Looking Ahead

2017: Realistic Goals (I hope!)

Having experienced my first year of motherhood and understanding exactly what that means, I’m hoping that the goals for reading, crafts, etc. I set for 2017 are more realistic than last year’s. I’m using the same break down as I did in last year’s goals post.

Books/Reading
I’m keeping the same goal as last year at 24 books. I hit 23 of 24 this year. Partly due to times where I just didn’t feel like reading, or wasn’t interested in reading what I do have (I have plenty of unread books on my shelf, so it’s not due to book availability, that’s for sure!) I’m also planning to give the Q&A a Day book another go.

Crafts
Sewing
I still need to re-organize my sewing space (could be part of the reason I never got around to sewing really anything this year, but only a minor hurdle). I told my husband I want to set aside 1-2 hours per week to dedicate to sewing. I’ll attempt to track it and see how well I can stick to it.
I want to finish those diaper pouch/changing pad combos, and need to add another one to the list! I want to sew a top, a dress, and bottoms (can be pants or a skirt). As for The Monthly Stitch Challenges, I hope to participate in one challenge and post it to their blog.

Knitting
I want to complete the My Cup of Tea socks I started this summer. I also want to complete 1-2 projects (a hat and maybe a scarf or another pair of socks).

30×30 List Items to Carry Over
There are still some items I’d like to carry over that we didn’t do (but I can cross ZooLights and Pay off 2 student loans off the list, so that’s good!)

  • NYC weekendΒ – still want to do this, and still want to go see the Cirque du Soleil show (Paramour)
  • Make a pie & pasta from scratch – still have to make the pasta from scratch, but I did do a cheesecake from scratch! (I’ll post about that soon) — Since that’s not really a pie, I still want to make a pie, too!

New Blog Categories
I think my “Mom Musings” posts can be considered regular categories and no longer “new” ones, but I plan to continue with them. I aim to introduce Baking & Cooking posts, as I planned last year.

Other Plans/Activities
A few other things that don’t fall into the above categories. Some are repeats of this year and others are new.

  • Facebook hiatus – will do this again in January. It was a nice break and I’m noticing I’m scrolling/posting on it too much again. Need to get away from the screen and be more in the present. I may consider doing it another month in the year as well.
  • Limit TV time – along the same lines as above, just want to get away from the screen & be more present. Will try to limit TV time to after Dom has gone to bed, before I go to bed. (Or if I’m sick and want to binge)
  • Annual camping trip, of course — did I ever post about this year’s trip? I’ll have to go back and look.
  • Savings challenge – hubs and I are going to set a challenge for ourselves to see how much we can save for the whole year.
  • Library visits with Dom – our local library is about a 10 minute walk from our house, so I’d like to take Dom there on Saturday mornings sometimes in the year. I was looking at their website yesterday and they have a bunch of activities throughout the year.
  • Get moving again!
    • More walks! – I want us to get out and do more walks when the weather is nice (local trails, etc.)
    • Gym time – go to the gym 2-3 times per week. I’ve signed up at the gym at work and aim to go during lunch time (even if it’s just 30 minutes)

What are your plans for 2017?

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4 thoughts on “2017: Realistic Goals (I hope!)

  1. Can I just copy your plans for 2017? That’s a great list. (I’d love to learn to sew and knit.) My main goal for 2017 is to keep working on losing weight and reduce spending so that we can save a little more and put a little more towards debt.

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    1. Haha! Go for it! Knitting and sewing can be fun/relaxing (but can also get frustrating when I make a mistake!). Those are good goals, I didn’t add the weight one toy list, but I’m focusing on that, too. Let’s be goal buddies! Hehe

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      1. I tried crocheting, but my hands are really awkward about moving the needles around. I watched an 8-year-old in my son’s class at school do a demonstration with her sewing machine before Christmas (she showed how to make aprons), and I’m thinking that if she could do that, surely I could learn!

        Haha sounds good to me πŸ˜€

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        1. I haven’t really tried crocheting, but feel like it’d be awkward to only use one hook where I’m used to using 2+ needles for knitting.

          That’s really awesome that she did a demonstration! A few years back a friend of mine asked if I’d be interested in taking sewing classes, so I did and really liked it. It’s pretty cool to have a finished project and be able to gift it or use it or wear it. I feel pretty accomplished, anyway:)

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