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Goals for 2017

It feels so weird not to be at my job anymore. I keep thinking I have to log in and start typing, but I don’t.  I have plenty to do with the business and the nice thing is that it keeps me moving around instead of sitting at my computer for hours on end.

After all was said and done with the holidays, I ended up 1 pound over the weight that I went to Ireland at in September.  I looked at a graph of the last 3 months and my weight pretty much fluctuated a pound above or below that weight for that time period.  I’m pretty happy about that!  I ate quite a bit of food, particularly the last couple weeks (like everyone else), but I also got in a ton of exercise. I think that offset a lot of it.

Now no more egg nog and the cookies are in the freezer. Back to the routine again, which does mean bagel Wednesday 😀

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Anyway, time for those things I want to accomplish in 2017.

  1. Read 25 books.  I read that many last year and hope to be able to do that again. It would be nice to read more, but I have a lot on my plate for the year coming up.
  2. Be more of an activist for the environment. I have some serious concerns about the environment and am going to take an active part in making sure that no legislation gets passed that is going to take us backwards.  This also means being a good steward in my own corner of the planet and I will continue to grow my pollinator garden.
  3. Build something.  I did this goal last year. This time it will be a piece of furniture of some type.
  4. Get back to a structured lifting program. I have been all over the place with consistency in lifting and I need to get back to a rhythm.
  5. Grow the businesses. I have specific plans to implement to make growth happen. Hopefully that will work LOL!
  6. Do more meal planning.  John and I tend to fall into the same meals just out of convenience  — and we like them. I want to do more planning so that we can do new recipes and change things up.

I think that sounds pretty good.  I should get back to my mini monthly goals as well. I haven’t done those for a while.

Now January is here and it’s time to hunker down to get through the winter.  It seems a long way until spring, but all these arrived for me in the mail today!

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I know there are more coming, too, as I have a gift certificate to Bluestone Perennials.  Browsing flower catalogs while bundling up in fleece and being in front of the fireplace sounds pretty appealing for this winter!

Anyone else with goals?

Those 2016 plans

I only have one day left at work!  Yay!  I trained 2 people on one of my accounts, which doesn’t give them a whole lot of time to learn it, but I told them to do as much work as possible today and tomorrow so I can answer any questions before I’m done.  I can’t wait.

Time to review the plans that I made back in January for 2016:

Take better care of myself.  Check! This year I got all of my health care done that was kind of lagging, not to mention unplanned 2 root canals.  And losing 20 pounds was a bonus.

Better balance between work and play time. When I mentioned this one, John said “Fail!” Haha. True. I worked too hard this year and too often. At least that work part will be over, although I’m sure I’ll be doing just as much work next year…

Finish the wallpaper removal in the house: Hallelujah!!! Done! No more wallpaper in this house. That was a huge job that took many months to finish, but now we never have to remove any again from this house.

Read 30 books:  Didn’t quite make this one. I read 25 books. I kind of got over booked with my time and wasn’t reading as much.

Build something: When I thought of this, it was more building something like a cabinet, but I suppose the water feature counts as building something, right?

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Create and maintain a master cleaning list for the house: This worked really great until about this fall. Then when I started doing all those shows and we traveled and the list kind of fell by the wayside. However, it’s a good system and we are going to get back to it.

Keep building my soap businessWorking on it. I had some great shows this fall and I will be doing a wholesale buyers show in the spring.  Now this business goes sort of hand-in-hand with our supply end that I will be taking over next year.

Not a bad year!  Plus, we did the trip of a lifetime going to Ireland.

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I still can’t believe we went there. It’s like a dream.

On another note, I will not be sorry to see 2016 go. So much crap happened in the world.  Whatever happens in 2017, it sure is going to be different.

 

How was your year?

 

Plans for 2016

I hope you all had a great New Year’s!  We actually went out on NYE, which is really, really unusual for us. It was kind of last minute and we decided to walk downtown and hit up one of our favorite spots.

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We only stayed until 11:30 or so because it was kind of loud and I am not a crowd lover at all. So, we walked home and got there just before midnight. It was fun to do something different for a change!

Now with a sparkly new year, it’s time to think about what will be going on in 2016. I love setting goals and projects to do. I know some people don’t like them, which is fine, but I don’t put pressure on myself with goals. I know that I tend to work hard just as part of my personality and that if I don’t finish a goal, there is a reason for it.  The only goal I don’t really set for myself is to lose a certain amount of weight in a specific time period. That always backfires, so there’s no point in that.

 

Here is a list of things I would like to accomplish over the course of 2016.

