Last year about this time, I wrote about my hopelessness on the subject of creating a downshifted life in 2015. 2015-A Year Meant for Downshifting reviewed all the areas I thought were still in a rut, comparing my then life to a roller coaster with incredibly slow efforts to reach a peak or milestone, but then fast and jarring descents into abysmal lows. I have had some bluesy weeks in December, which followed the dreariness of November, physically, mentally, and artistically. However, as I sit and reflect, rereading last years posts, trying to find my end of year wrap up thoughts to put down in words, I realize 2016 has been a fairly successful year. Don't get me wrong, the valleys were definitely there and my mind is still full of useless brain pollution that robs me from being able to fully appreciate what I do have in life. Last year I wanted to focus on several areas as opposed to creating a list of New Year's resolutions. I deemed them my life list, and each is still valid; each needs to be maintained as I continue to downshift my life, exorcise the clutter, and infuse the quality of my experiences.
Health-Despite my weight struggles, I am 8 pounds lighter than January 1, 2016. I have seven more weeks, I think, of my virtual health plan, and it is still doable to hit the 7% weight loss by the end of it, or at least get on a track to keep the momentum going. I had a set back right in the middle of it, so know if I want results, I'll have to work harder now. Two specific areas of focus are to build muscle and stamina.
Organization-We purged so much in 2016, and need to keep that up.The one thing in, two things out mantra I was aiming for, is still a target. I'm adding figuring how to reduce mail clutter to the mix.
Money Management-No changes here from last year. Spend less than we earn. Give generously. Invest wisely.I previously wrote about lofty 2017 savings goals here. Reality is setting in and all three of us decided Ireland for DD2 in the spring of 2018 is off the list, but we are keeping the goal of a 2018 vacation, hopefully to the Mediterranean, either land, or sea, or possibly both. This will shave about $250 a month, or $3,000 from our target, but shh, don't tell my savings account that.
Social connectedness-I didn't do great with this one the second half of 2016. I backed out of many group events, and didn't see some friends as much as I would have liked. Yet, with continued improved organization, I hope I am brave enough to have the impromptu girls night in, couples soup dinner, and burgers and beer on the deck.
Advance my skills-I'm still looking for a writing class or too. I'll attend the Blogger's conference again in the fall. I'm throwing a new goal out-learn to crochet. A work friend is trying valiantly to teach me, and if I get no further than dish rag making stage, I will be happy.
My life list 2017 looks just like my list last year. I'm betting next year will be the same. It is a journey, not a destination. Where is your journey taking you? Any words of encouragement to push me uphill?