Now I have a few goals each year. These goals help keep me on the paths of personal improvement, intellectual stimulation, creative exploration and just downright fun! I try to make them ones I can achieve, along with not being so critical to the survival of the human race that I don't feel as though I've failed.
Here are a few for 2016.
Meet at least three bloggers I've never met before. Theoretically, this shouldn't be hard -- I've already met one! I'm aware of at least a couple in Michigan and who knows there 2016 might take me. I have a few ideas...
Match my 60 book reading list. One down, well into book number two. And if my headaches go away -- I'll ramp up on that one!
Take at least three art classes. I am signed up for the first one (colored pencil techniques with Barbara Hranilovich). Nothing else on the immediate horizon but I have 11 months! (Southern Exposure doesn't count -- but I have four of those on the schedule!)
Visit a foreign country. OK -- this isn't hard. Suzanne lives in Ontario which is about three hours or less away. But I'm not sure that counts. Maybe it should be a new place in a foreign country. I have a couple of possibilities here, too. Rick is riding his bike to Quebec this summer and I might join him when he finally "lands." Or maybe venture across the sea? I'm getting travel itchy.
Write more. Procrastinate less.
Continue the stuff-purging, I took a lot to Goodwill this year. The next round will be harder because it is stuff I actually like. But I am determined to dig out the basement. And then on to the upstairs!
Tackle or finish at least one home maintenance project at home and at the cottage. Last year we did a lot at the lake and one big project is in mid-progress. So that one is easy. At home the list is endless -- painting inside, some basement window repair work (no more floods, please), maybe some yard grading. We'll see what the budget can handle!
And finally, after years of muttering about it, actually dig into my family history. I'd really like to ferret out the mysteries of my mom's family (which I can share with cousins on that side) and know more about Dad's, too!
Yup. If I can pull all that off, it'll be a very good, very satisfying year!