6 Small Goals for January

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Oh, hello, 2018. I'm not big on making New Year's resolutions, though I do, of course, try to... you know, be a better person. Still, I'm kind of liking this monthly goal thing, instead of setting big, overarching goals that I forget about or fail at by mid-year.

Here's what I committed to in December - & how I did:
  1. Do my best at my big work conferenceThe metrics from the event are a little muddy, for reasons I won't get into here, but we had great engagement & online participation (my area of work) for this event... & I even got to meet Fran Drescher! I'm calling that a win.
  2. Make some sort of holiday-themed plans: My mom & I went to see the Festival of Trees at Playhouse Square & Glow at the Botanical Gardens, both of which I absolutely loved. 
  3. Successfully complete my DietBet: Yeah, I... didn't do this. I tried for the first few days, but then I went out of town for work & my attempt at dieting - errr, eating better - quickly devolved. The good news is I didn't gain any weight, but neither did I win a portion of the DietBet pot.
  4. Buy a mattressWe haven't done this but I'm marking it as complete, namely because Mike's mom reminded us that she's in the process of selling her Cincinnati condo (she used to work down there during the week) & that she has a brand new mattress to get rid of. I'm not sure how long it will take us to secure this item, but whenever she moves everything back north, we'll make this happen. 
  5. Put together our new bed frame: We haven't done this yet because who ever wants to sit down & put together a bed frame? I swear we're gonna do it soon...  
  6. Send all our wedding thank-you notes: I finished my portion of the thank-you notes, but Mike has yet to finish his. I'm marking this goal as complete, though, because I can only control the half that's, well, within my control! (And Mike's working on his.)
Not bad, right? I feel OK about it - & I also finally got new windshield wipers, a November goal that I totally slacked on. It took all of 10 minutes, so I should've done it much sooner.

Here's what I'm aiming for in January:
  1. Hang art on my walls. No, seriously. I'm gonna do it this time. Why is this taking us so long?!
  2. Get a damn haircut. I grew my hair out for the wedding, & now it's out of control & ratty as hell. I had to cancel a hair appointment because of the blackout last month, but January's the month I go in for the chop. 
  3. Eat at home more, eat out less. Aside from rent & bills, I spend the bulk of my money on food - but almost never on groceries. I go out to eat & order delivery wayyyy too often, & I'd like to cut way back on it this month.
  4. Work on my sleep issues. I'm 33 years old & have been struggling with sleep issues for my entire life. I discussed it a bit with my doctor in 2016, but I need to prioritize it again & really try to figure it out.
  5. Schedule some sort of spa service. I've been looking into cupping, & I have a coupon for 20% off a massage or facial, plus a Groupon for a flotation tank. I can't do 'em all, but I want to do something!
  6. Read only books I already own. The one exception is my book club read, borrowed from the library, but beyond that, I'm not reading anything except what's already on my bookshelf. No new books! I have a ton of great but unread novels just dying to be picked up in 2018.
What are your January goals - or your New Year's resolutions? 

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