2017 is Actually Here Now

I’m not an early adopter, so it took me until Chinese New Year to get fully into 2017. Maybe I didn’t believe it was real because I watched Pitbull’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve which is not how someone my age should close a meh year like 2016. Now that the Year of the Rooster started, I revisited failures and accomplishments of 2016 and goals ahead.

Failures of 2016: 2016 had a few letdowns but in good ways. Or at least I’ll spin them that way.

*Looks like my goal of blogging last year didn’t stay on track. That just means this year I’ll blow everyone’s expectations by ACTUALLY blogging! Win for me this year.

*After March 2016, I dropped my pyramid scheme, Zestive. Turns out, I’m not much of a pusher or a buyer in bulk, which disappoints a good pyramid scheme boss. But I do love a good boozy slushy which is what the pyramid scheme was based around so no regrets there!

*I started my book but did not finish it. Starting is half the battle, right? Also, National Write a Novel Month is in November. That’s when I have to travel for Thanksgiving and start making presents for Christmas. Not great for writing. Why not use March? March is a completely useless month. I can write through St. Paddy’s Day and be the better for it.

Wins for 2016

*Developed a morning routine where I got up at 5am consistently even on weekends and got writing and other fun things done before the toddler started making his demands. I was able to write 3 pages almost every morning I attempted. Now, I just have to be more productive with my writing.

*Got to Level 100 in Habitica with my team (see my post, http://unconventionalmuse.com/level-up-your-life/) . I crushed many habits I had been trying to do as an adult, like floss. Resulted in 6 months of every day flossing and a sticker from my dentist. Suck it, 2016.

*Had awesome zombie apocalypse party for my birthday. Feel better prepared and have chosen a team based on people’s performance at the party.

*Did not kill or maim anyone. Solid win.

Here’s my annual list of things I want to get done. Last year I got half my list done (see post here) then rolled over some things I still wanted to do.


1) Once a week, try a new hairstyle (update have mastered the sidebraid, Hunger Games style)

2) Declutter every room in the house

3) Have a baby (4 months in, still have a parasite)

4) Have a unique sprinkle for baby (because I love theme parties – I’m thinking knocked up prom)

5) Make soaps in fun molds (looking at you Darth Vader head)

6) Write something creative every day – hello future blog posts

7) Do my own National Write a Novel Month on a lazy month (March, you useless appendix of a month)

8) Start an etsy store/amazon handmade

9) Update and maintain my blog weekly

10) Make a will

11) Finish “Your Tax Dollars at Work”

12) Finish my online classes

13) Make a funny recipe book

14) Draw a comic

15) Make a painting

16) Make a gingerbread brothel house

17) Begin crafternoons again

18) Write a letter to Johnny for him to open later

19) Post 50 comments on blogs

20) Get business cards and a logo for Unconventional Muse

21) Do coupons at stores for a week

22) Do a 52 week craft challenge ( I smell blog posts!)

23) Do a self portrait

24) Have a pregnancy happy hour

25) Create a newsletter at work

26) Doodle something daily

27) Write and illustrate a children’s book

28) Clean 10 things I’ve never cleaned before

29) Go through an attic box once a month

30) Make a container planter

31) Make something with an old lightbulb

32) Finish creative workbook

33) Feed the birds again

34) Use 5 fabrics from my stash in a project

35) Play Sims again

36) Find 3 new podcasts I like and catch up on old ones

37) Make an old toy wreath

38) Use all my fitness equipment or get rid of it

39) Improve my time management

40) Get to pre baby weight again by the end of 2017

Stay tuned for an awesome 2017!

Get Excited 2016 with a Lipstick on a Dead Carp!

I’m always a sucker for a ball drop, possum drop or lipstick on a dead carp celebration for New Year’s (didn’t make this up http://blog.scout.me/13-unusual-alternatives-to-the-times-square-ball-drop/). It’s a time to start over, forget that crazy resolution you wanted last year of getting sexy enough for Magic Mike to quit his day job. This time it’s for reals. Those buns of steel will be YOURS!

Every year, my alternative to the vague general resolution of “I want to be a better person” is to write a list of about 40 things I want to accomplish this year. Some are specific and easy to do like “Go to a Farmer’s Market” while others are a habit like “Take a quality picture every day”. I have never completed the entire list but I always manage more than half of them. I try and keep the list somewhere I can see them every week or so and revisit them monthly to see how I’m doing.

The best part is crossing them off with red ink with a BOOM! and happy dance.

Here’s a couple from my list to help inspire any of you.

Deep Fry Something

I have a cute deep fryer. I have an onion blossom kit. I could be eating that right now! I have a donut maker…which I could then deep fry those suckers! Why is this not a regular part of my life?! Health wise, I’m just going to try for once this year. Any extra times will be bonus.

Make a Gingerbread House

This has been on my list of things to do for years. The holidays just suck up too much energy. Some time this winter I want to make a bad ass gingerbread house. And it will be bad ass.

Take an Artsy Fartsy Class

I see some classes online and in real life  that look interesting. Then I see something shiny. This year I’m going to take a damn class that sounds fun. None of those stupid sounding “How to mold fondant”. You taste terrible fondant, no one likes you.

Stop Being a Craft Hoarder and Do a Craft Project Once a Month

My name is Lisa and I’m a craft supplies hoarder. It’s a problem. Why do I need scraps of a fabric with half naked men in a halloween theme? I should probably use it for a 16th century tapestry, the only kind of tapestry there is in my opinion.halloween sexy fabric_picmonkeyed

There’s a random sampling. Stay tuned for completion of these said tasks and more. Also feel free to post your own in the comments. I’m always up for fine tuning my own resolutions. Or stealing better ones.