This idea came to me from my dear friend Sandra at Wild Daffodil who got the idea from her friend Cathy at nanacathydotcom. I started listing my 16 things to accomplish in 2016 at the first of January and have just finished it today.
One of my goals was to pick things that didn’t create work for Johnny, things that I could accomplish with my own will. The resulting list reads more like a list of indulgences. It’s really good to get away from the to-do list and instead make a for-fun list!
1 stationary and note card set– I love corresponding through written letter and haven’t done much in the last few years, ironically since moving away from friends and family. I do like making my own cards, but believe purchased stationary is also necessary to have on hand for those times when time is tight but thoughts are free-flowing. For me, nice paper is as important as the sentiments to be expressed–aesthetics matter.
2 getaways to mainland; Claire on Clare Island, Jenny in Dublin, Fiona in Gort, Denise and Sally in Killorglin, or maybe for a course, event, festival, etc. So many great friends, wonderful, wild women who have extended invitations to me. And I haven’t explored Ireland nearly enough.
3 new sewing tutorials– Overdue already is the sewing summer camp lunch bag. That leaves two more to decide on…
4 how-to projects for HomeFarmer Magazine– When my bird feeder wreath was published in their online magazine last autumn they said to let them know when I had something else to offer their readers. If I took high-resolution photos, they would consider for their printed magazine. What am I waiting for?!
5 year preparation for WAW cycle begins– Margaret Maeve and I share this dream to cycle the Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland. I’m thinking of it being a summer-long excursion, stopping for swims along the way and foraging as well as fine dining. Five years goes quickly and we’ve many details to work out yet.
6 handwritten letters– I already have four people on a list to write to.
7 hundred dollars saved for a new camera and gear– Is this too much? Not enough? All suggestions welcome.
8 no-sugar cooking recipes, tried and tested and perfected– Margaret Maeve and I have been cutting out sugar in our baking, simply by reducing it and upping flour to balance the volume. We’d really like some new recipes with sweetener substitutes, cutting out the sugar all together.
9 hours of sleep to become my average– Really a normal sleep pattern would be nice. No more writing until 4am because I feel guilty being on the computer during the day. Seriously, writing is work. It takes time and concentration. Though I LOVE it, I don’t always feel like doing it, and certainly not robbing sleep to do so.
10 jigsaw puzzles completed– One of my favourite pastimes. Just to my left are five 2500 piece puzzles and a very hard 500 piece puzzle:
11 ocean swims– another something which I love doing but put off in favour of things I ‘have to do’. Before starting back to work, I easily did this within a two-week span, so this goal will be helpful to reestablish that routine.
12 sewing lessons offered– Another summer camp is likely how this will play out. Gotta get cracking as dates, designs, materials, and finding the students all take time to sort out. All this planning is more involved just by the fact of living on an island.
13 years of marriage– Both Johnny and I have birthdays on the 13th of different months and we’ve always felt it’s our lucky number. We’re planning to celebrate this special year throughout, in thirteen different ways? We’ll see.
14 plants for tea garden– Have I mentioned this garden plan in a past post? Either way, I will elaborate more in the future. And, ya, Johnny will likely lend a hand with this one, but perhaps not. We’ll see.
15-minute meditations– Daily would be great. It’s not a big commitment, but a big desire which I have put off in favour of busy time things. I know this would benefit me in all areas, writing, family, sleep, even in my ‘busyness’, yet, I’m very lax about dedicating the time.
16 patches on crazy quilt finished– You’ll get a peak at this in my next post…
That’s all. Now I’ve told the world…time to walk the talk! Melissa Xx