In my last post I shared my focus word and listed my 21 goals for the year. The quote “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you will land among the stars” keeps running in my head because it’s a pretty big list.
I know just because I made a list doesn’t mean anything unless I make a plan, so this is my deep dive into how I’m hoping to accomplish it all. I’m not going to stress if it doesn’t all get done, but I’m hopeful! Also, I did change a couple items. So here it goes…
21 for 2021 List
~ Fun for everyone
~ Go on a family vacation
Mikey and I are in the talking phase of this one. We had the best time going to the beach last year! We would really love to do it again. Mikey will be finishing up school and it’s also hard to know where things will be regarding Covid by summer, so I have a feeling it might be a last minute decision on what we do. But we plan on something!
~ Do something special for each holiday, including minor holidays
Obviously we go all out for Christmas, but I rarely do anything special for the other holidays, especially the minor holidays. SO, this year I would like to do something special for each one.
I plan to…
- Make a list of each holiday (Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day, 4th of July, etc.)
- Look on Pinterest for doable ideas one month ahead (I’ve already started pinning ideas for Valentines day)
- One week before look to see what ingredients/decorations I need for that holiday and make a plan to get them
~ Make a Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter bucket list
This isn’t something new for me. If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you know I like to make seasonal bucket lists. It helps me really enjoy what each season has to offer and it gets me to do something instead of wasting away our days. Plus, it might help me stay on track with this list.
~ Read 12 books
- Update my “want to read” list on Goodreads
- Anything goes – ebooks, audio books, and/or book books
- Pick one book per month (already working on my first book! I’ll update on my currently posts)
~ Start vlogging
Oooh this is a big one and intimidates me a lot. This is something I started contemplating over a year ago and even more so after one of my friends asked me if I had ever thought about starting my own YouTube channel. Since then, I have started to pick up my camera and start mini videos. I’ve been thinking about it so much, I’m just going to go for it. So here’s my plan…
- Continue to pick up my camera and practice vlogging (it’s weird talking into a camera and it takes some getting used to for sure)
- Work on thumbnails and learn to edit: 15-30 minutes once or twice/week (honestly, if I can just get through this part, I think I’ll be fine. The more I do it, the quicker it will become. The first video is always the hardest!)
- Work on getting YouTube set up
- Pick a launch date (oooooh this is scariest part. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while just for fun. Is fear ever a good reason not to do something?) – I’m thinking March, but if I can get it together sooner, I will!
~ Discover new music and create new playlists
I tend to listen to the same songs but I’ve been wanting to discover more music. I listen to the radio but they seem to rotate the same songs over and over, I’m ready to expand! Music can help pull me out of certain moods and I would like to start listening more.
- Create a Spotify account – Check! This was something I kept putting off but finally did it! I really like that you can listen to other peoples playlists AND they even make playlists for you.
- Create a playlist for concentration at work
- Create a feel good playlist
- Create a chill playlist
~ Be prepared
Really, this is my attempt to remain consistent in my routines. I started working on these things last year and want to continue.
- Wake up at 6:00 a.m. (I’m a chronic snoozer, but I finally found the system that works the best and gets me out of bed – although it’s definitely not fail proof.)
- Get my clothes and jewelry ready the night before
- Pick out Gryffin’s clothes the night before
- Meal prep on Sundays
- Think about things well ahead of time (special occasions & birthdays, holidays, appointments, etc.)
- Set reminders on my phone
~ House & Home
~ Put together a recipe binder
My recipes are very spread-out – some are on Pinterest, some are saved in a PDF, some are on recipe cards, and some are in my email. A recipe binder where all my recipes are kept in the same place and easily accessible would be a huge time savor.
- Pick a weekend and get it done
~ Deep clean the whole house
When I say deep clean, I’m talking clear everything out of cupboards, counters, shelves, etc. and scrub everything from top to bottom. Below is my plan of attack.
- Choose a month & date – I’m picking February 22nd – subject to change. I’m hoping to have it all done by Gryffin’s birthday in March
- Get my deep cleaning checklists ready
- Pick 1 room/week (since I work full-time I can’t bust it out all at once)
- Spend a minimum of 15 minutes every day scrubbing or organizing something (Obviously I will spend a big chunk of time on it on the weekends, but even just 15 minutes/day during the week will at least get me somewhere)
~ Revamp bathroom
- New shower curtain – Check! Just recently got one
- Replace blinds
- Paint walls
- Floating shelves
- Paint vanity? I can’t decide
- New mirror?
Flooring badly needs to be re-done, but that’s going to have to wait.
~ Revamp laundry room (this will be dependent on budget)
- Redo shelving
- paint (walls and cement floor)
- rearrange the washer and dryer
- Find some décor to spruce it up
~ Replace the deck
This is obviously best done in summer. We at the very least need to replace the existing deck, but if we have the funds we would like expand and put in a lower deck as well.
~ Get a facial
It’s literally been years since I’ve had a facial and I’m thinking it might be a fun birthday treat.
~ Take 12 social media breaks
Even though I don’t post much on social media I am constantly scrolling behind the scenes, mostly out of habit and/or boredom. This forces me to focus and enjoy the life I have right in front of me. Here’s the plan…
- The first weekend of every month
- If something is going on the first weekend (i.e. holiday or FB party event), I will choose the following weekend
- remove my social media apps from my phone from Friday night – Monday
~ Finish my 12 week devotional
I started an in-depth devotional last year and it’s been a true challenge to keep up with it. I’m aiming for this summer.
~ Go on 12 dates
Mikey and I are alternating planning our date nights. The first one is scheduled for this weekend (Jan 23rd).
~ Say yes to invitations from friends
This was a goal I made last year and I’m keeping it! It’s so easy to get caught up with life and responsibilities and I want to continue to make our friends a priority. In turn, this also has caused me to invite more people to do things with us (in very small numbers).
One of my Christmas gifts from my hubby was a membership to CLI Studios (online dance classes). Between YouTube and CLI classes it’s been so refreshing getting back into it dancing. My body obviously isn’t like it used to be, so I’m wanting to work on the following things…
~ Perfect my posture
My posture has completely gone down the drain and getting it back is not easy! It’s really just a matter of constantly reminding myself to sit up straight and align my spine correctly. It gets really tiring after a while, but the more classes I do the more it forces me to work on it.
~ Do the splits
- Stretch, stretch, stretch!
- Weekly progress pictures – I’m going on 4 weeks in and already seeing progress! The more progress I see the more I want to keep going. Now that I’m in my 30’s I have to work twice as hard. I would get there a lot faster if I would stretch for 15-20 minutes every day, but I don’t always have the time.
~ Consistent clean double pirouettes
- Working on leg strength and stability
- Practice makes perfect
~ 90 degree arabesque
- working on back flexibility and strength
- practice, practice, practice
I hope your year is off to a great start! I would love to know what goals you have this year!