Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hello 2011!

Okay, so twenty-eleven doesn't sound nearly as catchy as twenty-ten.  Maybe we can say twenty-double one?  Yeah, not so much.

 Although I don't usually make New Year's Resolutions, I have so many goals this year, it's insane.  I was going to sit down and make a "to-do" list on paper, but thought I would blog my "to-do" list instead, hoping to create the illusion of accountability.

Here goes.

1.  Lose 15 lbs.  At least.  20 is ideal, but hey!  What do they say about goals?  Make them realistic.  Maybe I should aim for 5.  Hmmmm.  I feel a little like Bridget Jones here.  I do LOVE food--a lot.  Mostly cheese, chocolate and wine.  [sigh] I will do it.  15 pounds and Weight Watchers will help me.

2.  Start Yoga outreach in Eugene.  Our minds and bodies are connected.  God made them that way--not the creator of yoga--the Creator of everything.  Worshiping Creator God with mind and body?  Uh, yeah.  Duh.  More on this later.  Can't wait!!

3.  Read the New Testament and discuss with my husband.  I'm really, really excited about this.  I become so distracted by everyday life that it is impossible to keep my focus on God's Kingdom, both here on earth and eternity.  I look forward to renewal day by day through the Word of God.
  2 Corinthians 4:16-18 says, "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

4.  Blog regularly.

5.  Sew more.  My sewing room is overfilled with fabric.  I need to use it!  Plus, I'm taking my 3rd Fashion Design class this term and I need to actually DO my homework.

6.  By the end of the year, I want to run at least 2 more 5k races and run a 10k.  This will be hard without my running partner (who is pregnant!  Hooray!), but I need to press on.

7.  Plan a menu weekly.  It needs to be flexible, but I need to be a little better with how I grocery shop.  Plus, it makes it so much easier to know what I'm making ahead of time instead of the 3pm rampage through my pantry and freezer.

8.  Update Etsy regularly.  Good news!  I actually listed some of my stuff on Etsy.  I've sold a couple of things too, which is encouraging.  I need to (sooner than later) list the rest of my ready-made items and then list them as I make them (see goal #5).   If you want to check out my Etsy page it is here:

9.  Since I'm pretty sure mostly women are reading this, I'm going to add this one:  replace old undies with new.  It needs to happen.  I know there are others of you who should do this too.  Please tell me I am not alone.  

So this list does not contain things like love my family because those are things that I don't need to write down to do!  I love them with a passion and actually have to balance the things I love and want to do with my family with the things I actually NEED to do!

Any inspiring goals you have?

Happy New Year!


  1. Since I'm sort of a chicken (and haven't thought too much yet) about posting my resolutions, I'll put them here first.
    1. Also lose 20 pounds. Again, 30 would be great, but I'm with you on the realistic part. And, if we don't want to focus too much on the actual weight, then I'll say that I'd like to be completely in the single digits, regardless of brand. :) So that 6/8 world. That I haven't seen in roughly 6 years.
    2. Read more. Both the Bible and for work. And maybe some for fun.
    3. Menu plan. I do this a lot already, but clearly I'm not 20 pounds lighter yet, so it'll take some more directed effort. So far week 1 is looking good.
    4. Complete P90X (again). Probably more than once if I'm going to lose 20 pounds.
    5. Consistent weekly date nights with Jon. This is kind of an extension, because we did it a lot last year, but it needs to remain a priority.
    6. Love the underwear goal. I just got some new, but probably need to remove old.

    I'll probably think of more later...

  2. 1. it may be dangerous for me to lose 20 pounds, but continued healthy eating would be good for me.
    2. p90x? Chris I keep hearing about it and have only met ONE person who has actually finished it.
    3. Fan of the consistent date night!
    4. As you can see, at this moment 50% of your commenters are male, so the undies thing...ewwww.
    5. Fun posting!
    6. See ya next week!!!!

  3. Erik--FYI--Chris. Is. A. Girl.

    Both of you--hooray for great goals!!!

  4. Great goals, Jess! btw, what's for dinner tonight? And no, I'm not going to comment on the undies.

  5. Don't worry Justin, I'll comment on the undies... oh wait. Never mind.

  6. To the other Jessica...yes, I know Chris is a girl. We were the only 2 to comment at that time, so I was carrying the 50%. And this will make it 6 comments total and 4 out of 6 have been from guys...that makes...ummm...some sort of percentage that is more than 50%.