It is a universal truth that New Years resolutions tend to get broken, sooner or later, so most years I don’t even bother making them, thus saving myself some grief. How much more pleasant to make a Bucket list of things you want to do, versus things you think you should do. It’s all in the attitude….plus Oprah says if you write it down, it will happen….that fairy godmother vision board thing.
Add to My Library
This was my sole New Years resolution last year, and I kept it…but as I love to read, it was no great hardship. I had de-cluttered my house the year before and given away a lot of books I was no longer interested in, only keeping what I truly loved and found inspiring. After discovering the bookoutlet website last spring I ordered from them four times over the course of the year, including 15 books at their Boxing Day sale, 13 of which I gave away as Christmas gifts. Their sales are 30% off already bargain prices. About half of these were books I had already read but wanted copies of because I wanted to re-read them someday, the other half were new. Nothing makes me happier than a big box of books arriving in the mail. And of course, the big Rotary book sale with 30,000 volumes is coming up next week so I can add to my stash. Now I am in need of a new bookcase ….
Start Writing Murder Mystery
This is a tough one, because Santa did not bring me a plot for Christmas as I requested….or even anything remotely resembling a plot outline, only a very vague idea and two rather sketchy characters, but I hope to have a first draft done by next December. I know that is overly ambitious, but I am looking forward to it and hope it will be fun. If it isn’t I’ll quit. Maybe I won’t be able to write fiction, but I won’t know if I don’t try. Of course, I will probably have to neglect my blog, but I don’t have many followers anyway and I had already said in my one-year blogging anniversary post that I was going to cut down to two posts per month and/or try to do shorter posts. If I’m still blogging regularly, you will know it’s not going well. On second thought, maybe it would be easier to start with something smaller….a short story….or maybe a Haiku poem?
Spend Money on Fun Stuff vs Things
I haven’t worked for two years and have no plans to go back to work, but I have continued to pay my insurance and license fees in case I decide I want to go back to work. Does that make sense – no! So last November in a fit of courage, I faxed in my resignation letter to the college, thus saving myself $2000 annually, which I decided I would spend on fun things I might not otherwise do or buy, like the Christmas musical theater tickets I passed up because they were too expensive. It will be my fun bucket fund – kind of like an incentive/reward plan to make a big decision a bit more palpable. After all it was my livelihood for 40 years, so it was not an easy decision to make. Although every time I talk to my former work colleagues it gets easier. I don’t want to spend the money on one big thing or trip which is over in a week, so I intend to sprinkle the year with smaller delights – mostly experiences, not things….unless they are books of course. I shall become a millennial….in spirit only (no plastic surgery planned).
Walk Every Day for Thirty Minutes
Inspired by Linda, my blogging sister at Walking Writing Wit and Whimsy, I started walking again a few weeks before Christmas, after an incredibly long break. Our winter hasn’t been too bad, so I’ve only missed a few days so far. I have noticed I have more energy and sleep better. Of course, Linda has a lovely park with fat friendly squirrels, Harry the Blue Heron, seven swans a swimming, ducks unlimited and cardinals and birds to look at while she is walking……and I just have my neighborhood. Currently I have a lovely curbside view of discarded Christmas trees. But as I walk with my IPod, it will give me thirty minutes of music as well, (I miss listening to music during my daily commute). I don’t have any specific mileage goal in mind, just to walk when able, aiming for maybe 5 days a week…when it’s not too cold or too hot or raining. Linda’s nature pictures are so lovely that I am reminded I need to buy a new camera too, as my current zoom lens is broken.
This has been on my list for awhile. I even emptied out the bottom cupboards a few years ago down to only the bare essentials, (which was still a lot of stuff), in preparation. I know what I want in my head but hate the thought of tackling another project. I have PTSD from some of the past renos…but it must be done…certainly it will be worth it…….if only to get the dishwasher fixed. I went to Lowe’s in October and looked at cupboards, just plain beige cupboards with glass windows, and maybe a bead-board pattern for the bottom, which would suit my older style home, and there were rows and rows of them…..so much choice. The guy told me to come back when I had some measurements…time to get the tape measure out. I hope it turns out the way I envisioned it (I’m counting on you, vision board).
I also need to stop wasting money on kitchen stuff. I went into the dollar store last week for Yardley’s English Lavender Soap ($1.25/bar) and came out with a set of red Rachel Ray plates. At $3 a plate who could resist and they would be useful for a Christmas buffet….once that dishwasher is fixed. I do not need any more plates. I have 4 sets of blue dishes now. I could open a B&B or a tea shop with the amount of china I own.
Host a Virtual Literary Salon
I already started this last week, (see intro The Literary Salon link), and the first book up for discussion is An Unwanted Guest (see blog link). I read so many good books, it’s a shame not to share them.
What’s on your Bucket List for this year?