17 Things for 2017

We’re at the halfway point of the year (can you believe it?), and it’s a good a time to check in on my 17 for 2017 goals . . .

We’re at the halfway point of the year (can you believe it?), so it’s a good a time to check in on my 17 for 2017 goals as well as my monthly resolutions.

Since I last checked in, I’ve checked two more things off my list: take myself out to a nice lunch and join a book club.

After finishing a big work project, I decided to celebrate with a nice lunch out. The lunch was a great way to mark the end of the project and treat myself. Taking myself out to lunch has been something I kept saying I would do and didn’t do. But having it on my 17 Things for 2017 “made” me do it, and I’m glad I did. It’s also a great way to check out a new restaurant. I had such a lovely lunch, it makes me think, why haven’t I don’t this before?

I also found a book club to join—one of my local bookstores hosts a book club every month. I’m so happy about the book club! I really didn’t think I’d find one so this feels like a big accomplishment. I’ve been to one meeting and I’m going to my next one, next week. The first book we read was Lincoln in the Bardo, which I happened to love. Now, we’re reading Evicted, which I wanted to read but probably wouldn’t have on my own since its nonfiction.

I have 11 more items on my list to accomplish between now and the end of the year, so I have a lot to do. Technically I did try a different yoga class than the basic class, but it was a restorative class so I’m not counting that as one of the goals. I still want to see a historic site within the United States. Since I had to cancel my trip to Mount Vernon in March, I’m going to try again in the fall or go to Springfield to see Lincoln’s home and the museum there. And since James Morrison is not touring this year, I revised that goal to seeing Cher in concert. Check that off the list as done!

As for my monthly resolutions, here’s what I’ve done so far:

  • Dry January
  • Daily Meditation February
  • Financial Awareness March
  • Active April
  • Make It Happen May
  • Journal June

Active April was doing something active every day, either one of my workouts or walking for 30 minutes. How did April go? Not so good. I had a respiratory infection the first two weeks of April so didn’t do much working out at all. But after those first two weeks, the rest of the month went well.

May was Make It Happen month—this was a month to get all those stray tasks on my to do list done. You know those tasks, right? The important ones but not urgent so they keep getting put off. While I didn’t get everything done, I checked off quite a few things that had long been on my list, like getting new screws for my balcony door. This month taught me to stay focused—it was as if I had permission to take time to get those non-urgent tasks done.

In June, I journaled every day for at least 10 minutes, and it was the best thing for me. I tend to process things through writing so the journaling really helped me clear my head on a few things. I used it to set intentions for the day, to process feelings, and to create a vision for my writing. Now into July, I’m still journaling every day for 10 minutes so it’s a practice I am keeping.

For July, I’m doing a month-long staycation. It doesn’t mean I’m taking the month off. I’m using this month to explore my city. So each week I will explore a neighborhood I haven’t really spent time in before. I’ll also see and do things I would do as if I were on vacation. For the first week of July, I went to the Marukami exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art (amazing! Highly recommend it) and explored West Town a bit. I’d actually like to take some time to explore that neighborhood more.

What I love about both these goal challenges is that they are keeping me accountable but for things I want to do, not that I feel I have to do. I’m finally doing things I have said I wanted to do. And that feels pretty good.

 

(Image taken by Ela Aktay at the Chicago MCA’s Marukami exhibit.)

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