Sunday, January 1, 2017

And so it begins! 2017 Goals

Have you seen the idea floating around Facebook to ask your friends to leave you one positive word starting with the first letter of their name? I did it and got great focus words to drive my dreams and reality in 2017 - daring, joy, terrific, learning loving-kindness, spectacular, pretty, decency, comfortable, stunning, play, love, and excitement.

So here is to a year full of that and more! 

Let's start off with some goals to add variety to life.
FOOD: Try a new healthy recipe each month. Bring the best into rotation

BOOKS: Expand my reading into new genres and read at least 6 that aren't mysteries or fiction. Sign up for Goodreads, browse Indie best seller lists, and use NPR's best books of 2016 as starting points. Next up - Travelogues, biographies, writers from a different part of the world? Any ideas for me????

TECH: Up my tech skills and use. Improve my phone use skills (GPS, search, hands free, etc.). See if hand me down IPhone5s and Garmin will fit my needs. Research and hopefully buy a laptop before we move. Learn to use my husband's tablet and my phone better. Look into Netflix, Amazon Prime and other options to expensive cable bills (the move will cause a switch from Comcast to Time Warner anyway). Get back into genealogy research through Ancestry and DNA to find out where my maternal ancestors came from in Sweden and Ireland/Scotland.

Then on to my personal goals.

HEALTH: I will exercise regularly every week. Keep up with Pilates, stretching, walking and healthy eating before we move . Once moved I will take advantage of the pool and fitness center, join a Pilates studio and find good walking routes.

CLOTHES: I will have fun with fashion while creating a versatile, budget friendly wardrobe for my new lifestyle & location. I will shop from my wardrobe shopping list adjusting it as my lifestyle changes. I will try polish on my toenails and branch out in accessories. Consignment stores and sales will be my friends. 

LOVE & FRIENDSHIP: I will make friends in our new location and reconnect in person with family. I will find and get involved in 3 activities/organizations. Email or write a geographically distant relative or friend once a month at least.Then I will invite people over and to go places. Hubby and I will develop a new routine of fun joint activities. We will host parties and family get-togethers. I will spend as much time as possible with my sons, DILs and new grandbaby.

And the elephant in the room of giant goals within giant goals.

MOVE: Have a successful cross country move. We will sell a house and buy a house. We will move us, the dog & our stuff across country and settle in our new home including furnishing it. We will transition all of our medical care seamlessly. We will manage the vet, groomer and boarding transition seamlessly. We will transition our electronic & financial life seamlessly including that I will start collecting social security upon turning 68 on September 1st and add Medicare at the end of November when hubby retires. I will quickly learn my way around and how to get to each family members location from our new home. And we will end up with more money in the bank at the end of all of that - maybe! 

I think that is more than enough!!!

Happiest of New Years to all of you. What are your priority goals for 2017?


  1. More power to you. I hope you accomplish all your goals.

  2. That is a FANTASTIC list of goals! :) Hope every one of them is achieved just as described.

  3. Your goals are fabulous! I ma still working on mine!

  4. Thanks all. I'm trying to break them down each Sunday into a week's worth of items or I will just forget about them!


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