๐ŸŒŸ 2023 Resolutions

I wanted a place to easily access, edit and share my ’23 resolutions that was also more front and center than an occasional post. So I decided to create this page, and add it to the menu. I’m going to do my best all year, so please wish me luck!

The original blog post that this page references can be viewed here.

Underneath each goal I’ll update with current status or progress. If it is blank, it is probably too early in the year and no progress has occurred yet, so please give me a little time. ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐ŸŽˆGet A Job ๐ŸŽˆ

๐Ÿข UPDATE 1: Started applying for jobs again on March 21st.
๐ŸŽ‰ UPDATE 2: I start the new job on March 27th!
๐Ÿ’€ UPDATE 3: CTS filed for bankruptcy, so I got laid off on June 24th. I decided to take a sabbatical until late September after the Alaska and Orlando trips.

๐ŸŽˆ Love My Toys Better ๐ŸŽˆ

There isn’t an easy way to track this goal, so I’ll write tidbits here and there, and post photos of special time spent with my toys.

๐Ÿงธ UPDATE 1: In mid-July, about half of my toys went into storage. This was done to clear space to remake my studio, but also to better enjoy the toys that are still out. Every six months or so, I plan to do a rotation.

๐ŸŽˆ Lose 20 Pounds ๐ŸŽˆ

As of July 12th, 2023 I am sitting at 127 lbs, meaning I’ve lost 8 lbs since I started at 135 lbs. My current goal is to get to 115 lbs by October 1st, 2023.

Chart last updated on 7/12/2023

A fully detailed and up-to-date version of my weight loss chart is HERE.

๐Ÿฅ• UPDATE 1: In mid-July, I reset my goal, which I've really struggled with (though I did lose a little weight). 

๐ŸŽˆ Finish 10 Video Games From My Backlog ๐ŸŽˆ

Name Of GameDate Finished
#1Pokรฉmon Violet1/14/2023
#2Pokรฉmon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX1/28/2023
#3Pokรฉmon Legends: Arceus4/25/2023
#4Grow: Song Of The Evertree

๐ŸŽˆ Build All The LEGO Sets In My Backlog ๐ŸŽˆ

Name Of SetDate Finished
#1LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street 213242/2/2023
#2LEGO Pirate Adventure Ride 50074272/9/2023
#3LEGO City Wildlife Rescue ATV 603003/15/2023
#4LEGO City Chicken Henhouse 603443/15/2023
#5LEGO Ray the Castaway 405663/20/2023
#6LEGO Creator Panda Bear 306413/20/2023
#7LEGO 41711 Friends Emma’s Art School4/13/2023
#8LEGO 31120 Creator 3-in-1 Medieval Castle5/19/2023
#9LEGO 30581 Tropical Parrot6/15/23
#10LEGO 30582 Birthday Bear6/15/23
#11LEGO 31132 Creator Viking Ship and the Midgard Serpent8/15/2023 (Approximate)
#12LEGO 21325 Ideas Medieval BlacksmithCurrently Building
#13LEGO 31109 Creator Pirate Ship
#14LEGO 10305 ICONS Lion Knights’ Castle

