goals for twenty seventeen

For 2017, I have been using the Inkwell Press Planner, and I have very much enjoyed the section that it houses on goal-planning, which is something I have not really used before in terms of writing personal goals. For the past several years I have used one of the Moleskine planners because of their small size and simplicity; however, since residency frequently gets the better of me and drains me of energy, I thought I needed a little extra help this year planning out my life.

Personal. One of my goals for this year has been to read more for pleasure. I do reading here-and-there at work for topics in medicine, but I have always enjoyed fiction, which is something that I particularly have neglected in medical school and residency. I have always put off starting a book because I am a binge-reader: I start something, and I read straight through until the end. My goal this year is to read a minimum of one book per month, and I am so far above goal (but taking vacation with minimal electronic devices made reading an easy choice).

Health. Fitness is something that has definitely been neglected over the past year, though less so in recent months. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the end of September 2016, and I had spent at least two months before then doing nothing besides walking down the stairs a la Maggie Smith in the Lady and the Van ("don't rush me!"). I started to get back to running a couple of months ago, and I have been slowly working my way up since then. My goal is to steadily increase my mileage throughout this spring.

Baking. Croissants top my baking bucket list, but I would like to also try sourdough this year (or really anything else with a starter). I am also searching for good reasons to try my hand at Baked Alaska and a prinsesstarta.

Home. We have a horrible greyish-purple color in our living room with a darker version of it running above the picture molding. I have been meaning to paint the living room since we moved in, but I have yet had the motivation to fix it; however, my goal for this year is to finally paint it. AND, I would finally like to frame the prints we have recently acquired from our travels and hang them on the wall.

Clothing. I am admittedly a terrible shopper. I will wear the same thing repeatedly, and I frequently then end up buying clothing out of desperation. My goal for 2017 is to find at least one new item a month while continuing to prune out my defeated items of clothing. In the same vein, I would like to make at least one item per month. This month, I have knitted up a Wool and the Gang snood dog, and I made another beanie for my husband Nick (like the one seen above, but in their tweed gray).

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