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    Happy New Year! I'm guessing a good third of us celebrated inside, out of the frigid cold. This morning, dh said he checked the thermometer and it said -13F!! Of course, we still headed out to the YMCA to burn some holiday calories.

    Does anyone have any resolutions, or goals, for themselves in 2018? My daughter is smart--she only makes three, as it's more manageable. She also phrases them in a positive way, if possible. So rather than "eat less," it's more like" exercise more to feel better", not necessarily be thinner.

    Anyway, my one and only resolution/goal is to be more organized. I typically know where everything is, but outwardly it can look pretty chaotic. I got a head start on it this past weekend by first packing up all the stuff (kitchen things mostly) the kids and I have collected over the past couple of years for their first apartments (!!) next year and labeling the boxes so all we have to do is pick up the right ones when they need it.

    I also got out ALL of the holiday decorations (xmas, halloween, easter, etc), decided what to give to the kids, pitch, or donate, and repacked.

    I'm also hoping to keep my to-do list on one piece of paper, rather than a dozen small snippets of paper!

    Any goals for you?
    Carol

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    Daughter (21), a University of Iowa junior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

    Son (20), a Purdue University sophomore majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    I got a head start on it this past weekend by first packing up all the stuff (kitchen things mostly) the kids and I have collected over the past couple of years for their first apartments (!!) next year

    I'm also hoping to keep my to-do list on one piece of paper, rather than a dozen small snippets of paper!

    Any goals for you?
    Such a cool idea to collect up things for your kids' future apartments. It will be so helpful for them, and nice to have these things they know you all collected.

    You should look up bullet journaling for your to-do lists. Its like the ultimate keep all your to-do lists of any sort all in one book. You can do it all fancy with the art and washi tape for decoration, or it can just be simple lists. Although, I purchased my intended bullet journal in Sept and have still not started it. So maybe that could be one of my goals for this year!

    I have been pretty good in the last half of 2017 at getting my exercise and work habits sorted. Getting up around 5.30 to 6 am most days and doing exercise every morning, a morning dog walk every second day (DH and I alternate that responsibility), and a second dog walk in the evening 5 to 6 days a week. Plus being better about getting my editing jobs mostly done the day before they are due, so I just have to do a short read through on the due day and then can send them in early. I was terrible for sending things in right on deadline and being really stressed about getting them finished on time. So I guess I will aim for this year to try keep up those habits. Also to try set myself up better to get more of my own work directly, rather than by contract through companies that take a huge cut of my fee. Pretty much I can earn 2-3 times as much per page if I get the work myself.

    Sorry you are all so cold over there. I honestly don't know how you do day to day stuff with that sort of weather. I would just want to sit and do nothing. I get terrible SAD even here in the NZ winter, and our temps only get down to about 35 °F, which is considered super cold.

    Edited to add - although with how cold you all get over there, I can see why the US has not taken up the Celcius scale. Its a lot less confronting to have your temps in °F than some minus double digits °C temp!

    We are having a great summer. The only trouble is getting the kids to bed when its light to about 9.30 pm. Have ripped up a paved area that we were having issues with outside. It flooded every time it rained and was sloped toward the house, so we are sloping it away from the house and getting some drainage in. Thankfully we are almost past the muddy mess stage. DD4 loves it. She gets out there every day and jumps in the muddiest bit, half way up to her knees, and spends all day making mud sculptures.
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    I used the week between xmas and new years to try out my resolutions / goals. My goals are in categories like “quilting”, “financial”, “home care”, “homeschool”, “home improvement”.... and I have them posted next to my computer where Im likely to see them everyday. And Im trying to do something from each category every day, where possible (only so much can be done for the spring garden in January, even if it is in the 70s outside). Each category has a sticky note, where I jot down the upcoming things I want to do for it. At my morning coffee meeting, I pick what I want to do that day (ex: tidy up painting supplies in garage). Im hoping this will keep me from feeling like Im getting behind on some arbitrary schedule I set for myself.

    Two official days in, and Im doing great!!!!

