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Happy New Year, everyone!
It's a new year and I've decided to freshen up the look of the blog. I like this brighter, cleaner look.
Last year turned out to be a rather difficult for me and I didn't do as much family history research as I wanted, and consequently, didn't blog nearly as much as the first year.
On Facebook, there's a meme going about that I like (but don't know who to credit), which instructs:
1) Make a list of things that make you happy,
2) Make a list of things you do every day,
3) Compare lists, and
4) Adjust accordingly.
I've done the first three steps, and I've set down a list of intentions for this year that incorporates more of what I enjoy as well some things to improve my overall health/life.
My intentions (not resolutions) for this year are to
- Spend at least two evenings a week (barring vacations/time with R) doing family history research.
- Spend at least one evening a week going through, scanning, and entering into my family history software the piles of documents, pictures and stuff my parents gave me the last time I visited (they'd just moved and had unearthed all sorts of fascinating things).
- Write more blog posts on my ancestors and their families. To that end, I intend to
+ write more small more chatty posts in addition to the occasional longer bio pieces.
+ do posts featuring the ancestor pictures I've received from all sorts of relatives (new & known) now that I've become known as our family historian.
+ stop doing the Noteworthy Reads posts, unfortunately, but they take up (a lot of) time I could be using to do more research and I'd rather do the research.
+ acknowledge that my posts will be sporadic & not feel guilty about that, so as to reduce the self-imposed stress associated with keeping up a blog which might lead to actually getting a post up!
+ oh, and, stop doing middle of the night posts, as my proofreading skills desert me after 1:30 a.m.
- Take a genealogy webinar per trimester (haven't done one yet). [And get my CLEs watched (bought a package of webinars in the year-end sales.]
- Complete the Instagram 365 project I started a month ago. I'd started a 365project.org photo project a few years ago & was unable to complete it; this attempt is deliberately more casual (all shots are via my iPhone & posted on Instagram). The goal is to develop an artist's/photographer's eye through my daily use of it.
- Learn how to use the fancy camera I bought two years ago and have never taken out of the box.
- Read 2-3 books for fun a month. (yeah, I know this totally blows my bookworm image that I have to say this but things have been getting in the way & I need my reading back, while not losing research time).
- Since I'm back on the church board this year, keep up with whatever projects arise out of that.
- Eat more healthy food, cut out junk food, and go to bed by midnight. Find an exercise I might enjoy -- okay, not hate -- and do it a 1/2 hour a day.
- Set up a budget via YNAB software, and update it monthly (phone app allows a daily record of expenditures). [Before someone suggests another software - I've done YNAB before and I like it.]
- Stop staying at work late.
+ Work with intention & in the present moment during actual work hours. Minimize distractions.
- Limit time on social media - and don't get on Facebook after 11:30 PM.
We'll see how this works out. Maybe I'll do an assessment post at the end of the year. Would you like that?
Have you set any new intentions/goals/resolutions for this year? Would you share them in the comments?