Look! It’s already the 4th. I have been ruminating on the specifics of what I want to accomplish this year and while I never make do-or-die resolutions (I know my limitations and my follow-through often sucks), I wanted to put down for posterity the stuff I want to focus on this year.
First, I realized on New Year’s Day when I went to chant that I have really been missing God. This year I want to focus on regaining a spiritual practice. I probably won’t be writing very much about this because honestly, it’s really personal and my beliefs need not impinge on y’all. I’m excited about this, though.
Second, and possibly an even bigger challenge than the first, is getting our stuff under control. This involves a lot of honest evaluation, and I’m both looking forward to and dreading this. It’s hard for me to face up to the amount of things we have and I truly think that we are imprisoned by our stuff when it is stuff we don’t love or use regularly. I know I feel it when I walk through the house and trip over toys and books that just don’t have a place to live when not in use. I have been conservative in the past about letting things go but this time around I need to remind myself that I am letting my things own me more often than owning my things.
Third, I am going to give a serious go to not eating meat that we don’t get from the CSA (not including fish since we can’t get that locally all the time and I really just eat sushi.) Its’ being more expensive should help me to generally cut back on meat which can’t be a bad thing for my body or the earth.
Fourth, I am going to take time each day for the following:
- meditating/chanting (15 min. a day)
- knitting/weaving/spinning (15 min. a day)
- yoga (30 min. a day)
- a walk with the baby (30 min. a day)
One hour a day, every day, where doing something for and by myself takes priority over the house, the laundry, the internet, and than another half an hour to get outside with the baby so that I can remember to connect with nature (such as it is here in the neighborhood). This will be, I think, very important to keep me grounded as I go into classes and papers and figuring out how to slot together tasks. I used to be quite good at getting lots of things done in a day and I’m hoping I can get a true schedule going again.
Fifth, and final, is the Riot/Competence Project. I am tracking numbers for the Riot again, this time informally in a wee notebook that will fit in my pocket. I’m going to set up a tab for that when we have completed the first week and all numbers will be kept there. No spreadsheets, no making things more complicated than they need to be. Just notes plugged into the calculator each week and then each month when we get the electric bill. Easy peasy. For the Competence Project, I will be learning to spin and weave for some time so I reckon as long as I check something off every month or so I’ll be happy. This is not a big focus of mine at this point but I do want to continue with it.
And that, my friends, is that. The year in preview as it were, again. Now all I have to do is get started on it, eh?