  1. Take better care of myself. I’m not just talking about eating right and exercising. This is getting all health appointments in and not putting anything off. Making sure my health is what it can be. Both John and I are doing this one.
  2. Better balance between work and play time. It’s no secret that I work really hard. I work very hard for my company and I also picked up another side job of transcription (general, not medical). I don’t really need to work quite so hard and there are days where I am typing for so many hours that I just have no energy at the end of the day. So, I need to set a limit on each day and stick to that. I have been trying unsuccessfully to do this for the last couple months. I just have to figure out a way to make it happen.
  3. Finish the wallpaper removal in the house. We have the hallway, stairwell and the third bedroom left and that’s it. Then no more wallpaper! At least the hallway/stairwell appears to be just one layer. This has to be done by spring since then it’s time for outdoor projects.
  4. Read 30 books.  I do love to read. I didn’t read as much last year and there are plenty of great books out there, classics and new stuff. I did a Good Reads challenge for 30 books.
  5. Build something. I love my trunk and repurposing projects. Love them! But, I also have wanted to build something from scratch for a while. I think it will be a storage cabinet. This will push my skills a little bit.
  6. Create and maintain a master cleaning list for the house. John and I are both working on this one. One day a week will be a super deep clean of a single room. With both of us doing that, it won’t take too long. We tend to do all the normal stuff, but things like cleaning baseboards and dusting ceiling fixtures doesn’t seem to happen since our house is kind of big. That means a room will get deep cleaned probably every 5-6 weeks.
  7. Keep building my soap business. I will be trying to secure more wholesale accounts this year so I don’t have to do a lot of shows. Also working on product development.

We already got a start on the wallpaper. My niece is going to Paris this spring with her French club and to help her earn money for her trip, we hired her to start stripping wallpaper:

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Surprisingly, she didn’t think it was that bad and offered to come back and work on it for free LOL!  I should have had her doing this last year…

 

Onward into 2016!!!

2015 goal check

Wow. Waaaay back in January I set some goals for 2015. It’s always fun to see how far off you get from those after a longer period of time 😀  Sometimes it feels like nothing happened this year and then it seems like it was non-stop with stuff. 

 

1. Create.  I think I did this one to the max. Between creating new garden beds, restoring the trunks, doing a new bathroom, the headboard project and starting a soap business. Yes. I think that one is checked off. 

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2.  Eat a lot more vegetables.  I don’t know about this. I think I ate more, but I can’t quantify it as being a lot more LOL! The spiralizer helped with that – at least with getting me to try different ones. I know I ate more zuchinni and summer squash because of this. 

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3. New volunteering.  Did not do this. I could not find something that really called to me. Not to mention the time commitment was tough. We have been so busy with working on this house and my jobs that trying to squeeze in another time committment just didn’t happen. 

4. Hiking.  Finally!  We did it! We went on several hikes like the Sleeping  Beauty Hike, Pilot’s Knob and the Firetower hike. Interestingly enough, John and I never really hiked by ourselves. We always went with others. The great part about the hiking is that we got to see views that are not accessible on the bike. We will be doing more. 

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5.  2000 miles on the bike.  Done and done. I hit this before what would be considered the end of the season and then managed to get in a couple hundred more miles with this crazy warm weather! I ended up a shade over 2400 miles.  The bike is officially retired inside as of yesterday, though. Boo. 

6. Sell the old house.  YES!!!  Okay, I didn’t make that happen, but it did. Finally the closing was done in June and we are now like normal people – kind of – with only one house and one mortgage 😀 That whole buying and selling was almost a 2-year process, although it felt like forever. 

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Never leaving this house. Never ever never. 

7. Change up my wardrobe. Hmmm… I’m still no fashion plate. I bought some new clothes this year – and not all of them thrift, either. With my job working at home and doing so much work inside and outside – seems like I changed my clothes a lot to get into grubbies. Or I just wore them to begin with. 

 

So yeah, and interesting year. How about you? 

Welcome to December!

The last month of 2015. I can’t believe it. Of course, I say that all the time about how fast stuff goes by. It’s been right back to work and after doing that show over the whole weekend and picking up where I left off with transcription on Monday – I seriously need a vacation. Just a couple more weeks and at least things might slow down a little. Right?? 

