Today is the first day of the New Year and I’m feeling more hopeful than I have in awhile. I spent some time in December thinking about what I had gotten done in 2021 and what I would like to do in 2022.
One of the things on my radar is deciding what to do with this website; the renewal will be due soon. Since I am still paid up, I figured I’d write something today.
The homeowner interviews that were the purpose of this site fell by the wayside as I got sick of being at home. The days had run together, making me wonder: did that happen in 2020 or 2021? was it September or May? Life felt like a fuzzy, suffocating blur. I had had enough of my house serving as office, school, and gym, and I certainly couldn’t motivate myself to reach out to others, even to see if they felt the same way. It felt like things would never improve.
But today I have that blank page energy that comes (for some of us) with a new year! My word for the year is Intention and I have themes related to it for each month. A few years ago I did something similar; a happiness project with a theme for each month. Not only was I more successful at keeping my resolutions that year, but I looked forward to them in a way that added joy to my life. Reframing things as “I get to do” rather than “I have to do” has been helpful. It returns the power to me to make positive changes in my life.
Part of my resolution planning includes a 22 for 2022 list:
- Visit Washington, D.C. in the spring.
- Get a hearing test.
- Learn to knit a soft hat.
- Start French lessons in anticipation of a future trip to French-speaking Canada and/or France (I already downloaded Duolingo and have started practicing!)
- Train for and run the Bayshore Half Marathon (I ran 4.25 miles with my friend today!)
- Plan/host a solstice party — I was imagining this initially for the winter solstice on 12/22/22 (ooh just realized that date is kind of fun!) but then I also thought it might be fun to commemorate the summer solstice too.
- Go to midnight mass for Christmas.
- Visit Sleepy Hollow State Park (which is only 15 miles away but I have never been there in all the years I’ve lived in the East Lansing area).
- Menu plan 52 times. (I’m making individual pot pies right now, using up some of the food in our fridge; I have not historically been the cooker in our house so this is a big one for me.)
- Work on my wardrobe. I have been playing with the idea of a capsule wardrobe for awhile. One idea that really intrigues me is the #100daydresschallenge from Wool&.
- Try a fitness class like hot yoga or barre code.
- Improve the curb appeal at our house.
- Make our bedroom a sanctuary.
- Get a professional family photo taken.
- Go to the Rock Bar at the Graduate for a drink!
- Deal with paper clutter and mementoes.
- Make reviewing our finances more of a routine. (I signed up for a 30-day challenge from You Need A Budget so I’m already making some progress on this one!)
- Work on my resume and potentially use this website as a portfolio. (I signed up for another challenge that might help; this one from TealHQ.)
- Enjoy our new patio! (That was a big project from 2021 that I’d been hoping for for years! Now to make it pretty and welcoming…)
- Learn to use my telescope to see the stars and my laser measure to make taking room measurements easier.
- Read through (some? all?) the books I have purchased but not yet read. (I read a lot in 2021 – 72 books including ebooks on my phone and audiobooks, definitely a record for me! I acquired so many books through purchases especially from the friendshop sales at the ELPL but the majority of the books I read were borrowed from the library.)
- Plan for more travel by getting my real ID, passport, and maybe TSA pre-check, then make a list of all the places I want to go and people I want to see!
Let me know! Are you in the camp of lots of new year’s resolutions/intentions like me? Or not so much? Either way, Happy New Year!!! I hope this year will be a good one for all of us.