1) make Hands Occupied (HO) more personal (starting with this list!) 2) work with more innovative craft materials 3) find a Chicago-based doctor Â 4) loose weight & eat healthier in general 5) stop showering daily 6) install mobile & iPad themes on HO; improve its menu structure 7) grow a successful vegetable garden 8 ) make more large-scale projects 9) learn to take better photographs for Hands Occupied 10)learn to take even better photographs for HO/take a photography class 11) try to exercise 3 times a week 12) get a logo for Hands Occupied 13) finish library school
14) start learning Spanish
15) learn woodworking basics
16) start sewing clothes, not just costumes
17) read more for relaxation 18) improve posture 19) find a yoga class and regularly attend 20) get sponsors for HO
21) start getting & staying a month ahead with HO
22) submit more features to other blogs & feature other bloggers more
23) develop a HO email newsletter
24) stop biting nails! 25) make more Chicago friends
Some of the goals I have the most success with, despite my personal skepticism about being able to accomplish them, are weight loss, stopping nail biting, exercising, and growing a vegetable garden. As I write this, I’ve lost almost 20 pounds since December. Losing weight is one of those things that I have tried here and there, but really wasn’t able to create significant success with until recently. Over the years, I’ve tried veganism, avoiding carbs, and a few other things. The Weight Watchers system has been working really well to this point. The next step of the process will be losing the last couple pounds I’d like to loose, and then I’ll have to learn how to maintain it.
Another goal I finally had to get to the point of extreme frustration with was nail biting. As I’ve said in past posts, I tried painting my nails every day, using super glue as a top coat, and I even paid to get fake nails put on. None of those really worked for me, until recently. The acrylic nails started popping off suddenly just 8 days after I got them put on, so I finally made the conscious choice to keep my hands out of my mouth. I still paint my nails every day, but whenever I feel the urge to put my hands in my mouth, I do something else. I flick my nails, and if the urge persists, I ball my hands into a fist. When I hit a wall with trying to stop biting my nails, I read the book The Power of Habit of Chharles Duhigg. There’s a section of the book explicitly about nail biting, and transferring the habit into another behavior is the best way to change it. It’s working for me so far, knock on wood! The last successful goal I’d like to share before resuming birthday fun is my successful vegetable garden – it really is thriving! I’m still pretty amazed at what I’ve been able to accomplish in my 24th year.