hello, 2019

If you’ve been around a while, you probably know that I’m not afraid of making resolutions and intentions and I dive headfirst into a good goal-list so here we are; a new year, a new list.

For me, the best part of list-making is that I know I will not achieve everything but if I write it down or say it, it’s more likely to happen.

10 things I want to work on (but may not) in 2019

  1. Swimming: Once I’m in the water, I’m happy as a clam but mygawd it’s hard to get in. I know the benefits, I have a membership to a pool, my kid swims three days a week… I have no excuses.
  2. Self-acceptance: I’m going to get into this later but it’s something I need to work on. I have ideas, I just need the confidence to believe that I am capable.
  3. Barre: I fell in love with barre classes a few years ago but haven’t done it in ages. I should. I will. My aching body will thank me.
  4. Photography: I am planning to take some time this year to learn more skills (lighting, styling, etc.) It’s been an intention for a few years but I need to stop thinking about it and start doing it. (see #2)
  5. Entertaining: Who says it has to be fancy and involve several courses? I love having people over but it doesn’t happen enough. I’m thinking games nights or simple gatherings. Murder Mystery anyone?
  6. Hooking or pottery: Two somewhat newish things I discovered that brought me joy. I am not planning to hook 1000 pillows or become a professional potter but I need to focus on stuff like this.
  7. Cooking: I don’t love cooking because I want to be good at it, and I am not. I want to get more comfortable in the kitchen.
  8. Personal projects, like a website or whatever this space is: The woes of any self-employed person is they never put the time into their own projects. I need to organize my days better for this.
  9. Reading: I’m already pretty decent at this, I read a lot and I listen to a lot of audiobooks but I want to make it more of a priority.
  10. Gratitude: I have a lot of things to be grateful for but sometimes it’s hard to not dwell on the hardships. I need to remind myself of the good stuff. Make simple things more fun!

No pressure, but 2019 is kind of a big deal. It’s the end of a decade, the end of my thirties and I am approaching my #fortybeforeforty deadline with a long list of items to tackle so why not add more and make it fun!

Have a happy new year, make it a good one.

(image) all gifs from Giphy

fallish intentions

10 things I intend to do this season

  1. Finish The Office: I am on S5:E5, so I feel good about completing this one.
  2. Finish my office: The plan was to have my new office space ready for September which did not happen. I’m now aiming for Christmas – gas fireplace and all!
  3. Learn to enjoy red wine again: I took a break from it over the summer after a poor decision (don’t buy cheap American wine, don’t get the flu)
  4. But also… Complete the Whole 30 #Whole30November: I am building a team. We can do this. Who’s in?
  5. Bangs, do it! Why not? How bad can it be?
  6. Get back into daily planking: Fun fact, side planking is good for scoliosis. I have a rod so I don’t think it matters but, I am sure planking has other benefits.
  7. Design print and distribute my calendars before mid-December: Another summer goal that got bumped. Question, should I repeat the Hello theme but with new imagery?
  8. Make use of my Canada Games Centre membership and SWIM! Seriously, David is in the pool three days a week… I need to take advantage of this time.
  9. Pottery, photography, and paint: I have already started my 10-week pottery class and have made a few fun things including a deformed cat dish for my non-existent cat. There’s an online photography course I’d like to enroll in and painting is part of my office update.
  10. Choose a fall uniform: See photo above.

Tell me your goals.

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feeling forty?

It is coming. Not this year (or next) but I think I should start preparing.

How so? A list, obviously! My 36 before 36 was a lot of fun (and successful) so I am working on forty before forty and am looking for ideas! Please offer some good ones!

For now, here’s a peak of what I have come up with so far:

  1. Take piano lessons (I quit after one year – both of my sisters are beautiful players and I’ve come to regret dropping out).
  2. See Hawaii – it has been my dream to take David to Hawaii for his 10th birthday since the day he was born. I will be less than 2 months away from my 40th when he turns 10 so the timing will be tight but I am sure Mike can make this happen.
  3. Make some pottery – take a class.
  4. Visit all of the National Parks in Atlantic Canada. There are 10, I’ve seen 5 (can you go to Sable Island?)
  5. Get a tattoo. Hah! Where the heck did that come from?
  6. Make a move. Not sure if it will be career or school or a move to the country but I like the idea.
  7. Sail away – even if it’s just around the Armdale.
  8. WALLPAPER my itty bitty bathroom.
  9. Bangs. Try them out.
  10. Rent a cottage with some lady-friends for +2 nights and drink way too much wine.

I have more… some less selfish (volunteer), some way more selfish (run faster) which I will share soon.

In the meantime, Piano. Push. Play. for your enjoyment.

