A look back, a look forward.
Last year I wanted to schedule things like...
personal trainer sessions CHECK
swimming lessons CHECK - AND DIDN'T LIKE SWIMMING
monthly massages CHECK
15-30 minutes of yoga a day INFREQUENT
monthly cultural event with Amanda DIDN'T HAPPEN BUT A LOT OF OTHER STUFF DID
meal prep MOSTLY ACCOMPLISHED
Sunday suppers and reaching out to new people CHECK (but not as often as I'd like)
A check-in with my 2017 personal growth projects:
// Shoot Along camera course. I didn't do a single one! Bah!
// Swimming lessons. I did five lessons which isn't enough to become a proficient swimmer but is sufficient to realize you'd rather be lifting weights, playing tennis... really anything that doesn't involve wet hair + winter nights.
// Read at least one book a month. I read fourteen books this year. Met my goal though my second, more ambitious goal was 25 books -- one book every two weeks plus one when traveling, etc.
// Surprise: those 20 pounds are still there.
In 2017 we travelled a lot (San Antonio! Kentucky! Italy! Chicago! San Diego! Portland! Charleston! Phoenix! All over Texas!) In 2018 I want to devote my time (and our money) to our new home. For the first time (I'm always thinking about where to next?), I'm thinking about making this place our own, rather than inhabiting it like the peripatetic hermit crab I've been. Segue to my projects/goals for the next year:
🏡 House projects: In the next six months I want to 1) raise our sunken living room 2) turn the bar into a pantry 3) do the girls' rooms 4) furnish the guest room. The first two are in the very early planning stages with a design firm. The third and fourth I'm going to brainstorm over the next weeks in order to accomplish over an upcoming vacation week. Upgrade the toddler beds, (hire someone to) paint the walls, decorate. So far this unicorn bedding is the front runner; I like the colors, they like the print. Should they share a room? Free up the other for a guest room, an office, an art area for them? Any advice?
🎟 Re-boot of monthly cultural event with Amanda.
📷 The Shoot Along course. I have all the 2017 lesson emails. Wouldn't it be great to learn some photography basics and have a year of portraits to show for it? Especially if you've already paid for it?!!
💻 Blog more frequently. This is my diary, photo dump, mindfulness practice, and gratitude journal.
📚 Read 25 books. One every two weeks plus an extra -- seems doable!
💍 Throwing an achievable one in here: wear the jewelry that I have. I haven't changed my earrings in six months.
🍎 Lose weight. It's hard to do. Meal prep, mindfulness, bye bye carbs.
⏰ I've been getting more efficient at work yet am dismayed by the amount of time I get with the girls in the evenings -- don't get to the gym -- don't seem to have any downtime at night. My solution is to wake up at 5:30 every day and either walk to work (35 minutes from our house), go to the gym, or do a home workout if Luke isn't around to take the girls to school. I used to get up at 4:30 regularly to get to Alamo 180. I can do this! I want to feel strong again.
I'll check in with these in three months. Happy New Year!