And here we are. Time to make, and hopefully meet, some goals for the year 2017. As my last post mentions ... very loudly ... I did not do so great with the 2016 goals. Which is ok. I guess some years are like that. And that's part of the reason I use terms like "goals" or "improvements" instead of "resolutions." Because while I hope to be a better person at year end... we are all human after all.
That said, I have spent the past few months working hard on my self. My mind, my soul, my spirit. I'll go into this more in another post... but for the first time in years, I'm feeling more like the self I once knew, and less like this self I now am. (I'm not a huge fan of this current self, so this is good.) The plan is to eventually become my best self yet... but I need to heal some internal wounds first, both old and new. So, having already started working on myself, I'm in a good spot to make some goals for the next year.
I'm again trying to keep my goals tangible and trackable. I think that where I am in all aspects of life, that makes the most sense. I did that for the first time this past year and it was pretty clear how I was doing on my goals. Or not doing, as the case was. When I set more aspirational "improvements" for myself... it's a little harder to honestly reflect back on how I am doing, or did. I need black and white goals that I either hit or don't. None of this "be more patient" or "become one with my environment"... at least not this year. Give me the checklist, please!
Enough rambling. Let's move on to the goals for 2017:
1. Start a "book club."
I still need to figure out the specifics on this. I don't think that I am looking to do a "traditional" book club since I feel like these have let me down in the past. I love talking books with people though.... so maybe it's as simple as an online group, or an in-real-life group that meets once a month to talk about what they are reading. I just know that this past year, I read so much and really enjoyed what I was reading. And several of the best reads were recommendations from others. Alternatively, I may just find a few friends who want to complete "Modern Mrs. Darcy's 2017 Reading Challenge" with me. Any takers?!
2. Make meals enjoyable. For all of us.
This past year, I have really struggled with putting six or seven meals a week on the table that we all like, and can all eat. Between food intolerances, food dislikes, and just the overwhelming task of menu planning... grocery shopping... and meal prep... it's been hard. We all like lots of diversity in our menu, which hasn't really happened as of late. I think I got off track with our crazy spring, winged it over the summer, and completely failed this fall. I've been so disheartened the past few weeks that meals are just a task to complete and that is not what I want mealtime to be. I'm looking into one of those "box services" where they ship the meal to you, freezer meal workshops (which I have had success with in the past), and some new cookbooks. Meal times will be merry and enjoyable once more.
3. Bust. That. Stash.
No, really. I have some serious fabric hoarding tendencies. And everyone, rightfully so, has been calling me out on it. I mean, even my mom claimed I had "SABLE" [Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectnacy]... so it must be bad! I need to finish up the many, many WIPs I have in that sewing area, and either tackle some stashbusting projects or de-stash the fabric. I'm also going to clean up the sewing room while I go. Cause, it's embarrassing right now.
4. Be creative every day.
OK, some might say I already am. And I have achieved this in years past... especially with the P365. This was not the case this past year. At best, the P365 was a "to do item" and at worst, it was a chore I avoided. It's done, but not pretty. That said, I realized over the past few months of self-reflection that I am much, much happier and patient when I have taken some time for creativity during the day. Personal, fulfilling creativity... not work. Sometimes this is via photography, sometimes through doodling, sometimes through crafting... And sometimes it's just taking 20 minutes to watch a class online while sketching some ideas for a bucket list item. I'd love to find a way this year to incoporate creative time for myself every day. Almost to the point where it becomes a practice. And NOT let it be the first thing to drop when schedules get crazy and life gets overwhelming. I won't be doing another P365 this year, as I hope that by taking the pressure off, the work flows more freely. But I think that I have enough creative interests already that I don't need that structure to complete this goal.
5. Less Clutter, More Calm.
Yeah... pretty sure this one is on my list every year in one form or another. Maybe this will be the year I accomplish it. There is STUFF everywhere in our house right now. And it's completely disorganized in several places. So many times I have told myself "I'll deal with it when I have half an hour" or "I'll do it when the boys are in school full-time" ... but guess what?! It's not happening. AT ALL. So I'm putting it on the list. Again. The clutter and the stuff and the things are driving me CRAZY. Time to remind this stuff who is boss.
Of course, I have hopes for practicing self-care, noticing the small moments that make up my day and bring joy to my life, and becoming a patient, engaged human... But these goals are more aspirational and where I tend to fail. So, not this year. Also, I think that five goals is a pretty good number. Maybe once I get some "wins" under my belt... I'll tackle these. I mean, I could start a trend of Goals that are based around your birthday... right?!
I guess we will see. I'm excited for 2017 and hopeful that this year is *my* year... but only time will tell. I had the same hopes going into 2016 and that certainly didn't prove to be true. But, unlike last year, I'm in a better place mentally, physically, professionally... this really could be the year! I'm optimistic.
Happy New Year Everyone!