Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Year's Resolutions and Getting Back on Track

Hello Friends,

I hope you are all doing well. The past couple days I have been working on getting on track for the new year. My boyfriend and I had a great time at a friend's place on New Year's Eve and welcomed the new year with some great people. I hope you all had a wonderful New Year's Eve night and New Year's day. I took down the ornaments off the Christmas tree yesterday and then we threw out the tree last night.  This is always kind of a bittersweet moment because it is accepting that it is not Christmas anymore, but also a sign of a new year with new possibilities. I still have some Christmas decorations to put away today.

I was happy to do a bit of knitting on the Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean top yesterday and get back into working on my personal knitting projects. Today I will be working on knitting the front piece again and making some more progress. I will also be looking up patterns to use for some new yarn I purchased recently.

Progress on WAG Farrah Billie Jean top
I have been filling out the Q&A a day book and the first question I answered on January 1st was "what is your mission?" I was stumped on that question for awhile then thought of my answer. I flipped through the rest of the questions to see if they were all difficult to answer, but some are also easier to answer such as "what is the last restaurant you went to?". I am really enjoying answering the questions and look forward to seeing how my answers differ from year to year.

I got my planner organized yesterday and today by adding the inserts and filling in what I ate in the fitness insert and my exercise. I am loving the home planner insert, I think it will really come in handy to keep track of cleaning, to-do lists, and my budget. I feel more ready to start the new year now and excited for the possibilities of 2018. Because I just started adding stickers to the page today it is pretty bare and I did not do too much on New Year's day anyway except sleep and relax off the night before.

First page of my new Happy Planner so far
I am still reading Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed and have added a couple more books to the list since Christmas because I can never seem to only read one book at a time haha. I started reading Stuff Every Vegetarian Should Know by Katherine Mcguire and The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur. I was gifted both of these books for Christmas and I was excited to start reading them. I am hoping to finish Wild soon so I can focus more on the books I received for Christmas.

I made a list of my resolutions for the year 2018 and came up with five resolutions to focus on. I had more goals, but these will be my main focus of this year.

1. Get a job - I finished my certificate in December and now it is time to really focus on getting a job.

2. Get in shape and eat healthy - My sister's wedding is coming up this fall and I would like to feel my best for her big day. I did a Tone it Up workout yesterday and it felt great to get back into exercising again.

3. Read 20 books - I would really like to make it to 20 books read this year. I have a few on my to-read list so far and look forward to reading a lot this year.

4. Knit different projects- I would like to challenge myself to trying some new knitting projects this year. Maybe I will check out some Ravelry patterns and try out some new hat and sock patterns. I will also be knitting a tank top this year from the Wool and the Gang Farrah Billie Jean kit.

5. Try cooking new vegetarian and vegan dishes - Since my decision in September 2017 to go vegetarian, I have been experimenting with cooking a lot of vegetarian and vegan meals. I have really enjoyed the food and it would be fun to try some more that we can add to our weekly meal rotation.

What are some of your goals or resolutions for the year?

Joining along with Frontier Dreams for Crafting On and As Kat Knits for Unwraveled Wednesday. Also linked up with Ginny's Yarn Along on her blog Small Things today (January 7th), because I found out she is back with a monthly Yarn Along post!

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Have a great day!

15 comments:

  1. Your knitting is beautiful! I haven't really make any resolutions for 2018. You've given me cause to ponder that! LOL! Yours are all admirable. Wishing you all the best at keeping them every one! blessings ~ tanna

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    1. Thank you Tanna! I have gotten in the habit of each year making them. Some say they don't work, but sometimes they do. I just enjoy it so much and feeling the hope that they come true by even just writing them down. Hope you have a great year ahead! Happy New Year!

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  2. Best wishes on the job hunt!

    My biggest goal is go to the gym so often that the people at the desk recognize me. LOL

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    1. Thank you Dee! Haha that is a great resolution! Hopefully they are recognizing you very soon. I also want to join a gym this year!

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  3. I don't make any resolutions because I always break them, I hope that you are successful with all of yours. Happy New Year! :) xx

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  4. You have some wonderful goals Lisa. I am not a big one on resolutions but I do want to get back to knitting, I seem to have lost my knitting mojo. Good luck.

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    1. Thank you Meredith! That would be great! Looking forward to seeing your knitting projects this year :)

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  5. Haha yeah they are sometimes hard to keep. I usually just choose goals I am already working towards but get that extra boost of motivation at the beginning of the year. Thanks Linda! Happy New Year!

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  6. SEVERAL YEARS AGO I CAME ACROSS A LIST OF GOALS INSTEAD OF RESOLUTIONS FOR THE YEAR AND THEY SEEMED A LITTLE LESS OF A WEIGHT. I'M STILL WORKING ON THE LIST FOR THIS YEAR. WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR PLANNER? I MADE A BULLET JOURNAL LAST YEAR- VERY BASIC. BOUGHT A PLANNER THIS YEAR. HAD ONE STYLE FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND THEN THEY WENT OUT OF BUSINESS. YOUR KNITTING LOOKS GREAT! YOU ARE OFF AND KNITTING FOR THE YEAR ALREADY. KEEP IT UP

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    1. That is a good idea, choosing goals which aren't too difficult and can be achieved! I got my Happy Planner from Michaels as a gift for Christmas. Thank you Karen! Hope you have a great year!

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  7. great goals! I hope you find a job quickly and can then enjoy getting used to the job. Good luck!

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  8. I have some of the same goals for this year, especially in the health department. I have already lost a few pounds. Good luck with your job search.

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    1. That is great Deborah, off to a great start! I have been cutting back a lot since the holidays and feeling much better. I am hoping it is a great year for health and fitness for both of us :)

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