To-do list for 2013 & no ice-cream…

Ice cream free in 2013 - Hello Little House

2013 to-do list

I’ve never considered myself a goal-setter until about 2 years ago when I realised that I always end up with some kind of to-do list for the year ahead.  I don’t call them goals because they’re not particularly life changing, but just a few bits and pieces I’d like to accomplish during the year.

For example, in 2011 I wanted to invest in a few shares and pick up a casual job (both of which I did) and in 2012 I wanted to finalise our wills and start a blog (done & done).  There were a few more on the list, but you get the idea.  While they’re not big goals, I’ve since come to realise that having a yearly list is rather helpful at keeping me on track.

So here’s the list for 2013.  This isn’t all of my to-do’s, but a few I’m happy to share…

1. Participate in 31 day challenge during October
This challenge was exhausting in 2012, but it was also equally rewarding.  I already have my ‘31 days’ topic in mind!

2. Complete a 15km charity walk
A certain friend of mine will confirm my reluctance to include this one, but I’ve made the commitment to walk for charity in March.  I had better start warming up…

3. Build an income source for Hello Little House
This is a tough one.  There are a few different directions I can take but I want to be very thoughtful and cautious about the path I choose.  I don’t want to compromise what Hello Little House represents, however an income source (however small) would be a valued contribution to our one-income household.

4. Complete an 8 week / 60 day health challenge from 1 January
Watch out!  I’ll be launching this challenge in the next day or so.

5. Complete a photography course
I have wanted to do this for a very long time.  I have a fantastic DSLR camera that I don’t know how to use off ‘auto mode’ and every time I press the shutter I feel like I’m doing it a disservice.  I’ve tried to read the books but I really want to learn with a professional.

6 & 7. Sorry!  But I’m keeping those a secret…


McDonalds free 2012, now what?

Along with my yearly to-do list, my husband and I always set ourselves a challenge for the year.  For example, 2012 was McDonalds free.  That’s right – not a sip, not a finger-lick, nada.  I must say that I didn’t find this particularly challenging as I’m not a huge fan of McDonalds anyway, but there was one cold, Winters night that I was craving a cup of tea but had to shiver through it because the only option was McDonalds.  There was also a 2 hour play date at McDonalds that really tested my resolve, but like I said – not a sip, not a finger-lick, nada.

Thinking about a trip to McDonalds in the New Year I realised that the one thing I was most looking forward to was their soft-serve.  The rest I can go without, but I do love a soft-serve.  Which leads me to my next challenge…

No ice-cream in 2013

Can I go a whole year without ice-cream?  No scoop of vanilla with sprinkles at night, no chocolate Paddle Pops in Summer, no Bubble-O-Bills, not even my favourite Turkish Delight Sundae with Raspberry Coulis?

Am I completely mental you ask?  Possibly.  But I’ll give it a go.

Discussing this challenge with my husband, there were a few clarifications required.  Such as, is sorbet considered an ice-cream?  I decided that the term ‘ice-cream’ means hard or soft dairy based ice-creams and will exclude dairy-free fruit sorbets.  A woman’s got to have a little something to look forward to in life after all!  But if I’m going to have sorbet it has to be homemade, not store bought.

So that’s what I’m planning for the year ahead.  Phew!  What about you?  Goals or no goals?

Don’t forget I’ll be launching my 60 day challenge ready for the New Year, so stay tuned!

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