I didn’t mean for a whole month to pass before posting again. We’ve been so busy this past few weeks, and I’m excited to say spring is around the corner. I celebrated my birthday on Sunday with dinner outside and strawberry shortcake Jude helped me make. It was a perfect way to begin my year and inaugurate the spring and summer. Longer days and more time outside lie ahead.
I’ve seen goal lists for new year’s posts and birthdays, and I love the idea, so I decided to do one for myself. As always, accountability is a reason to post it here, and I figure it will be fun to post a little every now and then on my progress. Some of these are a little embarrassing in that they are things I should be doing already, but I am putting it all out here anyway. Some are just for fun. I hope to come back to this post and cross them off as I get them done. I love fresh slates and new beginnings, and I have a good feeling about 33.
1. Go to the dentist. (Recently neglected for me. I think it’s been about two years!)
Get an actual physical. (So embarrassing to admit this, but 2007 was the last time I had a physical. Seven years ago!)
Establish somewhat regular exercise. Emphasis being on somewhat – I’d be happy with 1-2 times a week if it really happens.)
4. Start submitting some freelance writing pieces for publication.
Travel somewhere I’ve never been before.
6. Start using my camera again – not just my iPhone.
7. Get at least three facials before I turn 34. (My friend’s skincare clinic is AMAZING, and I’m old enough to take care of my skin a little better. I love visiting her for treatments when I can.)
Discover a new musician or two.
9. See three movies in the theater. ( I never do this anymore!)
10. Go on a few real dates.
11. Blog more often, at least 24 more entries before I turn 34.
12.Pack some good food for a real picnic once this spring or fall.
13. Have some fun new experiences with the kids – maybe a day trip, a new museum, festivals, etc.
14. Get to know our library. It is walking distance from our home and just opened this year.
Get to know our new farmer’s market this summer. It’s busy and thriving and one mile down the street. So much better than the supermarket!
16. See a concert.
17. Focus on taking a true sabbath every week. No plans, at least a few hours of no housework and phones and computers.
18. Master steak in a cast iron skillet. (Some claim it’s the best way to cook them.)
19. Make homemade gnocchi.
20. Complete 5 knitting projects.
Create more time for reading, and finish more books. (I’m leaving them unfinished so shamefully often lately.)
Establish some flowers and vegetables in our back yard.
Create a reading nook in our master bedroom.
24. Finish the family recipe book I began last year.
25. Complete Norah’s second year album.
26. Finish our 2014 family album.
27. Finish the guest bedroom in our house.
Get a better understanding of retirement savings and save more in general. (I know we put money away, but at this age, you don’t question or worry too much. I could examine it a lot more carefully.)
29. Continue to invest more time in my close friendships. Maybe even a brief girls’ trip this year.
30. Streamline my closet a bit, throw out old clothing and be ruthless about it this time.
31. Share 6 recipes here.
Go strawberry picking with the kids and enjoy the apple orchards again as we did last year.
Make use of our screened porch and outside space this summer. (I have big plans for ferns, rugs, extra seating, and a sandbox for the kids.)
Thanks for reading if you’ve made it this far. What about you? Any goals for the upcoming year or the season ahead? Spring is a great time to make big plans.