Sunday, January 8, 2012

List review

In 2011, for the first time, I wrote a list. A list of things I would aspire to do/ be during the year. I really liked my list. I didn't print it out. I should have- it would have made it more of a 'working/ inspiring document' that it was- having said that- it was interesting to re read and see just how many of these I got done, and/ or still aspire to. I am going to right another list for 2012. Until then, let me 'check off' this one...
  1. look into peoples eyes when I am talking to them- not in a creepy way, just give my attention -generally, I think, yes I did/ do this and want to continue
  2. go outside more often - this one I needed written on my wall! I did go outside more, mostly for walks, I would like be go outside just to hang and out 'be'...
  3. put things back where they belong after I have finished with them (hmm, be tidier)- hmm, depends who you ask I think. I actually tried to get rid of stuff so I had less to actually put away! Overall, I still aspire to this, and (sigh), it's a work in progress... 
  4. finish my sentences (I tend to drift off, forgetting that there is a listener involved who can't necessarily read my thoughts) I think I am getting heaps better at this- slowing the thoughts down, and not assuming prior knowledge to the goings on in my head. But if I ever don't finish a sentence on you- please prompt me!
  5. swim in the ocean. Swim anywhere, actually, but the ocean is always great. yep, I still love this- I swam in the ocean today actually. Brilliant.
  6. walk 10km all in one go   gee, I forgot I wrote that- what was I thinking? Funny thing is, I did do this. My friend Cheryl and I participated in the Tat200 10km walk event. It was really fun., Cheryl made sure we kept the pace up! Aside from that, I also did two other walking 'events' with Karen. When I say 'with' what I mean is she was doing the 8km running events and because she's lovely, she hung around and waited for me and cheered me in as I did the 8km walking events (this time last year I don't think I even knew these events existed!). I am going to more of these kinds of things this year.
  7. ride the Beechworth- Bright rail trail with our friends. tick. And it was fantastic and I would do it all over again, and hope we do
  8. read a book every month (at least), and stretch myself in my choices of book -nah, I didn't do much reading last year. I still like reading and will aim for a book a month again!
  9. make an effort to spend time with my friends - I don't think I spent enough time with friends this year. I was surprised when my crafty friend Carolyn said the other day that the reason we don't do more craft together is because I am the one who is always busy. She was surprised that I was surprised! I did get a weekend away with friends at Sewjourn which was pretty lovely. We didn't see as much of our family friends as we have in other years- but really, June- September were a bit of a write-off because the fruit trees were nuts this year! I have to work out balance here...
  10. practice being in the present- be mindful- no need to drift off work in progress- next step- multi task less and have less tabs open on my computer screen at once
  11. do something creative everyday fail. and when I am creative, I remember how much it grounds me and I need it. Still on the list!
  12. make yoghurt instead of buying it nope, forgot it was on the list. Don't think I eat as much yoghurt as I used to!
  13. write (and don't forget to post) letters regularly yes- although there was still a decent amount that didn't get posted.
  14. have more hand made Christmas decorations than store bought forgot it was on the list, although, we probably did, it was thanks to the school age children, not their mother!
  15. play with my children yep, but I am much better at this in the holidays. I didn't know I could be such a 'control freak' and need to have 'everything' sorted out before I could just stop and play. Carcassonne is a bit of a favourite. I definitely want to play more.
  16. cook with my children ...about that 'control freak' thing. I did abit of cooking with the children, but not anything really to note.
  17. listen to music- always enjoy it when I do, just forget to put it on yes, I bought myself a little ipod nano in July- Happy Birthday me- so I listen on that, mostly.
  18. smile and laugh- a lot probably not as much as I would have liked, I had some fun and happy times but overall 2011 was a hard one that I was happy to see the back off.
  19. take more photos (see number 3. give the camera a home so I can always find it!) yes, well, ahem, the camera hasn't even come on holidays with us this time (is this where I admit that I couldn't find it as we were packing!) My phone has a camera on it, though, so I do have some holiday photos
  20. write a tutorial for my blog gee, I wonder what I thought I was going to write a tutorial about. I am open to suggestions!
  21. make some collages one, the 9 year old and I each did one during a crafty session one day
  22. make mosaic steps for my garden yes, thanks for reminding me, list, they actually haven't been properly placed yet
  23. start a hexagon quilt I started and finished a hexagon quilt- but that wasn't what I was referring too. I have started a hand pieced hexagon quilt, and I worked on it tonight actually. On my mums spare bed, she has two quilts- a hexagon one she did and a hexagon quilt my grandma made, I must take a photo to show you. I want to add my hexagon quilt to that pile!
  24. finish a rag rug the rag rug is still in the unfinished projects pile, I still like it, but haven't worked on it for a while
  25. exercise at least three times a week probably, overall I have. One of the 'most admirable' (!) exercise things I did (in my opinion) was do pilates once a week for the second half of the year- that's a big commitment for me!
  26. go to bed earlier and get up earlier I need this one printed somewhere I will see it- it's 11.41pm as I type and the young boy will, no doubt wake up just after 6am and I will here him getting his breakfast and be annoyed a) that I am a light sleeper and b) that I went to bed so late.
  27. own less books at the end of the year than at the start of the year yep. I my love affair with my library was reignited, when I realised I could basically order any book in from almost any library in Victoria and have it sent to my local- all over the internet with no fee attached. I have some recent Burda magazines to pick up when I get home, actually, yey! I have hardly bought any books, and I have dispatched quite a few, with more to go
  28. use fresh herbs in my cooking I think I did do this more- but generally with the trusty hardy perenials like sage, thyme, rosemary, chives and less coriander and basil (because I was crap at watering them)
  29. eat seasonally from the garden and don't whinge about having a hankering for broccoli or asparagus when it's not time! sort of, we've had some amazing fruit, as well as great garlic, spuds, asparagus and a few other things, but I think our garden was abit less abundant this year. The garderner may dispute this!
  30. grow tulips great idea. Forgot it was on the list, I want to grow tuips this year!
  31. sew some clothing for me gee, really- I was thinking this last January? I have progressed to patterns and fabric stage (wrap dress) and made some basic trackies for me
  32. keep a 'thoughts to get back to' note book. And get back to them. HA- as if! That would get very full very quickly- surely the good ideas won't need to be written down 'to get back to'(?)
  33. spend less time on the computer... yes, (this may be disputed)- but not by choice- we had dodgy probs with Telstra for several months interupting my computer usage. What I really need is 'wiser' use of my computer time.
  34. attend the newly initiated 'first Sunday book club' with Mr. Apple (it's only us two!) fizzled- we got through one book, I think it just didn't become a habit- still aspired to though
  35. Generally make time for, prioritise and nurture my close relationships I'd still like to do much better at this
  36. drink more water I'd still like to do much better at this too!
  37. do regular stretching or yoga Abovementioned pilates counts.
  38. chuck stuff that I do not love or use out yes, and there's more to be chucked
  39. keep a journal spasmodically successful
  40. take the children to the snow bummer- forgot about this- surely in 2012 we can make it to the snow
  41. go camping yes- for a couple of days post rail trail bike ride. And we have even been talking 'tent purchase' as a Christmas present (late, I realise that)
  42. spend some time in silence each day no, but again, I think I need to, to collect myself each day.
  43. eat when I am hungry, stop when I am full not always, but more frequently. Overall I would say that my 'eating behaviour' is alot better that it has been, I am eating breakfast most days (that's new for me), probably eating smaller portions and less food overall, without being 'obsessive'. I have lost a decent amount of weight in 2011...and still have a decent amount of weight to lose!
  44. be generous that's a funny one to comment on myself- I am sure I can always be more generous
  45. contribute to my community I could do more. I did my forth year on our School council and second year as President, which I will be very happily handing over in March!
  46. be brave work in progress, that bravery thing, but I think I have been pretty damn brave at times this year
Well, what a lot of words, and no photos!
I think it was worthwhile doing a list, despite lack of ongoing reference to it! It's interesting to reread (I wonder why making yoghurt got in my 'top 46'!)...I will ponder this years list and get something down- otherwise, before I know it, it will be December.


