16 Things in 2016


Best day ever! I can only hope 2016 is as happy for you and me as these two are in this picture.

16 things sounds like a lot so there’s a good chance I’ll drop the ball on at least one of them because I’m pretty terrible at finishing things I start. Terrible might be an exaggeration, but I’m just one of those people who have great ideas, initiative, but finishing up? Sometimes it’s a struggle. I own this about myself and work hard at finishing up what really matters. Like things tied to my pay check.

I really want to the the type to do (and finish) a challenge, to bring back 101 Things in 1,001 days and make real progress on it, or even get rid of the things I was supposed to have been working on last fall. (In fairness, I did a lot of this, but the holidays got in the way and sidetracked that project. I’ve started again though.)

  1. Take some quiet time and figure out what I want 2016 to look like. Grand dreams aside of course. Schedule some quiet time to reflect on how that’s going. (I’m not opposed to putting it right into my calendar!)
  2. Move more. I say this often but get derailed.
  3. Surround myself with beauty. My favorite people, pretty colors, etc. Really this shouldn’t be hard if I keep looking for the beauty in life, but great photos, colors I love, and pretty prints can’t hurt.
  4. Make new recipes. We’re terrible about this and often default to the same 10 dishes. They’re good mind you, but c’mon.
  5. Make more art – color, paint, create.
  6. Breathe more. Anxiety, frustration, and general feeling better is helped by the addition of oxygen. I know this, practicing is another story.
  7. Get my hands dirty and don’t kill what I plant.
  8.  Keep learning. New words and new skills. Maybe more.
  9. Re-evaluate facets of my life to see what’s really working and what needs to be re-vamped. I have some retirement stuff that I need to pick mutual funds for and other grown up things to take care of.
  10. Share more fun/interesting links with those I think would enjoy it. I read a ton of online stuff and shouldn’t keep it all to myself. First share? I found this foodie list interesting and it has some good suggestions on it. And if you love Sophia as much as I do, you’ll love her motivational posters!
  11. Speaking of reading! Read more. There’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to manage a book or more a month.
  12. Be more adventurous. I’m generally a person who says, “Yes” to trying new things but sometimes being a grownup gets in the way. It feels like lately being a grownup has taken over and it feels confining. I bet I can figure out a way to go on more adventures.
  13. Reconnect with those I love and disconnect from the world at large. Hey, this could even happen at the same time!
  14. Work harder on completing projects I start. I lose interest, I’m easily distracted, whatever the reason I need to do a better job at finishing what I start.
  15. Be more kind to myself. I’ve been really hard on myself in the last year in ways that just aren’t fair. I realized it might be one of the reasons I spent a good part of last year struggling.
  16. Be more accountable to myself. This might mean I post more so I can keep myself on track. It already means I’m tracking my food, moving etc. I’m not going to beat myself up or be unkind to myself when I fall short on something.

I’ll come up with a fun graphic for 2016 like I did a few years ago once I sort it all out. What are you looking to do/be more/less of for 2016?

About Court

I spend a lot of time on the pool deck and making treats in my kitchen amongst other things.
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