2007 Plans & Goals

I've been giving this subject some thought over the last week or so... so many things I'd like to see happen in 2007, but there are only just so many within my control. With that in mind, here are things I would like to see myself accomplish in 2007:

  • Like many of you, I'd like to cook more at home. Actually, it's not so much cooking more at home; it's cooking better at home. Normally, I do quite a bit of cooking (and freezing - LOVE my food saver!!!). Since we don't have children (currently), it's not as much of a struggle for me as it may be for some of you. I'd like to focus more on quick healthy cooking. For those of you looking for recipes, I'm going to document our successes on my cooking/recipe blog: www.frommykitchentoyours.blogspot.com
  • I'd also like to see myself lose a bit more weight - in my legs and hips specifically. I've been rather successful with my weight loss endeavors, but would like to tighten up and tone my legs. I'm trunky in that area, much of it is saggy skin and may not ever tighten up without surgical assistance but I want to make sure I do everything I can before going that route.
  • Perhaps, potentially, look into/pursue having a baby. Steve and I have been giving it a bit of discussion and in light of recent events have realized we're not getting any younger. We know we’d like to have a family of our own. Sometimes, the kids (Steve’s siblings) are like having our own – or so it seems. But, it's getting to the now or never stage....
  • I don't know if I can actually do it, but I'd like to run in some kind of marathon/race, or other event. I've never been a runner - I hear it's horrible on knees and joints. But I’ve also heard that it's GREAT for thinning out legs. So, I might give it a shot for a while to see how I do and how my body reacts.
  • I’m going to commit myself to get to know the women in my ward (church). I’m normally an incredibly outgoing and friendly person; I’m kind of quiet at church though. We have a VERY large ward, and knowing who is new and who isn’t is a daunting task. If I’m feeling lonely or left out, I’m sure others are feeling the same way. The only way I know of to change that is to get to know some of the women better, and make them my friends, or at least women I know.
  • I’m going to work harder to keep our home organized. In most things our home is pretty darn organized. I sometimes get teased about my pantry because it’s so…. Tupperware containerized. Our meals are organized. The bathroom (at least the guest bathroom) is organized and the “extra/spare” basket is sufficiently stocked. Other parts of our house though (namely the master closet, the guest room closet, garage, and my studio) could use a good tidying and reorganizing. Steve and I have talked about installing the Container Store closet system into our bedroom closet, perhaps now is the time.
  • I want to take more photos. Sadly, though I am a "professional" scrapbooker, I don't have many photos of our daily life, or even of our irregular life. I want to be better at documenting our life right now, so that later we can look back and remember how quiet and "easy" it was.
  • I'm challenging myself to limit the purchases I make. As I reorganize (and reorganize, and reorganize) my studio, I realize how much money I've poured into my hobby and how much I haven't actually used. I'd like to see myself actually use the products I own and slow down on buying the things I really don't need. We'll see how it goes. I'm not going to completely stop purchasing products - but I am going to give them a second thought.
  • Currently, I’m much more of an altered, home decor, mini album girl rather than a traditional scrapbooker. I'd like to see myself do more actual layouts. I'd like to actually get my wedding album done or even started!
  • Professionally, I'm going to continue freelancing but am going to limit my commitments. It was an amazing change (both mentally and creatively) when I reviewed my design contracts and commitments and chose to eliminate/retire from some of them. I'm going to focus on what I love about this great hobby/art - and go in the direction that it takes me.
  • I'm going to try and get back into teaching. I used to teach (back in Utah and in Ohio) for a few different stores. I also really enjoyed my time teaching and traveling with RP. A few opportunities have started to open up for me, and I'm excited at the possibilities they might bring my way to share my love of this incredible industry and hobby.

I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in 2007 - here's to it being ALL good!

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