January 15th: Produce No Plastic Waste for a Week

This is important! And I truly wish I could set it as a goal for the whole year but I know how nearly impossible that could be. Not to say I will not try but if I can go a week maybe I can keep the ball rolling.

I found this article expressing 7 Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste. I think one of the most important ones is reduce use of single use plastic products. Straws, water bottles, bags… the list is far too abundant.

I cut straws out over a year ago. It infuriates me when I automatically get one now in a restaurant. I definitely recycle every chance I get but this week will be all about not using any disposable plastic.

If any of you out there in blogger land can make this happen to it is significant what each of us can do. Do it!

January 14th: Train for Sprint Triathlon

Let’s do this!

I did a Sprint Tri a couple years ago during a time I was really into races. I completed a a bunch of 5ks, a half marathon and a sprint triathlon. Since that Sprint I have not completed a single race and have gained quite a bit of weight.

I just agreed with my friend, Beth, who I did the first Sprint with that we are going to do another one this coming September!

So here we go. I am going to start this 8 Week Sprint Triathlon Training Plan today! Best part is… Monday, the 1st Day is Rest Day, so I already did it… 😂 But tomorrow we go full force!

I plan on doing the 8 week training plan three times before race day. First time: easy and just biking endurance. Second time: increase speed. Third time: get ready for race!

Any suggestions, tips or motivations will be greatly appreciated!

January 13th: Read an Entire Newspaper

Reading an entire newspaper is exhausting! And I am at a slight fork in the road how I feel about this.

It has literally been years, maybe over a decade since I read any part of a newspaper. Do not get me wrong, I read and watch the news. But obviously, I assume, nearly every person knows and understands that printed newspapers are nearly obsolete.(I had to ask the woman at the store how to ring in the newspaper at the self-checkout, and she said, “how to ring in WHAT?” 😂)

It is no secret that the internet provided an immediacy to news and television broadcasts provide an ease. But after reading the paper today I have to say I found it somewhat refreshing (even though, as I said in my opener exhausting).

As I read each article I felt the sense that I knew the information or had at least heard snippets of the information on the internet or on tv, yet, the articles went into so much more detail, had more cohesive information and felt more intricately descriptive in theme.

However, if I think about the stories the paper is dated upon its release. Obviously, that is one of the debates that people bring up when they think of the extinction of printed news. But I think I have to fight for it. I think it is important to still print. I think it is important to still investigate and bring more details to stories that are too quickly being released online without the journalism of the past. I believe I could go on for a whole dissertation about this topic and the issue of fake news but I will not digress into politics.

Really I just want to say, this was a good experience. I think it is always important to stay up to date with news but with this experience I think it is important to just take a moment to do something in a way you thought maybe was not as important anymore. I am not buying stock in printed news or anything but I think it’s worth it to use its reliability to gather information. Maybe I will just start buying the Sunday paper and spend the week reviewing it.

January 12th: Hang Curtains in Living Room

If I keep up all these home projects my house might just look like a home.

One of my biggest things since moving in has been not having a curtain in the front of my house. I actually completed this task a while ago but forgot to check it off my list, so today, I will lazily mark this one off.

I will say, it is ridiculously hard to pick out curtains. There are probably 16 million different options. I am simple and like rustic, so I went with this cheap but cute style.

I like it because of its simplicity but multi-fictionality.

January 11th: Make Hot Chocolate from Scratch

I have gotten a little backed up on posting but it does not mean I have not been actively checking things off my list. I suppose one task I should add to the list is keep my blog up to date. So I suppose today I will aim to make that happen and back date my postings.

So Friday, January 11th seemed like the perfect day to make some homemade hot chocolate! We had six inches of snow in Denver! Although much of it did not stick because it was so warm out, it still felt like a great day for some cocoa!

I found this super simple recipe online: Best Hot Chocolate from Scratch and went for it!

Gathered ingredients:

Started by heating whole milk and sugar:

Melted down the chocolate in the microwave:

Mixed it in once the milk started to slightly simmer:

Added a touch of vanilla. And boom- Hot chocolate!

It was decadent. And so easy! Definitely a great thing to do on a cold, winter day!

January 6th: Say No

This might sound like a simple thing but when I added it to the list I meant for it to be a way of taking a stand.

In the instance of what I did today- I was asked to work a shift for someone. I always say yes, probably because I am a workaholic. But also because most of the time I will put other people’s time above mine. But today I said NO!

I plan to take a stand and say no more often when I want to, even if I have a sense of guilt about it.

January 5th: Build Shelves in my Kitchen

I love DIY projects, especially since I bought my house. Many blah posts over the last couple years often show that.

When I first moved in I knew I would be making a lot of changes. The kitchen at the front of my mind.

This is what it looked like when I first moved in.

I quickly moved my refrigerator, took down some of the cabinets and painted the remaining ones. This quickly showed that I needed some more storage areas.

I found these shelves on Etsy

But all the ones I found were either too small or far too expensive.

So I decided I could make them myself!

I contacted a friend who I Jew had an abundance of reclaimed wood, found piping online at Essential Hardware and went to work.

This is what the kitchen has become. It is amazing how some colorful paint and a cheap DIY project can transform a space.

I am pleased with it. But will always continue changing things up. I already have changed how the shelves are organized to make them look a little more decorative.

I have a few more to put on another wall but am having problems attaching them because of the type of material the wall is made out of. Hopefully a project for another day.