Despite my energy limitations and both mental and physical health issues, I managed to do more in 2018 than I thought possible. Five years ago I couldn’t leave the house, and now I’m able to do stage work again. I’m absolutely filled with gratitude, particularly that I have been lucky enough to have access to (and have been able to afford) extremely high-quality therapy.
I’ve decided that I don’t want to lose that momentum, and have therefore chosen a series of goals and intentions for the entire year. My list is ambitious, and flies in the face of most goal-setting advice. Sure, you’re supposed to choose one small thing at a time, but I say nah to that. I have too much I want to do to limit myself to one small behavioral change. I will admit, though, that this list will be subject to change as time goes on. If I need to modify something, I will.
Some of these things are weekly intentions, some are monthly, and several are longer term. Only one thing is daily, and that is the resumption of a lapsed habit, rather than anything new.
Goals for 2019
Send one real letter a month.
Sew at least one garment a month.
Send newsletter at least once a month.
Do one apartment improvement a month. In January: Better organize our walk-in closet.
One outing with Lennox a month.
Read one physical book I already own a month. (I have a bit of a backlog. I tend to read new ebooks soon after purchase, but often save the physical books for trips — but we don’t travel all that often, so they just pile up. With my voracious reading habit, there’s no need for this.)
Track budget for books, clothing, and sewing.
Track daily writing habit. (This is my lapsed habit!)
Post weekly IG photo.
Run robot sweeper, vacuum bedroom, tidy, and clean bathroom weekly.
Longer Term Goals:
Reduce fabric stockpile to less than 100 yards (plus scraps) by end of 2019.
Finish cross stitch and frame it.
Finish Baktus scarf.
Have four tea parties.
Find a way to keep performing.
Combine websites, transfer blog, forward other domains, purchase an SSL certificate.
Is this a lot? Yes. Is it achievable? Yes, I think so. Will I fall short some of the time? Absolutely. But I think it’s worth trying, and I wanted to post my list here to be at least a little accountable. Wish me luck!