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17 things on my ‘to do’ list in 2017

December 6, 2016
17 things on my to do list for 2017

Well we are moving into 2017 and it will also be a big number birthday for me. If you read my blog last year, you would know that I’ve changed my mind about New Year Resolutions and I don’t make them anymore. If you want to know why I don’t think they are important just click here on the link. Why you should forget New Year Resolutions


So to 2017, can you believe it?

17-things on my to do list

This year I’ve decided to make a list of all the things I would like to do in 2017. Some are new things to try, others are things that I want to do more regularly and others are just because. I also decided to make a list because I’m a list girl and I love ticking off when I’ve completed something.

We get so caught up in day-to-day life, even when we are retired. I don’t know how many times I’ve thought – ‘how did I fit all this in and work full-time as well?’

Making a list of things that are not day-to-day but things I actually want to do will help me to make sure that my life has a lovely balance.

Balance was my word for 2016 but unfortunately, I struggled with trying to find it. So in 2017 I’ll be taking a different approach.

Here are my 17 things on my ‘to do’ list in 2017 – in no particular order by the way.

1. Gardening – I’ve always been a ‘brown thumb’ so I’d love to discover my ‘green thumb’ this year. Even if I can keep a potted plant alive I’ll be happy.

2. Photography – I’m usually the one that just points and clicks but I’m hoping to improve my photography skills and ‘styling’.

3. Regular Massages – I recently had a massage and it was heaven. With all the exercise I do my poor body takes a beating sometimes. So a regular massage will give my body some love.

4. Yoga Retreat – The Saturday Sisters and I are planning a day of Yoga and Meditation at a Yoga Retreat to revitalise ourselves.

5. Quality time with my darling – 2016 was a difficult year with the death of my father-in-law and caring for my 90 year old mother-in-law. There wasn’t much time to spend with my darling. In 2017 I’ll be working on spendng more quality time with him.

6. Fun Runs – Each year at our Christmas breakfast the Saturday Sisters plan our runs for the next year. This keeps us motivated to keep up our running and work towards some goals.

7. Travel – I love to travel and we have not been able to for a couple of years. 2017 will be a year to plan a holiday.

8. New Recipe each week – cooking can become tiresome and boring so I’m going to pep it up a little and try a new recipe each week.

9. Health & Lifestyle Plan – making a lifestyle plan to keep fit and healthy in mind, body and soul.

10. Time to Play – including some ‘playtime’ and having fun will be part of my 2017 to do list. Laughing more and bringing out my inner child.

11. Crochet a Rug – mainly because I want to finish one! I have started but never finished so this will be a project for the winter.

12. Weekly Home Facial – having facials are a lovely way to indulge but they can be expensive. I’m going to ensure I give myself a weekly facial at home and maybe splurge on a professional one each quarter.

13. Visit Family – I have family in another State who I haven’t seen for many years. 2017 I’m planning a trip to reconnect with them.

14. Keep Learning – like the crocheted rug I start learning Italian but don’t persist. 2017 will be the year I actually speak Italian when I visit the family in Italy.Ā  I will also be continuing with free short courses through Futurelearn.com – an active mind is a healthy mind.

15. Listen to music – I used to listen to music but it has been pushed to the background. 2017 will see me introduce more music into my life.

16. Volunteer – giving back to others is not only good for them but also is good for you. I would like to give my time in 2017 and do some volunteer work.

17. Be thankful – I know this gets written about so often but genuinely taking the time each day to give thanks for all that I have in my life.

What would you add to your ‘to do’ list?

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  • Reply Carol Cassara December 6, 2016 at 06:41

    Ok, so 17? Not 20? or 14? šŸ˜‰ You know, it just sounds busy. Fun, but busy. I have a list, too but i never follow it because, well, I’m just that way šŸ˜‰

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2016 at 11:10

      Well I thought I’d be a little different with my numbers Carol šŸ™‚ I need some fun after a not so good 2016 so if I write it down it may just happen – you never know.

  • Reply Toni Pike December 6, 2016 at 07:17

    Great stuff, Sue – and am inspired to write my own list. I always do a home facial each week as well – though I’d say yours are a bit more successful than mine!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2016 at 11:09

      We need to pamper ourselves Toni. I’d love you to share what will be on your list.

  • Reply Helene Cohen Bludman December 6, 2016 at 08:36

    I like your list — can I steal it? ? I’m still in denial that it’s the end of the year already. Where did the time go?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2016 at 11:09

      Of course you may ‘steal’ my list Helene! You can add some of your own as well. 2016 has been a blur I can’t believe we will be into a new year in a few weeks. Next year I will be in a new decade as I turn 60.

  • Reply Lisa Carpenter December 6, 2016 at 09:11

    I’m with ya on every single one (well, except yoga… for no particular reason). I especially love Nos. 2, 14, 15-17. Thanks and gratitude top my list, even if 2017 turns out to be as crappy of a year for me as 2016. (Though I sure as heck hope not! It’s been one for the record books, for sure.)

