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Friday Five: Goals for 2019

Each year I waffle on whether to make resolutions, mostly because I can’t always anticipate the way the year will go and if I’ll even want to continue what I started by the time I’m halfway through the year. So rather than call them resolutions, let’s just call them goals.

Goal 1: Publish 4 knitting pattern designs in 2019.

One of the things I do is design a few knitting patterns here and there. I usually only design if the mood strikes me, and then I self-publish my designs on Ravelry. For the past few years I’ve done a couple of patterns per year, but I’d like to double that in 2019. For now, I’ll start by creating mood boards on Pinterest, swatching stitch patterns with yarns I like, and dreaming of warm wooly things!

Goal 2: #Spin15aday

This year I’m joining the #spin15aday challenge which is to spin at least 15 minutes per day. I already spin most days so it’s not too much of a challenge, but they also have fun prompts for each month that I’d like to follow along with.

Goal 3: Around the Year in 52 Books.

Each year I set a reading goal for myself on Goodreads. This year I joined the Around the Year in 52 Books group. Basically, each week the group has a prompt for what kind of book to read. Examples include a book that has won an award in 2018, a book with who/what/where/why/how in the title, etc. The prompts are there for you if you want them to help you read outside your comfort zone, but the main goal is just to read a book a week. I have read 50+ books in a year in the past, so this seems doable. I also like the idea of tracking what I read during the year. My first book of 2019 is going to be Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

Goal 4: Prepare for Ireland.

My husband is kind of a fitness nut. (Hey I have my pens and my knitting!) He’s been running half-marathons in the past few years and is gearing up to train for an Iron Man in 2020. He’s been trying to get me interested in exercising more and last year he convinced me to sign up for Race 2 Adventure’s Ireland trip this coming summer. Basically I need to be able to walk/jog anywhere between 5k and 12k (3.1-7 miles) each day, over the course of a week as we tour Ireland. So this is the fitness and exercise portion of my resolutions. Truly, I just don’t want to hold the group up by coming in later than everyone else, and I don’t want to be miserable the entire trip. So I’ve got some exercise goals to gear up for that.

Goal 5: Use what I have stashed.

I have a lovely collection of pens and inks and I want to use them more! My goal is to place them strategically around the house so I’m always grabbing a fountain pen. I also want to rotate through my inks more since I have a whole drawer full. I won’t guarantee I won’t buy more things (all in the name of reviewing for you!).

I also have a pretty large stash of yarns to knit and fibers to spin. This year I’d like to buy less and spend more time with the lovely materials I already own!

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