While working on one of my goals for 2016 I stumbled upon a very good idea (not by me of course). The author of this blog makes monthly goals, and at the end of the month she evaluates if and how she achieved her goals. I thought this was an amazingly good idea! Why only make yearly goals? (and fail to keep them because it’s such a long period of time). Monthly goals are that much better. A restricted amount of time is much easier to control and plan than the whole spread of 52 weeks.
So, February, I guess it’s you and me now. I have some goals I’m going to try to achieve this month.
- Finish at least 3 WIPS.
- Blog at least 8 times (2x a week is the bare minimum people..).
- Work at least 15-20 hours a week (average).
- Finish KonMari-ing my clothes.
- Lose 1kg.
So the first one should be easy. The first WIP I’m going to finish is the gramps cardigan 2. This is the second version and I’ve already joined the sleeves so there’s no much left. The second wip is Yara’s skirt, because this thing was supposed to be her birthday present (January 23d..), and the third project will be my vanilla socks. If I have more time I’ll work on other projects as well obviously, but these must be finished before March. I’ve been trying to take Andi’s advice and focus on one knitting project at a time, and lo and behold I’m actually finishing things! Who would’ve thought it’d be this easy.. 😛
The blogging is going quite well so far. I’ve blogged a lot more than I did in 2015 and I’m starting to feel like the old me again. Like I’m on top of things and I’m in control of my life (lol). I actually love blogging and I feel like it’s the most important ME-time. I love to over-share and I see it as my diary. I also love to read other blogs, and to see what you are all up to. It’s so inspiring to see all the other knitting projects and the yarns <3
Working at least 15-20 hours a week is actually sort of a joke. I always work at least 20-25 hours per week, but what I’m trying to achieve here is a bit more focus. I already have a to-do list of things that I need to finish and I’m going to make sure they get done. I’m not setting any concrete goals because I can’t work with a deadline at the moment, but I’m definitely going to try!
The fourth one is a very important one because I started and now I have to finish it. Last week I threw out a LOT of clothes and reorganized all my shirts, tops, vest, cardigans etc. Now what’s left is my leg-wear (lol) and accessories. I’m going to give the first series another serious look, because I think I can get rid of a lot more. I’m not saying I had a lot of clothes, but because of my pregnancy I couldn’t wear a lot of them, and now that I can I don’t really like them anymore. I’m also interested in creating a capsule wardrobe. It’s better for the environment, and I’m getting sick of being so wasteful. We are so used to just throw things away and buying things crazy cheap.. as somebody who makes garments herself I should give a better example both to myself and the people around me. Fast fashion is not only horrible for the people who work in the sweat shops, it’s horrible for the people who plant the cotton, spray the pesticides, dye the garments (think: stone washed jeans), the people who buy it (because the quality is rather sh*t), and overall it’s horrible for the environment, because so much clothing is thrown out. <end of rant>
Lose 1 kg may not sound like a whole lot, but in January I already lost 1.8 kgs 🙂 I’m not on a diet, and I’m not going to go on a diet. I’m just drinking a lot of green tea (a 1.7 liter pot a day) and I’m trying to eat more veggies and less meat (simply because I love veggies and I get less and less excited about meat). Apparently my body noticed because this morning I had dropped from 66.8 to 65.0 (yay!). If I just lose 1 kg a month I’ll be 60-59 kgs a year after giving birth. If I want to weigh 58 I’ll need to lose a tiny bit more, but I’m not in a rush to be honest. Just 1 kg a month is a fine goal 🙂
So today we went to my MIL and FIL and had a great time. I got to spend some time with Ma’iqs blanket and they got to spend time with Ma’iq. I’ve made quite some progress (it’s slow as you can imagine) and one half round is a lot of knitting to manage while keeping a baby sleeping in the wrap carry (lol).
The day started out gray and stormy, so we both decided to wear our knitted socks (supplied by yours truly of course). I have to say that I’m impressed with DH, he really rocks knitted socks like a champ! That’s also why he gets socks <3
I posted a picture of the new malabrigo hank, but I couldn’t find the other yarns to show the colors. This will be my next Oranje! The skein yarn in barley will be the main color and the butterscotch Dutch Wool Diva sock glitter and the Malabrigo will be contrast colors. I can’t wait to see how this knits up, but I’m washing the malabrigo first!
Sorry for the lack of original pictures (I linked these from instagram/ facebook), but putting baby in bed took a bit longer than usual tonight and I have less time than originally planned. Ohh well.
So let’s get back to the goals for a minute. I didn’t have any specific goals for January, but I can already say I’m on the right track when it comes to my “yearly” goals. I’m blogging, I’m posting, I’m commenting, I’m reading and I’m taking more pictures of knitting progress. I haven’t had time to be more active on the forums just yet, but that’s ok, I’ll sneak some forum time in as well. Even though I didn’t have any real goals for the month of January, I still think I accomplished a lot of what I really wanted to achieve. By setting monthly goals I’m hoping to have even more focus and to achieve even greater things each month! Down with mediocrity! *picks up pitchfork*
*puts down pitchfork*
*picks up knitting*