Last year I set forth on a quest, a journey, a mission: that for which I am destined. I conquered a few things last year, like the back yard. In 2023, I’m on a different quest.
It’s been tricky to narrow down what missions I want to make public. So in 2023 there are a few public goals, a few more secret goals, and some other odds and ends like a word for the year.
On to the 2023 missions!
Move More Sit Less
I took it easy in May. Some days I didn’t even hit 3,000 steps in one day. I finished the Paris Conqueror Virtual Challenges and just started the London challenge.
- Yearly Goal: 320 miles (nearly double the original goal of 175 miles.)
- Total walked this year: 216 miles.
- Trees planted through Conqueror this year: 5.
All Things Writing
Last year I finished the first draft of a novel. This year I want to finish the second draft. I also enjoyed posting twice a month here, so let’s see if I can meet or exceed that one in 2023.
- I wrote several posts in May: Mission update for May, all about walking in the NYC Tartan Week parade, all the other things I did in NYC, and My Top 10 Bay City Roller songs.
- I published another newsletter in May – yeah me!
Finish All The Projects
If you’ve owned a home, you know that the list of projects never ends. And to be honest, I don’t think I’ll finish ALL of the projects. But this year, I’d like to knock a few of those things that I’ve been thinking about for a long time right off the list.
This part of the mission is more about consistently making an effort to do the things…all the things…even the little things like take that pile of things to the thrift store or break down the boxes and put them in the car and haul them off to the recycling center.
- Projects? What projects? It’s time to buy all the things for gardening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- And once those garden things are bought, you have to do things with them! Which counts as projects, right?
I don’t know what the next secret thing will be but boy, it’s already been an awesome year, right?
- In April I was in New York City and marched in the New York City Tartan Week parade with a huge group of Bay City Roller fans.
- In May I was a guest DJ on Dedication: Fans Remember The Bay City Rollers.
- Oh! Oh my! There’s already a super secret thing scheduled for next year. (And if you already KNOW what it is, please don’t give it away in the comments.)
Year In Books
This year I’m a Bookshop affiliate. Bookshop actively supports local, independent bookstores and has even given more than 80% of their profit margin to independent bookstores. I even have my own store on Bookshop!
I’m making an effort to buy some books from Bookshop, and others from Sleepy Dog Books, my local independent bookstore.
(Disclosure: All of the links to books are Bookshop.org affiliate links. If you click through the link and finalize a purchase, I earn a commission.)
Here’s what I read in February and March:
- Bluebird by Sharon Cameron
- The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson
- A Coup of Tea (Tea Princess Chronicles #1) by Casey Blair
- The Library of the Dead (Edinburgh Nights #1 by T.L. Huchu
Word of the Year
Action is the word of the year. I want to accomplish, do, go, make things happen.
As I went through the process of thinking about my mission for the year, the one thing that I kept returning to was: what was life like before the internet? Do more of that!
I am so failing with this that it’s kind of funny. The internet is soooooo pervasive in my life. I can remember life before the internet, but it’s hard to remember to “do more” of life before the internet when there is internet. It’s like the chicken and the egg, the chicken and the egg!
Quote of the Month
Did you know there is a collection of thought-provoking quotes up at the top of the blog? Once that page displays and you’ve absorbed the words, click “Next Quote” to see another and another and another.
If the seeds
in the dark earth
can turn into such beautiful flowers,
what can the heart
of a woman become
in her long journey
to the stars?Renee Locks
Tell me how your “missions” are going this year. Read any good books lately?