Time to review what I accomplished on my goal/to-do list for 2017! It was certainly a crazy year, so much different than the year before for both John and I. Here I sit on New Year’s Eve wondering where the heck the year went, probably like a lot of people.
This was the plan for 2017
- Read 25 books. Nope. I read 12. I ended up just so tired at night that I wasn’t doing a lot of reading near bedtime, which is when I normally like to read.
- Be more of an activist for the environment. I am still so, so, so concerned about the direction our country is taking in terms of the environment. I can’t even tell you. I did participate in a climate change march. I bring my own water bottle to counter service eateries so as not to buy bottled water. John has started asking for no straws in drinks when we go to a table service restaurant, which I need to remember to do as well. Plus, I have been working on my pollinator garden. I saw more bees and butterflies this year, and with our water feature added, there are even frogs! I had my garden certified as a wildlife habitat since I meet all of the requirements. It’s small, but if we all did just a little, it adds up.
- Build something. I didn’t really build anything like I had planned, which was a piece of furniture. So much of my time was swallowed by the businesses. However, I did paint and recover a chair and did more with the garden beds.
- Get back to a structured lifting program. This was a big fail. I exercised a lot with walking and biking, but no lifting program. I do have to say that I am regularly lifting heavy boxes with the biz, so there is some functional fitness. Budget kept me from joining a gym.
- Grow the businesses. Slogging away at this. I spent a lot of this year laying the groundwork and some of that is bearing fruit now and I’m set up for some good things in 2018.
- Do more meal planning. Not really. We plan some meals, but not like I had planned. John prepares a lot of our dinners, which is nice. He is the pizza man for pizza Fridays 😀 . We did get the Instant Pot, which is going to play a bigger part in meals. It sure makes cooking quinoa, oats, rice and such pretty easy and makes for good bulk cooking.
All in all, 2017 was both what I expected and completely not. I bit off not more than I can chew, but certainly I had a very full plate. I’ve chosen my word for 2018 and I need to set up some goals for the year.
have a safe and happy New Year!