I don’t usually make New Years Resolutions, but this year I was inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s 18 for 2018 and one of my fave bloggers Mavis Butterfield’s weekly goals updates, so I’m going to try this out. Some of these items are long term, some are short term and could be completed in a weekend, and a few of them may not be finished at all. And that’s ok! This is just what I’m striving toward this year.
1: Focus on healthy daily habits: yoga, water, fruits and veggies, and activity
I’m not even gonna sugar coat it: this week was not cute as far as eating well and exercising goes. I did eat a few avocados, so I’ll toss that in the green stuff bucket even though I just learned that they’re actually berries. At this point, I’m just going to pretend that the 90 pack box of fruit snacks that I’ve been consuming like a feral animal is healthy and call it a day.
2: Read 25 books
I didn’t finish any books this week.
3: Get dog barking and door behavior under control
The thank yous and ah-ah-ahs of last week have stopped working. Gah.
4: Get dressed up once a month and go on a date (with my husband)
Still in yoga pants…
5: Makeover master bathroom
My 4-year-old niece stayed over for a slumber party on Friday night. She has been in our bathroom dozens of times but looked at the wall and then turned to me horrified and asked, “What’s with the paint on the wall?”
6: Secret (for now) project
7: Write! Write! Write!
Another week, another great writing group!
8: Be more social
B- We had friends over last weekend, but I wasn’t terribly social the rest of the week.
9: Post regularly on Instagram
No posts this week, but I did fall in love with this grandma:
“Driving makes me anxious. I’ve avoided it all my life. Errands only. And I certainly have never left Suffolk County. It was never a problem until my son decided to have a fucking kid. Ellie Rose is her name. Absolute delight. But she lives three hours away. So me, Chucky Bologna—pronounced like the city, not the lunchmeat—at the age of sixty-five, has to drive on the Cross Bronx Expressway if I want to see my granddaughter. It’s a nightmare. I get nervous even thinking about it. The first time I made the trip was right after the birth. I studied the route beforehand. Memorized all my exits. I refuse to use GPS because I can’t handle the lady talking to me while I’m trying to drive. My husband packed the car. We put my dog Lyle in the front seat for emotional support. But that backfired because he sensed my anxiety and started licking my hands. My girlfriend Annette told me: ‘Chucky, you’ll be fine. Just own the center lane. Find the center and stay there.’ So that’s what I did. That minivan was not changing lanes for any fucking reason. Three straight hours. Didn’t even stop to pee. I lost eight pounds of water weight from all the sweating. But I made it. When I got there, I felt so victorious. Empowered. Like I could drive anywhere. But I haven’t, of course. Way too scary.”
10: Automate bill payments
Still doing this the hard way. I’d like to get everything automated before our February bills are due.
11: Go on 10 camping trips
Here’s the write up of our trip to Northern California earlier this month!
12: Plant a garden and grow 125 pounds of produce
I’ll be starting seeds in a few weeks based on this handy calendar.
I’m thinking this year I’ll grow:
Early girl, sun gold, cherry, and heirloom tomatoes
Meslun and leaf lettuce
Kale and collard greens
Zucchini and squash
Basil, mint, and parsley
Am I missing anything?
13: Go on girls’ trip to the hot springs
Still working on this.
14: Perfect home cleaning routine
The zone system plan semi worked this week! Our house was really clean until Friday, so I’ll consider that a win. If we can start off the week clean, maybe we can manage to keep it that way.
15: Fashion makeover
16: Complete 12 craft projects
0 down, 12 to go!
17: Launch FOLL website and create email template
I finished the homepage and now need to work on additional pages.
18: Clean out and organize cabinets and closets (and keep them that way)
As you can probably guess based on how productive I was in my other categories this week, I didn’t get much done in this arena.
19: Spend less time on my phone
This is my one big win for the week! My phone usage is down 41% from last week, which is down from the week before that. I’m sure that watching my niece and nephew for part of one day and having a slumber party with my niece that night was a major help in keeping this number low, but I’ll still take it! Some of the usage on my phone doesn’t bother me, like reading the news and Kindle books. Use of Maps is also not at all worrisome to me, because I’m not actively paying attention to my phone. I’d really like to spend less time on Instagram and have fewer pick ups. Ideally, I’d look at Instagram once or twice a day for a few minutes instead of every time I feel a slight pang of boredom.
What are you working toward in 2019?
I’d love to hear about your goals in the comments