At the beginning of the year, I posted some goals for the year. I did one check-in early in the year. We are now over halfway through the year and I’m having trouble with getting in the mood to write so I decided it was a good time for another check-in.
This one is an actual goal – My usual read 100 books goal. I’ve been able to get to 100 every year so far, but just barely. I would like to read more and look at my phone less this year and make the 100 with time to spare. I would also like to read more authors I’ve not read before and take the time to go back and read older books I missed when they were released.
According to Goodreads, I am now 7 books behind schedule for my goal and I don’t see it changing soon. I think this might be the year I don’t hit 100, but I am reading different stuff this year, so I am hitting one part of the goal. I still need to have less screen time and more reading time.
I would like to spend less time sitting at home on the couch and more time out of the house doing stuff. I don’t really care what I’m doing. It could be a movie. It could just be dinner out. It could be spending more time exploring DC and Baltimore. We’ve gotten in the bad habit of spending most of our non-work hours sitting at home in front of the TV. I like TV, but I need more.
Not doing great on this one either. I spend a lot of time at home watching TV. I did go to the movies on my day off last week, so that’s good. I went to a concert a couple of weeks ago and to a friend’s house on the 4th of July. I might buy tickets to another concert on August 5. We go back to the empty nest soon, so it will be tempting to just sit at home alone a lot again.
To go along with the above, I would like to spend more time outside. It rained a lot last year and because of that, I spent a lot of time inside. I need to take more walks, hike, sit on the deck and read when the weather is nice. Just be outside.
I’ve been eating outside at work whenever the weather cooperates. We spent a lot of time outside when we were in Kentucky. It is miserably hot right now, so I am taking a break on this goal until the weather cooperates again. Once it is cooler, I will work on the first goal and this one by reading on my deck more.
Find some way to not dread leaving the house in the morning. I think some of the above sitting on the couch comes from the fact that I don’t have a day-to-day life that makes me happy to leave the house in the morning. My days can be mentally and emotionally draining and that leads to wanting to go home and hide from the world. Whatever it takes, I need to find something that makes me not dread going to work in the morning.
Still working on this. I have my good days and bad days. Recent news from work has increased my depression about work life. Change of location seems less and less likely, so I need to work more on trying to make the best of the situation.
I want to figure out if I should try to write something besides a blog post I can write in 15 minutes or less. Do I have what it takes to do more long-form writing? Do I want to do that? Do I want to write content that takes research and time? Do people want to read that here? Do I want to consider moving from a paid WordPress site to a self-hosted site? Will any of this really matter on a blog that is lucky to get 20 views a day?
I have not even been close to doing this. Maybe I will work on that once I have hours home alone again this fall. I don’t even have the mental energy right now to post random word vomit thoughts on the latest terrible things Trump has done.
I would like to make the time to do a couple more short trips to Kentucky to see my family even if it means taking a long weekend and driving a lot in a few days to do so.
Nope. We did our regular summer trip home, but that’s it. Maybe a quick fall trip? Work makes this hard. It’s hard to find a weekend that is clear for me to be gone and it will be harder in a couple of weeks.
Whenever my friends from high school plan the 50th birthday celebration for the class this year I want to do what it takes to get there even if that again means two days of driving for one day there.
If they planned one, they didn’t tell me.
So, I’m not doing great on my goals for the year. It seems like the most likely I will improve on are the reading one and the outside one because they are the easier ones to do. I will check back in some time in the fall.