A Year of Living the Life I have Imagined

Women and Work, from the Library of Congress

Women and Work

Have you tried to come up with 101 things you would want to do in a year? Holy crap, that’s alotta things! I tried it and I couldn’t do it, so this is my version of 101 in 365. As I said earlier in the week, I wanted to tie 101 in 365 in with 12 goals for 12 months. So here we go, general goals and monthly goals.

General Goals:
Exercise/diet/lose at least 25 pounds
Derby of course!
Pay off debt
Buy a new car
Read books
Make more cheese
Eat more locally
More quality time with kids
More quality time with husband
Lose at least 25 pounds
Launch a new online local goods directory (I have a partner in this one, and I’m not sure what month this will happen, but I’m super stoked!)

Monthly Goals:
By the end of January – Really establish the work/life routine. I’m almost there!
February – Marketing and advertising the business. I also want to start my creativity journal. Oh yeah, and ROLLER DERBY!
March – Start building blog templates and photo car templates.
April – Learn a little about photography and how to use my camera. We also need to organize all the toys and crap in the garage.
May – Plant a container garden. Get rid of crap in my house!
June – Have business really be taking off so I have enough money to hire a mother’s helper/cleaning person! I SO NEED THIS TO HAPPEN BEFORE SUMMER BREAK!
July – Finally create a cookbook with Ben.
August – Fix the inside door jams and paint the bathroom, kitchen, and trim (and cupboards if my husband will let me!).
September – Harvest and preserve! Settle into the new school routine – with ease this ear!
October – Settle into the cool weather with my Cricut and start paper crafting. Open an Etsy shop for paper crafts, blog templates and photo card templates.
November – Launch a local community blog.
December – Enjoy the season and prepare to start giving local and online blogging workshops and critiques.

Of course there are many, many fine details to accomplishing all of this. To be worked out later, I guess. Maybe that is where the 101 things comes in?

That’s not too much, right? I’m such a good planner! I hope I don’t EPIC FAIL on the execution! I better get crackin’ – no one is going to do live this life for me!

What’s on your big project list for the year?

About Laine

Elaine GriffinElaine Griffin (a.k.a. Laine) is a freelance WordPress designer, content creator, and speaker. She brings her background as a sociologist, advocate, and educator, to her work and her writing, which has been featured on BlogHer and The SITS Girls. On The Laine List she spills her guts about life, motherhood, and balancing work and family. She also sprinkles in some fun recipe and cocktail posts. On Elaine Griffin Designs, she writes easy to follow tutorials about WordPress, social media, SEO, and blogging.
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  1. says

    I love your year of planning! I only go month to month and fly by the seat of my pants. I have small goals to try something new each day. I just purchased a Picasso tablet and need to make time to learn the ropes with it. As well, I signed up for code a year and want to learn how to use code more to my advantage. And I am participating in the 52 books a weeks… I also have two side projects and one I might put into action in February if it all goes according to plan.

    All very small goals for me but achievable for the New Year:)

  2. says

    I want to have your ideas and energy! Your goals sound so exciting and I love…L.O.V.E. the idea of a community blog. Tell me more…MORE!

    I do admire all you want to accomplish. When I joke about my thoughts being scattered, I’m not really fully joking. My ‘brain fog’ is a nice little side effect of not having a thyroid. There are things I want to do, but can’t organize my thoughts enough to accomplish them. I feel stuck! And, I’ve just dumped it all on you! Sorry…So, I want to live vicariously through you and marvel at your accomplishments or, even your attempt at accomplishing such meaty goals! I’m rooting for you!!! Go Laine!!!!

    • Laine says

      The community blog. Not ENTIRELY sure yet. Hahaha!
      It’s funny, Melissa, that you say you are in a fog (and I know you are) but you pull through it quite amazingly, I think. You’re funny, quick, an amazing writer, and a wonderful friend and person. I think as long as you AT LEAST keep writing you will stay fresh and not so foggy!! Things will happen when they are supposed to, yeah? In the meantime, I will keep writing and you can keep living vicariously through me. :) I’m honored!

  3. says

    For now, Laine, I just want to finish moving. So my first goal will be to finally unpack my boxes and get everything organized. Sigh!

    Secondly, I want to go back to making my homemade cheeses and breads from scratch. In this way I can create better recipes for my Examiner.com page. Yay!

    Thirdly, I want to finally use my sewing machine and Serger, after many-years of unwilling neglect. I would like to make a quilt with family pictures, and then blog it. *Smiling here!*

    Lastly, I want to get back to faithfully exercising and eventually losing the weight I desperately want to and need to lose. Sheesh! I am tire already. LOL!

    So there you have it. :)

  4. says

    Hey! What about your podcast? (No pressure *grin*.)

    For me, move my blog, create the podcast website, and then podcast and blog regularly, finish one book, learn how to write a treatment for said book, attempt to get it published by someone other than me.

    Oh! And stay sinus infection-free (once this one goes away).

    • Laine says

      AH, the podcast! We are going to podcast soon, I promise.
      Are you going to release your first episode pre-website? (hint, hint)
      I love how your goal for the year is to finish one book. That’s my kinda’ readin’ right there!

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