Tuesday, January 6, 2015


I LOVE this time of year because it is the perfect time to get organized (or reorganized!) and convert the chaos into some semblance of order.  I found this quote and have decided to apply it to not only my home life, but my work life as well:

"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.  We can help write that story by setting goals." - Melody Beattie.

Melody Beattie is a published author (Codependent No More, plus others) and so she knows a thing or two about how to write a book.  This year before me is an unwritten chapter in my book of life, and before I waste time reacting to what life throws at me, I am going to take the time and set some goals for the day, for the week, for the month....something to give me a direction for the future.  I've already spent the morning working on my work goals, and want to share them with you:

2015 Goals

  • Add at least one new yearbook to the Howard County Memory Project each month
  • Add one new Kokomo Civic Theatre Scrapbook and Playbill collection each quarter
  • Scan new material each month, and publish something new each quarter
  • Convert at least 76 yearbooks from the old software to the new software
  • Convert at least 4 church records from the old software to the new software
  • Update the design of the website with our new IT Head
  • Find at least one volunteer to help with data entry
  • Check my 2015 goals each month to check my progress
  • Update the department blog monthly with my progress

Ultimately, the "book" I am writing at work is the Howard County Memory Project.  There are other items on the goal list, but these are the ones I wanted to share because you can hold me accountable to them by checking the  website and blog regularly.  I'd appreciate your input and suggestions as I work to achieve the goals I've set for this chapter in my work life.  I welcome your email at mvess@khcpl.org.

Well, the weather outside says it is definitely winter in Kokomo.  If you want to warm up, come to the Genealogy Department.  At this time of year, we are actually warmer than it is outdoors!  ;-)
Happy January!