about needed adjustments. All of us want to get to the end of 2012, and feel we made great strides in the want to do/need to do things on our desks. You’re going to have a lot to show for 2012, I’m sure of it!

    1. Thanks Leslie,

      Where would we be without all those who help cheer us on. I appreciate your constant support. Good luck to you in all your goals for 2012!

  3. Wow, we as Genealogists are human, Yes we are. I am glad to hear your on track. I looked at my thoughts for the year and am pleased with where I am at. Sometimes the material things are not as important as life. So at this point I am pleased. Wish health was better for some but thankful we still have them.
    Love to read your blog.

    1. Susi,

      Yes, we are human…goal this year is to stay on track, even if we need to renegotiate that track. Glad to hear that you pleased with where you are as well. That’s what matters after all.
      Thanks for continuing to read!

  4. You are making great progress Terri! Just remember you can only do what you can do and don’t have control over everything (like the internet being down). you really have done a lot in the first three weeks of 2012! Keep going!

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