Monday, December 28, 2015

Thinking About Goals For 2016

Hi guys! If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a nice one! We had a great day at our house. I didn't know we were expecting snow, so I had a beautiful, surprise White Christmas. The flakes were those huge, drifty ones - my favorite kind. 

We had a great day of family togetherness, playing with new toys, reading books, and watching football. It was a calm, happy day.

Here are my recent outfits: 

Splatter tunic, leggings and oxfords.

Scatter-dye dress, faux suede leggings and camel boots. 

Ivory sweater, copper skirt and camel boots.

Charcoal sweater, flared jeans and green Roos.

Are you thinking of any New Year's resolutions or goals for the year? Do you choose a motivating word for the year? I like to make goals. I typed up a big list on my phone, and I know I can't put enough focus onto all those items, so I'll have to narrow it down. Some of the things I definitely want to do are:

1. Live more healthfully. I got off track in 2015, often didn't eat as well as I usually do, didn't exercise as much as I prefer, didn't sleep as much as I used to, and hardly meditated at all. In 2016 I want to develop better eating habits, keep up my exercise streak (I've been doing great for a week now!), increase my average sleep time to 7-8 hours per night, and spend a few minutes meditating almost every day. I'm going to try to get up early and exercise before the kids get up. I totally failed to create this habit in 2015, but I'm going to try again. I really miss starting my days with peaceful time to myself, and getting up to exercise (and maybe meditate, too) would be fantastic!

2. Read more books. This year I read about 40 books, and I'd like to read more than that in 2016. I also want to read more nonfiction. My brain can handle more intellectual stimulation, now that it's not drained by worrying about little babies 24/7. My vocabulary has atrophied and I don't like that at all. If I read smarter books, I can bring that back. 

3. Write a short story and a poem. I loved writing in college, and I'm ready to do it again. If it goes well, I'll look for neighbors who want to start a writing club so we can encourage each other, have deadlines, and get feedback from each other. If it doesn't go well, the one story and one poem will be enough for now. 

4. Spend very little money. I love reading the book Not Buying It, in which a couple commit to spending a year without buying any non-essentials. I don't think I could succeed at that extreme challenge right now, so I decided to give myself an allowance of $50 a month for non-essentials. I think it's going to be really tough but really satisfying! 

5. Related to #4, but not the same, is that I want to use what I already have. Sometimes I save things for later, when really I should just enjoy them now! I have a book of short stories (The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis) that I loved so much, I never finished reading it. I put it aside so I wouldn't waste all the stories all at once. I wanted to savor them over time. Isn't that stupid? I could read them again any time I want! 

I also have fabric that I want to use for something special. It can be intimidating to cut into the special stuff, because what if I mess it up? The answer is: what good is it doing sitting on the shelf?? Wouldn't I enjoy it more if I used it and maybe made something I could wear all the time? I am such a collector, I actually do get enjoyment out of just having things and not using them. But I'm going to try to do more using and less collecting. What if I were to die without ever using that great fabric or reading those amazing stories? That would be a real waste.

So, I'll keep refining my list over the next few days and let you know what I settle on. I'd love to read yours, so feel free to leave me a link or a comment!