17 Before 2017

The idea of this is something that’s been around for a few years – I honestly have no idea when it started or who even started it – but it seems to come out of the woodwork around this time of year. I’ve managed to catch on early this year, or at least earlier than I might usually, so I actually stand a chance of getting these done!

I’m not going to hold myself to account if I don’t get all 17 items ticked off the list. These are things to aim towards, that range from sewing, to household tasks, to personal affairs and some gaming. It’s not a failing if I don’t get them done, it’d just be nice to be able to tick off these before the new year starts ­čÖé

Writing up the list in my bullet journal makes it feel official!

  1. Clear out wardrobe
    This is a 2 parter really. I have lots of old clothes I barely wear any more, for various reasons, and it’s about time I sorted through them and sent them to a charity shop. But I also have a habit of dumping stuff in the back of my wardrobe, mostly shoes and cosplay bits, which could definitely also do with a clear out.
  2. Completely sort spare room
    Our spare room is also my sewing/cosplay room. It’s a difficult balance to maintain, because the room is quite small and most of the space is taken up by a double bed. Every time we have someone to stay, I make sure it’s as tidy as possible (not always that possible), but I’d really love to have it tidy and clean 100% of the year round. Where all of the sewing and cosplay stuff has a place to live, that definitely isn’t the floor, and is all sort of ‘hidden’ away.
  3. Get WordPress up and running
    My blog is currently hosted on Blogger, but I’d like to make a switch to WordPress next year, in order to expand the customisation I can do here. This task is mostly about committing to spending the money on a WordPress plan and making the most of it. I may yet decide to leave this for another year, we’ll see how the next task goes!
  4. Stick to a blog schedule
    Life gets busy and I find it hard to find the time to post up new blogs. Really, the only thing holding me back is taking photos to accompany the text! As of writing this, I currently have 19 drafts in various stages of doneness, but I know at least 3 of them are just waiting for photos. The aim is to have 1 post a week (currently on a Saturday), but I won’t give myself a hard time if that slips now and then!
  5. Sew new clothesI have a stack of patterns that I’ve bought or aquired over the years most of which I still haven’t sewn up. If #1 goes well, I’ll be able to replace some of those clothes with things I actually like wearing. I’m not a big fan of clothes shopping, because I find it hard to find stuff I actually like or stuff that fits, so I’d really like to get into the habit of making my own clothes more often.
  6. Use up fabric stash
    Leading on, somewhat directly from the previous, I have a large(ish) fabric stash that is currently sitting unused. The majority of it is left over from previous cosplays but I inevitably always find myself needing to buy new fabric for my next cosplay. So I need to use it up, hopefully on some clothes for me!
  7. Complete Unity course
    I bought a Unity course on Udemy a few months ago, and though I’ve dabbled with it, I haven’t got very far. I’m not aiming to become a games designer or programmer, but I do have a couple of game ideas that I’d like to work on in my spare time.
  8. Finish FFXIV questline (up to 3.4)
    It took me a year to finish the 2.0 storyline (but that beast is lengthy), then it took about 6 months for me to reach 3.0, which I am currently on. I often get distracted by crafting or other classes, so if I try to make a push with my White Mage, I’m sure to make it to the end of 3.4 (which came out this week), by the end of the year. It helps that the 3.x patch storylines are considerably shorter!
  9. Open an Etsy shop
    This is something I’m a little scared of doing, but I’d like to see how it goes. One day, I’d love to be sewing fulltime as a job, and opening an Etsy store is just one step towards that. I need to plan some good makes and see if I can get my name out there a little. Which does mean I need to come up with a good store name, it’s not as simple as you think!
  10. Stick to a chores scheduleI am pretty good with getting my chores done, but they do sometimes get left for a week longer than they should. Really, all need to do is sit down and make a list of everything I need to do on a regular basis (washing, cleaning the bathroom etc.) and then assign days and stick to it. Simple!
  11. Use exercise bike regularly
    I bought an exercise bike last month in an effort to get a bit fitter and to lose some weight. Though I was pretty good in the first 2 weeks or so, after that I was quite ill and couldn’t really use it. I think half an hour 3 times a week is an acceptable aim. This should probably go on the list I need to make above.
  12. Complete a Duolingo course
    This one isn’t particularly high on the priority list, but at the beginning of the year I was doing pretty well with the French course and then I stopped for a couple of days (for some reason) and never managed to start up again. I also started the German one, because I’m going to Germany in February for the FFXIV Fan Fest. So I’d like to finish either one, or at least make a good start again at doing it every day.
  13. Get wedding photos printed
    It’s over a year after the wedding and we still┬áhaven’t got any wedding photos printed, aside from a photobook I created last year! The photobook is great and is basically our wedding photo album, but we got several frames as presents and I’d like to be able to fill them with single photos from the day. I also have a large frame that’s made up of individual frames which I’ve had for years, that I’d like to fill with a range of wedding photos. We just need to find some time to sit down and chose our favourites.
  14. Handmake (some) Christmas presents
    Frankly, this is something I want to do every year, but usually think of it far too late. I don’t know how many presents I’ll be able to make this year (hence to ‘some’), but hopefully this is early enough to start thinking that I will be able to get some made!
  15. Grow nice nails
    I often struggle with my nails and go through periods where they’re really not very strong and seem to stay permanently short. Somehow magically, I managed to grow them nicely for the wedding. Since then? Not so nice and I think I need to give them a bit of help towards growing strong and staying long.
  16. Watch more anime
    Usually it feels like I’m spending so much of my time making cosplay that I don’t have time to watch anime any more. I have a backlog of half watched series or things I want to start, nevermind the new ones that come out every season. I need to get back on watch them, hopefully whilst on the exercise bike!
  17. Finish in progress games
    Basically, I spend too much of my gaming time playing Final Fantasy XIV. I need to give other games a go (whilst I still want to catch up with the quest in XIV, we’ll see how that goes). On the list of games I’ve started and need to finish are: Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XIII (sensing a theme?), Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (a Christmas present last year) and Little Big Planet 3 (on loan from someone at work, so I should really make it a priority!)
    Not to mention the pile of games I haven’t even started yet, for now, I want to concentrate on finishing the started ones.
At the end of the year or the beginning of the next, I’ll update you with what I was able to get done. Here’s hoping it’s all 17 of them!