Now that Christmas is over with, I can recoup. I've been working for about a week non-stop preparing and making rounds to friends and family. It's been a whirlwind! The get-togethers were fun. The prep work, rarely so. I'm really not good at wrapping things or writing letters. If it looks nicely wrapped, chances are, I didn't do it! :P All in all, it's been a great Christmas. And I'm once again covered in cats.
This year, I've been feeling... claustrophobic, the past two weeks. I've decided that I have far too much stuff, and it's time to not have so much. It's hard to do this, since I sell kimono, pagan supplies, and jewellery out of this apartment shared with DH and five cats. But I think I'm going to sell the last of the kimono items that I don't wear and then only buy for myself, try to attend more craft shows to sell the jewellery off for charity, and find a way to store the pagan shop supplies in a less intrusive way. So far, I've successfully sold off two boxes of clothes and books, and I intend to go through the closet and my things again to destash more.
I will find Azrael and Dante a forever home that can care for them. They are sweethearts! I've had them for most of their lives, but I can't keep five cats in one apartment, and those two are in the best mental condition to handle a new home. They love *everyone*. Even the vet!
I will find more time to volunteer this year. Community betterment is a big issue for me. I want to find more ways to help locally! This might further tie in with selling off the jewellery, as it usually has. I typically give 10%-30% of proceeds to local animal shelters, and donate a few times a year to The Spring of Tampa Bay.
Get a corner bookshelf. >D That one's been on the list for a year, now! But this year, I'm going to make it happen! Now I need a place to put it... I need to replace the furniture we have with functional furniture, more vertical than horizontal, for this small space. If I had one proper entertainment stand for our small TV, we wouldn't need two DVD cases! One good desk with drawers could replace the filing boxes and our current desk, plus I could clear out the office supply drawer and put something else in there.
I will keep up with BebeTaian more frequently! I've been sidetracked by two jobs this year, but next year...
I will get a better job. One that doesn't pay $4.31 an hour. One that actually *pays our bills*, without me being constantly stressed over making ends meet and keeping the electricity on. It WILL happen! I'm already looking! I will schedule time daily to apply for jobs until this happens. I will continue working 2-3 jobs if I must to do it. I do not tire. I do not care. I do not quit. I will get what I want!