I am contemplating setting myself 15 challenges for 2015. What I've come up with so far is as follows:-
1). £50 February. Set the grocery budget for February at £50 and stick to it. Since we have a well stocked fridge and freezer, I've decided leftovers don't count in the reckoning of the £50 but anything else taken from the larder or freezer does count towards the total spend.
2). January is for finishing UFO's/WIPs. Excluding the current pair of socks that I'm knitting, I have five unfinished knitting/crochet projects. Two just need sewing up. Time to get them completed.
3). Lose 15lb in 2015. I am short-ish and have a small frame (at my thinnest, my under bust measurement was 32 inches). Any extra weight makes me look far fatter than my dress size since it all goes on my bust and waist. I'll use the free myfitnesspal.com app on my phone to track my progress and my calories. My starting point will be whatever I weigh on Monday 5th January, the day after we get back from Miami.
4). The 2015 fitness challenge: I need to exercise both to build muscles and raise my fitness level from slug to something better than couch potato. I'm contemplating something big, like a half marathon, but right now my challenge will be to work my way through the Couch to 5K app on my phone and run 5k by Easter. I turn 50 in 2015 - I do not want to be fat, flabby and unfit when I enter the next decade of my life.
5). The Feed Me challenge. Can we feed ourselves out of the garden? Probably not. Can we grow enough veg to have at least one forming part of dinner per meal from June to October? Probably. I am certainly going to try.
6) The 2015 Knit From Stash challenge. I have enough yarn in my stash to survive the entire six years of World War 2 without buying any more (except, possibly for sock yarn). I won't commit to that but I should be able to get through one year without buying yarn. Two provisos: if one of my friends/colleagues has a baby and I've run out of suitable yarn, I will buy some. And, if you give me yarn, I will happily accept it.
7). Another Fashion on the Ration challenge. Well, why not? I survived the one I did in 2013. 66 coupons here I come.
8) Learn French to the point where I can sustain a conversation in the market at Port Bais next time we go there. I want to buy fish and shellfish from the fishmonger but, right now, I can't ask questions about his catch. We'll be in Normandy at the start of December 2015. That gives me 11 months.
9) To throw a fabulous 50th birthday party. The date is set for Saturday 1st August and the venue is booked.
10) To read and finish 15 books in 2015. I managed less than 10 in 2014, so this will be a challenge. And, yes, that is "read" not "listen to". Some of you will be spluttering with shock right now (yes, Sis), but since I started commuting by car, I rarely get the chance to read anything. I've gone from 3 novels a week to virtually nothing. My reading time is limited to the odd trip into London for work, flights and nights in hotels for work when I'm not traveling with colleagues.
11) To move into the back bedroom. This gets on the challenge list because I've been talking about it for at least a year. The move involves flooring the loft (so that the items stored in the back room get moved up there), building a set of built-in wardrobes and general decorating.
12) The wardrobe challenge. This is dependent on challenge 11. I have to sort out my clothes, get rid of worn out items and work out what I want to keep. It isn't that I have too many clothes, but I currently have almost no storage - 3 drawers and a 1 foot wide functioning hanging space - so a lot of things get dumped in the corner, while my work clothes get hung over the door.
13) To either make something of my new role at work or get a new job. As you know, I am not happy with what has happened. If I am still unhappy in April, I will be job hunting.
14) To blog 26 times in 2015. This year, my blog entries have been few and far between. Next year, I will do better.
15). To write that book. I've dabbled with writing for years, starting with the novel I began writing in high school. This is more likely to be a cookbook than fiction, however.
What will you challenge yourself to in 2015?
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.