Last night we got a new artificial tree. I have been saying for years that I wanted a new tree because I didn’t really like the cheap old one we have had for many, many years. I kept saying “Let’s get one after Christmas when they are on sale” and then after Christmas comes and I don’t feel like spending the money or there isn’t anything I like. Then Christmas rolls around again and we still have the same old tree. This has to have been going on for 10 years, seriously. Finally – this year we got one. I had a coupon from our local garden center for 10% off a tree. This was a coupon I had saved from the flower show I attended back in March! On a side note, I can’t believe I actually found that coupon 9 months later. We spent a long time looking last night as they have a large selection (and a sale!!) and finally came home with this one:

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It’s not decorated or anything yet. Just the lights. It’s one of those that the branches fold down on hinges. I guess tree technology has really changed over the years LOL! It came prelit. This one we couldn’t get without the lights, which we didn’t necessarily want because we have plenty of LED lights for our tree. I decided on the white rather than multicolor for a change and we figure when these burn out, we will put our other lights on it.  Not sure when it will actually get decorated, but at least it’s up 😀  Anyway, I am super happy with it. It looks so much more real than our other tree and hopefully we will have this for 20 years.

On to some plans for this month. Those goals. 

  1. Keep on track with food. It’s so easy to really go off the rails at this time of year with the cookies and the egg nog and all that stuff. That’s fine for Christmas, but I don’t need to be going overboard before then.
  2. Exercise an hour a day. To help mitigate those times when I do go overboard, I am committing to more exercise. It’s different now because we are not putting in hours and hours of cycling on weekends, so I need to be consistent just every day. That can be walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes in the morning and then in the evening. Or biking if I can. Still haven’t brought the bike in, although that time is fast approaching. I may not always get an hour and it doesn’t have to be huff and puff exercise all the time. Just extra.
  3. Consistent practicing of my guitar. This is one thing that tends to get set aside when I am really busy, which is a shame because I enjoy itmus
  4. Finish the first floor powder room. With John doing the reno on the basement bathroom, I have to finish the first floor bath so he can take those fixtures for his room. The vanity cabinet is refinished (and I love it!!), the vessel sink and faucet have arrived, so hopefully I can get that put together and work on that room. It has to be done by Christmas eve anyway for our usual party, but hopefully sooner than that. 

That’s a good set for December to keep me focused. Now that we have that treadmill, I’ve been doing a lot of walking with the biking. It is dreadfully boring, though. When I ride the trainer, I can read, which makes the time go by. I can’t read on the treadmill – or at least not well enough to make it useful. John got a TV and a used playstation to put in our exercise room and that has been wonderful to pass the time! Here is my game that I love to play.

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Civilization Revolution. An hour on the treadmill goes by so fast when playing and I can actually play while walking, which is good. I just have to be careful not to put any English on it at times 😀  We need a higher perch for the TV for me. John said I can feel free find something to repurpose into an entertainment stand. Gotta love that man. Yay, another project!  The other project will be that wallpaper. By spring – that ripped leopard wallpaper will be gone. Gone!  This is the very last room to be done. We have the stairwell, hallway and this room to do and the wallpaper nightmare will finally be over.

June Wrap Up!

The last day of June!  I can’t believe 2015 is halfway over already. I actually heard the first katydids buzzing the other day, which seems kind of early. Especially since the weather has felt more like late spring than mid summer.

My goals for June were pretty simple. The best goal, which wasn’t really a goal, but it happened, was finally closing on the old house.  It has felt so great to have everything all done! Now being in Radiance Manor feels permanent. In fact, I finally roasted coffee for the first time since we moved in last fall, too  Now it feels like home 😀

We got the new shed put up and that has been great.  Also not a goal, but it needed to be done.

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I also plodded along with this year’s weight loss.

Anyway, here were the actual goals I set out to do:

1. Trying new recipes. I made 2 new recipes this month. That was less than I had hoped to do, but at least it was something different.  I did the lemon ricotta pancakes and a vegetarian casserole.  Sometimes I forget that one recipe will be several days’ worth of meals, too, since there are just usually just 2 of us eating.

2. Finish my trunk. Not quite finished. It’s almost done.  The outside just needs the handles reattached.

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The inside still has a musty smell to it, even though the paper liner is gone and it is down to bare wood. The trunk is in the garage right now in the hopes to let it sit in the sun for a good UV ray bath, but with all the rainy weather lately I haven’t been able to do that. I can’t line the trunk until I get it smelling fresher.

3. Get away weekend. Finally! We went to Vermont for an overnight trip my birthday weekend and it was so good to get away. My first overnight trip in a year, can you believe it?  I need to take a staycation or something this summer as well. I have been working too hard.

4. Ride 47 miles for my 47th birthday. Yep, did that. It was a lot of riding. I am going to have to think about converting to kilometers instead of miles, though. 😀

Not perfectly completed goals, but progress. June just felt like a good month overall.  I think most of that is due to the closing on the house, but whatever – I’ll take it!

