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The Loveliness of A New Year's ...

Resolutions! Lives_of_loveliness_logo_200612_2

Though, I like the word goals better. It seems easier to list out things I'd like to get done this year, than to take a close look at what personal changes I should make.

(Hmmm ... I should probably examine that statement more closely, but in the interest of time, I'll move on.)

Whatever I call them - goals, resolutions, pie-in-the-sky dreams - I return to this moment each and every year. There's just something about a clean slate I can't resist. So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are my *goals* for 2007.

First and foremost, it shoud be said, 2007 is The Year of De-Cluttering. My ultimate goal is to rid our house of the extraneous stuff which I believe is the main thing standing between me and the level of housekeeping I wish to do. Because I really do like housekeeping - even cleaning, in fact - but it can be hard to find the time to devote to a regular housekeeping routine when you spend so much time everyday shifting around things. Piles. Stuff.

Less stuff. More space. Space in my house, space in my schedule.

Now for the rest of the list. :)

1. Find a better balance between online and offline.

  • I've got no notes for that one - just putting it out there.

2. Take better care of myself:

  • Drink more water and herbal tea; less caffeine and (I can't believe I'm saying this) coffee.
  • Research a better vitamins regime.
  • Eat better - more fruits and vegetables to start.

3. Volunteer more at church and/or take part in more activities.

  • Write the dates for the activities (inlcluding RSVP dates) into my calendar.

4. Pay more attention to my log, my paper journal (as opposed to my b-log).

  • Set up an area where it will be convenient to work on my journal through the day - ideally the island counter
  • Keep tape, scissors, pen and a magazine to flip through by its side.

5. Take more field trips - especially to museums.

  • Brainstorm a list of ideas and then schedule them into the calendar.

6. Be more careful with our budget.

  • Spend less money on groceries.
  • Set up a better budgeting system.

7. Overhaul my entire housekeeping system.

  • Too many details to list. First step - de-clutter. Second step - new schedule. Third step - deep clean. Fourth step - redecorate.

8. Keep up with the news.

  • Once upon a time I was a news junkie; nowadays I'm always a step or two behind.
  • Read the Globe and local paper everyday - even just to skim. Be better about clipping articles to "log" and/or share with the boys.
  • Read the Time magazine each week. Choose one article to chat about with Bill.

9. Cook from scratch more.

  • Schedule kitchen time for Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
  • By Friday have the kitchen clean, grocery list made out and menu plan in place.
  • Shop early Saturday morning.

10. Write more letters.

  • Set up a correspondence basket with pretty note cards, stamps, pens and stickers.

And one extra:

11. Ask for less; appreciate more.

Please check in at Leonie's tomorrow for the Loveliness of New Year's Resolutions Fair. I am really looking forward to it ~ I can use a few more ideas!