This year's list is going to look a bit different. I want to write a list of goals and plans, not just a "what I'm giving up" type of list. I guess this is what I always do, but I'm feeling extra wordy today.
2011 Long List of Small Things
1) homeschool/unschool Sylvia (and kind of Easton too). Syl will be taking the rest of the semester of preschool off (to travel Europe-kidding!). We will see how this "teaching both kids at home" thing is going to work out, then make plans accordingly for next year. It's not going to be too crunchy, so don't worry. It's going to entail the same amount of exploring, traveling, relaxed times as we already do, but spoon in some daily lessons and weekly goals and ta-da! We are learning!
2) drop 17lbs. Ok, ok, this is a lofty goal. This is more than what'll get me to my pre-both babies weight. But hey, aren't goals supposed to be ambitious? Aren't we supposed to push ourselves to do things that we've always wanted but haven't yet achieved? I'm feeling the strongest I have in my life, but I can't seem to lose these pesky final pounds. The exercise won't change, just an adjustment of diet. Less carbs, more veggies. Ugh.
3) remember to stop, or let's be realistic, slow down.
4) take a camping trip with the family. This was on my list last year and never occurred. But this year? This is the year. I was a camping family growing up, but somehow lost my way after several trips to New Mexico resulted in the "let's just get a hotel room" mentality. I guess those long winter days in a tee pee really did me in.
5) get better at the business side pf photography. Let's face it: I suck at marketing. I feel very strong in my photography (though I know there is always ALWAYS room to grow creatively). But the upselling and the marketing and the business stuff is a definite SUCK in my book. So I need to ask for help, ask for knowledge, and expand my business in a smart way.
6) bring my camera with me more often. I have a rather expensive DSLR camera. Ok, it's totally expensive. So I leave it at home unless I'm doing business. Lately I've been bringing my back-up camera out (which is also expensive, just not as so). The difference between a point-and-shoot and a DSLR is amazing, and I miss beautiful moments all the time because I'm scared something might happen to it. Which frankly, with 2 young children, is probable.
7) take an outing once a week into the woods with the kids.
8) go on a late-night adventure twice a month with Syl. We did this a lot when Easton was a newborn to spend quality alone time. But in doing so, I got a rejuvenated love for this city. We would go sit on the cobblestone of the riverfront and throw sticks into the Mississippi, or take drives into Illinois and see the oil refinery lights. Sounds strange, but looking at these things through the eyes of a then 3 year old was inspiring.
9) write more prose.
10) travel travel travel. Near, far, alone, with friends, with the family. Just go.
And what about you, friends? Are there any events in your lives that you wish would come to fruition? Simple or life changing, writing it down can be cathartic, even if they never make it off the paper (or blog).
Here's to a new year!