Congratulations! We are almost to the end of the first month of 2015! Did seeing that freak you out a little bit? Because it freaked me out a little to write it. I want to grab 2015 by the throat and squeeze – beg it to slow down so I can extract every last bit of awesome from it that I can. And then I realized that’s impossible; 2015 doesn’t have a throat. *sigh*
Details, details, details!
If I can’t get 2015 to slow down, then I’m going to have to devise ways to get the most out of her while she is clipping along at a sprinter’s speed. (What’s the hurry, sweets? It’s not like you’ve got somewhere to be. You realize you’re just going to be replaced, right? Right.)
So. 2015. Be prepared to get more awesome by the minute!
(Let me preface this by saying that this list is all about me. You can probably figure out ways to adapt it to yourself. I don’t recommend that you spend afternoons on the beach with (my) Sweet Husband, emptying the cooler and then going home to have sweetly drunken sex. Your husband, maybe. Mine? Not so much. See No. 13)
- Send more lumpy mail. Do y’all know the concept of lumpy mail? If you google it, you’re going to wind up in some marketing hellhole, so don’t do that. Lumpy mail: introduced to me my first year of teaching and explained as a little (or big – I like big) happy (i.e., gift) that arrives in your mailbox, unannounced and unexpected, bringing joy and happiness (perhaps relief) to your life. I needed lots of lumpy mail my first year of teaching. And I could see how some of my friends need some lumpy mail. In fact, I have a couple of packages ready to send off into the world. I just forget to go to the post office.
- Complete my photo projects. Are you doing something like Fat Mum Slim’s Photo-a-Day? Or How about a 365 photo project? Or a 52 weeks photo project? I’m doing both FMSPAD and a 52 Weeks Project. And I usually take a picture of my morning pages every morning. But I don’t always finish what I start, so I’m thinking that 2015 would hands-down be more awesome if I finished maybe one of the million things that strikes my fancy.
- Eat more healthful, minimally processed foods. So maybe not everything on this list is going to be jazz-hands exciting, but you know – there’s a lot to be said for taking pride in the mundane. Or maybe there’s the self-righteous satisfaction of the martyr. Whatever. Sweet Husband’s word of the year is Activity. We need to eat healthfully to fuel our…activity.
- Spend more time with girlfriends. Do you have a gang? I have a gang. Not that you would know it by how often we manage to get together, but again…whatever. We are so totally going to spend more time together this year. I swear. Because I miss their crazy selves and any time with a Gang is a good time.
- Explore the great state of Mississippi. Exciting, yes? Well it should be. “See Mississippi” is the theme of my 52 Weeks Photo Project. If you’ve never been here, you don’t know what you’re missing, and I’m just the girl to give you a tour. As soon as I figure out exactly what I want to tour. Suggestions? Anything you want to see?
- See and do all the things on the Coast. This kinda goes with #5, but it’s slightly different. Like – I want to go to the Radish Festival. Did y’all know that Long Beach Mississippi used to be one of the largest producers of radishes in the country? True story. Not so much any more, but we used to be dammit. And now we have a festival to celebrate it. And there are museums. And the largest free flowing water way in the country. Or something like that.
- Go to the doctor and get these nagging health issues figured out. (I told you not everything on this list was going to exciting. Or sexy. Or maybe even fun. Visiting the doctor is definitely not one of the things that turns me on. Even though I have a fairly attractive OB. I know you’re jealous of that, ladies)
- Connect with more people online. I’m trying to grow this space, you see, and one of the things that I’m noticing is that I’m not the only one out there with awesome thoughts. The more people I meet online and interact with through the blog or their blog or their instagram, the happier I am. Connection. It’s a good thing.
- Get out of debt (Ugh. More not so Awesome in the meantime. Much better in the end)
- Buy a house. My Word of the Year is HOME, for lots of reasons, but the biggest one is that I don’t live at home during the week. Now, lots of things have to happen in order for me to be able to live at home and for us to buy a house, but I definitely think that buying a house would make 2015 awesome. I mean it’s a house! that you can do whatever you want with! Including painting walls bright, fun colors that disguise dog drool.
- Make time for an artist date once a month. Do y’all know Julia Cameron? I love Julia Cameron. She says that we need to take our inner artist out on regular dates. I’m good for a regular date day with myself. There’s lots around here to explore. Anyone want to go to New Orleans for a writing marathon with me? What about Mobile? We can write and take pictures and drink and eat. Doesn’t that sound like a good time? Just know that whether you come with me or not, I’m going. But you’re more than welcome to come along 😉 (& yes – I know that Julia Cameron says it’s a solo thing. But I could go for some company now and again)
- Go camping. We haven’t camped since 2012. Isn’t that terrible? I wouldn’t mind terribly if one of our trips was to the mountains in the fall. Because I used to take myself to the mountains in the fall for a camping trip, and I don’t any more. So. Camping. On the beach, near the beach, in the mountains, at the campground 20 miles away. I don’t care. Camping. Because fun.
- Spend more lazy Saturday afternoons on the beach in our chairs, under an umbrella, a cold beer (or something alcoholic) in hand. We did really good at making Saturday afternoons our beach days when we first moved to the Coast, but we’ve been slacking the last two years. I’m putting my foot down. We’re making our way back to the beach on Saturdays because if you live 6 blocks from the beach, you should spend time on the beach. Dammit. We stay until the cooler is empty, and we’re slightly buzzed before stumbling home for sweet, slightly drunken sex. Doesn’t that sound like a perfect Saturday afternoon? I can tell from experience: IT IS.
- And to go along with that – more hoochie coochie. I’m not sure that needs any explanation, and if it does – you may just need to find it elsewhere. Our mothers read here, you know? I wouldn’t want to make them blush. Any more than they already might. Who am I kidding? My mother doesn’t blush. When you figure this is one of SH’s new year’s resolutions – it’s a win-win all the way around.
- Watch professional baseball. Live. Preferably the Royals. But it doesn’t really matter. I’ll take any team at this point. We tend to make it to football games (& I’m sure that the Saints/Cowboys game in New Orleans is on SH’s list. I’m good with that. Even though I already know the Cowboys will win that fight. It’s OK to let the boy dream).
- Refinish several pieces of furniture – including the swing on the front porch. That whole thing about buying a house? I also want to make the house more of a home.
- To go along with the above – get the bedroom finished. I’ve been working on it for almost a year now. *sigh* Since it’s the place where the magic happens, it should feel like a magical place. What can I say? I’m slow. Dammit.
- Volunteer. SH and I were talking about this last weekend – we live across from the local Salvation Army. It would be really nice to be able to help and support. We just have to make the decision to do it. Because it’s not always about me. Or him (sometimes it gets to be about him. Occasionally). Sometimes it’s about the greater good and deciding that we can in fact help and give back. We aren’t so busy or important that we can’t pitch in a little here and there.
- Take time for self-care. I am so totally going to find the time (& money in that get-out-of-debt budget) for regular pampering. Like a massage membership (good lord have you felt my shoulders? I look like I have no neck everything is so tense there). or a mani/pedi because I went something like 8 months between them and that is totally unacceptable. Or even joining a group of people to help support me as I make hard decisions about the direction my life is going to take.
- Read. Because reading is fun! And there are so many books out there to read. I can’t believe how I’ve let screen time take over time I used to use for things like reading. I’m saying 2 books a month, but I’m already behind on that. *sigh* I suppose I could always start new tomorrow, eh?