2019

I’ve been doing this for 3 years now and never completed a full year. Even when I don’t complete a year it feels good to check things off a list that I probably never would have never done had I not forced myself to do them.

Hindsight is 20/20…

Going to complete this year’s list!! Do one with me. Just think of 365 things you want to do this year and make the best of it! Even if you just do 30 of them, it’s more than you would have done without the list.

January 22nd: Make Homemade Cleaners

Back to some essential oil fun! And back to saving the earth. As the year goes on you will begin to see my efforts to cut out toxic chemicals, unneeded products and items that clutter my life. January has kicked off pretty nicely.

1. I have been spending the month purging items from my house, one day at a time. My January 1st item was purge one item from my house a day. I have fallen a little behind on this but plan on spending all morning tomorrow doing a large purge… even the small purges I have made have already made a difference.

2. January 15th challenged me to not use any plastic waste for a week. It has been challenging, mainly because when you get togo food or buy things at the store most things automatically come with unneeded plastic products. I am working on continuing this and think I can make it through the whole year concentrating on it. Even if I just minimize what I am using, that has to have an effect.

3. So back to the essential oils. January 8th was all about making my own essential oil blend. This was so I could produce something that I would use as a pain reliever without using toxic or unknown ingredient pills.

Today, I make my own house cleaner, and man, there are a TON of recipes out there and every variety of cleaner you can think of.

There is a great website One Essential Community that has a great list of different cleaners with a minimal, clean ingredients. Eventually, I would like to make them all – 8 DIY Cleaning Recipes with Lemon – but today I am just starting with the:

Mold & Mildew Cleaner

To make: to a spray bottle add 1 cup white vinegar, 15 drops lemon essential oil, and 15 drops melaleuca essential oil.

To use: shake to combine, spray on surface to be cleaned, wipe with microfiber cloth, spray again with cleaner and allow to air dry.

AND

All-Purpose Cleaner (great for counters)

To make: to a spray bottle add ΒΌ cup white vinegar, 1 Β½ cups distilled water, and 25 drops lemon essential oil.

To use: shake to combine, spray on surface, and wipe clean

So here are the ingredients:

Here’s the All Purpose Cleaner:

And the Mold & Mildew:

I also found this other great site, Back Door Survival, that had a list of the 8 Best Essential Oils for Disinfecting. I will have to use some of these the next time I make some.

Happy clean, cleaning!

January 21st: Make New Business Cards

About a month ago I decided I wanted to start my own company. It has been a process that has been in my mind for over a decade. Over the past ten years I have had jobs but always tried to keep my photography and graphic design going. Recently I have put myself out there more for graphic jobs and have snagged a few. I need these cards to push that forward. People ask me often about services and I always write my name and number down… always seemed unprofessional.

So I made these today (super simple design from VistaPrint) and ordered them!

I should have them in hand by the beginning of February. I cannot wait to start passing them out and hopefully drum up more business. Eventually, I will make my design but just wanted to keep it simple for now.

January 20th: Be Lazy

This is my favorite! πŸ˜‚πŸ€—πŸ˜‚ Doesn’t that new couch in my living room look so inviting… and oh how it was.

I did absolutely nothing today and it was glorious. I have to admit in my mind I feel useless and so very unproductive, when I really have a million things to do. But I just did not feel like it today and sometimes it is just as important to make yourself be lazy as it is to make yourself productive. So that was today. I did nothing and that is a thing. πŸ˜‰

January 16th: Watch a New TV Series

It is the time of year when all kinds of new shows are coming out. I kind of try and find one once a year that catches my eye.

With all the different ways to watch shows and binge whole seasons I think it is intriguing to start a season from the beginning, when there are no spoilers and no one else has seen it either.

I heard about “The Passage” so thought I would give it a try… because, well hey, it has Zack Morris (shameful Saved by the Bell reference).

When just looking it up to find a picture to use as my photo I came across the book trilogy, so maybe it will drive me to read that too.

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… πŸ˜‚ 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!