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100 reasons why summer is the best

Lets do this. Back by popular demand: Summer! And what’s summer without my 100 days of summer to-do wish list? The rules are simple and I welcome all of you to join in with your own list – it started this (long) weekend and ends on September 30. Get what you can get done because summer is here for a short time so it is best to make it a good time.

This year’s list. Many are pick-ups from last year because why rock the boat when the boat was awesome?

  1. go on a sail boat**
  2. watch an outdoor movie**
  3. play corn hole**
  4. see Shakespeare by the Sea**
  5. fly a kite**
  6. play sandbar soccer*
  7. drive in a convertible* (Larry promised he’d take me out this summer)
  8. try rock climbing* (Kristin said she’s go with me)
  9. drink a road rocket “kidding” *
  10. ride a slip & slide*
  11. visit magic mountain*
    NOTE: the above 11 items are * 2015 not completed **2014/2015 not completed. Third time a charm?
  12. swim in a lake
  13. swim in the ocean
  14. swim in the Wallace River
  15. make homemade ice cream
  16. hike Cape Chignecto
  17. visit Victoria Park and climb Jacob’s Ladder
  18. sunrise at the beach
  19. sunset at the beach
  20. find a waterfall (Amanda’s idea)
  21. go to a country fair (Amanda’s idea)
  22. ride shot gun in a car driven by Amanda to either item 21 or 22!
  23. learn photography… for reals
  24. make sweet tea
  25. have a lunch date
  26. have a brunch date
  27. have a post-work beer date at the Stillwell beer garden
  28. go to a wedding
  29. bike a trail
  30. hike a trail
  31. run a trail
  32. attend a festival
  33. send a postcard
  34. send a parcel
  35. ride a train
  36. ride a ferry
  37. ride a bike (with David) to bike and bean
  38. run to bike and bean
  39. do a pull-up (just one)
  40. go strawberry picking
  41. make strawberry jam
  42. train for a marathon
  43. sleep in a tent
  44. make campfire Kraft Dinner (must remember to bring a pot)
  45. go for a run and jump in the water right after
  46. have a party (or two)
  47. attend a party
  48. watch the movie The Man In The Moon
  49. watch the movie My Girl
  50. watch all of the Star Wars movies with David (in order of release dates)
  51. make a batch of beets
  52. have ice cream for supper
  53. buy a fern
  54. get a pedicure
  55. eat on an outdoor patio
  56. drink on an outdoor patio
  57. play croquette
  58. play washer toss
  59. night swim
  60. have a bbq at least once a week
  61. go two 5 different farmer’s markets
  62. drink my morning coffee outside
  63. have a water balloon fight
  64. accidentally get a sunburn
  65. picnic at the ocean
  66. picnic at Public Gardens
  67. make iced coffee
  68. make lemonade
  69. watch Lemonade
  70. run in 5 races
  71. plant herbs
  72. run the golf shore loop (again)
  73. go to the 2016 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championship in Dartmouth
  74. cheer for a friend
  75. have fresh flowers in the house always
  76. make rhubarb pie
  77. stand up paddle board
  78. kayak down the river
  79. tube down the river
  80. hang out on the Halifax waterfront
  81. go to the Tattoo
  82. build a sand castle
  83. buy a summer dress
  84. hear bag pipes
  85. watch a parade
  86. dance
  87. watch fireworks
  88. play hooky
  89. read a magazine outside
  90. buy a pineapple
  91. get crafty
  92. eat from a food truck
  93. only use the clothesline
  94. go to the Shore Club (I’ve never been!)
  95. visit a cottage
  96. drink beer from a cooler
  97. get muddy
  98. get sandy
  99. go to a yard sale
  100. mow the lawn

You can see last year’s list here and the results here and 2014’s list here and the results here – I have repeated a lot of items because they’re too much fun not to not do! ScoutsHonorPaper_GreatSummerCard from here

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sweet sixteen

Did you make any resolutions? I’ve been hearing a lot of “I stopped making resolutions because it just leads to disappointment and failure” … isn’t that the point? To improve. Be mindful. I think resolutions are good for you. Yes I signed up for a gym membership and yes I will be very disappointed in myself if I don’t go but I’d rather set big expectations and goals than predict failure from day one. So call them resolutions or intentions … or better yet, things I plan to work on this year – from little to big goals – from daily tasks to year-long adventures … here are mine:

Another Year, Another List : two thousand and sixteen new year intentions

  1. Try something new and out of my comfort zone. Last year it was kickboxing. I really want to try rock climing or sailing.
  2. Start family chat (text) lines. With nieces and nephews in England and New York, it’s easy to loose track of what everyone is up to. What’s Joel’s favourite subject? What team does Evan play for? Does Celeste still like Chocolate? Is Margaret excited for big-kids school? What’s Sam’s favourite Paw Patrol dog? I want to become the aunt who knows where they are, who they’re with and what they’re doing. I may not be in my family’s faces physically but virtually I am right here.
  3. Write it down. I’m pretty good at this but not great. I need to rely on my day planner more and when I want to reach goals – make note of them so I don’t forget. Also, create a digital communication calendar for Mike and I… we tend to have no clue what we’re up to.
  4. Host a social gathering once a month. Last year we had a few great Friday Night Pizza Nights and a Taco Party and then we ended 2015 with a brunch. I love having people over. I am going to try and host 12 parties this year.
  5. Salad over fries and drink more water (this is Mike’s resolution which I am joining in on) but I’ll add to this with no potato chips and no pop which is not too hard for me. I only eat chips if they’re in front of me and I dislike pop.
  6. Learn and love to use my real camera more. Invest in equipment that will make me feel more like a pro.
  7. Buy an alarm clock and stop playing on my phone before I fall asleep or as soon as I wake up.
  8. Network. I am truly the worst self-employed person ever.
  9. The basement. Deal with it. Clean it out. Finish it. Spoiler: Mike is building a laundry room to hopefully help with this problem space.
  10. Visit a new place. TRAVEL!
  11. Ask David. Ask Mike. I am a good planner. So good that I tend to plan things because no one else does, then just tell them and get annoyed that I am always the one making plans. Mike says this is why he never makes plans. I am going to start making them make plans.
  12. Send more mail. Thank you notes, postcards, letters and a few packages tied up with string… filled with my favourite things.
  13. Donate 16 bags of stuff (i.e. purge). Organize spaces and places. I was staying at a friend’s and she has a container specifically for bandaids. It was so smart. We have one closet in our house and it’s a mess. I need to be better at this.
  14. Go to the movies. I love going to the movies but don’t go enough.
  15. Swim. Wallpaper. What’s a Meghan list without adding these two consistent fails?
  16. Pick-up from 2015: Have a plan… make plans. Stay on top of things, stay on top of seeing friends. Go places. Always have a training plan. If they don’t call you. Call them. If they don’t make plans, make them yourself!

Your turn, please let me know what your goals for the year are.

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As for last year, how did I do? Well I know one thing I did not do was ‘eliminate and add something each month’, which is why #3 on this year’s list is write it down. 

Here is a look back at my 10-UP Resolution List for 2015 :

  1. Exercise: Train for another half or full marathon?? Try new classes?? It was a great year of trying to stay healthy and happy – some great team events (Cabot Trail, Rum Runners) another Bluenose half and the Chicago Marathon. I think I’ll aim for a few more races in 2016 but besides running, I am loving all of the nights at Cyclone with the girls!
  2. Join a group: Right now I am thinking of joining Centre for Women in BusinessAnyone want to join with me? I did not join a group but I joined a second committee (Bare All For The Barre). Maybe 2016 will be the year I join a group. 
  3. Cook more / experiment more. We are in a food rut so I got this book for Mike. I am also going to get back into writing out a meal planning calendar. It works for us when we actually stick to it. I’d say yesish to this one. I am trying new things in the kitchen (like cinnamon rolls) but we still don’t write things down or experiment enough. I can say however some of my new favourite recipes were discovered last year! 
  4. Pizza nights will start! Details to come. We did do this and had a great time. I totally recommend hosting parties with a loose-ended theme.
  5. Keep up with the blogging. Or quit blogging. Figure out if this is all worth it. I’m still here so obviously I did not quit. I have had a fun year of writing and am loving a lot of the positive feedback and comments lately. Always looking for ideas to write about.
  6. Travel. Family fun in the sun. Maybe a ski trip? Florida, Sunday River Maine, Chicago. We like the USA.
  7. Swim. Haha I say this but am already doubtful. Nope. Not in a pool.
  8. Cut back on online shopping / impulsive spending. Paypal is not always a pal. I can thank the sad state of the Canadian dollar for my success. This Christmas was the first time my sister has returned from the States without a collection of online purchases made by me. 
  9. Read more decent stuff, less facebooking and way less iPhoning. I have really enjoyed my Friday Meanwhile Elsewhere posts – it has forced me to read more articles and stories and I spend very little time on Facebook these days.
  10. Have a plan… make plans. Stay on top of things, stay on top of seeing friends. Go places. Always have a training plan. If they don’t call you. Call them. If they don’t make plans, make them yourself! I am proud of this one – I am by no means a social butterfly but I made a big effort in 2015 to do stuff with friends. When we renovated our house a few years ago I made a point to have a space that was good for entertaining so I’ve been trying to make good on my word.

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Number six on my list for 2016 is learn and love to use my real camera more … I have already started working on this project with Shannon and am excited to share more pictures and plans with you in the year ahead. Speaking of the year, here is my 2016 Calendar. Hot off the press and cutting board. I still have a few to deliver.

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