I have something special planned for Wednesday, so I thought I’d go ahead and get a jump on the New Year’s Resolution bandwagon!
Last year, I started a new way of thinking about my resolutions. I used to make a crazy long list of things I wanted to accomplish in the New Year, only to pitter out by the end of February. Then, my sister told me about what she does with her fourth grade students. I did it last year and I found it so much easier to track my goals!
Here’s what you do:
2: List the two best things that happened in 2014
0: Name something you want to STOP doing in the New Year
1: Your one wish for 2015
5: Five goals you want to accomplish in the coming year.
Two best things from 2014:
1. Hermione’s milestones.
Watching my little Gryffindor grow from a precious little poop machine into a toddler has been amazing! Now she has teeth, can feed herself, babbles, says a few words, and is running like a Kenyan at the NYC Marathon!
2. Finishing my 30 By 30 List.
Oh my sheesh am I glad that I am DONE with that list! Well…almost done. Now I can focus on my 40 By 40 (I have time, right?). That list was equal parts fun and disaster. But it was great to experience and mark off those things I accomplished.
Something you want to stop:
Putting other things before my family.
There are so many times when I’m running around like a mad woman, trying to get laundry put away and organize this and plan that only to hear, “Aw! Babe, you missed it! Hermione just did the cutest thing!” I’m missing moments, precious moments I won’t get back. The laundry can wait and the dishes won’t suffer if they soak for an extra hour. I have toes to tickle and snuggles to be had.
My one wish for 2015:
When I say “peace”, I don’t just mean, “Let’s all hold hands and sing kumbaya/give the world a Coke®”. I mean, I want peace in every aspect of my life. Peace in my home (i.e., no more nagging Huff the Hubs about his driving, being hateful because something didn’t go my way); peace in my heart (stop worrying—I will admit, I’m getting better!); peace in life (stop sweating the small stuff, see challenges as opportunities, etc.).
Five goals I want to accomplish this year:
1. Get back to fighting shape.
I was my most confident when I felt strong. I felt my strongest before my second half marathon. My goal is to get back to that feeling and level of fitness.
2. Buy a house.
Don’t get me wrong, I love living with my sister. She’s been so accommodating and it’s been such a blessing (for her and us) that we’ve been able to bunk with her. But, I am really looking forward to being a homeowner.
3. Go a month without spending.
By “without spending” I don’t mean things we need to live (i.e., groceries, rent, gas for cars, etc.) I mean meaningless spending. Like going out to eat, clothes I’ll never wear, toys Hermione won’t play with, and countless stuff from Target’s Dollar Spot.
4. Read one book a month.
I’ve knocked out the classic books I want to read, now it’s time for modern books and, if I think I can hack it, maybe a biography or two.
I have been to A LOT of places. I’ve been to Europe three times, Hawaii three times, and countless other places. But, I haven’t seen enough of my big world yet. There are so many historical sites I want to see and natural wonders HtH hasn’t seen. Good thing I bought new luggage on Black Friday!
What about you? What are your goals for 2015?