Café con Leslie: January Goals

Aside from my New Year's Resolutions that I shared with you last week, I also have a couple of goals that are specific to this first month of the year. Nothing big or drastical, just simple practical things that I want NEED to do around the house.

January Goals -

January Goals:
(in no particular order)

1. Take down and put away Christmas decorations here at home and at my suegro's house. Okay, this was at the top of my list and it's the first of my January goals that I've already accomplished. Yay for me!

2. Get back to my "normal" routine/schedule. December was a month full of celebrations, visiting in-laws, and family gatherings. Now that the holidays are over and the kiddies returned to school today, it is time to get back to our regularly scheduled routines. I don't know about you, but I function so much better when I have a set routine/schedule to follow. Mind you, my routines aren't set in stone and my schedule isn't very strict. But I do have certain time frames that I need to follow to get everything done. I've made a few tweaks to my routine/schedule this month because Hope is still on winter break for a few more weeks, and because I'm making a conscious effort to schedule time to accomplish some of my New Year's Resolutions (like blogging more regularly) and also some down time to just relax, watch a movie, play a board game with Hubby and the kiddies, or read a book.

3. Try out my new cleaning schedule. Along with the few adjustments I made to my daily routine, I've also made some changes to my cleaning schedule at home. For years I followed the FlyLady method of dividing my home into zones, tackling one zone per week. But that method just isn't working for me anymore. So this month I'm going to try something a little different. Instead of tackling one zone per week, I'm going to spend an hour every afternoon tackling one zone (room) per day, aside from my regular morning cleaning schedule. I just started this week and I'm already seeing a difference. We'll see how things go as the month progresses.

4. Find an easy and fail-proof way to back up my photos from 2014. I need to find a fail-proof method of backing up my photos. I can't tell you how many times I've lost tons of photos because my "back-up plan" failed. For instance last year I backed up 4 years of food photos from my food blog and from work to one of those flash drives. As long as it was in my possession, everything was fine and dandy. But the moment I lent that flash drive to one of the kiddies who desperately needed to borrow my flash drive to save an important homework assignment to take to school the next day because he lost his flash drive... Yeah, I never saw that flash drive again. I haven't completely recovered from losing so many pics, especially the ones I hadn't gotten around to sharing.  Anyway, this year I don't want to lose any of my pics so I need to find a way to store my pics, besides just storing them on my laptop, that won't get lost like flash drives and disc thingamajigs. Do I dare store them in "the cloud"? I'm open to suggestions.

5. Plan Jack's birthday party. Jack (my youngest) will be turning 10 at the end of the month. Usually we just have a small party with all of Hubby's siblings and their families to celebrate Jack's and my suegro's (father-in-law) birthdays. (They share the same birthday.) But this year Jack wants a big soccer themed birthday party at la presa (the reservoir). I've never planned or thrown a really big birthday party, so I'm a little nervous. (Make that a lot nervous.) But with the help of Hubby and my sis-in-law who lives here in town, I hope it turns out to be one of the happiest birthdays Jack's ever had.

Do you have any goals you want to accomplish this month?

New Year's Resolutions 2015...

The older I get the quicker time seems to fly by. It seems like just the other day that I sat down to write my resolutions for 2014, and now it's time once again to make another list of resolutions. As with every new year, my feelings about resolutions aren't the same as they were the year before. When writing out my resolutions for 2014 I was a lot more optimistic, hopeful, and full of exciting energy. This year??? I don't know how to explain how I'm feeling. I'm still very excited about what this new year has in store for us, and as usual I have a long list of ideas and things I want to accomplish in 2015. But my feelings about it all are slightly different than last year. Practical! That's the word I'm looking for. This year I'm taking a more practical approach to my new year's resolutions.

My Resolutions for 2015...
(in no particular order)

Read 52 books in 2015. I have loved to read for as long as I can remember, but because I get so caught up in the busy-ness of life I don't always make time to do it. I chose the number 52 because I figure I can easily read (I say that now) one book per week. But you'll notice I didn't actually say I'd read one book per week, because sometimes there are books that take me a lot longer than a week to read. In years past when I've set a goal of reading one book per week, I feel guilty and/or bad when I'm unable to finish reading certain books in that one week time frame. And it ends up being too much self-imposed pressure. So we'll just leave it at 52 books in one year. I'll try to remember to link to the book that I'm currently reading in the sidebar. And as always if you have any suggestions for books you think I might enjoy reading, let me know in the comments below.

De-clutter and organize every room in my house. Just like my trying to conquer the never-ending pile of laundry, this particular resolution is a constant battle. It's at the top of my lists of weekly and monthly goals, but it's also one of the goals that gets pushed to the back burner for whatever reason. This year I want to go through each nook and cranny of our house and get rid of the things we no longer use, and organize the things that are left in such a way that it works for our family so that things don't pile up on the kitchen counter or on the kids' desk. I'm far from reaching hoarder status, but I want to tackle things so they never get to that point.

Blog regularly and consistently (on both my blogs). This should be called "The Little Resolution That Could." Because every year I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. And dammit, one of these years I'm actually going to do it. So why not this year?! Blogging is the other resolution that gets pushed to the back burner, more so than the de-cluttering and organizing. But it's also the resolution that I can't stop thinking about, nor can I let it go. So this year I am determined will be the year that I get back to blogging (and writing) on a regular and consistent basis. I've set up a blog planner, I have a list of blog post ideas and recipes for each month, and I'm trying to figure out a blog posting schedule that's totally doable for me.

Write and send letters via snail mail. Once upon a time, a long, long time ago I used to be an avid letter writer. I'd mail letters that were at least 6 pages long to friends and family across the globe. There wasn't a holiday (including Groundhog's Day) that went by without me sending out cards to my nearest and dearest of friends. Of course this was before the age of email, social media, and text messages.  As much as I love hearing from my friends on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, I miss that special feeling of happiness and excitement of having a letter hand-delivered by the postman. So because I miss sitting down to write a letter to friends and family that live far away, and because I would love to recieve something in the mail beside bills, I am going to bring back the ancient art of letter writing.

And that's it. These are my four main resolutions that I'm going to make a conscious effort to work on throughout the year in addition to my monthly goals, which I'll continue to share here on the blog. Wish me luck and share your New Year's Resolutions in the comments.