I was inspired by Silly Grrl's blog the other day and decided that I wanted to sit down and make a list of goals for myself for the rest of the year. No pressure goals that if I don't accomplish, it's not the end of the world. Well, some of them would be a big deal if I neglected but others aren't so bad. I realized that I usually have a running list of "things I need/want to do" but I stop there. I don't like to formally give them titles like "goals" because then I feel pressure and anxiety about completing them. After reading her post, I realized that it's ok if I don't complete every goal I have within a certain amount of time. Or it's ok to say "I don't really care about that anymore" and just walk away from a goal. And I can add goals too. People change their minds. It's ok, really.
1. Make a conscious effort to be healthier. I have horrible eating habits. I don't exercise at all. Unless you count carrying around an 18 pound baby occasionally. Charles and I both want to start The 17 Day Diet but until we are both ready to buckle down, I am just trying to take some baby steps towards a healthier lifestyle. We have both stopped drinking soda and amped up our water drinking habits. Desserts are usually a daily occurrence here so I've tried to cut that out. Also just trying to eat smaller portions. I tried to start going for daily walks with the baby and the dog but I was deterred on Monday by the direct sunlight streaming down onto my little guy's face. Our stroller seriously lacks adequate sun protection so I looked on Maclaren's website and found that they sell a big sunshade attachment so hopefully that will help in the walk department.
2. Take a graphic design/web design class. I'm signed up for a Photoshop class in the Fall! I'm waitlisted so I'm crossing my fingers that I'll get in but I feel good about it. I'm actually really excited now after talking to my soon-to-be mother-in-law because she might be able to watch JC on the day that I would go to class. That was my big deterrent to taking the class.
3. "Finish" JC's room. Of course, his room will never be "finished" but I would like to at least get some of the pictures that I have hung up on the walls. We have some kind of phobia to hanging things up on the wall around here. I think because we had to spend a lot of time removing wallpaper, texturing, and painting most of the walls we are little gun-shy when it comes to blemishing our fresh walls with nail holes. I know hanging up a few things will really change the look of his room. In my dream world, I would also refinish his two dressers buuuuuut one step at a time here.
4. Learn to sew. This has been a goal on my list for a loooooooooong time. I finally sat down with my sister AND Charles's sister to try to teach me but we determined that the sewing machine I have is straight bootsy. So, I have to fix it or get a new one before I go further.
5. Open an Etsy store. Ever since I started knitting almost five years ago, anytime I show someone my finished product I get the comment "Oh wow! You could sell this!" It's always been a dream of mine but selling something handmade is difficult. Especially something like knitting, which in my case, takes a looooooooong time to complete a project. I've been brainstorming about ideas for items to sell that won't take three years to complete.
6. Start saving money for a down payment on a house. Buying a house is a real option for us in the very near future so we really need to do this. We have a little bit saved from my tax return but we need more. So we need to stop spending... a little difficult with a wedding coming up but if we can just save a little bit more, I'll be happy.
7. And last but definitely not least, plan our wedding. We are finally getting some forward progress in getting this wedding off the ground and it is really exciting. I really can't look at wedding stuff for more than thirty minutes at a time because I get overwhelmed. I'm currently awaiting the arrival of a contract for the venue that we picked out and once that's done we can FINALLY set a date.
Linking up my post with Brooke at Bright Wishes.