    An early CHEERS to the New Year and you!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2016 at 11:08

      And best wishes to you Lisa! There are a number of people, myself included who will be glad to see 2016 come to an end. I’m with you that Gratitude should still be #1 in our lives. If we are grateful for all that we have that brings contentment which in turn brings happiness. Wishing you a wonderful 2017. xx

  • Reply Lois Alter Mark December 6, 2016 at 10:38

    Good riddance to 2016. Bring on 2017! I hope you accomplish everything on your list!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2016 at 11:06

      Thanks Lois. 2016 has not been a good one for us so I’m looking forward to a fresh start for 2017.

  • Reply Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski December 6, 2016 at 11:13

    I’ll go with the weekly massages and traveling whenever I can.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2016 at 11:04

      yes that sounds a perfect combination to me Rebecca!

  • Reply Leanne December 6, 2016 at 11:45

    I love that you’re forward planning – and that there’s lots of fun stuff and a bit of “me” stuff in there too. It’s so important to be proactive and have things to look forward to in the year ahead. I wish your friend lived in WA then we could have had a meet up!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2016 at 11:03

      Yes if I don’t plan Leanne nothing happens and after the year we have had I want to include some fun things that is for sure.

  • Reply Doreen McGettigan December 6, 2016 at 12:09

    What a great list, I may be stealing it too! I gave up on resolutions years ago and now write goals. I am frantically trying to finish my last 2- 2016 goals. I seriously cannot believe how fast this year has gone by. I am looking forward to 2017.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2016 at 11:02

      You are most welcome to ‘steal’ it Doreen but I’m sure you will also have a few other ideas for fun things to do in 2017. 2016 has gone in a blur!

  • Reply Ellen Dolgen December 6, 2016 at 12:11

    You have a big list for 2017! This year, I decided to have one thing on my list for 2017. I am going to try to make every day ridiculously amazing!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2016 at 11:01

      Well 2016 I didn’t find ‘Balance’ Ellen so I’m going with a list of things I want to do rather than have to do. x

  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski December 6, 2016 at 12:11

    I love your list, Sue! More massages & facials – yes! More laughter – yes. My list is way too much “have to do” and not enough of the things I want to do. Great idea!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2016 at 11:00

      Yes Cathy we need more on our ‘fun to do’ list and less on our ‘have to do’ that is for sue. Have a lovely day.

  • Reply Roxanne Jones December 6, 2016 at 21:25

    I love the concept of having this kind of upbeat to-do list (I’m most definitely a list gal). I get so caught up in work and other must-do stuff that when I have downtime, I often find myself at a loss for what to do. But if I had a list…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2016 at 10:54

      I’m with you Roxanne a list girl from way back. I’d love to hear what will be on your list – you go girl.

  • Reply Annette December 7, 2016 at 23:13

    Love your list, Sue. I will add on my list for 2017: Time for my soul: Music, books, art and spiritual focus.

    Since I have used so much time on my jewellery business in 2016 I need to change, to let go of the never ending struggle to be better and improve. I am a very Lucky person, since I have so many Things that fill me up: Painting, playning piano, reading, nature, spiritual Development – and a lot more.

    THANKS – an excellent list – and SEE YOU IN ITALY NeXT year (ha ha) you remember I speak Italian and I lived in Florence when I was Young. LOVE and thoughts

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2016 at 10:48

      Hello lovely Annette you have some wonderful things to fill you up. I like the idea of ‘time for my soul’ we could all do with more of that. Love to you and your family xx

  • Reply Jo December 8, 2016 at 07:53

    Your list is fabulous šŸ™‚ I’d also like to steal it … and try to emulate it šŸ™‚ 2016 sounds like it was quite a ‘sandwich’ year for you, so I really hope 2017 is fabulous and fun.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2016 at 10:53

      Hi Jo! Of course you can steal my list but I’m sure you have some ideas I could add to mine. Yes 2016 has not been easy but that is life I suppose. Thank you for your good wishes and have a beautiful day.

  • Reply Anne December 8, 2016 at 08:22

    I am working on my photography skills at the moment. I just found a blog called Click it up a notch which has a free photography course and lots of great tips.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2016 at 10:56

      Hi Anne, I love the sound of the free photography course so I’m going to check it out. Thanks for letting me know and have a beautiful day. x

  • Reply Deborah December 8, 2016 at 10:23

    Love these Sue! I’m putting together a ‘things to do before 50’ list and bought a gorgeous bucket list journal at a book thing last night. It has lots of space so I may need to continue rather than just stick to the few I had in mind!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2016 at 10:57

      Hi Deb, yes I’m also putting together a list of 60 things before I’m 60 in 2017 so I’d better get my thinking cap on. I love a journal book or any stationery really but then I just look at it for a while because I don’t want to spoil the pages with my writing LOL:)

  • Reply Kathy Marris December 8, 2016 at 10:37

    I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions either Sue as I tend to break them after a few weeks. I also love to write lists. Each week I write a list of my must dos for that week and also include some “me” time on that list like Pilates, Yoga, walking, a massage, catching a movie or having coffee with friends. It is a great way of finding balance and you have more chance of doing things if they are the list. I have similar goals to you for 2017: travel (of course), continuing my exercise program, cooking healthy food, cutting back on the wine and learn something new. I like the sound of a Yoga Retreat too! #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2016 at 10:59