  1. You like to set yourself a lot of challenges, Tanya! That's a very long list which would put me off a bit (I'd file the list "somewhere safe" and never look at it again!!).

    My mental list is quite short this year:
    1. be more tolerant (I'm a total control freak and like things done my way!) 2. focus on having fun rather than getting through all the chores
    3. be more adventurous (I often let my health problems get in the way of doing things I want to do)
    4. more craft time!! To do all that consistently is a bit of a tall order, but I'll have a go.

    And I'm flirting with the idea of doing the couch potato to 5k programme ... maybe!!

  2. Great list Tanya. I could just copy and paste as so many points are relevant to me too. I'm sure we'll never accomplish everything and there's always room for improvement, but the awareness is there. So give yourself a pat on the back.

  3. What a great list Tanya and it looks like you have made some inroads into it. Good luck with it all in 2012

  4. I love that you dd so well with your list. I also love that you could find it after 12 months as I would struggle at my house and on my pc!! In fact I probably would forget that I had even made a list!
    I think of lots of things briefly and then forget them and later wish that I had done them.
    Maybe I need to follow your lead and write them down and actually do them.
    Good luck with the 2012 list.

  5. Huge list, but really well balanced and you did most of it! I could learn a thing or two from you. Hope 2012 is a full and happy year for you and your family.

  6. that is a great list, looking forward to seeing you check things off.
    goodluck with it all Tanya, hope this year is absolutely wonderful for you all ♥


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