Thursday, May 31, 2012

10 Summer Goals

Over the weekend it occurred to me that summer was actually upon us.  It got me thinking about what I wanted to do over the next 3 months.  Each year the months seem to fly by and I look back and say "what did I accomplish".  Carole put up her 10 on Tuesday post this past week and it was exactly that - 10 goals of summer.  So here is mine:

1. Knit the Evenstar shawl.  I bought myself a set of Signature Needles with stiletto points and have some lace yarn in my stash.  I'm not sure if I am up to the challenge, but I want to give it a go.

2. Go hiking.  I have so many trails and great places to walk and hike and I never go.  The following goal might make it easier:

3.  Go to the gym.  I have a membership but I never go.  I'm just not in the mood when I get home from work around 6:00.  I'm thinking I will go early in the morning (the gym is open 24 hours) and see how that works.  Whatever the time - I need to make it.

4.  Have a yard sale.  I usually hate to do this, but I have so much "stuff" in my house that I don't want to just throw out.  I am going to have to dedicate a weekend to gathering, selling, then subsequently donating whatever does not sell.  I dread doing this, but I know I will feel so much better afterwards.

5.  Warp my loom.  I have a few projects in my head that I would like to work on.  I love weaving outside in the summer.

6.  Read.  Alot.  My whole life I was a huge reader.  Until.  I.  Started.  Knitting.  With the Nook I can do both at the same time if I am working on a simple project.

7.  Start researching that "later life career".  You know - when you are getting ready to retire, but don't want to quit working entirely?  I have some ideas and plan on doing some research.  Mid-life is here (as much as I hate to admit it) and if there is no plan...... well, you know how that goes.

8.  Eat more local food.  I am reading (can you call listening to an audio book reading?) "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" and it fascinated me how eating local affects so many things such as fuel consumption, etc...

9.  Give up soda.  This my friends, is going to be the toughest on my list.  I love my coca cola.  And I don't do the diet kind - I love the hardcore old fashioned full of sugar and caffeine variety.  An exorcism might be in order to rid the craving.

10.  Enjoy the summer and relax.  Stressed out seems to be my new normal and that is just plain old silly.  Life is way too short.

Anybody have any goals for their summer?


Carole Knits said...

I think your list is good. If you need encouragement to get to the gym you just let me know - we can encourage each other!

steph said...

awesome list!!! I don't know if it would work for you....but years ago I was terribly "addicted" to diet coke. tried several times to kick the habit---and failed. we did a giant mountain overnight hike--more strenuous than i was really up for....and while a friend toted some diet coke for me---I was simply too tired. Next day, same hike down the mountain---and again---too tired for that caffeine kick. I had ONE more day that I sort of really wanted one (headache and all) and after that, I was off it. SO....I totally recommend strenous exercise and hiking and lots of water......and you'll "kill" three goals all at the same time!!!!! GOOD LUCK!!! (It's been over 15 years now since I've had a sip---I feel like I'm sort of in AA!!!!)

Jen said...

So many of your goals sound like mine! I really should write them out, it's a great idea! Or else the summer will be over and I'll be bummed that I didn't do anything I wanted!

margene said...

I'm living the life of "no mid-life planning". Seat of the pants, that's me. I admire your ability to plan and execute...that means you'll meet many, if not all, of your goals!!


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