Don’t lose my mind. This is debatable, but we managed to pack everything (using only carry-on luggage!), clean our apartment (which NEVER happens before trips!), and wrap all our Christmas gifts by December 16th (impossible!), I’m going to call it a success. Our flight was delayed and we spent 8 hours at the Philadelphia airport, we had to leave a day early from San Juan, and we traveled with a 2-year-old – so not losing my mind was a fairly unexpected feat.
Drink water. Erm. I was really bad at keeping track of this. It’s such an easy thing to do, so why do I have such a hard time remembering to do it?
Floss. Before we left, yes! Every day! After that, no. But I just made a dentist appointment for next week, so…time to start again! (I am terrible. I realize this.)
Get some form of physical activity every day. YES. I am really proud of this one, since I managed to do 30 Day Shred, Pilates on Hulu, run, walk, lift weights, or do calisthenics each and every day before we left. (And in Puerto Rico, we walked a few miles every day, so I’m counting that as a win, too – it’s not often you can go on vacation, eat everything, and only gain a pound.) Again, it seems like exercise is something that I can make time for, I just often don’t. And it’s especially discouraging this time of year when it’s single digit degrees and there’s six inches of snow on the ground, since my favorite forms of physical activity are walking and running outside.
Don’t buy anything. I’m not shopping or spending money outside of medical needs, groceries, bills, etc. for January and February. You’re doing a cleanse from overeating cookies? I’m doing a cleanse from overspending. (Except I just got an iPhone with my Christmas gift card. WHAT.)
Be nicer to Mike. Why is it that we can be most impatient and short with our spouses? (Or…maybe it’s just me?) either way, I am…not always super nice to Mike. I want to appreciate him more verbally and be better at catching myself when I’m not being nice to him. I figure being conscious about it is the first step.
Clean out email. My inbox is in the hundreds and hundreds of emails. I just reduced my work inbox down to the emails that need action taken, which I should do for my Gmail (which is a combo of person and business emails). Any resources or methods or organizing Gmail inboxes/folders/labels/stars/etc is welcome! (I have folders…but I never use them because I forget to look at the folders and forget to respond to those emails.)
Start taxes (read two articles or find professional help…EEK). I am doing my taxes for Little Leaf for the first time as a sole proprietor and have…no idea what I’m doing. I have done my own taxes since I was in college and am fairly good at bookkeeping-type stuff, but I am really unsure of what to do about sole prop taxes. I’m hoping TurboTax can help me.
Finish Why Wait? and firm up my goals for the year. Most of my monthly goals are fairly bite-sized and manageable, so I want to set some overarching visions for the direction I want to go in. I do struggle with having appropriate expectations of myself in the season of life (small child, husband in school), so I’ll need to work at reigning in some of the things that are great but maybe not the right thing for me at this point.
May our Januarys be full of good things, despite the slush and snow, short days and gray skies*.
*(At least in Ohio)