This week I’ve been working my way through the usual New Year’s to-do list. Christmas decorations lovingly packed away? Check. New calendars obtained and displayed? Check. Hoppin’ John (a southern dish with ham and black-eyed peas) cooked up and devoured to ensure good luck? Check.
Okay, I confess: struggling with year-end fatigue (please just be over, 2016!), I was actually thinking of just skipping the whole resolution thing this year. That is, until I was inspired by fellow bloggers Murtagh’s Meadow and Nanacatthydotcom who hit upon a fun and more thought-provoking way to count down their New Year’s resolutions–16 for 2016, 17 for 2017, etc.
So here goes:
17. Find seventeen geocaches this year. After locating my 200th cache last year, I let myself slip into a sad geocaching slump. Time to dust off the old GPS and start exploring again.
16. Rid our home of sixteen pieces of “stuff.” If it’s not something we use, love, or need, it’s going, going….gone.
15. Spend at least fifteen minutes a day writing … something. I am a writer after all and writers write, right? Thanks to A Writer’s Alchemy for the nudge here.
14. Give away garden gifts (seeds, starts, veggies, jams, etc.) to fourteen people. Because happiness is giving and sharing.
13. Try thirteen new recipes. That’s only one a month, plus one more. I have cookbooks coming out of my ears, so this should be super easy, right?
12. Write twelve blogs. Just one teensy little blog per month. I. Can. Do. This.
11. Complete eleven arts and craft projects. Even if it’s just a simple pencil drawing or yet another knitted scarf.
10. Discover ten new places. Towns, parks, gardens, breweries, cafes…the possibilities are endless.
9. Go for nine bike rides just for the fun of it. No STP training this year!
8. Implement eight ways to make our farm more wildlife-friendly. Our animal friends need all of the help they can get.
7. Meditate seven days a week. Even if it’s only for a few minutes. And don’t forget to breathe every day, too.
6. Plant six new vegetable varieties in my garden. Now where did I put those seed catalogs?
5. Teach five people how to make no-knead bread. So easy, so delicious–everyone in the world should know how to do this.
4. Hike four new trails. Time to cover some new ground. I’m sure our old favorite trails won’t mind.
3. Speak my mind three times when I normally would keep quiet. Starting small here. Surely I can do this…
2. Learn two new skills or crafts. Like how to swing dance or make soap or ???
1. Run/walk one marathon. Just put one foot in front of the other and repeat for 26.2 miles. Yikes.
I’ll let you know at the end of the year how I did!
Happy New Year!
Thanks for reading,