Goals and Stuff.

Goals and Stuff.

I’ve been kind of light on the blogging lately. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, I don’t know how people find the time to blog daily when they do other things. Since I do a lot of other things, the blogging has been a lower priority.

So if blogging isn’t number one on my list right now, what is?

I hereby present to you The Goals and Stuff for Two-Thousand-Fourteeeeeeeeen!!!!!

1. Writing. Wait, what? But you said…? I know I said blogging isn’t a goal, but writing is. This isn’t to say blogging isn’t writing, of course it can be. I just mean I’m focusing my efforts elsewhere: the memoir. It’s getting done this year, people. I mean DONE. If you’re newer to this blog, I’m writing my story of growing up with an alcoholic father who was never around and life with my mother who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when I was 14 and died when I was 34. It’s a lot of ground to cover, some of it is pretty tough to write, but this story has been trying to burst out of me for years and I’m going to finally let it.

That means the blogging might be a little light at times. I don’t want to use all of the material for the book on the blog (I’ve done some of that, and if I ever get around to categorizing these posts you might even be able to find them!). And some days, after writing for the book, I’m tapped out. I also still have my yeah write gig, so that’s another different kind of writing that’s zapping my writing energy. I hope you understand.

2. Empty the house. I know, you think I’m kidding. I’m not. My goal is to empty this house of every single non-essential item. Obviously the people who live here will have have say and my non-essential is probably going to look different from your non-essential. But we have a lot of stuff and by the end of the year I want to have significantly less stuff.

It’s a purposely vague goal. I can’t say I will get rid of 1,000 things, or that I want certain rooms empty, or that for every one thing that comes in one thing will have to go out. What I can say is that my goal is to have what we need and no more. What we have will need to have it’s place and if there’s no physical place for it, it’s relative need will have to be examined. It’s not small undertaking, I assure you, but I do think it’s possible. My main targets at this point are my attic and basement. Both are filled with things set aside for a yard sale we’ve yet to have (it’s only been 3 years…) and at least a dozen bins and boxes are things of my moms that I need to sort through. So, yeah, it’s a lot.

3. Health. (Yes, I’m still on this one.) I still need to lose about 50 pounds. I still need to get into a regular exercise routine and make it stick. I still need to make eating well a daily thing. I still need to cut back on the caffeine and I still need to get more sleep. More about all that another time.

I have other things I’m working on, but those are the top three and they pretty much trump everything else right now. If I get where I need to be on any one of them, I’ll add something to the mix, but for now this feels like more than enough. I’ll keep you posted on my progress, I’ll still be here with some amusing anecdotes and I might even throw in a tear-jerker post every now and again. But if I steal away for a week or two, know that I just have my head buried in other things.

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15 Responses to “Goals and Stuff.”

  1. Shailaja V says:

    You’re an inspiration in your own way, you know that? Hugs and good luck for all three goals !

  2. Karen says:

    Each one of those goals could be consuming in and of itself. I can’t wait to read your book, and I’m excited for you to embrace your goals of health and minimizing stuff in your home. It sounds like 2014 is going to be a great year for you.

    • michellelongo says:

      They really are full time goals, but there was no way I could put any of them of to focus on the other. I’m trying to make small steps towards each every day and when time permits makes some major dents. I am going to make the most of this year, that’s for sure!

  3. aishasoasis says:

    How do you stay organized? I’m impressed with the the range of your goals!

    • michellelongo says:

      I should probably make getting organized one of my goals 😉 With a full time job and a family, it’s hard to find time to do anything. But if I keep making excuses instead of just jumping in, I’m never going to get anything done!

  4. Three goals are PLENTY. Especially given the energy it takes to tackle them.

    Good for you…and good luck!

    Looking forward to hearing about your progress.

    • michellelongo says:

      Thanks Rochelle! I am a bit of an overachiever and then I end up not meeting goals because I take on too much. So these three – because they are so different – feel like they’ll work well together. Thanks for the kind words!

  5. Natalie DeYoung says:

    Okay, first of all, I can’t wait to read your memoir. Secondly, I got rid of a garbage bag of clothes last week and totally thought of you (it felt reeeeally good). Third, I need to spend more time on my other writing. I have a regular blogging routine (twice a week, three times if I’m super with-it), and sometimes I wish I could let it go more to focus on my book. I might take a queue from you. Finally, I too need to get the weight situation under control. Not strictly for vanity’s sake, but because I want to feel healthy again…

    • michellelongo says:

      You are so sweet. How awesome does it feel to get rid of stuff! I pitched 3 grocery bags of paperwork (I know it’s insane to have that much in the first place) and I feel so much lighter! Trying to keep up blogging with the yeah write and the book is just too much. I will still do all three, I just have to think about what’s most important. And if I’m blogging without something to say (not saying you do that), then what’s the point. And the weight – yes, there’s some vanity to it because I look like hell these days, but it’s really about my health. I feel like hell all the time. It’s time to stop the cycle of sedentary living and bad eating. Good luck with your goals and I can’t wait to see your book done too!

  6. jenbrunett says:

    I would love to read your memoir, too! And turning the house upside needs to be on my priority list as well. oye.

    • michellelongo says:

      Thanks Jen. Hopefully with some focus you’ll be reading that memoir soon! Good luck with your house turning. It’s not easy, but so rewarding!

  7. Lots and lots of luck. I can’t wait to read your memoir. Also, I’m with you on the getting rid of stuff. I should have done it when we moved last year, but I got lazy so all the stuff I hated having around in our apartment is now cluttering up my house, and I loathe it.

  8. outlawmama says:

    I too cannot wait to read your book. I love it when you check in about these goals. It helps and entertains me.

  9. Stacie says:

    These are time consuming goals for a working mom! But YOU CAN DO IT, and they will all make you feel good, so well worth making them a priority. Your blog buddies will all be here, whenever you have the time.

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