The 2017 Plan: January update

All month, I had my plan in mind. I feel security having a plan.

Then there was inauguration. The world feels off-center. Off center is an understatement. It’s more like an alternate reality.

I feel pulled in a million directions but am still plugged into my plan.

So here’s where things stand this first month:

Things I want to do weekly:

  • Exercise 4x a week: CHECK. I used to exercise to relieve stress. My work is less stressful and now I realize I’m exercising to protect my family in case society breaks down. No, really. I can throw stuff.
  • Give kids weekly allowance: CHECK. I prepped in advance so it’s going smoothly. Still need to discuss budgeting.
  • Do one act of kindness each week: NOPE. It’s been a busy month and I know I probably did little things for friends and loved ones but nothing that was intentional.
  • Read one full length article in a magazine every week: KINDA. So I am basically always reading something. I have tried to sit down and read a longer analysis but it feels like there is no time for that right now.

Things to do every month:

  • Regular library trips: Made it once with the girls. A tantrum made the trip short-lived.
  • 2 Yoga classes: NOPE.
  • Read 2 books: YES!
    • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
    • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Write 2 blog posts: YES
    • New year’s Post
    • Agnostic rallier
  • Choose outside: YES! Went for a snow hike with husband
  • Savings: No movement on this yet
  • 1 date night: YES! Snuck in a double date plus dinner with husband

Other goals:

  • Got my guitar to make good on learning some new songs
  • Donated blood (done until April)
  • Started Duolingo: Still working on the basics of French.
  • Pitched one story
  • Did my first organ donation talk

So it was busy. February is a short month but I’m determined to make it count.

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About rglw

Sociologist mom writes for work and for pleasure.
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