What worked for you in 2014? What didn’t work for you in 2014? What do you want more of in 2015? What do you want less of in 2015?
While mentally working through this planning/visioning exercise suggested to me by the very wise Tara of Family Sport Life, my word for 2015 just popped into my head.
It’s the exact opposite of how I’ve been feeling lately — down to the physical jitters from drinking too much coffee some mornings! — but it’s what I want my life to look like in 2015. It’s not terribly exciting, I know, but honestly, after all the changes and ups and downs I had in 2014, I’m ready for some calm.
I’ve had quite an evolution in my goal-setting ways over the past year. I have a tendency to burn myself out because I get so gung-ho over things in the short term, then I either get frustrated with myself that I haven’t accomplished my goals yet, or I just want to quit altogether. Steady means getting enough sleep and feeding my body nourishing food so I don’t feel jittery or exhausted. Steady means my kids and husband can count on me to be there for them — the real me, not a grumpy, snappy version of me. Steady means I think long term, and celebrate the small steps forward just as much as the milestones. Steady means I ground myself in God’s word each morning, instead of the facebook-drama-of-the-moment.
So, with that overarching theme in mind, what are my goals for the year?
- Spend a few minutes in Bible study and prayer each morning.
- Work on building the children’s and MOPS ministries at church.
- Continue to eat healthy, homemade food most of the time. Reduce sugar. (See “jittery,” above.)
- Run a half-marathon with my running buddy Amanda (Woo hoo!!! Team Awesome is BACK.)
- Generally take better care of myself — get enough sleep, wash my face before bed, wear sunscreen, put lotion on those lizard hands!
- Husband: plan monthly “adventure” dates to explore our new town and the surrounding area
- Kids: Incorporate reading into other parts of our day besides bedtime
- Friends: Umm… make friends in my new town? Yeah, that would be good!
- Schedule an hour or two of personal time each week and a day each month for reading, crafting, and blogging.
- Figure out a better system for getting the essential housework done while maximizing time spent focusing on my family
- Spend time outdoors every day
- Track expenses and budget using YNAB
- Shop my closet to create capsule wardrobes and limit shopping to a few new items per season
I’ll pick a few of these things to focus on each month and report back.
How’s your new year going so far? What do you want more of in 2015?