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    Happy New Year! I prefer to start new goals when the days get a little longer and that momentum that comes with the greening of spring carries me along. I do have some things that I want to keep putting energy into or get back on track with - sort of revived-solutions. One of the big ones is around our dinner routine. I make a list of meal options for the week and everyone takes turns picking what we'll have. We eat together with all tech put away / off. We have a question for desert - Sometimes it is something silly like draw an imaginary vegetable monster - and sometimes it is affirming like when we share complements. Sometimes it is the only part of a day when we are all in the same space so having that time to converge and check in is important. One that I want to get back to is swimming. We had been swimming together at least once a week for a couple of years but it got sidelined about half way through 2017. I want to get back to that - Both for the exercise and for the mindfulness of it.

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    Happy New Year friends! I plan on reading more. I plan on finally starting my own self-study for guitar (I have video lessons). I plan on practicing more patience with my kids when they mismanage their time. And, a totally unimportant goal: to polish my toes more often (I used to do this all the time before kids and now, well, I just don't have time).
    Kids are so much more than a test score.
    Qualities not measured by a test: creativity, persistence, curiosity, humor, self-discipline, empathy, humility and so many more!

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    Such a cool idea to collect up things for your kids' future apartments. It will be so helpful for them, and nice to have these things they know you all collected.
    I stole the idea from a friend. For the last 4-ish years, we've checked out Black Friday sales for toasters, mixers, small crock pots, etc. and given them for presents We have also been cleaning out our own cabinets of dinnerware we have FAR too much of. I also had an aunt pass away last year who rarely cooked, so most of her pots & pans and such were like new, so we kept them. Starting up with all that stuff in an apartment can be so expensive, so we're hoping this helps a bit.

    Sorry you are all so cold over there. I honestly don't know how you do day to day stuff with that sort of weather. I would just want to sit and do nothing. I get terrible SAD even here in the NZ winter, and our temps only get down to about 35 °F, which is considered super cold.

    Edited to add - although with how cold you all get over there, I can see why the US has not taken up the Celcius scale. Its a lot less confronting to have your temps in °F than some minus double digits °C temp!

    We are having a great summer. The only trouble is getting the kids to bed when its light to about 9.30 pm. Have ripped up a paved area that we were having issues with outside. It flooded every time it rained and was sloped toward the house, so we are sloping it away from the house and getting some drainage in. Thankfully we are almost past the muddy mess stage. DD4 loves it. She gets out there every day and jumps in the muddiest bit, half way up to her knees, and spends all day making mud sculptures.
    I think your DD and my DD, although 21, must be soul sisters. Mine would totally go jump in the mud for fun! I love the late summertime sunset--I feel I can get so much more done on those days! I'd love to visit NZ sometime. My sister did last year after a Masters Track Meet there, and she loved it. I've made it as far as Australia, and even then only explored a small part of it.

    This morning was a relatively balmy 10F, so the defrost in my car actually worked! I don't mind the cold as much as I don't like snow when I have to drive in it. (Or when my kiddos drive in it, and I worry about them.)
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (21), a University of Iowa junior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

    Son (20), a Purdue University sophomore majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    I'm really enjoying reading everyone's goals for the year, from the serious to the not so much. I know the days in 2018 are no different from those in 2017, but it's nice to think we get a bit of a fresh start each year.

    Keep the ideas coming!!!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (21), a University of Iowa junior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

    Son (20), a Purdue University sophomore majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    I confess - I do not have any resolutions, none, zero...or, maybe, this itself IS a resolution ) - a resolution to continue my life as it is, without any improvements, goals, and 'guilt trips'
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD8, DD6

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    I don't have any specific resolutions, but just to continue to work on goals set in 2017. I am running a 5K on Feb 3 and doing a program to run said 5K in less than 30 minutes. Not sure I will make the 30 minute goal, but am proud of myself for sticking to the 4 day run schedule even in this cold! Also trying to decrease processed food and continue to eat more real food. I am not vegan, but am trying to work toward at least vegetarianism the majority of the time. Your plans all sound wonderful and here's hoping that 2018 is a bit less anxiety producing that 2017.
    Beth
    DS14 with ASD, DD11 and DS8

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    I love reading about goals. Gives me hope!!! I didn't set any resolutions in particular, but I'm working toward some work goals and health goals right now. I read 12 Week Year a couple months ago, and started some short term goal setting which has helped me stay on track with what I want to accomplish. IDK what this year will bring, but I can sure make some plans for the next three months, lolol.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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