Friday, January 13, 2017

I'm Back! - Seventeen In '17

Well, that was a long, unintended hiatus from the blog.  I couldn't believe it when I looked at my blog roll over on the side and saw that I hadn't posted on here since October!  October!!  It has been way too long, and I have missed this space so much.

I had intended to do a whole "17 before '17" list with seventeen things I wanted to accomplish before 2017 started, but wouldn't you know it I didn't get a single one done.  Not a one.  In fact, I didn't even finish the list!  I ended up with twelve things, and then the holidays came and it didn't matter how many things were on my list I was just treading water.

But those things, those twelve things, were things I REALLY wanted to get done.  Things that I felt would enrich my life and the life of my family.  Things that would maybe even make life easier.  Maybe?

So I can't abandon them.  Not going to happen.  Instead, I am turning them into my 17 in '17 list!  To be fair, I don't have seventeen things yet.  I have been working on it, but I want to make sure they are attainable and useful; no use setting myself up for failure for nothing, right?

They have sort of naturally fallen into a few different types of goals, and I think it's important to keep this mix going since they will require different amounts of energy.

First, come the finite goals.  These goals have a specific end to them.  They are tasks that need to be completed.

1.) Finish Amalia's room redo.  (Basically I have to work on the art gallery part of her room by finishing the frames I bought last March.  I want this task to be completed before her birthday.)

2.) Make our quilt.  (Yeah, I "gave" Bryson a new quilt as our anniversary gift in 2015.  Thing is, it wasn't even started.  I am hoping to have that one done soon because it is super cold out and I am tired of having two smallish blankets on our bed that end up sliding onto the floor before morning.  We are adults who should have a proper quilt.)

3.) Make/get the kids Traveler's notebooks.  (I told the kids I would make them some after I made my own last year, and it never happened.  I am sure you are shocked by this given what is already on this list.  Anyhow, I want them to start learning how to budget their time and learn how to accomplish their goals.  Hopefully they'll be better than I am at it by the end of the year.)

4.) Find a new doctor.  (This one is rather personal, so I won't be sharing the details, but suffice it to say, I am in the market for a new specialist of a particular sort and need to do some research.)

Second, I have the goals I call "the daily habits".  These are things that I want to do on a daily basis, things that are mainly for me alone, too, now that I look at them.

5.) Exercise at least five days a week.  (Better health, more energy, etc.  You get it.)

6.) Stop eating by 9:30 p.m.  (Bingeing on food right before bed just makes me have to listen to my stomach digest while I try to sleep.  Not much fun.)

7.) Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.  (I am already busting this rule tonight if I do my math right.  *sigh*  Will I ever learn?)

8.) Drink more water.  (I want to be more specific with this goal - like a more exact amount - but I haven't figured it out yet.)

Third are the "long term" goals, if you will.  Things that I want to get done but need to be maintained and sustained.  These take the most work, and some of them are things I struggle with the most.

9.)  Clean off my desk and maintain it.  (My desk is a pit.  So much so, that I cannot even use it.  To actually complete a project on my desk, I have to spend a significant amount of time just cleaning the thing off.)

10.)  Get the unfinished side of the basement into a usable state.  (It's like an episode of hoarders down there, complete with a particular path you have to follow through it.  I am done with it.)

11.)  Keep the counter cleaned off.  (I mainly mean our "peninsular" counter, and I focus on that one because it sees the most action and has the most crap on it.)

12.)  Add recipes to my repertoire.  (We have fallen into a rut so ridiculous that the kids know exactly what we will be eating on any given day because of which day of the week it is.  I can't abandon this entirely - it keeps me sane - but I need to use it as a skeleton to build on instead of a crutch to help me limp along.)

13.) Take more pictures.  (This one is just fun.  Plus, my kids are growing up way too fast, and I've been feeling the need to capture as many moments as I can, even the mundane ones.)

14.)  Write five blog posts per month.  (Sad that I think I can only muster up five a month, but that is life right now.  We're almost halfway through January and this is my first one, so I have a feeling five will feel like a stretch at first.)

And that's all I have so far.  I am going to come up with three more, but like I said, I need to make sure I actually have a chance at accomplishing them.

To keep myself accountable, I've decided I'm bringing you all on the ride with me!  You're excited, aren't you?  I am hoping to be able to show off progress, admit when I am struggling, and keep myself going knowing at least someone is watching.  I have pictures to go with future posts, so hopefully they won't be as endlessly wordy as this one has been.

Now, off to try to nab somewhere close to seven hours of sleep!

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