In a cruel twist of fate (thanks, 2016), I was sick my entire winter break. This means I didn’t accomplish everything on my to-do list.

I did:

  • Read four books.
  • Finish Jason’s stocking.
  • Sleep a lot.

I did not:

  • Visit any friends.
  • Call any friends or family (I lost my voice).
  • Set up my class space for Spring.
  • Start (or finish) making the tree skirt.
  • Work on my t-shirt quilt.
  • Actually make Christmas dinner.
  • Stay awake to see 2016 die in a ball of flames.

Sewing projects are difficult for me because they usually involve my mother’s sewing machine. It was one of her most prized possessions, the very first thing she bought on her own with her own money as an adult in the late 1970s. Not only do I barely know how to use it (or sew, for that matter), it’s emotionally difficult to use the thing. When I removed it from it’s case, I was surprised at how small it was. I remember it being so much bigger.

My mother's sewing machine
My mother’s sewing machine

So the fact that I was even able to get it out of the bag, clean it up, thread it, and use it to finish Jason’s stocking… that’s a big deal. I’m not that sad about the other things; I’ll get there.

I spent a good deal of time reading, which is a goal of mine for 2017. In 2016 I read a lousy six books (three of which were in the last two weeks of the year). I’ve joined the book club at work, and between that and the kindle app on my new iPad mini, I have plenty to read. And I will re-read American Gods to prepare for the television show. My goal for 2017 is to read 30 books.

2017 Reading Challenge

Amanda has
read 1 book toward
her goal of
30 books.


This year I will keep working on paying off debt. I also plan on working on my health; no specific timeline in mind, just to eat healthier, and sleep and exercise more. I’ve decked out my Passion Planner for 2017, ready to start the year, and even picked up some fun exercise themed stickers that might help motivate and plan.

Gold paint pen to differentiate this year’s planner from last year’s.
Monthly tabs made from little bits of washi tape
Motivation workout stickers

There’s something refreshing about the beginning of the new year, even if it is just an arbitrary time designated by our use of the Gregorian calendar. I find the energy spent renewing, and I look forward to what 2017 may bring.


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