New Year... New Goals.

Again

Actually, if I wanted to split hairs… I could point out that I am using the term “goals” this year, instead of the word “improvements” as I have in years past. I could also point out that I am late—again—in posting my goals/improvements list. Oh well. 1.6.16 has a fabulous ring to it… no?! 

While the late posting is completely unintentional… the use of the term goals is very intentional. This year, as opposed to past years, I have several tangible, trackable goals on this list. I also have a few ambitious, shoot-for-the-moon-and-land-in-the-stars [hopefully] goals in here… but I never make it easy for myself, do I?

So… 

The List. 

  1. Complete a Project 366. 
  2. Complete the 2016 Reading Challenge from Modern Mrs. Darcy.
  3. Organize my computer & online life. 
  4. Be more patient. 
  5. Complete a "Fabric Fast."
  6. Spend 15 minutes a day organizing or purging the house. 
  7. Produce something. Anything. 

Well… that couldn’t be any more random, now could it?! Why don’t we break it down so you know what I’m talking about and so that I can remember what I meant when December rolls around and I choose to torture myself with how poorly I did. 

1. Complete a Project 366.

If you’ve been following me for a few years now, this will make sense to you. One photo, every day, for a year. This is a leap year so instead of a Project 365, it’s a Project 366. (Also known as a P366.) I completed several Project 365s… and then last year decided to skip it. What a bad idea! I’m back and I am excited. So far, I’ve been on top of photo taking AND editing. But I’m always on top of it in January. Someone should check in with me in June. I have a photo habit… why not embrace it while simultaneously discipling myself to be more intentional and improving my skill set?

2. Complete the 2016 Reading Challenge from Modern Mrs. Darcy.

I read plenty. I probably finish half a dozen books a month. Sometimes more. Reading isn’t the problem though… diverse reading is. (I need to break away from the YA section!) This is a challenge I can really sink my teeth in to… It’s fun and challenging… without scaring me off by requiring a whole lot of “real literature.” 

3. Organize my computer & online life. 

It’s either completely self-explanatory or completely vague. First, the computer organization. I’m out of space on my hard drive. Part of that is my photo habit, part of it is the fact that I have massively large design jobs from three years ago on here. Time to back up and archive this stuff. Storage is cheap people. As for the online life? I’ve walked away from Facebook proper. Time to do that elsewhere too. A lot of it is just closing accounts, and a bit of it is writing proper “goodbye posts.” I just want to “pull it in” a bit. 

4. Be more patient. 

Hahahahahaha! Oh boy. First… this should probably be first on the list. Second, this is the one goal I really hope to see some movement on. I used to be the person that had a LOT of patience. Now I’m the person that snaps too quickly. And a lot of the time, my children bear the brunt of it. (Some of those times, it’s deserved… but a lot of times, not.) I’m embarrassed by this lack of patience. I know exactly WHY I am less patient… but I can’t seem to break the cycle. I’m going to try out some new things and see how it goes. (Any ideas are welcome.) 

5. Complete a "Fabric Fast." 

What the heck is a "fabric fast" you ask?! Well, it’s a Christine-ism. Many friends have posted that they were going to pledge not to buy any new fabric/yarn/craft supplies for the year. I very nicely told them all how impressed I was but that I thought they were crazy. Then I realized that I really need to do the same thing. [This realization may, or may not, have come after an avalanche of fabric occurred.] But I just can’t do it. I can’t! So instead… I’m having a "fabric fast.” I’m pledging not to buy any new fabric until I complete the works-in-progress projects in my sewing area. Or at least until I complete SIX of them. Clearly, another post is needed to delve into this better. [There are a few necessary caveats to this, which I will outline in the separate post.] 

6. Spend 15 minutes a day organizing or purging the house. 

For so long (years, really), we lived in a perpetual state of “selling the house.” It was always ready to show, or we could get there relatively quickly. Belongings were packed away, and little was planned for—or done to—the house. Well, the house never sold and we are still here and things never really got back to where they were… but somehow got worse. So bit by bit… I’m going to go through this house and start to reclaim it. I hope. 

[And yeah, yeah… Kon Mari method and all that. Tried it, hated it. Not. For. Me. At least not the me who has two little kids and works something like 46 hours between two jobs right now.]

7. Produce Something. Anything. 

I have lots of ideas here and no plan in place. But… this has been a goal of mine for almost as long as I can remember. I made real strides in making it happen last year… and then kind of got off track/took a new job/ etc. So… it’s on the list. I’ll report back when I get the jumble of thoughts that are in my head a bit more organized. {One would think that I would have them organized, being that I am posting on the 6th day of the year… but no.}


Now... if you made it through all of that... you deserve a little treat. On New Years Day, we started a new tradition. (I had to do something while procrastinating on making the above list... right?!) I discovered "Wish Papers" at a local gift shop during the holiday season. Basically, you write your wish on the special piece of paper, make it into a cylinder, and then light it with a match. Both boys got really into not only picking their wish... but also "sending it off." It was very cute to watch them...

They both did a really good job of choosing what to wish for (Milo may have had some guidance) and both are already asking when we can do it again. I'm considering making it a Sunday night ritual, ushering in a new week instead of a new year... 

Happy New Year Everyone! May all your wishes and dreams come true as well!