Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 Plan

Here we are, 2016.

We survived Christmas. We survived the sugar and the wine and overstimulated toddlers. And now, here we are on January 1. As you may recall, I say I "don't do" resolutions, but I make goals, which are roughly the same thing. So I admit it, I'm a big liar.

Some people are adamantly against making resolutions. Some cynical types even scoff at those who do. I wonder though, what do they care if you (or I) make them? As I get older, I find myself more annoyed by the cynics who make judgements on everyone's life. But then again, I am also a cynic most of the time, so again I'm a big liar.

Well, anyway, let me share to-do list with you.

1. Sew more

It's hard to find time to do anything for myself with a bossy little person, and a full-time job. But in the last few weeks as I was making those Christmas presents, I was reminded of how much I enjoy the challenge. Even when I screw up, and even when I'm scratching my head trying to understand a pattern, I like it. So, for 2016, I'm challenging myself to make one new project each month (12 total).

2. Read more/play less Candy Crush

I have a 50 minute subway commute to and from work, 5 days a week. That is the only time I have to read, and for the most part I do! I actually achieved my 2015 Goodreads Challenge of 28 books. Hooray! But there are some mornings and some evenings when I resort to playing stupid Candy Crush. It's pretty harmless, but it's also pretty stupid. My 2016 Goodreads Challenge is 35 books, so this here I'm hoping to play less, read more.

3. Fix L's eating habits

L. is a very picky eater. Picky is putting it mildly - he eats about 4 things, none of which are vegetables. I was picky - I still am. And I know we haven't been great about offering him veggies or variety with his meals. I know that if we sat down each night and ate together, he'd develop better eating habits by watching us. Most nights when we get home from work and picking him up, we're all tired, we're all hungry, and it's easier to make him something quick and easy that we know he'll eat. So, in 2016 I want to eat together more, offer him more, see him willingly eat a piece of broccoli within the next 365 days.

4. Save money (of course)

This is always my goal. But this is the year, this is the year we're moving, I swear to jeebus. Our lease is up at the end of June and we will not re-sign! We're moving, we're getting a car. Big plans! So, right now we have no vacations planned, we have a strict budget and we are sticking to it!

5. Purge

Or de-clutter. One of the great things about moving is that you end up getting rid of stuff. I have high hopes that I can get rid of tons of stuff before the packing begins. I've been trying to re-evaluate my connection to stuff - what should be kept/meaningful, and what is meaningless. What am I holding on to for no good reason? So, I'm going through my closets, making donations, getting ready to sell stuff on eBay. Maybe I'll find some kind of enlightenment in the purge.

So, there we go. Those are the ones I'll be aiming for this year. There are others, goals that are unlikely (if I'm honest!): giving up sugar for a month (at least), writing those 100 blog posts, deleting Facebook (or at least removing from my phone...). But, I just don't think I'm strong enough for those.

OK, 2016, wish me luck.

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