December 28, 2017

2017 in review

I procrastinated writing this post. I've known I wanted to write a recap of the year since I wrote about my hopes and goals for the year. Yet, here I am, writing it at the last minute, well after I'd intended. Instead, I've spent the past few days binge-watching TV (a little late to the party, but Stranger Things 2! OMG!) and sorting through piles of laundry I should've washed weeks ago. In a lot of ways, that procrastination with other activities paints a pretty good picture of what my year looked like.

The year didn't start off the best. A mix of apprehension and nerves, I seemed to be in a bit of a fog. That didn't stop me from setting out large goals for myself. It did prevent me from doing much of it. I'll get to how I finished out the year with all of my goals in a minute, but first I want to talk about my word of the year: persevere. As a reminder, the definition to persevere is:

to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition, or discouragement

And on that front, I'll say, good. I've done pretty well on that front. While I just admitted I spent part of the year in a fog, I didn't let it get me down for long. I didn't fully capture the art of zen and learn to let everything go (let's face it, that's just not me), but I did get better at how I dealt with stress and disappointment. I kept going.

As for my other goals . . . I fell short. In the interest of full disclosure and brevity, here's a list of those goals I laid out and how I did:

Read 50 new-to-me books. Nope. Not even close. There's still a few days left in the year, so I can maybe get some reading done, but I'll still probably be closer to 25 reads than 50. That's not going to stop me from setting this very same goal for next year though.

Watch more new-to-me movies. This is super subjective, but I did okay on this front. Thanks to Netflix, and semi-frequently taking myself to movies, I saw a few. I could still do better, but I'd rather read and write more if I had to choose between the three.

Bake a load of bread each month. Sadly, I completely forgot about this one after January. And it's too bad. It was a good goal,

Try one new recipe each week. I don't think I hit a new recipe weekly, but I did try a lot of new dishes and added some favorites to my list. Going forward, I think my goal will be to continue to try new recipes and take risks, but mostly to spend time creating my own meals rather than ordering out.

Work-out for 30 minutes five times a week. Oh, boy. Nope. I did get a treadmill and I did get it out of the box and use it, but not enough. Still, this is a fantastic goal and one I should always include on my list.

Try the whole clean-as-you-go deal I keep hearing about. I totally forgot about this goal, but I kind of did it! I still had moments of allowing my laundry to pile up (see the intro to this post), but I made my better all but a few mornings before heading to work. I ran the vacuum at least once a week. I rarely left dishes in my sink, and I stayed on top of my laundry until December. Not perfect, but I'll take it!

Go on an adventure somewhere I've never been. Oh! I did this one! Even though I forgot, I did it! I went to New Hampshire for the first time ever and took an afternoon to explore a part of Massachusetts I'd always wanted to visit. Sure, it was for a business trip and I was fighting a cold most of the time, but it was still a wonderful experience.

Keep regular office hours for my writing career. vYeah, we'll go ahead and put a giant "nope" on this one. I'm going to shake up this goal for next year to hopefully come up with something more plausible, but regular office hours ran off with my goals to work-out and bake bread. Maybe they're all on vacation together.

Have a regular day of pampering each week. This didn't happen weekly, but it happened a few times each month. And it as wonderful and will be something I just aim to do always. Usually it came in the form of a facial or a bath, but it was always heaven.

So that's it. Not a total loss and still room to grow. I'll get into that growth next week, but until then, thanks for following along with me this year. I hope to do better with posting more faithfully (and with better content). Happy New Year to all!

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1 comment:

  1. Not too bad. I love that you accomplished things you had forgotten you were supposed to do; it shows you're working toward what you want life to be all the time, not just when you make a point of it. Not everyone does, so good for you.