Monday, January 5, 2009

To-Do List...

Okay, so I'm a little late with my first posting of the new year, but after the gluttonous gorging I had over the holidays, I got a little sleepy.

The holidays are difficult for me at times, and being unemployed this year didn't help the matter any, so I'm going to skip over the highlights of the season. Instead, I'm going to look forward to a bigger and better 2009!

And with the new year comes new resolutions. But rather than call them resolutions, I'm going to make myself a "To Do" list. If I give myself goals to achieve, rather than tasks to accomplish, I might actually be able to cross some of the items off my list...

1) Bike 100 miles this year. I know people who can crank this out in a weekend, so why can't I get it done over the course of 12 months?

2) Walk Lance at least 5 days a week. It doesn't have to be far, but it has to be done.

3) To go hand-in-hand with the walking of Lance, I need to walk at least 10 miles a month. It might not seem like much, but it's better than nothing. Which is sort of what I'm doing now.

4) If I can't afford to replace my kitchen cabinets, I need to at least paint them. I have lived with them for 34 years, but I vow by my 35th birthday that they will no longer look like faux-woodgrain Formica covered cabinets. They will be a solid neutral, like white.

5) I will rearrange the bedroom for optimal flow (pardon the pun) to get to the bathroom. Right now, Lance's dog bed sits in front of the Master bathroom door.

6) I will spend more time with my friends actually DOING things, rather than spending money. Some of the activities might require spending money, but let there be something meaningful that comes out of it. I already have two friends who want me to teach them to knit, one who wants to teach me how to purl and a few others who just want to 'create' when we get together.

7) I will write more... and hone my drawing skills. I set aside drawing for numerous reasons, but sometimes when I try to convey an idea through words, all I can do is visualize it my head -- and not be able to adequately describe what I'm thinking. I realize now that what I see in my head, I need to put down on paper.

8) I will my ass up off the couch more and live my life, rather than hide behind my laptop during my free time. It's a bad habit that I got into and I need to find a good habit to slide into instead. I am open to suggestions.

I could have been cliche and put that I will get a job (which I will) and lose weight (which I hope), but I thought if I gave myself small projects and goals, then I'd accomplish more than if I looked at the big picture, which is kind of scary.

Happy New Year to you and yours. And happy New You!


Anonymous said...

Oh! Oh! I can help with a couple of these!
Other than the obivous, may Harper and I walk Lance with you sometime?

Kate said...

My big thing is scrapbooking, if you want more crafty things to do. Bu tthen, scrapbooking costs money. :)

I'm right there with you on the activity. Christian said the same thing to me: lose weight (baby weight, in my case) is too nebulous a goal--better to come up with specific, achievable goals. Let's see how we do!


Jeanne said...

Miz Maggie, aka Anonymous, you and Harper simply MUST go with me on walks with Lance! Especially since I'm hoping you'll have a critter of your own at the end of a leash, too. ;) Also, planning on us bike riding together...

Kate, I have to tell you, the walking isn't that exciting yet because it's so cold, but I started doing modified push-ups and chair dips (when you are holding the front of a chair seat behind you and bend as if you're sitting on an invisible chair in front of it, then dip down -- killer on the back of your upper arms!) and when I get caught up in things and forget, my body suddenly starts craving the exercises! Just like denying yourself chocolate when you want it.

Which I wish I could find a way to give up THAT craving!