do something...

I don’t make resolutions. I'm too ADD to focus on a single objective for 12 months. I don’t want to feel bad about failing at something that should inspire me to better myself. I don't like trying to sum up my personal goals in one or two all-encompassing cliches. And "be a better person in every way possible" seems like kind of a lot of pressure to put on myself. But in the end, that's what we all want, right?

So, in 2009 I resolve to do something. Every month. Evaluate my life, where I'm at, what I'm doing, what area I feel needs immediate improvement and establish an intention for that month. It'll be a personal challenge to learn something new, get something done or just meet a goal that I've set for myself. Some will be fun...others will hopefully help me establish a routine that I hope to maintain.

I have a tentative list of things I might do but it's fluid and could change as the months go by. There is no set order to them and I've yet to decide what goal number one will be but I'll decide today and let you know tomorrow. You know, to keep me accountable. This is my tentative list of things I could do:

• maintain a cleaning/shopping schedule for one month (deep clean the bathroom every Monday; baby laundry every Friday; grocery shopping every Sunday...that type of thing)
• write a letter every day (this could be to friends or family or to my kids)
• cook a different meal every night - to force me to try some new things. we rarely eat out (OK, never) but no take out or fast food for dinner for a month. I'm good at meal planning and only shop once every 7-10 days but I tend to stick to the same things over and over
• learn to sew
• learn to screenprint
• finish the baby room (I know, I know)
• finish the boy room (even worse, I know, SHEESH)
• Christmas done in Nov (cards, shopping, wrapping...crafty stuff is still OK in December)
• journal every day (NOT blog...I will never commit to blogging every day)
• hang stuff - all of the frames, art, shelves, etc that I've accumulated but not hung
• mini-remodel of our half bath (paint/accessories)

So, there you have it. I'd love for one or two of my 5 readers to pledge to do something with me in 09. You know you want to.


  1. Anonymous10:26 AM

    How about finish collage for parents?

  2. ooh! ooh!


    teach mom to leave her name with her comment ;)

  3. Anonymous10:30 AM

    Not Mom!

  4. I can teach you too, Scott :)

  5. Anonymous10:33 AM

    Good luck with the '09 list. Mine is to quit smoking ;)

  6. LOL! Your comments cracked me up!

    Love the new banner! I have lots of plans for 2009. I'll commit with you.

    Two things at the top of my list are to lose this baby weight and run a half marathon in May. :)

  7. yeah, I'll play too. I've been meaning to do something all year!

  8. Anonymous5:24 PM

    I'm planning on laughing everyday in order to remain sane.

  9. Anonymous10:40 AM

    I'll pledge with ya. :) I also pledge to finally mail you a baby gift that has been sewn and sitting here since pre-birth. :) Thankfull, it will fit when she's one so I still have some time...

    I also have an awesome cleaning schedule if you are interested, I can email it to you.

  10. Anonymous11:58 AM

    love this!
    "do something"...there are so many somethings that i want to get accomplished in 09'
    i've actually chosen a word and it is "BALANCE"...surely with balance in my life can get things done!

    love reading all the things you want to learn...that's always a good thing too.

  11. Anonymous5:37 PM

    I'll join you in your "do something" endeavor, E! Since our move, I've felt so disconnected and disorganized. Will be good for me to focus on some goals. Great idea. :) (I like referring to them as goals and not resolutions. I suck at resolutions.)

  12. I'll be playing along. I have a list I started. We have a couple of similar goals;)

  13. Love this idea, I am so playing along this year too!

  14. i love your list.
    i made one of 27 things i want to do this year. hopefully we will both be successful :)

  15. Hi Erica!
    I really, really, really don't like "New Year" resolutions ... but I LOVE the idea of re-evaluating life and what I want to get out of it (the big and little things) in the coming year. So I had planned on NINE (too cliche?) things TO DO in 2009. I plan to finish up my list and post it tomorrow on my blog. Mind if I borrow your image?

    Thanks for this little push!!

    P.S. I miss your knitting projects on the sidebar :(. You always had such good designs going. I finally picked up the needles, after many months, on Friday night and I'm almost done with this hat: http://caffeinatedyarn.blogspot.com/2008/08/pattern-windy-city-hat.html

  16. this was the approach I took last year, I made it through April ;) My hope this year is to make it all the way through!!!! Hey- Great minds think alike ;)

  17. Sonia B9:56 PM

    I'm SOO late but I just found your blog and I like this idea.
    Great blog.



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