Welcome to 2017

It doesn’t feel that different. But, the week between holidays has been a good week to take stock of how the year went and what I’d like to do in the next one.

And I’ll be honest, one of the things I’ve wondered about is whether I want to keep up this blog. I have limited time decision-making power, and there are a few writing projects that I’ve got burning right now, and this blog? Well, it just hasn’t been making the cut. Which is why you didn’t see me around here in December.

But, I like using this format as a way to see what I’ve been doing and where I’ve been improving. I like some public accountability (at least to the three people who read this on a regular basis). So I want to take the pressure off. In 2017, my goal is to write 2 blog posts a month: one at the beginning and one in the middle, just to see how I’m doing with whatever I’m doing. That’s it. I’m dialing it back to see how it feels.

Speaking of dialing it back, I am an inveterate resolution maker. I love resolutions. I’ve already made an uncountable number of resolutions for 2017, but the first one is the most important one: nothing new in January.

Yep. That’s my first resolution, my first experiment of 2017: do nothing. No new fitness program. No new healthy eating. No new writing resolutions. Nope. Just get through January doing what I’m doing and taking care of myself. Am I already planning to cheat? Maybe. Doing nothing is hard when the whole world seems to be embarking on some new project or aspiration!

I’ll still be checking in financially here too (oh yeah, those goals aren’t going away). Here’s how 2016 stacked up:

Total Income:   $28,985
Total Expense: $26,770
Difference:           $2,215

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