65 in 365...the *new* new year's resolutions!

>> Sunday, January 3, 2010

i'll be honest, i've never been one to make new year's resolutions. and even if i did, i surely didn't have the discipline to actually stick to them. this year i'm going to try "65 in 365"...accomplishing 65 things that i need or want to do in the next 365 days. for accountability purposes i'll post the list here and update the list as i *hopefully* complete each thing. for routine things, i'll consider them done when i've kept up with them for three months-i'll consider it a good habit at that point. it's a fun way to motivate myself and i thank my friends alison, snarky mom, stephanie and tara for sharing the idea. i hope this sounds like fun to you so that you can cheer me on and maybe even start your own 65 in 365!

to start off in the right direction, i'm going to categorize my list, because oh holey crow do i need some organization in my life! though many things overlap in categories. here's my list...

65 in 365


1. paint and redecorate master bedroom
2. paint and redecorate master bathroom
3. repair tile around master bathroom tub
4. redecorate living room
5. redecorate screened back porch
6. have entire wood trim around house exterior and leaky window replaced
7. create desk areas for the girls


8. purge and reorganize girl's room
9. purge all unused items-trash, donate or sell
10. make use of storage space efficiently and creatively
11. organize and file away important papers
12. order prints and update girl's photo albums (0/2)
13. get caught up on laundry and maintain a regular laundry schedule

Family Time:

14. have a movie or game night 1x per week
15. read a novel with the girls every other month (0/6)
16. date night with mr. h 1x per month (0/12)
17. date with kelley 1x per month (0/12)
18. date with bethany 1x per month (0/12)
19. go to a concert
20. take a family vacation
21. visit 2 theme parks (0/2)
22. go to "the nutcracker" ballet next fall/winter

The Girls:

23. start and complete kelley's dental work
24. start and complete bethany's chiropractor appointments
25. enroll bethany in gymnastics
26. convince girls to play spring softball and sign them up
27. order ladybugs and butterflies for kelley's gardens


28. read all actual books i still have and then stick to my sony reader (0/??)
29. start skin care routine
30. get a haircut
31. keep feet pedicured and toenails painted
32. start taking vitamins and supplements daily
33. make dentist appointment and actually go
34. make oncology appointment and actually go
35. use wii fit plus daily
36. walk daisy 3x per week
37. get a new tattoo
38. find good homes for the kittens
39. catch up on 3 tv series on dvd (0/3)
40. see 3 movies at the theater (0/3)


41. take all extended family out for dinner
42. call a friend or family member 1x per week
43. meet up with 2 friends i haven't seen in years (0/2)


44. learn how to use my DSLR camera and then use it exclusively
45. learn how to edit photos with photoshop
46. learn how to operate flip camcorder and make videos with the girls
47. get a personalized blog template
48. set up a crafting area
49. restart learning to sew
50. make a gift for each family member next christmas
51. start writing a book


52. reopen ebay store
53. have ebay items all listed by back to school time
54. cut back on shopping for girl's clothes by at the least half
55. pay off credit cards, charge nothing to already paid off cards (2/4)
56. open savings accounts for both girls (0/2)
57. cut back on usual spending next christmas
58. start saving for a fun family "luxury" item


59. have home cooked dinners 5x per week
60. bake with the girls 1x per month
61. host meal for extended family
62. grow an herb garden and use fresh herbs when cooking

Techy Stuff:

63. set up my itouch
64. set up ipod for the girls
65. save all pictures, music, patterns and documents to portable hard drive


nielsons*love*family January 4, 2010 at 10:52 AM  

ok heather, i am overwhelmed just READING your list! LOL...

i have a really hard time w/new yrs resolutions. i have *ONE* this yr--get mr. nielson a new job!

i'll be watching for your progress~!

Stephanie January 4, 2010 at 2:31 PM  

Love your 65! I need to do some of the same things that you have on your list that aren't on mine!

Can't wait to see what you get accomplished! : )

Dawn January 4, 2010 at 9:01 PM  

I love your 65 things. My problem is that I find making a list of the 65 things I want/need to do very daunting.

Alison January 4, 2010 at 10:52 PM  

awesome!!! I am so excited that so many of our starting to do this. AND....I SOOO should have added a new tattoo to mine. lol

won January 5, 2010 at 10:46 AM  

Kind of seems to me that the list could have easily been 64 things long.

Just making the list should have counted as one thing. It was impressive by itself!

Shana January 6, 2010 at 2:57 PM  

How in the world did you come up with all of that, ha!?! Good luck & I can't wait to see what things you get to mark off first!

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Allison January 7, 2010 at 8:13 PM  

I love this idea - but I'm too lazy to come up with a list of 65 things. ha! If I'm too lazy for that, I don't think much would get done! Maybe next year!

The Prudent Homemaker January 10, 2010 at 12:51 AM  

I love the resolution to read the actual books you already own! Thee are a few unfinished books on my shelf!

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