Thursday, January 1, 2015

Things I Didn't Do In 2014, But Will Damn Well Do In 2015

2014 sucked. A lot. And it became a convenient excuse to not do anything. My one resolution this year? 

Do Stuff.

Do the stuff that I love to do. Do the stuff that I ignored.

Here is an incomplete list of things I did not do in 2014 but will do the hell out of in 2015:

1. Write. Okay. That one was obvious. Seriously, three posts in 2014? Cut the crap, Heather, and start writing!

2. Read. Weird, right? I think I might have read three books this year. A long way off from my normal gazillion. I’m not counting, of course, favorite books that I always reread like World War Z and Jurassic Park. Like old friends I find great comfort in picking up a familiar book and I did that, but new books? Even with the ease with which I can now acquire new books on my Kindle, I haven’t read all much.

3. Craft. My only crafty accomplishment for 2014? The Christmas decorations on the tree.

4. Bake. Didn’t even so much as bake cakes for birthdays this year.

5. Cook. Along with baking, cooking in general became a chore. Normal menu planning and prepping for dinners became stressful and making lunches? We went from bento boxes to here’s a sandwich to make your own lunch. I had plans last year to prepare one meal a week that we’d never had before. With all the crap, easy recipes that I knew by heart became the norm. 2015 shall bring a return to new dishes. I also plan to do at least one meatless meal a week.

6. Travel. No. I take that back, I did travel, but it wasn’t for pleasure. Scott’s father passed and we went to be with him. I’d like to plan a trip back home and to Maine this year. It’s been six years since my last trip home.

7. Camp. Different than “travel.” It is. Honest. We actually haven’t camped since 2011. First it was budget constraints, then it was work constraints. This year though I plan on taking a few 3-4 day weekends now that I have vacation time built up.

8. Celebrate the Birthday Fiesta O’Fun. Although, to be fair, it wasn’t that I didn’t want to. I was desperate to get together with Sara for that. Unfortunately, both the girls and I were miserably sick the one stinking week that Sara came back to Florida.

9. Document. I took very minimal photographs this year and most were on my phone for work. Birthdays, holidays, candids, nothing. 2014 will be a non-scrapable year.

10. Budget. Scott and I were getting really good about budgets in 2013. 2014 destroyed that. We didn’t go crazy with spending, but we certainly didn’t pay attention to our finances either. 2015 will be a year of back to basics budgeting.

11. Socialize. I didn’t Facebook, blog, call, write, or visit much in 2014. I wrapped myself in isolation because it was what I needed.

12. Exercise. I’m not a big fan, but a walk around the neighborhood a few times a week isn’t out of the realm of impossible for me. I enjoy it even. I didn’t do anything in 2014. That being said, I still managed to drop (in a majorly unhealthy manner) 30 pounds. I got a new bike for Christmas, though, so exercise is in my future. Though I do need to lose more weight, ultimately, my overall goal is to get back into healthy habits - daily exercise and healthy eating.

13. Family Game Night. 2014 ended family game night. 2015 will bring it back. Scott and I both agree that family game night was and is something that we need. We don’t often eat together - our work schedules often run past dinner time so family game night was a way for us to all sit down together. Christmas helped with that as many of the gifts under the tree were table top games.


  1. This time of year is difficult - I read your post and could relate to much of it. I almost did a "didn't do in 2014" list but decided it was usurping my energy.

    Planning to go camping and getting family game night back on track will go a long way to making 2015 successful - and nothing beats walking and riding a bike, two pleasures I partake in, weather permitting.

    I wish you great success in reaching your goals for 2015 - you deserve them - so make them happen.

    Also, I would really love to see you writing more - it's a great way to purge and let go of some baggage.

    I hope your New Year is starting off great. Cheers, Jenny

    1. Thanks! I'm actually getting into the habit of sitting at the computer first thing in the morning and writing. Because of my work schedule that allows either 45 minutes or an hour and a half depending on when I have to be in. I wish I was back to a set schedule in that regard!

  2. That seems like a big list, but doable. Take bite-sized steps rather than striving for the end goal immediately and you can certainly make those happen. Good luck and Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you Pickle! Pretty much everything there is stuff I had been doing, so it's just a matter of making sure I'm making time for them. Little bits at a time. I'm focused right now on the reading and writing part. Especially the blogging aspect. I've missed the community I've found through blogging and hope that I can wiggle my way in again!

  3. Those look like solid, manageable life goals. Best of luck. And Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks! I'm am confident that I can manage them. Happy New Year!