Thoughts for 2015

So, sneaking this post in on a Friday when very few people read LOL.  I don’t mind setting goals for a year. It’s no secret that I like to set monthly goals or other types of goals just go give me some kind of focus, otherwise I am like a bee flying around everywhere landing on every different flower.

This is just a list of ideas of things I would like to happen this year or to do.  Some things I can’t make happen, but I would like them to happen. Other things I can help along or just plain old do.

1. Create.  This is a big one for me this year.  I am a creative person. I spend most of my day being noncreative with my job and I don’t like that. Not that my job isn’t important, but it doesn’t do much for the soul. This year is going to be about creating things, whether that is the garden, furniture, new friendships, or hobbies.  Whatever.  I guess this would be my word for the year if I were to choose one.

2.  Eat a lot more vegetables.  I get so stuck on the same veggie all the time, which would be the broccoli, and after making a vegetable tian for Christmas, it made me want to get more veggies in forms I like.  I am not the biggest fan of veggies in general, which is why I made the Great Veggie Experiment. I need to get back to that.  I am thinking about getting a spiralizer with a gift certificate I got.

3. New volunteering.  For the last 2 plus years I did literacy tutoring.  Now that I am not doing that anymore, I want to find some other volunteer opportunity. I think I need one with less time committment. The tutoring was 2 hours a week every week!  That’s a lot of time. Anyway, I will be researching the opportunities and try a couple before settling in.

4. Hiking.  It’s back!  The goal I never did last year.  No excuses.  There are some really great trails around here and we are going (Linda – I will take you up on your hiking offer 😀 )

5.  2000 miles on the bike.  This actually shouldn’t be too hard since it is a pretty normal biking season, but last year with the house remodel in the fall we ended up losing some bike time.  What was that I just said about hiking???

6. Sell the old house.  Okay, I can’t make that happen, per se, but we really need that to happen.  I know it will, but please let it be sooner rather than later.

7. Change up my wardrobe.  I am a thrift shopper, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be stylish. With so much rehab, I pretty much wear jeans and t-shirt or thermal shirt with a fleece jacket all the time. I am not a fashion plate, but I have been feeling downright frumpy lately. So, I will be thrift/sale shopping to be a little more stylish.  The key is to actually *wear* that stuff on a day to day basis. Since I work from home, there is no reason even for me to change out of jammies – although I do 😀  – but I could stand to look a little more put together.

I think is a good place to start 2015 from.

Note: I am not even putting wallpaper removal on this list, even though there are still 3 rooms, a foyer, stairwell and hallway all to be depapered this year. 😀   That’s just going to happen. 

That 2014 To Do List.

It’s always interesting to me to look at what I had in mind for the next year and how close I actually came to doing those things.  You just never know what life has in store to change those plans or how maybe *you* change and those goals are not right any more for what you want to achieve.

Anyway, back at the beginning of January, back when we had the house closing scheduled for the 24th…. I wrote these goals:

1.  Build somethingI had plans to build a piece of furniture from scratch, but didn’t quite get to that.  I did reupholster a piece and basically built a kitchen from the walls out, so I think this was accomplished LOL!

2. Hiking.  Fail.  We love biking so much that we just never got around to this, which is a shame because there are so many trails in the Adirondacks.  This item will be moved to the next list 😀

3. Focus on healthy eating.  Hmmmm… I did a lot of stress eating between the job and house closing stress. I turned to my comfort, which is food.  

4. Heavy lifting.  Yep – I got back to the gym in February and back to lifting. A little sparse the last week with shorter gym hours and busy me, but good to be back. I have to reevaluate the budget for 2015 and the gym.

5. Be a better person.  I don’t really know how I would judge this.  It’s not really a goal per se, but just an idea to be more thoughtful or think in advance before doing/saying something and make sure I understand the implications. Of course, this would be a lifelong goal and not just for 1 year.

6. A possible house flip.  Well, with that whole delay in closing fiasco, this was not even on the table. It’s not even on the table now since we still have our old house and won’t be on the table until we get that sold. There was no control over that situation.

Definitely a very memorable year, that is for sure.  I hope all of you have a very happy and safe New Year and I will see you on the flip side with my ideas for 2015!

Bring on 2014!

Geez – we are in the middle of quite the snow storm. I think it is worse in some places, too – which is crazy!  Not to mention really cold.  It was 0 degrees in the mid afternoon at the warmest part of the day. Nothing like starting the year off with a weather bang.

So, I was reflecting on the year to come and there is a lot of uncertainty in it with the move and all that, but here are some things that I would like to accomplish or work towards this year.  Some things will be dependent on the new house. We are all ready to go; we are just waiting for the selling bank to pull title. So, who knows how long that will take. Hopefully before the scheduled close of the 24th.

1.  Build something. We had good success with the table, which I am loving, so I want to do something else. Of course, I want to make it my project that I do from start to finish, including all wood cuts and assembly. There are some great sites out there like Ana White and Design Confidential for plans. This I really look forward to doing.

2. Hiking.  We do so much biking because we love it, but our area also had a ton of hiking trails. I keep saying we should do some of them and we are going to do that this year. Since I didn’t set any bike goals for the year, this will be good.

3. Focus on healthy eating.  I pretty much have maintained the same weight for the last few years and I think that shows that my weight is dependent upon my activity level and currently how I eat.  I think if I focus a little more on healthy eating that maybe my weight will correlate with that. That’s the plan, anyway. So, making sure I have balanced meals and moderate my treats and keep a lid on the snack monster, I should be okay.

4. Heavy lifting.  I have missed my heavy lifting since I am not at the gym anymore.  I would like to get back to that. Conveniently enough, my old gym is only a couple miles from our new house and once things settle down after this spring, I will probably rejoin (it’s only $100 for a yearly membership).

5. Be a better person.  Don’t we all strive for this? I feel like lately I have been a bit of a snark master – a lot of which was due to stress and sometimes just the stupidity I see on the news! Anyway, I want to try to be a bit better about that, less judging of myself and others, etc.

6. A possible flipI almost didn’t put this down, but I was seriously thinking about it near the end of 2012 and if we hadn’t found Radiance Manor, I probably would have been in the midst of buying a flip candidate.  John said I should go for it and that is really all the encouragement I need. Of course, this won’t happen until late 2014 if at all because we have to get settled in the new house and sell our current one before any of that can happen.  Then there has to be the right deal. So, this is not a goal that I will force to happen.

That will give me some sort of focus. In the meantime, our life is going to be crazy, crazy for the next few months. John is going to Vegas next week. There is the house closing, remodeling the kitchen before we move in. Then we have a vacation planned in February. Then we will move into the new house after that.  See what I mean when I said this probably wasn’t the best time to buy a house? :mrgreen:  I can already feel some stress levels rising, not bad stress, but stress all the same.

Here’s to 2014!!

 

Hello 2013!!

Welcome to a fresh new year 😀

We had a quiet New Year’s Eve.  The family had gotten together on Sunday for a games and snacks and a New Year’s toast, so John and I spent a quiet night at home.

I did, however, get a chance to meet up with Dawn earlier in the day!  Yay!  She was staying not too far from Saratoga this weekend.  I had finally met Dawn a couple years ago in person when we were both part the Dr. Oz 100th episode show.  My mother and I went down to Saratoga to have coffee (what else?) with Dawn.

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It was great seeing her again.

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That was catching up with 3 bloggie friends in real life in 2012!

The only yearly goal I had set for myself for 2012 was weight loss and I stayed exactly the same for the year.  What are the chances of that??  Apparently not zero  :mrgreen: Sometimes I eschew the yearly goals, but then I figure I do them monthly for myself anyway, so why not some longer term things to do.  So, here are the things I would like to accomplish this year.

todolist   1.  Take a few guitar lessons.  I am at that point where I could use some guidance.  I just need to find a teacher that I can afford and who plays classical style.  Or I might get some online lessons.

2. Bathroom update.  I need to really figure out a budget for this project to see how much it will cost to do various things.  The only thing we will have done by someone else is the refinishing of the tub and the tile around it (not ripping that out).  The cost of that will determine when and what we do to the rest of the room.

3. Yep – lose weight again.  Maybe making a goal to lose weight is how I will maintain 😀  I would like to drop a pants size and get back into my old pants again that I haven’t worn in a couple years.  No weight goal, just size goal. Back to the grind again.

4. Either do another 100 mile bike ride or some organized bike events. I need something to work towards if I don’t do duathlons.

5.  Try to hit 2500 miles on the bike this year.  I am not considering this a possible goal until we get an idea of the spring time weather. Last year we were riding in early March and that allowed me to get over 2100 miles, so I won’t know how possible this is until the spring comes.

6.  Relax more.  I work really hard and forget to take time for me.  I don’t need to stress so much about working extra if I have the time.  I can take that time to do relaxing things.  Like maybe try my hand at drawing?

So that’s the plan!