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2016 Resolutions

I love my annual new years resolution post. I love reflecting on the good things I accomplished last year, love dreaming up creative new ideas, everything about it makes me happy.

So here's what I resolved last year, and how I did:

1) Read up on anti-poverty initiatives - no. actually friends, I decided this problem is bigger than me. I'm going to just try to make my 10% donation goal (eeeehn) and let others focus on this while I focus on being an electrical engineer, can I do that?

2) Make the whole spacefem.com mobile-device friendly check!

3) Join the local maker group and be more involved - I did this! Just in the last few months. It's been amazing though - I took the woodshop class, the laser cutter class, I will certainly be talking more about makerspace because we have an amazing one in Wichita!

4) Keep my car cleaner - oops, nope.

5) Finish my toastmasters CC manual check

6) Back up and probably replace the graphics computer I have in the basement. totally on its last legs. check

7) get properly measured to make sure I'm buying the right bra size - did not blog about this, but I did it :) I didn't believe the woman when she told me my size and bought a compromise between what her and I thought I should be. But the compromise was SO much better that I did go back and buy the recommended size and yeah, I was off.

8) keep up the livejournal - definitely, way more entries than last year! mostly thanks to reconnecting to the community a bit and making new friends. Summary is in this entry I wrote: Ten ways to make Livejournal seem new again. I lost some friends too, that's what happens when people get to know eachother, we don't all turn out to be besties, okay I'm not sweating it, but I gained more than I lost and love reading your entries and coming here and it's really motivated me to keep writing.

9) stockpile canned goods, buy more food in bulk - We did get a costco membership but my first-in-first-out always have a backstock dream isn't quite there yet, I'm getting there. With the costco membership I mostly just bought ice cream for the guys at work.

10) realign my mentors at work - what did this mean? go out to lunch with people, find mentors? It's been a strange work year.

And now for my 2016 resolutions, which are simple...

1) Reduce my mail. I want to check my mail and get only the few magazines I like. No more hauling out the recycle bin once a week and filling it with junk and catalogs. I will mark this crap "return to sender", get off these charity mailing lists, switch to paper statements and be free.

2) Go for walks, at least three times a day. I work at a very walking-friendly place, a big campus, and I have a pretty flexible schedule, but this year I got so busy at work that I'd get stuck in these two hour meetings then run straight back to my desk to sit for another two hours and eat lunch at my desk and I just haven't gotten to take nice walking breaks like I used to. I need to make it happen, I deserve it, my days are never just eight hours anymore so surely I can find the time to walk.

3) Food journal. Write what we eat, on the days on the calendar. We've done this before sporadically, it's really nice because it removes all doubt about the age of our leftovers, shows us how much we're eating out, and inspires ideas if we don't know what to have for dinner because we can glance at the past for suggestions.

4) Visit every Little Free Library in Wichita. There are like 20 now! As the steward of the second-oldest LFL I run the Wichita Little Free Libraries facebook page that has almost 700 likes and we post up photos of all the libraries we visit, there are some in Wichita I've never been to but I am ready to go!

5) Mail cards. Christmas cards. Or not, maybe veteran's day cards, I don't care, I just have such a nice address list and get all these nice updates from families and haven't mailed cards in years.

6) Book list: banned books. We got to talking on spacefem about the ALA's annual banned book list because Sherman Alexie's memoir tops it and is one of my favorite books of all times. I wanted to re-read it, and while I was at it, I figured I'd add the others! So our sorta book club schedule is:
February - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
April - Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
June - The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
August - Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
October - The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
November - The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

7) Snack on carrots instead of chocolate. Honestly, I think I eat junk food just because I can buy a bag, throw it in my desk, leave it there for a month and it's always there. I love carrots but they don't have a month shelf life and need to be in a refrigerator, so they lose out on the snack wars. Well stop being lazy, spacefem. eat your veggies. you'll feel better.

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Jan. 7th, 2016 07:56 pm (UTC)
I love that you actually check back to see if you accomplished your previous resolutions. That's so project managerish of you to measure your outcomes. :)
Jan. 8th, 2016 02:03 am (UTC)
I love the way you do resolutions too, that you give them a fair go but don't repeat failed resolutions year after year. I'm especially glad that you were successful with your livejournal resolution, because I love reading your journal, whether I agree or disagree with you, you always make me think.

It's great that your workplace is so walking-friendly, it's so relaxing having walks throughout the day.

I got really into the stockpiling thing too, but I now have to be careful not to get too much and to let the stocks run down before buying more.

A while ago I started a recipe diary, documenting new recipes, what I changed, what the family though of them, what I would change next time, updating to report if the changes worked etc. Then about four months ago I started a meal plan diary because the recipe diary didn't work so well for inspiration as a lot of the time we cook without recipes, or if I'm using a recipe but not significantly changing it I don't really need to document it in my recipe diary.

Carrots can last a month too, and walking to the fridge to get your carrots can help with your walking goal too.
Jan. 8th, 2016 04:11 am (UTC)
There are some neat plans for making your own Little Free Library, and once done, you can register it and show up on the LFL maps.
(things I plan to do... some day.)
Jan. 8th, 2016 04:55 pm (UTC)
I find it amusing that you weren't even sure what the mentoring one was supposed to mean! And that you allowed yourself to re-evaluate the first one - a lot of people would just count it as not completed. Looks like you did a pretty good job overall, though. Congrats!
Jan. 9th, 2016 01:45 am (UTC)
The Pedometer app on my phone has definitely got me to walk more. There are some days where I think I've walked a lot, but I haven't, and I always will sneak in an extra walk if I haven't met my mileage goals.
Jan. 9th, 2016 01:23 pm (UTC)
When I finally measured and did fit checks for bras, I went down two band sizes and up four cup sizes. Omg.
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