These will remain on my “Archives” page for the duration of 2011.
To-Do List for 2011:
Kill the technology. Not all of it, and not all the time, but my home has become a place where we disappear into our technology. And while everyone needs a timeout to kill their brain cells, I am instituting a Tech-Free Zone between the hours of 5:00-7:00 p.m. on weeknights. Aside from taking phone calls, there is to be only face time. AND NOT FACETIME ON THE IPHONE.
Bring back the primal urges. And by that, I mean food. We’ve spent the last few years reforming our views and habits toward food; this year, we’re taking it a step further by creating a mostly primal lifestyle. This means few, if any, grains and mostly food that our ancestors — hence, PRIMAL — could easily find or forage for. If you’re interested in learning about the primal lifestyle, my girl AndreAnna has tons of info at her blog, Life as a Plate.
Find a way to worship. We are not big fans of organized religions. That’s not to say we think less of those who are, nor do I mean to say that we are anarchists. We are just .. how do they say it? .. lazy. But I decided when Tony was born that we should spend an hour or two each weekend “worshipping” in our own way. An hour on a nature trail or with family over a great meal. I would love for Bryan and the kids to actively come up with ways for us to “worship” with the same principles but without the sitting in pews part.
Be my own mentor. I spent a very odd year in 2010, employment-wise. When I came back to my old/new company, I decided that I need to be more proactive in my career’s destiny. This year, I plan to take some of the great workshops that come around and offer to be mentored by a woman of leadership in our company. I’m no longer a “college hire”. About time to start owning my shit.
Find something that’s my own. This one .. oh, this one. I hate to even talk about this one. I am currently at a point where I have nothing that is my own. No hobbies, no extracurricular activities, no groups or interests.. and I am struggling to still have a sense of self with this. With me quitting most of my hobbies to save money (theatre, CrossFit, wine), I have very little left that feels like a sense of pride. I need – like, with capital letters NEED – to once again find something that is mine and makes me proud. Bryan would prefer that this thing not corrupt our bank account.
Show my husband my city. Bryan and I will have been married FIVE YEARS in October 2011. Assuming we last until October, I would love nothing more than to spend our five year anniversary in the French Quarter of New Orleans. And? I’d love for y’all to come too. I’m putting aside any money I make on the side (blogging, voice-overs, pole work)(hahajustkidding) toward an anniversary account for Bryan and I to spend a week in New Orleans, October 12-16. And if you’re up for the trip.. yes, you, my lovelies.. we’d love for you to join us. More details to come.
Silence the noise. Similar to the tech-free initiative above, I began a measure in 2010 that I plan to consciously devote effort to in 2011: silence the noise. Remove myself from email spam lists. Hide Facebook “friends” who do nothing but complain. Clean out the feed-reader of stuff that only irritates me. Don’t TiVo shows that I don’t watch or enjoy watching. My energy and my attention is so precious, it makes absolutely no sense to spend it on something unproductive.
Revel in the silence. When the house is empty of everyone but me, I need to learn to sit still. The cleaning can wait, the laundry isn’t going anywhere, I can catch up on emails later. It’s time to learn to enjoy time.