It is just a trap, trap, trap!
But this year I am falling into the trap for 3 personal goals. Simply put - Increase, Decrease, Decrease. I thought I would share them here, because a public admission (and a public flogging if needed) might help compliance beyond 3 days! Ha!
Goals should be measurable. Pledging to be a happier person is a wonderful life attitude to seek out, but as a goal ... how do you measure improvement. My goals are measurable and I have a tracking system set up.
So here goes with the public pronouncement.
I need to Increase my activity. Man, I hate this goal. I have started it over many many times on this. But I keep trying. The past year was my couch potato year. I thought 2014 was miserable for me and 2015 was pretty much a loss as well. 2016 must be more active - mostly because this body I have must last me precisely another 38 years (more on that in goal #3) and at this rate it won't.
I need to Decrease the load my legs haul around each day. Simply put - lose weight. I hate this goal, too. It is so trite and so common and usually so unsuccessful. But my weight continues to creep up. Sitting on the couch in 2015 didn't help. I don't care if I "look younger," but I want to feel more energetic. And if I have another 38 years, it is a long time to feel this way.
Finally, this goal will make some of you smile. I need to Decrease my yarn stash. (the operative word is decrease.) I don't actually hate this goal. It is clear, however, that my yarn is secretly reproducing while my back is turned I could not possibly be guilty of contributing to this obsession! (I am going to have to answer to God at some point for all these lies! But for now, lying works.)
Here is where the '38 years' comes into play.
- About 5 years ago I did a yarn inventory, noting type and yardage on an excel spreadsheet. I owned about 140,000 yards of yarn. Using a typical measure of knitting up 5,000 yards a year - I could knit for another 28 years without ever buying yarn! I was appalled!! Embarrassed actually. I went on a yarn diet in that moment.
- A few years later I updated my inventory and I was bouncing about 170,000 total yards of yarn. Gads!!! Epic yarn diet failure!!! (That was when I decided that I should be buying only male or female yarn. No more mixing up the sexes. The yarn was showing no control!!) I could now knit for another 34 years without buying yarn. Unacceptable.
- This fall I updated my inventory - (and by now no one should be surprised) the total was up again. I now own about 191,000 yards of yarn - and this is with regular knitting and giving away yarn since the last inventory. Now everyone, all together ... how many years can I knit without buying yarn??? "38 years!" Correct! You all are so smart. :-)
Let's get real.
For the record
I will be buying yarn again!!
I have a love affair with the stuff.
It is a hobby that lights up my life.
I want my yarn stash numbers to decrease or at least stay the same. This goal will be the hardest one of all. Like all 'addicts,' I am reducing my yarn temptations. I stopped all knitting magazine subscriptions, I have 'unsubscribed' from all on line yarn vendors, and I am avoiding yarn stores. It is going to be tough, but my hobby should not take up one whole room in my house - and it does!
So welcome 2016!
The year of Increase, Decrease, Decrease!