My Challenges, not Resolutions
Warning: This is a long post and asks for your input! It also does not have any gorgeous pictures or artwork to beautify and break up the paragraphs. Finally, Heritage Happens is in an update mode from the Christmas Holidays, so please bear with me.
I do not have New Years resolutions. I stopped making them a few years ago. I have however had several ideas going on in my mind as of late and thought I really would like to work on some of these things. The new year is prime opportunity to analyze what I can actually accomplish.
I have been mulling around also, using this blog for more than just my personal genealogy. Anything I do at any given time will eventually become my history, so why not? I could start a couple more blogs, but after you read this I think you will agree that I will not be having time for any more blogs.
1. Make at least one new Christmas stocking. I took pictures finally, of the stockings I have made. There have been so many additions to my family that I have found I need to make more than I thought! I was surprised when I noticed only three of the stockings were hand made, which means more than half need to be made still.
2. Walk 10,000 steps at least three to five days a week, every week. Last year I made it to 2 days a week, some weeks. Would like to be more consistent and dedicated to this. I share my walking on Sundays on Facebook, called "Sharing Sunday." Several people have joined along the way. The idea is to decide what YOU would like to accomplish each week physically, and share that goal on my Sharing Sunday post. It can be anything, running, work outs at the gym, walking, bike riding, hiking, zumba, etc. Each Sunday share how you did that week with your goal. Everyone is there to support everyone else. There is no right or wrong, we do what we can and try to keep each other motivated! If you would like to join in on Sharing Sunday, leave a comment on my Sharing Sunday post this coming Sunday! The more the merrier!
3. Loose weight. This is a forever and always a goal in my life. I want to get healthier all the way around. It all takes time, so it is a continuing process. I did loose some weight last year, but the major drop in weight will happen this year, I feel it!
4. Source, source, source. I have worked on this before. For some reason I just can't get comfortable doing this. I wish I had someone who would sit down next to me and catch whatever my hang up is with this. I have all of the best source books, Mills Evidence Explained in particular. The hang-up is with me! Maybe someone can help! Need to find someone.
5. Make all my event cards again for the year, with more dedication and creativity. I actually did this last year, it was kind of a challenge to myself. There were a couple times I didn't have a card and needed to buy one. I made my husband do it. My goal was not to purchase a card all year. I did it last year, so I know I can do it again! Hopefully I won't have to rely on my husband at all this year, but twice wasn't to bad for a whole year!
6. Start an online craft store. Have been thinking about this for well over a year, maybe close to two years now. I still have a desire to do it. I just need to work on it and make it happen.
7. Work on crafts for the store. I have some ideas, plans and things I want to make. Need to dedicate some time.
8. Start dog sitting business. After watching two adorable dogs during the week of Christmas convinced me I would really love to house sit dogs, at my house. I have a friend who does this and she makes some darn good money. My plan would be twofold, a few extra bucks would be nice, and the enjoyment of having the dogs would be grand. My dog is getting older and who knows how long he will be around for. I don't think I want to get another dog right after this one passes. If had a little dog sitting business, I would be able to enjoy those companions, and not have the responsibility of my own when we decided to travel. We are planning to do more traveling and I do not wish to add more responsibility to my daughter when we do. She is a vet tech and already has several pets to care for.
9. Blog at least 2 days a week to all blogs. This actually means I am going to cut down on my blogging here, but hopefully add blog posts to other blogs. By doing so, I may end up having longer blog posts here though, we shall see.
10. Organize all paperwork and genealogy information as I work through the sourcing, to see what backup information I need on each individual I work on.
11. Re-committ to Yoga. I have missed going for the past few weeks through the Holidays and my body is telling me I need to get back! I really miss this and walking.
12. Finish the Harley quilt. This project has been on hold through the holidays. During holiday time, I do not plan to do anything but holiday related things. I have actually worked a tiny bit on it since Christmas and look forward to learning more about the process as I journey along to completion.
13. Organize my crafts and crafting space. I do have many crafts I enjoy. I need a whole room to dedicate to it! For now I have chosen to use the guest room as I am not expecting guests for awhile. I have card/scrapbooking supplies, quilting, sewing, tatting, knitting, embroidery and crocheting supplies also. I would like to have quick and easy access to where everything is at any given time. My original master bedroom is going to go through some transformation! Who would have thought a four bedroom house wasn't big enough for two people? One bedroom is our co-office, one is for the grandchildren and one is our bedroom. The last bedroom is the original master bedroom and bath and now is the guest room. Let's see what I can do in this room to make it a craft/guest room. Thankfully it is a decent size room.
14. Work on, if not totally complete my daughter and son in law's embroidered wedding sampler I started about 6 years ago.
15. Actually do some genealogy research!!!!!! Seems the research end has dwindled, not that I am complaining, I have met some fabulous knew cousins that I may not have ever found if I "wasn't researching."
These are a few things I would like to work on and as of now, I do not have an actual plan or commitment when and how I will work on all of this. It is difficult to say I will do certain things on certain days at certain times as I do watch my grandchildren part time. Sometimes there is change with that schedule. Sometimes we travel. Sometimes I golf, sometimes I fish, and sometimes I ride my Harley. I love having that open schedule to a certain degree, to do what I want when I want.
I tend to have more ambition than time, and because of this my ambition gets lost at times. To much I always want to do. I suppose I could try taking a month working on one project, another month on another project, or maybe I should break it down to each week?
However you look at it, I have a whole year to try to accomplish some of these things. Some things I need to work on daily, that is a given, but the others? Well, let's just hope I accomplish something, somehow.
A few questions for you which may help me make some decisions! Would you please help me out by making some suggestions on these questions and/or anything else in this post? My scrambled up brain thanks you very much!
1. How do you feel about some change to content of this blog? Is it realistic? (I really think I know the answer…)
2. Time wise, how do you suggest I tackle some of these projects? What works best for you? One day genealogy, one day crafting? One week one project, the next week another project?
3. Do you have a great name for a dog-sitting business?
4. Would you be interested in seeing projects I make or am working on?
5. And finally, can you please clone me into another person?
With that I am off to take "before pictures" of my guest bedroom. This is all going to be very interesting…and time consuming!
Thanks for stopping by!
Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!
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