Yesterday I wrote about keeping our goals in perspective. This is more true for me this year than any. When setting goals I typically look at the whole year ahead of me and make some rough plans. This year, though, I have no idea what we’ll be doing in 6 months.
All I know is that the next 6 months are going to be crazy busy as my husband finishes up his current degree. Then… We’re in limbo and won’t know for a couple of months probably. More than likely it will mean a move. How big a move, when, where, and what our lives will look like after that? No idea.
So I’m holding my goals fairly loosely and I tried to keep most of them non-location specific.
Read at least one fiction book a month. I noticed in my reading list that I hardly read any fiction. I want to fix that this year. My overall reading goal is to read 75 books. This reading goal is fairly ambitious and I have no idea if our life circumstances after June will totally send this one out the window, but it is something to shoot for. I benefited so much from my reading and felt so inspired, I definitely want to keep it up. I am keeping up with my reading through Goodreads and I also started a board on Pinterest if you want to follow along there. I will try to be more faithful about my monthly reading posts, as well.
Learn my camera and Photoshop Elements. I made some headway on learning my camera this past year, but I am not where I’d like to be. I want to use it to its full advantage. I was given Photoshop Elements for Christmas so I am excited to learn that this year as well!
Health and Fitness
Drink more water. For some reason I have no trouble drinking water when I am out and about because I carry around my water bottle, but when I am home, I tend to forget to drink. I love water, so that’s not the problem, it’s just remembering to do it throughout the day. It’s so good for health and complexion. So that is going to be a focus.
Finish C25k program. I have started this so many times. I need to see it through this year. And I’m limiting this goal to the first 6 months since I don’t know what situation we’ll be in later. I’d also love to culminate that by running a 5k with my sister. But I should probably talk to her about that first. (Don’t worry she is way more fit than I am so it’s no sweat for her!)
Intentionally train the kids in habits. Post coming up next week about that. Stay tuned!
Read 12 chapter book read alouds.
Go outside more. We’re trying to get back in our routine of heading to the park once a week since we don’t have a lot of green around us. I also want to take the kids to the zoo more as we have a pass. I’ll be putting it on the calendar so I don’t let myself get lazy about taking 3 kids out.
Start K5 with Stefan. Yikes, I need to start nailing down a lot of my lofty ideas. He’s five now. My ideas need to take some tangible shape.We plan to start next month so that we can ease into it and progress at our own speed.
Continue to give my home 15 minutes a night. This ensures that things never get completely out of control. It’s an easy habit, but it really helps keep my sanity.
Do one small declutter and/or cleaning project a week. This is beyond the normal day-to-day cleaning. Will be blogging about that next week as well! Woot!
Have another Mom over for coffee and play date 2x a month. I did this a lot this past year and loved it. Sometimes, though, I planned a little too much and had weeks where I had people over on 2 or 3 days. That was a little too overwhelming to keep the kids in a normal routine and with adding more school in the picture I’m shooting for 2x a month to have someone over. I really want to deepen some of my friendships, and if we do move, this is a great way to get to know people as well.
Send Birthday Cards to my family. Seriously I am so bad about this. Nobody get too excited, I am shooting for ecards or using cardstore.com for now.
And now for the more idea realm, my main focus this year is to be present.
If there is one thing I want to do more than anything is to be all there with whatever I’m doing. I have found that is easier to read a chapter from Scripture than it is to meditate on Scripture. It’s easier to read a book to my kids, than it is to have a conversation that we are both engaged in. It’s easier to check things off a list, than to be present heart, body, soul, and mind.
So I want to turn internet off more. And when we are having family time I want to be completely there in mind and spirit. When I am reading my Bible, I want to be engaged with my mind and heart, not just reading words. When I’m talking with Brian in the evening, I want to be all there, not rehearsing the next days events in my mind.
I want to live my life fully present in the roles God has given me. So my prayer for this year is that I will be present. No matter what I’m doing.
Have you set goals for this year? I’d really love it if you would share them in the comments! Thanks, Friends!