Now that we’ve begun a new year, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want this year to bring.
There are many things I’d like to do, try, see, be, taste and experience. The possibilities are endless but instead of coming up with a list of things I know I may never actually accomplish,
I decided to create a bucket list filled with “things” I know are within my reach.
So here goes …
Honestly, I don’t eat badly. I do love fries and sweets but I make a conscientious effort to eat less of that stuff. Occasionally, I give in and treat myself but I do because trying to cut food out completely from my diet only makes me want to eat it more. I’ve come to learn this the hard way. What I do want to do is increase the amount of vegetables I consume on a daily basis which leads me to a new interest in the whole process of juicing. After watching the documentary Hungry For Change via Netflix recently, I am seriously considering buying a juicer and adding veggie smoothies to my daily diet. Although I eat vegetables and fruit daily, my portions are no where near the recommended intake suggested by Canada’s Food Guide. Juicing would be an easy way to add those extra servings to my diet. Vegetables are so good for us so why wouldn’t I want to eat more of them?
I may not have an alcoholic drinking problem but I sure as heck have issues when it comes to consuming enough water on a daily basis. I’m lucky if I consume a glass of H20 a day. Add coffee into the mix and and it’s like I’ve had no water at all. If I’m not thirsty, I never think to drink. I’ve started adding fruit and herbs to my water. Strawberry infused water tastes so much better than just plain old water. The last few weeks, I’ve been drinking cucumber water with lemon wedges and mint leaves in it. It’s so good! I’ve also tried infusing my water with other fruit like oranges, blueberries and raspberries but through the winter months, those fruits are not so readily available and can be expensive. Regardless of what I add to my water, I’m working really hard at drinking at least half of the recommended daily intake.
I cancelled my gym membership today. I don’t go enough for it to be worthwhile paying a monthly fee to keep it up. Unless I’m being pushed, I have a hard time getting myself to the gym. So I brought the elliptical machine back into the house and I’m back to using that on my days off. I don’t beat myself up when once a week is all I can manage. I chose a few target areas on my body that I’d like to tone and I Googled exercises that would help me firm up. I’m keeping things simple. To help motivate me, my teenage daughter added songs to the playlist on my iPhone so now I have my favourite music to keep me moving.
Since I got my iPhone a year ago, I stopped using my good camera to capture important moments. I want to start using our Nikon for taking pictures again because I really miss how much more beautiful the photos turn out. I intend to take time this Spring and Summer to really learn more about lighting, lenses and shutter speeds.
Every time I feel I have nothing to write about I think about putting my blog to rest. Then we go on an adventure and I want to write about it. Documenting my life, whether it be via photography or a journal, is important to me. Being the type of person who loves to reminisce over the past, it is important for me to record life as it happens. I like to “hold still” moments of my life so that when I’m older, I can look back on my blog and remember what a full and loving life I lived.
I have met some pretty great friends in the last few years while holding on to some old ones who have so faithfully stuck around. I want to continue to nurture those friendships. I really enjoy getting together with our families and watching our kids grow together. For the ladies I’ve met through blogging, I owe meeting them all to my blog. For without blogging, I never would have come across such a fun, caring and supportive group of women. Although we only get together once in a while, I still feel connected with them thanks to Facebook and reading about their lives via their blogs. We’re just one big, happy blogging community!
Without sounding sappy and romantic, I will just say that I love him and that I still get butterflies when he kisses me. I pray every day that the butterflies never go away. He and I balance each other out on so many levels. I want to continue to nurture our relationship in any way that I can. I will spend this year finding ways to surprise, inspire and love him.
I want to spend more quality time with my girls this year and more so with my teenage daughter. I feel as if I only have a few years left before Teen B graduates and then goes off to College. I want to find things we can do together and make a conscientious effort to set aside time to do so. I think it’s important to spend individual time with each child. The girls are growing up so fast I want to enjoy every moment with them regardless of how challenging it may be to always coordinate.
Last but not least, I enjoy being happy. I want to continue to explore and experience things that please, excite and motivate me. I plan on spending more time cooking, reading, writing, learning, traveling and enjoying the outdoors this year.
What things have you added to your bucket list for 2104?