It's also been a good time for me to be able to start thinking about what I want to accomplish this coming year. I've been rolling around in my head some things I think I would like to accomplish by 2016, and I've also been processing this idea of the Word of the Year, which I talked more about on Wednesday this past week. I enjoyed reading Betsy's comment, which talked about your word being the center of a brainstorming map like you used to make in elementary school. Your word is just the core idea, from which other words can stem. And so with that in mind, I decided I would go ahead and pick a word- one that I could use to cover many of the ideals I want to work toward in the coming year:
To me, the idea of intention is to make sure that the things I am doing in my life have a purpose and direction. It covers all kinds of actions throughout the day- Am I eating with the intention of nourishing myself, or am I bored? Am I buying this with the intention of using it specifically, or do I just like it?- and it also supports good behaviors, such as kindness towards others and charitable giving. So with intention in mind my goals for 2015 are:
1. Continue to grow Milo and Molly locally and online. I have a few new-to-me shows that I would like to try out this year, I want to continue to work with the Nutmeg Collective on local opportunities, I would like to try and hit 1500 Etsy sales by the end of the year, and I would like to realign my products to better suit what my customers are looking for. This one comes off a little vague, but to put it all on paper would take up more than this whole post. Rest assured it's all swimming around in my brain, somewhere.
2. Return to the blog. I enjoy this space I've created and I enjoy connecting with the people who read this. I would like to change up the design a little bit, I'd like to post more, and I'd like to hear more from you who are out there reading. The end of the year was really busy for me, so additionally, I'd like to get back to reading the posts by bloggers I enjoy and remembering to leave comments on what they have to say.
3. Declutter. I actually already started this right before the Christmas-present onslaught, but I would like to really clear items out of this house that we don't need or use anymore. We have duplicates of things, we have clothes that should be weeded through, we have toys coming out of our ears, and so many of our storage spaces are packed. It's time to go through it and get rid of the things hiding away "just in case", and also it would be great to slow down the intake of toys. I need to come up with some alternative gift ideas other than more trucks and Legos and stuffed animals because we are packed full.
4. Exercise. I know I've said this before and I am not good at getting started at exercising, but for my overall self I think it would be good. I've long dealt with anxiety and I've read time and again that exercise can help, but for me it's carving out a time to do it. Whether it be yoga on YouTube or a round on the elliptical in our basement, I would like to start to work into some kind of fitness routine.
5. Meal planning and Making My Own. I love to cook and I've got all kinds of gadgets to help me along the way, but I would like to get some kind of meal organization in place so when I go to the grocery store, I know what I'm going to make that week and buy accordingly. That way when I need a pepper, I have one (guess who didn't have chili last night because she forgot a pepper), and I don't end up with four, yes, four, bottles of white cooking wine because I thought I might not have any. I'd also like to break free of some of the processed goods, which are convenient but not the best choice, even from the organic aisle. This will all hopefully save my kitchen sanity and be better for our pocketbook and waistlines.
6. Random Acts of Kindness. More about this coming soon in its own post, but in general I would like to practice some specifically planned kindnesses (so I guess they won't be entirely random). I'm hoping you'll be able to help me with this.
7. Make Things for Us. I sew things, obviously, and I have a list of things for my little ones that need to be attended to- like reusable sandwich bags that I've been meaning to make for their lunch bags, and that piece of Busytown fabric I got for Greta to make something for her for Christmas, but didn't. I need to take some moments to make for me and not just to sell.
So there they are, my solid half-dozen-plus-one ideals for the year. I feel like I'm a pretty mindful person, and I do often go out of my way to think of other people, so this will be a continuation of that plus adding myself into that equation. What do you think?
Did you make goals/resolutions/pick a word for the year? Please share, or link to your post if you blogged it!
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