10 Things You Want to Do in 2012.
Ahem. I almost feel like it would be better to say 10 things I don't want to do in 2012 (that would be drinking, drugging, whoring, phone tech support for family, cleaning, the chicken dance, pick up dog poo, UFOs, waking up before 4 a.m. and having baking failures at the last minute). Of course, some of these are going to happen.
2012 is the year I am going to clean up some of my UFOs (which I already wrote about). So, outside of the knitting circle, here are the 10 things I'd like to do in 2012.
1. Actually maintain my Etsy store. I have ideas, but a laziness about implementation that defies gravity description. If I can just put one or two new things in there every week, I might slowly be able to transition to the crafting as a source of income.
2. Eat healthier. As the primary cook I tend to make too much of the "looked good on the blog" food, which often is super delicious and equally often is made of more butter than I probably should allow to pass my lips. My husband and I are already back on the way the food out bandwagon, because we've gotten very slack over the past 5 years or so....
3. Exercise more regularly. As in every day. I read this post a little over a week ago, and it definitely resonated with me. If I don't make it a daily habit, it is far too easy to say I'll do it after work. After work becomes I'm too tired. Maybe when I get home, and before I know it I've had a week of nothing more strenuous than baking a batch of cookies (see #2). I have a pool membership, a gym membership, hand weights and a treadmill. There is just no excuse. Of course, because I'm a wuss, walking Victor counts.
4. Manage stress better. I am a mean person when I get stressed out, and I get easily stressed out. I'm type A, and tend to think of everything as an emergency.
5. Play more board games. My husband would like to play more games, but most of the time I don't necessarily want to do something new (or something that interferes with my knitting that much), but I should be able to make time for this. Even one day a week would be better.
6. Try new things. I am the person who goes into a restaurant and has the same thing every time. My kitchen isn't really any better. For all that I love to cook, what I eat falls under 3 or 4 fairly standard categories. Most of those could be broken down into a single category: carbs. While delicious, it isn't super nutritious.
7. Lose the damn weight. It crept on as soon as I thought that I didn't need to work out as much or as often. While this is highly related to exercise every day and eat healthier, there is a goal. That goal is to fit back into my old work pants, so I don't need to go out and buy new ones.
8. Try a new craft. This year I'm thinking of finally trying quilting. I've got quilting friends and I love seeing the beautiful quilts online. Obviously I need a new hobby that uses lots of materials and space and is easy to create WIPs for. But in all honesty, I have an idea and that idea needs to become a quilt. See also, Iron Craft.
9. Drink more water. I don't enjoy drinking water, but I don't want to fill my body with Crystal Light either. So, it is time to learn to love water. Right now I'm doing well if I get through 20 ounces of water, and 2 12-ounce containers of hot chocolate or decaf coffee.
10. I want, I want to sing! I don't think I can justify being in a show in 2012, but I would like to support my friends in their shows and just sing in general. I should look for a choir. I made a brief check in that direction a couple of years ago, but never really followed through on the entire idea.
Most of these are little dreams and some of them are probably just not feasible. Others are too vague or too specific to make really work, but I'm trying and some of them are already happening now.