I know I say this every year but WOW! 2019 flew by! And it’s hard to believe that 2020 is almost here.
For me, 2019 was mostly filled with positivity. My husband grew his bee yard adding more hives, I reached the one year milestone at my job (and even moved to a new department), our honey labels were approved by the state so we could legally sale our raw honey, and our daughter spread her wings even further and moved to Florida to give that a go. We have even been going to church whenever our work schedules allow it.
But 2019 wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It marked the one year anniversary of Jedi’s passing. And, most recently, a close family member was tragically taken from us this past November. We are still trying to make sense of that and will probably never fully understand it.
My hope is that 2020 is good to all of us. Because we all need a nice calm year to start this new decade.
For the past several years, I have causally brought up the idea of having chickens, but I was the only one who thought it was a good idea. And while I could have gotten chickens anyway, I wanted the rest of the household, i.e. my husband, to get on board with the idea. And I am happy to say that he has finally started to warm up to the idea.
With that said, however, we’re not getting chickens just yet. I want to wait until next spring to give us time to research more and learn as much about them as possible. So we’re just in the planing stages at the moment. My husband is excited about creating the chicken coop, and making cool chicken gadgets, and I can’t wait to raise feathered dinosaurs. But we want to make sure that our future chickens will have an awesome coop and run that will keep them healthy, happy, and protected from predators.
So, what does this exactly mean?
Welp, it means I’ve been, and plan on continuing to, pin a shit ton of chicken-related things on Pinterest and trying to learn as much as I possibly can. But I am so excited!
Instead of New Years resolutions, I’m making goals. Why goals and not resolutions? Well, almost every year I make a bunch of resolutions, which I stick to for a few weeks, and then abandon before Spring hits. Resolutions seem more of a “I will definitely get this accomplished this year”, while goals have a more relaxed and laid back type of vibe. And I like that.
The goals I have set for 2019 are obtainable ones that I’m pretty confident I can achieve this year. In the past, when I would make New Year’s resolutions, it would be something that was much more difficult to accomplish. While things like ‘lose 50 pounds’ is possible in a years time, it takes a great deal of dedication that I just don’t know if I can complete. So that’s why I have decided to set real, obtainable goals for this new year.
Improve my Sewing Skills
Towards the end of 2018, I finally got our sewing machine out and made myself learn how to properly use it. And with the help of some Youtube videos, I was able to make my first ever not-sewn-by-hand catnip kicker. I have also made a couple of plastic bag holders — which surprisingly turned out okay — and want to continue to improve on that ability. I would like to the point where I can sew a skirt, dress, or pajama pants with ease. I’m not sure if I can accomplish that in 2019, so I’m just setting out to improve my sewing skills no matter how little that improvement may be.
Get Out of the House More
And I don’t just mean to the grocery store. While I don’t want to set a larger goal of “traveling abroad”, I do want to go out and do more things, even if it’s just in the town next to me. I spend way too much time in the house. I work from home and relax at home, and while I do love being home (that’s where my kitties are after all) I also want to get out and explore, and do things that require leaving my house.
Ignite my Lost Passion for Photography
It wasn’t that long ago that I had a Nikon D90 and I would plan trips to local areas to snap some pictures. I loved photography, and was rather decent at it. And then, at the start of 2013, I had to get rid of my camera, and I just never got another one. But this past April my husband bought me a camera for my birthday. I was so happy to finally get a DSLR again, and then I just didn’t use it. I’m laying some of the blame on my phone because it’s just so much easier to grab the phone — which is almost always within reach — and snap some pictures then it is to get up, walk to where I keep my camera, take it out of it’s case, turn it on, get it set, blah, blah, blah. It feels like a chore. And this saddens me so because, at one point in my life, my camera and the act of shooting photos brought me so much joy. It gave me a reason to go outside, and it allowed the creative side of me come to out. I miss it and want to get that passion, or at least a small portion of that passion, back.
That’s it. Three goals. Three not-too-complicated goals that I have set for myself during this new.
What about you? Did you set goals or resolutions for the new year?