This is a little embarrassing that we are in to February and this is my first post for the year 2016. I really wanted to write about my New Year’s Resolutions though because I am pretty excited about the goals I have set and none of them have to do with blogging, surprisingly. Before, I share my goals with you I wanted to give you my tips for setting goals and keeping them. I always feel there are so many areas of my life that I would like to improve; so many that it can be overwhelming. So my first rule for setting goals is just to focus on one aspect or one goal for a short period of time. I break my New Year’s Resolutions up into months, in hopes that when I move on to the next month I can maintain that pattern or lifestyle. My second rule for setting goals is to be very very specific; so many resolutions have to do with getting healthier or losing weight which is often a goal for me. So instead of saying, “I am going to eat healthier, work out more, or lose weight.” I like to establish exactly what I am going to do to achieve these and then that becomes my goal. So here are my goals for 2016 and little snippets about why I set these particular goals and whether or not I think they will be easy.
Janurary – Focus on cleaning and decluttering the house by doing a 21 day organization challenge
A 21 day organization challenge is where you focus on a different area of the house everyday: cleaning, getting rid of stuff, and organizing one specific area. I started out with this goal last year and felt I needed to start here again. I am not the most neat and organized person but I feel SO much better when my house is clean. I am happier and more productive and feel that a happy spirit can dwell in my home when it is clean. Since January is now over you want to know how I did, you say? Not so good but it definitely was not a complete failure, I didn’t get mine and my husband’s room cleaned nor the bathroom. There are also a few cupboards and drawers that I wanted to work on but didn’t. However, I did clean and organize the my kids’ room and their toys which was probably my biggest to-do. There room is so nice and clean now and we are almost ready for this little baby sister to come! The reason I didn’t get all the organizing that I wanted done is because I am feeling hugely pregnant and I got tired very easily so I am going to continue this organizing into the month of February and just work on it slowly.
February – Focus on a small business venture and money management
I am starting a small business. It is a small local accessory business and it has been it the planning stages for a very long time. I finally decided to go for it and I am going to focus on getting licenses I need, putting together products, and making a blog page for it. I am pretty excited about it but I am also nervous because I have invested so much of myself to this and and am going to invest even more time and effort. I am also focusing on money management because my husband and I have been so bad the last year with spending on our credit cards. We just paid off the credit cards and we plan to not spend on them any more. So I am going to use money I have earned this month towards my new business venture and not spend on the credit card at all!
March – Focus on my kids by getting them on a schedule, reading to them, and doing an activity with them everyday
Maybe this is an embarrassing goal because I have to admit that I feel like I am a terrible mom. But, I want to be better by planning a little more for my kids and just playing with them more. Also, my baby’s due date is the end of March so I really just want my kids to feel ready to be big siblings and I want them to feel special so that when their little sister is here they won’t feel any less important.
April – Drink a gallon of water everyday and maybe drink less/no soda
I tried to do this last year and I honestly cannot drink a gallon of water a day but I still drank a lot of water and I lost the last 10 stubborn pounds from being pregnant with Augustus. Since by this time, I will be nursing and I will not be able to “workout” yet because I will be in that 6 week period where I can’t workout, I thought drinking lots of water is probably the best thing I can do. I put maybe drink less soda or no soda because I really love coke and I don’t really want to quit drinking it but I know it’s not good for me so we will see how I feel!
May – Write in my journal twice a week and write one thank you note a week
There is so much power in being grateful so I want to take more time writing in my journal about being grateful and and also thanking others.
June – