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I'm still fumbling around on this platform.  I had an entire post written on Friday and then lost it trying to figure out cross posting.

We endured another snow and ice storm over the weekend and got an extended weekend because of it.  Now, my driveway seems to be the only place dangerous to me.  All the roads are clear.

I decided to set a few goals for myself this year.  I seem to do a lot better when I do so.  I haven't yet taken the time to flesh this out completely, although I've thought about it a great deal.  It may be complete when I'm done with this post or it may change some yet.

Mental Health and Well-being
  • Be up front and honest with my family instead of avoiding having hard conversations. (I started this already when I told my mom I didn't want to go to Hawaii if I was going to be under Dad's thumb and not an independent person.  She's trying to arrange a family vacation, which, knowing my family, probably won't happen because mom and I are the only planners.  However, I told her it was difficult for me to be pleasant and not "ruin" other people's vacations when I had no say in my own participation.  I am 42 years old but my dad insists upon treating me like I'm 16 when we get together as a family.)
  • Continue daily journalling for my personal use
  • Figure out Christmas presents early in the year so I can work on them slowly and not be cramming everything into the last 2-3 months making myself miserable.
  • Continue participating in the University Chorale
  • Read!  My goal is at least 100 books.  I don't really care if  they are just fun and fluffy. 
  • Reduce screen time at home.  Perhaps audio books will help with this.
  • Learn a couple of new skills.  I have two knitting skills in mine, Entrelac and Brioche knitting.  But I'd like at least one to be non-knitting related.

Physical Health and Well-being
  • Continue to take my water aerobics class
  • Lose weight.  I'd like to get below 200 lbs by the first of next year.  That's about 36 lbs.  Normally, I wouldn't obsess about this but my surgery revealed that I have a fatty liver and the ONLY way to treat that is to lose weight. I think this is a reasonable goal.  If I could do that, I'd only have 25 lbs to go to get to my personal goal weight (perhaps not the doctors).
  • In that vein, continue tracking food intake and activity on my Fitbit
  • Once the surgery side effects have stabilized, see a nutritionist to discuss a balanced diet with my severely limited options- I think this should happen no later than March.
  • Get back to hiking- 3-5 hikes this year would be lovely.  This is a little weather dependent and so the last goal I had of 9 was not particularly feasible.
  • Exercise 3-5 days a week.  Water aerobics will take care of this if I go faithfully but if not, I need to get out and walk to replace the missed days
Craft goals
  • Complete the Christmas knitting.  I finished Mom's socks over the weekend but I still need to get Candy's Star Wars scarf completed- it's about half done at this point.
  • Learn Entrelac and Brioche knitting (as per above)
  • Complete 3-5 shawls. I have at least seven shawls in my queue that I already have yarn for and lots of other yarn besides
  • Complete the Poet's pullover.  I have the yarn and it's supposed to be an easy sweater.
  • Sew one thing a month using already acquired fabric. I have a ton of fabric matched with patterns already.

Financial goals
  • Become a Stampin' Up demonstrator and meet the quarterly goals- preferably without buying all the product for myself. (I have signed up and opened my website but now I have to meet the goals)
  • Put $1000 in the savings account.
  • Use my credit card only for my business expenses
  • Pay down the balance on the card using my tax return.
  • Try making home cleaning/personal products.  I have recipes for laundry detergent, shampoo, conditioner, and multipurpose cleaners.  It's possible some would be cheaper to make than buy and better for me or the environment.  I should also make some wool dryer balls- I suppose this is both a craft and a financial goal
  • I need to start thinking and planning for buying a new car
I think I may have missed some things I was thinking of before.  If so, I'll add them
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