Well, we are one month into 2018. How are you doing with your resolutions/goals for the year? Sticking with it? Even started it?
My New Year took an interesting turn in that everyone in my immediate family got food poisoning from our New Year’s Eve meal. 6 people being deathly sick really motivates you to hit the gym. Not. After coming back from that I feel like I could do my own cheesy weight loss commercial. “Hi! I’m Katie, and I lost 10lbs in just 1 week, with food poisoning”.
Instead of lofty expectations for January, I decided to ease into it. Today I am sharing some of the goals I have for 2018 and how I am doing with them. I will be counting on y’all to help keep me accountable.
Read 35 books:
When trying to decide how many books I would try to read this year I wanted a good number, but not an unattainable one. 35 seems about right. I will also want to keep track of the number of pages I read since I tend to pick books one the longer side. I am always looking for books on interesting men and women in American or British politics and books on American history. I don’t read novels that often, but when I do I can’t put down Joel Rosenberg’s. He is my favorite novelist. Hands down.
Status Report: 4 down, 31 to go.
This will be the easiest one for y’all to hold me to. Last year could best be summed up with “unexpected change”. I took on my largest project at work to date and then was sick for an entire month. But it’s a new year, and I am ready to get back to blogging. I love having a creative outlet and producing content that you all enjoy reading. I expect to have more variety of posts this year and look forward to getting to know all of you better through the blog and Instagram. If you have a post you would like to see, let me know!
Status Report: Once I was back among the living two weeks into the year, I have been blogging consistently. 2 weeks down, 48 to go.
Revisit a skill:
Do you have a skill that you haven’t used in a while? I have several skills that I have ignored for months or years, and would really like to get back to. They say “if you don’t use it, you lose it”, so here are the skills I want to work on (again) this year.
Piano-As a teenager, I took classical piano and loved it! I didn’t have a piano at home growing up so I would go to my grandmother’s house (we lived in the same neighborhood) and practice every day. Not only did I have a quiet place to practice, I also grew closer to my grandmother. Not the average teenage memory, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sometime this year I hope to find a way to get back to playing the piano. I haven’t learned a new song or really practiced in 8 years. My apologies in advance to anyone within earshot when I finally start playing again.
Needlework-Now this one may be surprising, but I used to cross-stitch, making old-fashioned samplers and gifts for my parents and grandparents. When I was 10 my incredibly talented aunt (she designed and made her own wedding dress!) taught me how to cross-stitch. It became a hobby we shared and spent many hours doing together. I bought a new pattern last year and plan to stitch it this year. I have not done a project since my aunt passed away from breast cancer several years ago (it reminded me of her too much) and I don’t want to lose this skill that was one of her lasting gifts to me.
German & French-Doses using Duolingo count as a language skill? If so, I have the language skills a German 2nd grader and a French toddler. I haven’t used the app for months and need to practice. If you haven’t tried Duolingo yet, I can’t recommend it highly enough. The lessons are easy and fun. It’s rather addicting, but if you’re going to be addicted to an app, it might as well be educational.
I plan to work on one skill a quarter, and hopefully, at the end of the year, I can tell you the title of the piece I am playing or describe my cross-stitch project to you in German and French.
Status Report: I have started doing my French Duolingo lessons again and am at 29% fluency.
Sleep like a normal human being:
Among my group of friends, I am notorious for not sleeping. Thanks to my Fitbit, I now know that my record is running for a full day on 56mins of sleep. I also know that this lack of sleep will catch up to me one day, so I should try to establish good sleep habits while I am young. It still doesn’t help make putting that book down or saying no to taking on another work project any easier. As someone with a “can-do” attitude, I don’t like to think I have limitations. So as much as I would love to think I am super-human, I need to get into a better sleeping habit.
Status Report: You look great! Did you lose weight or get your hair cut? What? Oh, I’m not trying to change the subject. Did you see “Lady Bird”?
There are my goals for 2018. What are your goals?
Have a great week and keep at it. Only 48 more weeks to go!