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2017 Goals

January 1, 2017

Whew, so long 2016, right? I know I am not the only happy to see the tail end of the year.

As for tradition I decided to combine my review of goals from 2016 and a listing of the ones for 2017. Ready?

From 2016

  1. Post more on the blog. As mentioned above there was a serious downturn in posting, to that end I am hoping to hit the post button at least a couple times a week. (status: achieved)
  2. Make/Finish a garment for me. I actually casted on for a Mama Vertabre back sometime in December (oops for not making a project page.) My goal is to finish it up before the end of the year. Seems easy enough. (status: achieved)
  3. Update Ravelry pages more. As mentioned above I am not the greatest at remember to start project pages or stash or really anything else. This year I want to try to get a better record going.(status: achieved)
  4. Knit from stash. This shouldn’t be too hard as my yarn budget has tanked thanks to the not working. The plus side is I will be using up all that wonderful yarn I bought and love(d) at one point or another.(status: achieved)
  5. Knit with my handspun. I have quite a bit of the wonderfully (and not so wonderfully) spun stuff sitting in a bin. I have the shawl that I am still working on, as well as the Giant’s mitts, but I want/need to use more.(status: achieved)
  6. Spin more. Along with the lack of posting, there has also been a dip in the amount of spinning I have been doing (which at least helps me out some when it comes to goal 5.)(status: achieved)
  7. Read 30 books. Just like my yarn and fiber stash, my book stash has quickly outpaced my reading habits. The number gives me a little less than 2 weeks to finish each book. Which should be more than enough time, even with the last few Game of Thrones books on the list.(status: not achieved. I’m not positive how many I finished, but I know it wasn’t the 30 goal.) 
  8. Long Range Planning Box. Just like previous years, the goal is to work on a variety of stuff throughout the year so when events or holidays pop up I can just pick one out and carry on. (status: achieved)
  9. Indulge my art. I love to draw/sketch but haven’t really done much in the last year, and it is time to remedy that. (status: achieved)
  10. Finish two cross-stitch patterns. Oh yeah, I do have that as a hobby as well. You may not remember because it’s been so long since I even considered picking it up. Although that didn’t stop me from buying patterns. Two seems reasonable considering how amazingly slow I am at it. (status: achieved)
  11. Air the stash. In connection with keeping Ravelry up to date, I do want to do my annual airing of the stash. This always serves to remind me of the yarns I have as well as give me some inspiration.(status: achieved)
  12. Charity knitting. I know that my local animal shelter is often looking for small blankets to keep in the kennels, as it gives the animals something soft and familiar when they are waiting. I know when we got Toby he had a sweet little blanket that made the trek with him and it seemed to help him out. (status: not achieved.)
  13. Knit socks. This is a goal I seem to have every year, but this time I am going to forget about throwing 12 skeins into paper bags and instead be more deliberate with my picks. (status: achieved)
  14. Learn how to sew a project bag for myself. The Giant and I have a sewing machine, but I will be honest I can’t really remember how the darn thing works. (status: not achieved)
  15. Declutter. We have a lot of extra stuff hanging around in our home and it’s time to take a hard look at it all. (status: achieved)
  16. Learn to accept the fact that my life has changed. This one will probably be the hardest to work through. Chronic illness defintely caused a lot of changes to not only my life, but also how I interact with the world. I know that a lot of times people go through a grieving period and I seem to be stuck in the denial stage still. (status: sort-of achieved)

For those of you keep score at home that means I managed a score of 12.5 out of a possible 16 (that half is for the sort of achieved goal.)

So with that success in mind I turn now towards the New Year and present you with a list of my goals for the 2017 year.

  1. Read 20 books. This feels attainable since it works out to be about a book every two weeks.
  2. Knit for the Long Range Planning box. This was helpful last year and so I want to continue the trend.
  3. Knit one garment for the Giant.
  4. Learn to play the game Gin Rummy. I just feel a desire to give it a try.
  5. Spin 2lbs of fiber. I think based on my habits and lack of predictability with my body that this is a worthy goal.
  6. Continue with my gratitude journal. I started this a few weeks ago and want to keep it going. Basically taking 5-15 minutes per day to think and write down things I am grateful for.
  7. Continue with the limits on caffiene. I have started cutting it out after a certain time and I want to continue that trend.
  8. Post on the blog at least 4 times a month. I know that it isn’t a lot in terms of posting, but I have been struggling with feelings of having nothing of value to say.
  9. Indulge in creative pursuits. This is open to interpretation.
  10. Visit a National Park. Should be easy based on our new location.
  11. Go out on “dates” with the Giant once a month. As a homebody and someone who isn’t always feeling up to going out, I really want to try to keep this habit up. The Giant has already expressed his approval of this idea.
  12. Try one new activity this year. Just one new thing to expand my horizons.
  13. Get a local library card. It may seem small, but it is still worthy.

All of the information I have read concerning goal setting seems to indicate that having attainable goals is a big key in having success. It’s so easy this time of year to try to make goals that are essentially changing who we are as a person in one years time. This list feels like a lot, but it also feels like it is actually attainable and at the end of the day I will take that option every time.

Happy New Year from the Giant, the Furbeasts and myself. How are your resolutions or goals coming along?


From → Writing

  1. My first 2 goals are to get organized and then to make my goals list

  2. Good luck, I think you’ve set some great, achievable goals. 😊

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