17 in 2017: My Resolutions

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I’ve never been much of a January “resolution” maker. Turning the calendar never really gave me the urge to do some massive overhaul on my life. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that if I don’t actually think about, write down and acknowledge goals I’d like to accomplish, then the likelihood of me meeting them is slim to none.

In years past, I’ve shared with you my kitchen and food-related goals for the upcoming year, but this time around, I’m sharing the whole list. Since we’re heading into 2017, I thought about 17 things I’d like to accomplish this year. I don’t know if I’ll be able to cross them all off, but I’m going to give it my best try!

My 2017 Goals

1. Create and maintain a sourdough starter. I have said it every single year for what seems like eternity now, but I WILL master sourdough this year! I have had such issues with getting it off the ground; this year I am turning to the recent tutorial that America’s Test Kitchen put together and see if I have better luck.

2. Meal plan. I am SO BAD at this. I love to bake, but making dinner every single night just is not my bag. I work well within structure and plans, however, so I think that putting together a plan each week will help with this. I am also contemplating maybe throwing in some Blue Apron boxes – I loved it when I got a chance to try it out last summer, especially that the meals are well-rounded and there is no waste.

3. Reorganize my pantry. True story: my pantry is an absolute disaster. It looks like a bomb went off and it’s impossible to keep it organized for more than three days every time I try to get it in some semblance of order. The shelves are very deep and I just haven’t been able to find a good organizational system that works in that space. I’ve fallen in love with some of the systems used by The Home Edit (I am constantly stalking them on Instagram!) and might try to get something like that to work in my pantry.

4. Purge my kitchen. This sort of goes hand-in-hand with #8 below, but my gosh, do I have so.much.stuff that I do not need or use. I need to do an overhaul similar to the cookbook purge of 2016.

5. Finish the rainbow blanket. You know, the blanket that I started when I was pregnant with JOSEPH two and a half years ago. I’m so close! All of the colored squares are done and I’ve started the white borders, I just need to make time (ha!) and do it.

6. Learn how to knit. Once I’m finished with the blanket, I really would love to learn how to knit. While crocheting is great for blankets, there are so many amazing knit patterns for things like hats, scarves and sweaters that I would love to tackle.

7. Take more pictures. I take A LOT of pictures of food for the blog, but I really want to focus on more candids of the boys. I tend to not pick up my camera if I’m not shooting food, but I want to get into the habit of grabbing it throughout the day and getting some nice pictures. It’s getting more difficult to use my phone because as soon as I take it out Joseph tries to grab it :-/

8. Complete a large puzzle. I talked about this a few weeks ago, but it’s been AGES since I did a large puzzle and for some reason I have a huge urge to do one!

9. Finish the Konmari method on the rest of the house. Last summer after reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I did a ruthless purge of my clothes, shoes and accessories and it felt SO GOOD to not be staring at clothes that didn’t fit me or I didn’t even really like. I’m about halfway done with all of the paperwork and odds and ends in the office, then I’m going to move on to all of the other areas of the house. I can’t stand clutter and I feel like it’s gotten out of control since we moved last year.

10. Be active most days. I was in a pretty good routine of going on trail walks with my husband, walking the dogs, and just moving in general up until I had Joseph. Then it felt like I was in a constant race to fit everything in I needed to do each day and doing any sort of exercise got left behind. So making time to get on the treadmill or doing a little mini yoga session each day is going to be a priority.

11. Lose 10 pounds. To piggy back #10 above, this is my current weight loss goal, which will get me back to where I was before I got pregnant with Joseph. I’m thinking of going back to tracking food in an app, as I’ve had most success with that in the past. I definitely do best when I can do all things in moderation and not eliminate things from my diet. I’ve done the Whole30 twice (see my recap here), and I’ve LOVED how it makes me feel, but it’s definitely not a long-term solution for me.

12. Read five books. I know this probably doesn’t sound like much since I know a lot of people set goals of 20 to 30 books, but I really want to get back into the swing of reading, and this seems like a reasonable goal for this year.

13. Go to bed earlier. Dominic has been sleeping really well for the last month or so, only getting up for one feeding around 4-5am, but I still feel like I am not getting enough sleep. An extra 30 to 60 minutes would probably make a world of difference.

14. Read before bed. This should help me accomplish #12; right now I have the (bad) habit of checking email and social media and making a to-do list all on my phone while lying in bed before going to sleep. Even if I only spend five to 10 minutes reading, it would certainly be time better spent!

15. Embrace less is more. I’ve come to the realization that it’s near impossible for me to continue to churn out four new recipes each week for the blog with an infant and a toddler. I mean, I COULD, but there is no doubt in my mind that the quality would suffer. As a result, I’ve decided to scale back the number of recipes each week so that the ones that I am delivering are fabulous and not just filler content. Sure, I could have someone watch the kids, but I love being a mom and I love being with those boys (even when Dominic is fussy and Joseph is whining and tantrum-ing), so this is the choice I’m making for this season of my life. I hope you all understand, and know that the 2 or 3 recipes each week will be fantastic!

16. Be organized and intentional with my days. This sort of works in conjunction with #15 above. Most days, even though I have a to-do list, I feel like I’m just bouncing from one hour to the next and doing random things when I have a free minute. I’d like to start having a more organized approach to projects (both for work and the house) and prioritize my to-do list for each day so things that NEED to get done are getting done and the other stuff can wait.

17. Give myself downtime each day. I am so unbelievably awful at doing this. If there are times throughout the day when both boys are occupied or napping, I’m usually doing some chore or work, and I do the same each night from the time they go to bed until I get to sleep myself. Ideally, I’d like to give myself a cut-off time (maybe 9pm?) where I turn off the laptop and forget about whatever else is on my never-ending list of things to do and sit on the couch and watch a show (without multitasking!), crochet, or just RELAX.

Whew, what a list! Here’s hoping I can make a dent in these resolutions this year.

What are your goals for 2017?