I know things have been quiet around here. It’s not because I haven’t been writing. I have. A lot. I’ve just been doing it in a more tangible way on more personal topics. With a pen. And paper.  In a journal. Sometimes you just need the physical act of writing.

Today is my birthday.  I am 37.  If you would have told me at 18 that this is what my life would look like at 37, I would have smacked you and run away screaming but I’m generally happy – just a few areas that need some tweaking.  I’d also like to point out that 18 year old me didn’t know much about life (or being generally happy for that matter) so what she thinks isn’t all that important.

So what am I hoping to accomplish this year?  A lot.  Because while I’m grateful to be turning 37, I’m in a bit of a whirl about it.  It just feels so old.   Not old, old.   Just the acknowledgment that this life  isn’t unlimited and so I need to take care of myself mentally and physically and pursue the things that make me happiest old.

Which lead me to making a list of the things I want to accomplish before 38.

Make. Everyday. Whether that is working on a knitting project, creating artwork with my kids, sewing a pillow cover, cooking a new recipe. Something with my hands every day.

Establish Routines. Wake time.  Bedtime.  Housework.  Errands.  Find a rhythm that works.

Focus on health.  Mental and physical.  Eat more vegetables.  Stay active.  Get to Mass with my family.  Exercise.  Write.

Purge & Organize.  Know what is important and take care of it.  “Let of the things that no longer serve you”. Create space.  Acquire things that will be used up and loved.

I think it’s going to be a very busy year.  And a very good year.

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  • Happy Birthday, Kate 🙂

    I think your list is fantastic, and the phrase "know what is important and take care of it" really applies to pretty much everything in life, doesn't it? Wishing you all the best for a happy and healthy and productive year 🙂

  • So glad to hear it was a lovely day 🙂

    Our family visit went really well – thank you for asking! The vegetarian meal (enchiladas from Oh She Glows) was a tremendous hit (both of my omnivore brothers-in-law said they loved them and didn't even miss the meat that would normally be in a dish like that)(and my sister-in-law told me afterwards that the next time they choose a recipe from that book (which they own as well) they would make it as directed and NOT feel the need to add hamburger!). And then my sister-in-law lent a hand in the kitchen with the salmon (which was the other supper eaten at our house), so I think everyone was happy with the food 🙂

    • I'm so glad! I love the Oh She Glows cookbook. My husband (who is a HUGE carnivore) even enjoys our Meatless Mondays when I use that one!

  • Happy birthday! For years and years, my grandma told me that she was 39–even when my dad was only a few years from that age himself. She said she always felt that was the best age to be. I'm not sure if that's true (if there is any best age), but I think later-30's is a pretty good time. You know some things, you're likely healthy, and you've still (probably) got lots of time ahead to make changes. Enjoy! Celebrate! Savor!