๐ŸŽˆ Complete 10 Puzzles ๐ŸŽˆ

๐ŸŒŸ ONE as of 7/26/2023! ๐ŸŒŸ

๐ŸŽˆ Read 24 Books ๐ŸŽˆ

๐Ÿ“š UPDATE 1: This goal has been thoroughly smashed as of 7/13, but I keep reading!
Name Of BookDate Finished
#1The Mouse And His Child by Russell Hoban1/1/2023
#2Kaya’s Story Collection by Janet Beeler Shaw1/5/2023
#3Jurassic Park/The Lost World (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions) by Michael Crichton
* Most of this book was read in 2022, but as it is a very large book (two volumes in one) a good amount of pages made it into 2023.
#4Raggedy Andy Stories: Introducing the Little Rag Brother of Raggedy Ann by Johnny Gruelle1/7/2023
#5Corazรณn: Diario De Un Niรฑo by Edmondo De Amicis1/16/2023
#6Stephen King’s It2/26/2023
#7Muppet Babies Omnibus by Marie Severin, Dean Yeagle, Jeff Butler,S tan Kay, Laura Hitchcock, Bill Prady, and Angel Decesare3/9/2023
#8The Last Days of the Dinosaurs by Riley Black3/15/2023
#9Cretaceous by Tadd Galusha3/15/2023
#10Jurassic by Ted Rechlin4/2/2023
#1150 Dinosaur Tales by Sabrina Ricci4/3/2023
#12Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker4/14/2023
#13Down a Sunny Dirt Road: An Autobiography by Jan Berenstain and Stan Berenstain4/19/2023
#14The Berenstain Bears’ Story Time Collection (Random House, 2020)4/21/2023
#15My Real Family By Emily Arnold McCully4/22/2023
#16The Do-Something Day By Joe Lasker4/23/2023
#17Little Chick’s Friend Duckling by Mary DeBall Kwitz and Bruce Degen4/24/2023
#18The Enchanted World: Wizards And Witches by Brendan Lehane5/18/23
#19Birds Do The Strangest Things by Leonora Hornblow5/26/23
#203 Minute Bedtime Stories by World Books5/26/23
#21All About Madeline – The Complete Tales by Ludwig Bemelmans5/30/23
#22Animals Do The Strangest Things by Leonora and Arthur Hornblow6/2/2023
#23The Adventures Of Snail At School by John Stadler6/2/2023
#24Winter Hut by Cynthia Jameson6/4/2023
#25Thomas The Tank Engine Story Collection by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry7/6/2023
#26A Forest World By Felix Salten7/7/2023
#27Mrs. Peter Rabbit by Thornton W. Burgess7/10/2023
#28The Smurfs And The Howlibird by Peyo and Gos7/11/2023
#29Buster Bear’s Twins by Thornton W. Burgess7/13/2023
#30Smile by Raina Telgemeier7/15/2023
#31Sisters by Raina Telgemeier7/15/2023
#32Masterpiece Comics by Robert Sikoryak7/16/2023
#33Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman7/16/2023
#34Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman7/18/2023
#35Guts by Raina Telgemeier7/19/2023
#36Bamboo Kingdom #1: Creatures of the Flood by Erin Hunter7/26/2023
#37Bamboo Kingdom #2: River of Secrets by Erin Hunter8/8/2023
#38Bamboo Kingdom #3: Journey to the Dragon Mountain by Erin Hunter8/13/2023
#39Bravelands #1: Broken Pride by Erin Hunter8/16/2023
#40Bravelands #2: Code Of Honor by Erin Hunter8/20/2023
#41Bravelands #3: Blood And Bone by Erin Hunter8/25/2023
#42Bravelands #4: Shifting Shadows by Erin Hunter8/25/23
#43Bravelands #5: The Spirit-Eaters by Erin Hunter8/27/2023
#44Bravelands #6: Oathkeeper by Erin Hunter8/30/2023
#45Child of the Wolves by Elizabeth Hall9/1/2023
#46All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor9/3/2023
#47Red Dove, Listen to the Wind by Sonia Antaki9/20/2023
#48Irish Folk & Fairy Tales (Edited by J.K. Jackson)Currently Reading
#49Bravelands: Curse of the Sandtongue #1: Shadows On The Mountain by Erin Hunter9/28/2023

๐ŸŽˆ Create 24 New Scrapbook Pages ๐ŸŽˆ

๐ŸŒŸ ten as of 7/20/2023! ๐ŸŒŸ

๐ŸŽˆ Color 12 Coloring Pages ๐ŸŽˆ

๐ŸŽˆ Write 500 Words A Day (Or 3,500 / Week) ๐ŸŽˆ

๐Ÿ““ UPDATE 1: Getting a job put a hard stop to this goal. Shortly after I was laid off, on 7/13, I began writing in earnest again.
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๐Ÿ“ผ Watch All The VHS Tapes In My Backlog ๐Ÿ“ผ

๐Ÿ“ผ UPDATE 1: On 7/13, this goal was revised. Rather than "a tape a month" the goal became to watch all that I have on my backlog.
๐Ÿ“บ TitleDate Watched
#1The Little Polar Bear
#2Ewoks: The Haunted Village
#3Britt Allcroft’s Magic Adventures of Mumfie: The Movie
#4The Berenstain Bears And The Wild Wild Honey (TV Teddy Collection)
#5The Berenstain Bears In Giant Bat Cave (TV Teddy Collection)
#6The Berenstain Bears: Not-So-Buried Treasure (TV Teddy Collection)
#7Cricket In Times Square (TV Teddy Collection)
#8Yankee Doodle Cricket (TV Teddy Collection)
#9The Railway Dragon (TV Teddy Collection)
#10The Tale Of Peter Rabbit (TV Teddy Collection)
#11Stanley, The Ugly Duckling (TV Teddy Collection)
#12Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Four Musketurtles (TV Teddy Collection)
#13Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Return Of The Turtleoid (TV Teddy Collection)

๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ Play These Board Games At Least Once ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐Ÿฐ Name Of Game๐Ÿ“… Date First Played๐ŸŒˆ Easy?๐ŸŒŸ Fun?
Bamboozled: The Bluffing Dice Game
Munchkin Wonderland
Munchkin Ducktales
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Pop Funkoverse Jurassic Park 101
Lion in My Way
Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger

๐ŸŽˆ Limit YouTube ๐ŸŽˆ

For the time being, I’ve removed the YouTube app from my phone and blocked YouTube so that it is only available to me on weekends.

๐Ÿ“บ UPDATE 1: As of January 7th, thanks to removing YouTube from my daily routine, I have been watching documentaries, listening to more podcasts, reading more, and gaming more. My brain overall feels like it's functioning better!
๐Ÿ“บ UPDATE 2: As of February 5th, I've actually started watching YouTube on weekends (even though I had it available, I'd been doing other things.) I found it more enjoyable than before, and also much easier to simply let it go at the end of the weekend and move on to less vapid content. ๐Ÿ˜
๐Ÿ“บ UPDATE 3: When I became employed, I decided to close commissions permanently. This meant I needed a way to turn off my brain as I worked through my queue of almost 40 pieces. So back to YouTube it was. The block was reinstated on 7/13, with a daily time limit of 30 minutes to allow for blog-and-research related stuff.

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