      Hi Kathy, I have booked the Yoga retreat with my Saturday Sisters. It is a one day retreat which we found on Scoopon. I’ll let you know what it is like but I can’t wait. You sound like you have your ‘me time’ well and truly sorted. Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama December 8, 2016 at 14:32

    Sue, I have a big birthday coming up in 2017 too – the big “5-oh!” will be in January so only a few weeks away now. I’m thinking of turning the whole year in to a celebration and calling it the Festival of 50. And of course, I’ll blog about it!!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 8, 2016 at 15:55

      What a great idea Janet! I may steal that idea although I haven’t even thought about how to celebrate yet. Mine isn’t until August – the big 60 – I can’t believe it actually I’m sure my birth certificate is incorrect. LOL:)

  • Reply Lyndall @ SeizeThe Day Project December 8, 2016 at 19:12

    It’s a big tick to all 17 of these items for me too Sue! I usually make some NY resolutions and have a list – even if I only achieve half of it, I’m way ahead of where I was at the end of the previous year. Gotta love a plan! Best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful 2017 x šŸ™‚ #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 9, 2016 at 20:50

      We are on the same page Lyndall!!! Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Christmas and an even more fabulous 2017.

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit December 9, 2016 at 04:28

    This is a big list! Love it.
    I agree with the keep learning. That should be on everyone’s lists. It helps us to age positively. Continued learning is essential to prevent the mid-life plateau. It’s important we always continue to grow!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 9, 2016 at 20:49

      Well I hope I can tick them all off Leanne. Most of them are easy but also easy to forget – like quality time and just being thankful. I have a longer list of all I want to learn!!!

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle December 11, 2016 at 19:57

    Great forward planning for fun and pleasure, it is all in there. 17 things for 2017, of course 17 was the correct number to choose. A good all round list.
    All the best and enjoy each one you cross off the list.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2016 at 10:41

      Yes Kathleen I need some more fun in 2017 so if I can tick these items off the list it will be a good year.

  • Reply Mother of 3 December 12, 2016 at 23:16

    Great list! I’m just now starting to work on my to to list for next year…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 13, 2016 at 06:42

      Oh I’d love to hear what is on your list Joanne. I’m a list girl and love ticking items off when they are done – satisfaction!

  • Reply Janine December 13, 2016 at 08:16

    I don’t do new years resolutions either but I think a to do list is a fantastic idea. Only problem is is have no idea what I want to do lol. I love the idea of putting something like this together for myself though so I’d best get thinking. Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea.


    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 15, 2016 at 10:40

      I like the idea of a list Janine and I’d love you to share yours with me when you have written it.

  • Reply Alana - Burnished Chaos December 14, 2016 at 06:54

    Great list, I’m planning on making one myself and may have to add the facials and massage on to mine as well!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 15, 2016 at 10:40

      We all need to pamper ourselves Alana don’t we. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day.

  • Reply Mackenzie Glanville December 17, 2016 at 15:30

    Hey Sue have you seen the deal on Luxury escapes for the Eden Wellness Retreat 30 mins from Gold Coast, looks so amazing you should check it out! Yoga and healthy meals sooooo good!

    Anyway totally love your goals I think I might steal these off you! I’m planning a trip with my girlfriends at the moment to Port Douglas can’t wait! Sending love for Christmas and a huge thank you for all your support this year xx

    Here is the link in case xx #mg


    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 19, 2016 at 10:58

      Oh that looks great Mackenzie! Thanks for sending it through. It is lovely to have something to look forward to isn’t it? Have a beautiful Christmas my friend and enjoy your gorgeous family. Every happiness for 2017! xx

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    Ooooh I want to go on a Yoga Retreat! That sounds absolutely rejuvenating.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 10, 2017 at 09:58

      Yes I’m really looking forward to it. The one I’m trying is a one day version but if I like it I might book in for a longer retreat. A whole day of yoga and pampering – yes please!!!

  • Reply Sinziana Romanescu January 12, 2017 at 16:36

    Hello again Sue! This is another inspirational post! Sharing for spread the inspiration.

    i love your 17 things and I hope you will get all done this year.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 14, 2017 at 05:55

      Thanks Sinziana! I hope you have a fabulous 2017!

  • Reply Dorothy Geaghan January 26, 2017 at 11:33

    Hi sue. Been reading your blog. Very enjoyable and lots of good ideas to try. Im looking forward to number 13 on your list. Hope to re-connect too. Love Dorothy Geaghan (jr) Aprils sister šŸ™‚

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 27, 2017 at 16:59

      Hi Dorothy! Lovely to hear from you and I’m pleased you are enjoying the blog. It would be lovely to visit one day so fingers crossed!

  • Reply Marian February 2, 2017 at 00:29

    Great list! I do some of these although not always regularly. I think we’ve earned the right to look after ourselves. And I also think it’s important to have goals, it’s something that I need to work on in 2017!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 2, 2017 at 11:36

      Hi Marian! Yes, I thought I would list what I wanted to do this year just as a reminder. It is important to have goals to work towards as it makes life interesting I think. Have a beautiful day.

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