Several readers have been asking for me to share my goals again on the blog, something I have stopped doing.
I even said recently that I didn’t plan to share goals again.
And then I began to reflect on my goals for 2024, and I realized, there is plenty to share.
I want to get back to doing things I haven’t done for some time, including sewing, painting, and calligraphy. I want to continue my language study; I have long admired the abilities of my polyglot friends who speak four+ languages, and three months ago I started learning a third language: Urdu. At some point I hope to add a fourth and maybe a fifth language, but right now, one at a time.
I have many garden goals as well.
Some of these goals have been on my past years’ goals and I still haven’t found time for them (sewing curtains for my bedroom, ahem). But I will try again this year and see what I can do.
Complete the Constance Spry rose watercolor course my son bought for me for Christmas from Anna Mason Art. It’s 54 pages of instruction and it’s very detailed. I haven’t painted like this in decades and I am excited to paint again.
Complete the Modern Calligraphy book that I purchased for myself several years ago. This is a different style from my favorite Spencarian and Copperplate styles.
Sew curtains and sheers for my bedroom windows.
Sew a curtian for a bathroom window.
Sew a skirt for myself using a skirt I have as a pattern.
Sew the pillow that I embroidered a front for for my bed several years ago.
Sew at least three small 1950’s style purses for myself.
Sew some baby gifts for a friend who is expecting this spring.
I have the fabric for all of these projects, save the lining for the curtains.
Make at least one necklace and a pair of earrings for myself using supplies I have on hand.
Remake two bracelets that broke.
Language learning goals:
Complete two lessons a day on the app I am using (Ling). I have a little over three months left in my subscription. Then I will evaluate if I will renew my subscription to it or not, depending on how far I have gotten.
Listen to AT LEAST one YouTube video AND one audio language learning book (from the library via the Hoopla app) per week. Once I have gone through all of the library books, I will aim for two YouTube videos a week. I may also repeat the books to repeat my vocabulary learning.
Read two blog posts a week from the Innovative Language Learning blog for my target language.
Watch short videos and comedy clips in my target language on Instagram daily. I also follow several language learning accounts on Instagram for my target language.
Listen to music in my target language several days a week.
Our library has a free Rosetta Stone subscription. I signed up for it and I just need to figure out how to access it. I will then add this in to my language study as well.
Watch and learn a video making course that I purchased months ago.
Take new photos for the house, order prints, and hang them in frames that I already have.
Buy and hang new light fixtures in two bathrooms.
Paint at least one room.
Try two new recipes a month.
Weight losss goals:
Lose 25 pounds. I was 4 pounds from my goal weight after having baby number 8 and again after baby number 9, but I ate a lot of cookies and ice cream during Covid. I would like to fit into the new clothes I bought for myself after my two youngest were born, ideally before the summer heat. I am returning to calorie counting and tracking. I lost weight before doing this and I have tried without tracking it (with no progress and then gaining more), so I will be counting again since this worked for me. No, I do not plan on doing lots of exercise other than gardening. I have exercise-induced asthma and also I have a great loathing for sneakers and workout clothing 😂 If I could go dancing every week in heels that would be more my style. But also–I am on my feet almost all day from very early in the morning, and gardening burns quite a few calories.
Take cuttings and start new hedge plants to surround the garden beds in the backyard.
Try air layering roses to make new roses from the ones I have. I ordered these air layering containers and some mychrorrizal fungi to start these along with peat moss and worm castings that I bought locally.
Move a couple of roses in the garden to different spots.
Plant new trees. I had some trees die and I will be planting other trees in their place. I also will be planting some trees in large pots that I bought on clearance last year. A friend of mine started a Shangri-La mulberry and a White Marseilles fig for me (the one he gave me last year that I shared on Instagram died). I am planting the mulberry in the ground and the fig in a pot. These will be tiny plants no more than a few inches tall to start this year.
Tie my climbing roses to the arbors.
Prune and spray my roses.
Prune and spray my fruit trees.
Fertilize my fruit trees and roses more often than I have been.
Redo the lower garden bed in my front yard by the street. I want to amend the soil and plant some nee plants there.
What are you goals for 2024?