This year I made a list of 21 tasks that I want to start AND finish in 2021. I wouldn’t really call them resolutions, because I personally believe that resolutions are about personal growth – but that’s just me; the dictionary definition is simply “a firm decision to do or not to do something.”
Task. Resolution. Potato. Po-tah-toe.
Meanwhile you may notice that my first two 21 in 2021 posts feature handwritten lists in a Rocketbook. Since the last update I printed myself a custom list on TerraSlate (a waterproof paper that is a delight if you have a laser printer), so the following image is a scan of my custom page.
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Since 21 in 2021, 0/21, I have only done five little things – but not ticked any of the 21 tasks entirely. TINY PROGRESS IS STILL PROGRESS!
Here’s the full list again:
- Donate textiles @H&M
- Curate coffee mugs
- Upgrade shallow bowls
- Donate to Free Little Pantries, local ◻︎☒◻︎◻︎◻︎◻︎☒◻︎
- Clean out cosmetics
- Clean out spices
- Clear out rolling racks ◻︎◻︎◻︎
- Finish pie dish repair
- Return to Amazon’s Top 1,000 Reviewers
- Hang more art (prints, tapestries)
- Practice digital drawing more
- Make space for Glowforge
- Treadmill 10 minutes ◻︎◻︎◻︎◻︎◻︎
- Treadmill 20 minutes ◻︎◻︎◻︎◻︎◻︎
- Treadmill 30 minutes ◻︎◻︎◻︎◻︎◻︎
- Donate textiles @H&M
- Curate travel mugs, H2O bottles
- ThredUP bag, outbound
- Internet yoga ☒◻︎◻︎◻︎◻︎
- Internet yoga ◻︎◻︎◻︎◻︎◻︎
- Write five new evergreens ☒☒◻︎◻︎◻︎
Changes since last update
Task #4 is now 2/8 complete – only six more pantries to go.
Task #19 is 1/5 complete – I like Yoga with Adriene, it’s on Amazon Prime Video.
Task #21 is 2/5 complete – since last update I wrote Five Favorites on Steak Night and Public Note; re: vitamin patches.
And I am making progress on task #9; my reviewer ranking has increased from 8,3_ _ to 6,4_ _.
I think my tasks are pretty self-explanatory, but for the sake of clarity I’ll break down tasks as this year goes on. Today I’m going to talk about numbers five through eight.
- #5 Clean out cosmetics
- Situation: You know how I stopped wearing makeup a few years ago? Well, I still have a lot of makeup for some reason. The good thing is that I haven’t been buying more makeup – just more moisturizers, serums, and potions.
- Plan: Last year and the year before I wore makeup twice; once each year – just for our holiday photo. So that’s one compact that’s two years old…everything else like the tubes of concealer that just didn’t match, or the even more rarely used mascaras and eyeliners just need an escort to a trash bin.
- #6 Clean out spices
- Situation: We cook a lot, and I like cuisines from around the world…so we have a little bit of everything. Our sizable pantry is realistically one quarter spices, and I know that a lot of spices and blends have expired since we last moved.
- Plan: I can probably start by setting aside everything that DID move with us from Alabama but haven’t been used in Arkansas. Even though we really do have allspice to zatar, we don’t use them all because I really only cook one meal a day, not all meals are flavor explosions. At least I can recycle all of the jars!
- #7 Clear out rolling racks
- Situation: We have three rolling racks from IKEA, all full of miscellaneous objects. When we lived in Kansas the racks were full of sewing machines and craft paraphernalia. In Alabama they were the auxiliary spice cabinet because we had more spices than space. And now in Arkansas they have become junk drawers on wheels. This is only an issue because the random objects are easily within toddler reach.
- Plan: I just need to find places for the things. The few books can move to a bookcase, the hanging glass globes will need homes, and the glass vases can…find a new life at Goodwill? I used to keep most of the glass on the mantel, but we changed the display for this house.
- #8 Finish pie dish repair
- Situation: I bought some IKEA serving ware, but one of the dishes was damaged in transit. I thought it would be perfect to work on during my many Zoom and FaceTime calls this pandemic, but I only worked on it once (enough to determine that I needed a slower-drying epoxy).
- Plan: Tell the dish that it did bring joy for 40 minutes, but that I don’t have time to repair a sub-$10 dish. I have other projects that will provide more value, and I already have what I need to get the job done (like removing the shoulder pads out of a hot pink leather jacket – I just need to dust off my seam ripper and get to it). This task (#8) will be “completed” by Wednesday next week because I will place it in my trash cart and sanitation will pick it up and remove that burden.
That’s all for today! I’ll be back when I have made some progress. See you soon!