Hello! Remember me? Sometimes I’m not so sure even I do! 2016 was one of those years, and from what I’m reading everywhere, everyone is happy it’s over! For me, 2016 was a busy year but not necessarily productive. I spent a lot of time procrastinating and spinning my wheels, and that’s something I hope to conquer in 2017.
I’m hoping to change the direction of this space a bit too, although I’m not sure how or where, so bear with me. For accountability, and because I’m a visual person, I tried to make a list of what is important to me right now to accomplish this year.
I used to be a voracious reader, but this past year I haven’t felt like anything resonated with my taste, or I grew bored with it early. I find it extremely hard to believe that I’ve read everything good there is to read (->sarcasm), so I am going to make it a priority to always have a novel loaded on my kindle, or borrowed from the library, to relax with in the early evening. Check out Overdrive for books, and Zinio for magazines.
I took an online community college course last year, and while it gave me anxiety & stress, it felt good to learn something new. There are so many online courses available, in a myriad of topics that are affordable and easy to do on your own terms and time. Many of the local community colleges offer courses online, but there is also Udemy and CreativeLive.
I’m pretty good in this area – I eat (pretty) clean, exercise daily and take an afternoon walk most days to alleviate stress, anxiety, and tightness from sitting too much at my desk. But I fell out of a daily meditation practice before it really became a habit and I’ve been wanting to try aromatherapy for a while. I want to try to restart the meditation (first thing in the morning) again, to attempt a calm start to the day. There are so many meditation apps out there, but I really like Insight Timer. I’m very ADD and need to be guided, and there are tons of guided meditations from people all over the world. It sometimes takes some time to find one that works, voice & tone really make a difference here!
2016 was actually a really good travel year! That was one of my goals, and my husband & I really made it happen. I’d like to continue in 2017, with more getaways and explore more new places, even if they are just day trips.
Connect with Friends
It’s so easy to get wrapped up in our own bubble, right? We have some great friendships that have been cultivated through the years and we need to make it a priority to keep in touch with those people.
Whew. Where do I start? This was a big goal in 2016, and it’s hard to say if I was successful. I won’t lie, it was difficult year personally; there were some hard conversations and difficult realizations, but we came out stronger and more committed, and happier than ever. That said, I still deal with a lot of negative thoughts that I have to learn to let go of and push away when they enter my head.
There is nothing more important than giving yourself to the moment you are in and being there wholly. I really learned that last year. I have tried to reconnect with my husband, my sons, my family, my friends and take the time to really be present. Put away the phone, the iPad, the computer. We should really give 100% of our attention to the people we are with when we’re with them.
Find my creative again
I used to journal, I used to draw, I used to hand-letter. This is actually a big challenge that I want to try to incorporate into my daily life. I recently found the Bullet Journal community, and I’m newly obsessed. It takes the concept of day planner, journal, gratitude log, sketchbook and notebook and combines them into one. For the day planner, last year I tried to get back to an actual paper calendar, but couldn’t find one that met my personal needs. I must have bought, and discarded at least 5. That’s an expensive trial. While the bullet journal takes a little more time to set up, you can totally customize it to fit your own personal needs. It lets me get creative and draw my calendar, weekly spread, and goals, plus I can take it with me to meetings and take my notes, draw when I’m bored (or inspired) and hopefully stay on top of life. I’m excited about it and will share some spreads soon!
Plan meals & cook more
I did this so well last year when I did January Whole 30 last year (which I didn’t do so well sharing here), but after January, not so much. I got busy with life and work, and ended up not prepping, and making the same meals over and over again. Yawn. I’m armed with some new cookbooks and ideas and hope to revive my kitchen mojo.
Driving to Mojave
I really want to stay on top of this and develop some content. I may seem disjointed, but I’m not ready to throw in the towel just yet.
This ended up being a bit of a ramble, but I had to put myself out there. So if you read all the way to the end, bravo you 😉