With 2011 drawing to a close, it feels appropriate to look back at the year and see what there is to be…seen.
So. How about a few superlatives?
Most Liberating Month: January. The month of purging- I got rid of 5 things per day. Lots of stuff went to Goodwill. Even more than Goodwill donations, however, were the things like library books, dishes that friends had left at our apartment, or random things that belonged in the shed but had somehow ended up in our living room. I didn’t realize how much space we were donating in our little apartment to these kinds of items until I took a month to get rid of them, return them, or put them in their proper place.
Our most common dumping area was our bedroom, since it was the only room in the apartment that we kept closed off (usually), so it just became this room of assorted piles “to be dealt with someday”. Someday was in January, and it felt awesome.
Here is a post about how I stayed focused in the midst of all of the mess and little things, and here is a post that shows just a few of the things that I got rid of during January.
Most Defeating Month: March. The month in which I UNSUCCESSFULLY tried to curb my internet usage to 60 minutes per day. It was a dismal failure. Yes, I did accomplish a few things that I may not have otherwise (see this and this) but…that might be all. I had no idea I was so addicted. Bleh.
Most Indecisive Month: May. The month of being facebook-free. I realized my addiction, my perpetual refreshing of the page, and decided it had to stop. I alternated between missing the announcements about new babies and new jobs (what happened to good old-fashioned email announcements, people?) and feeling totally liberated of the compulsion to check.
I still remember talking to my friend Megan about being off facebook (I just hopped off my account for a month- she canceled hers altogether) and I told her I sometimes thought in status updates. Let me repeat that: I THOUGHT IN STATUS UPDATES. Here is a post about the withdrawal symptoms.
Month I Am Most Likely to Continue to Keep Up With: June. The month of going to bed by 10:30 and getting up by 6:30. Months later, and I am still a 6:30′ish riser. My kids wake up at varying times, so sometimes this gives me 30 minutes of a head-start on them and sometimes it gives me two hours (bless those days). But any head-start just feels like a nice way to start the day. Breakfast is frequently the only meal I give my undivided attention to, because I am not sharing that mealtime with a preschooler and a toddler. I like the quiet and not starting my day in reaction mode. Here is a brief post on what I liked about getting good sleep and here is when sleep was alluding me.
Wow, I am old. Only old people wake up at 6:30 on purpose. Huh.
I learned a lot that month about how to really prepare myself for rest (turning off my laptop well before I am trying to sleep, for example) and how getting adequate sleep makes a pretty big difference in my days. For example, my need for mid-day snacks (especially sweet ones) really decreased because I wasn’t relying on the sugar to boost my energy. Also- melatonin. Love that stuff. Available at your natural food store. I use it periodically when my mind is racing and I need help quieting down.
Most Popular Post: This one. A few tips for how to add clutter to your life. As the title says, I cannot take credit for these ideas. Totally lifted it off another blogger. But darn funny.
First Runner-Up Most Popular Post: This one. About me and my beloved three year old Chicken Little. I don’t know- I guess this strikes a chord with preschool parents everywhere.
Most Commented Posts: This one and this one. The former is about beans (definitely worth the read!) and the latter is about saving money on groceries and fighting over a can of beans (no joke). Beans- they really inspire people to comment. Also this one about moving.
Lamest Month for Goals: December. Because I did jack-squat all month in terms of goals.
I’m deciding now if I will continue with goals and blogging for the next year. I think I’ll keep writing because I enjoy it, but I don’t have much inspiration for another year of goals. I could really see repeating a few from last year, and I have gotten some good ideas from friends about new things to try. I don’t, however, have the long list like I did at this time last year of things I want to try. And would people really want to read another months’ worth of writing about 5 more things I got rid of? The expired medicines? The trash can lids?
With all that being said, I am taking any and all suggestions for goals for next year. I need a little more oomph before I roll into 2012.