2019 was an amazing success and a lot of that was because of this amazing group of people! I want to start this post by saying thank you for being here, following my journey, and supporting me.
This year is going to be a bit different for me (to be fair most years are different than each other, that's life). Last year was focusing on finishing out a couple really big projects; a degree, student loans, Japan trip. This year there isn't any huge goal that I need to focus on in my home life. I could choose a couple big goals and start running for them. Instead I'm going to take some time to breath, look around, try some new things, enjoy where I am. When a proper big goal comes to me I'm sure I'll go after it with my normal vigor. Until then I want to spend some time on activities that resonate with me.
With that being said, here's the Round 1 list!
Health - Exercise with the adventure ring for 20 minutes or get 8k 5/7 days each week. Pack lunch 5/5 days each week. A general goal to eat more fruits/veggies/natural fiber. 1 new no meat recipe per week.
Time with SO - Weekly movie night to go with our already weekly DnD night.
Hearth and Home - Desk upgrade. See about computer upgrade (time and money budgeting). Roof arrangements.
Organize/Declutter - 7 items from the living quarters go to a new purpose each week. 7 items from the basement/garage to be removed or find a permanent home that isn't a random bag or floor each week. If the items are used in a new upcycling project that counts!
Social Media - Blog post each Friday about new recipes or my upcycling project or science paper writeup. ROW post and interact with others posts on Wed and Sun each week. Interact on Quora and Goodreads once per checkin.
L&D - Read one scientific paper per week. Try out one Masterclass per month.
Writing - Get artists for Cookies to Crumbles webcomic. Finish needed edits for said book. Review all of my short stories and make a game plan to polish and send out one a month. Send out three short stories this round.
Reading - 13 books within the following categories with a minimum of one in each; nominated for the Stokers, Paris Travel, anthologies I own, indie book/publishers in need of online reviews, finances.
Local Community Involvement - Read the newspaper. Go to the town meeting at least once. Interact with the town services on social media.
Helping the internet community - give away something each week to help someone. (Item/time/software) 13 of each of the following; Google Map Reviews, Amazon Reviews, Wiki Updates, items related to activism.
Helping Local Writers - Setup 3 library workshops and 1 author reading for the year. Put together information and outline for author reading best practices.
Finances - Learn about investing in the stockmarket. Start long term plan for retirement. Look over phone bill and see about options. Make arrangements for Student Loan of mine that ended up under my dad's name. Check on finances monthly and keep within $200 of budget (already wrote up the budget over the break).
Environment - Better recycling and less garbage. This will probably composting and getting better information on what can be recycled/reused for each checkin. Ask for items instead of buying them. Buy food from local farms in the summer. Consider a CSA again.
Upcycling - The goal is not just to upcycle but to make something that is intrinsically useful/cool enough that it won't need to get upcycled again. The amount of time that this is going to take depends on which project it is and how long it takes to get the supplies, particularly since I refuse to buy non-expireable items. (IE If I have to buy glue because mine went bad that's ok but I'm not buying a block of wood.) That's a lot of qualifiers on this goal, but that's what I feel like I need to do. With these qualifiers in mind I'll try for three projects this round, and hope that I end up with more.
You know I thought I was taking it easy before I started to write out all of the actions on my mind, but it looks like I'm still aiming to be crazy productive. Ah well, I'm not one to back down from a challenge. These are the actions I think are worth my time, and I'll do my best to do them all!
Reporting them will be a bit different as well, since I'd like to go for a more visual style, but that's for a different post. Thanks for reading!
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