Every year I set a focus – that area of life I want to focus on and try to achieve something that goes with that focus. Some years I am successful – some years not so much.
In past years I have focused on Minurism – minimal consumerism – and was fairly successful in cutting down my spending. Last year was my Money year – and I was likewise successful in increasing the cash flow into the home both through working hard on increasing the amount of billable work I produced each month and in increasing the number of assignments that came my way by being diligent in meeting deadlines. Hawk Studio also took a big step forward by going back to Faire and carried us through some iffy times during the summer. But without the Minurism aspect being combined we still were not pulling ahead.
There was also a negative that came from focusing on work all year – I spent alot of time sitting behind my desk and that just was not good for my health. Both Chip and I knew it, so I promised that 2016 would be my Health year.
But as we got closer to 2016, I realized that I have to learn how to integrate it all. I need to learn to be healthy and still bring in the higher level of income because we still have to build a booth for Hawk and finish rehabbing the upstairs apartment and meet our monthly bills. We also have to reduce our non-necessary spending so we can do those things and get out of the debt that necessitates this level of work.
So I decided that I need to build on the prior years – to continue what I started when the focus was Money – and Minurism – and to add a new focus on Health to that mix.
But there was one more thing to add to that grouping – and that was Completion. I found that another negative of focusing on work was that I was drained at the end of my day and let too many other projects fall by the wayside – Chip did too. We have so many unfinished projects in the home and in the craft room and they need to be completed so we can let go of that feeling of being overwhelmed all the time. That means we need a more focused down-time.
So you may see a different direction with this blog as I try to do it all and to (hopefully) show you it can be done. I hope to show you projects we did using what we have rather than what we bought to support Minurism. I hope to get your support in making healthier choices in activities and food choices. (I may have to throw in some great recipes from some new cookbooks I got this year that are why I will never be able to be TOTALLY healthy but moderation in all things, right?) And I want to show you projects being finished!!
My family is coming on this trip with me – mainly because I don’t give them alot of choice in it. 🙂
So I have already started. I signed up for a yoga class that starts today. I am walking a mile in the mornings with a goal of running a 5k in August. Believe me when I say that this would be a big deal for me because my craft work and day job have always been pretty sedentary. As a result, it is going to take some time for me to get strong in my legs. I also went cold turkey for the last week on sugar to give me a jumpstart into the New Year. Okay, the family did not agree to go along with me on that, but their sugar consumption will start to go way down if I am the one (not) baking the sweets. I can say that I already saw a difference in how I feel just from that short a time.
I have also chosen the first knitting project for completion – a sweater for Chris that will also be his Xmas present – so that will go toward both Completion and Minurism. I will show you that in a later post.
So starts 2016. I have lots of goals – I will need LOTS of support and hopefully it will be an interesting year to blog about. So here we go.
Onward and Upward.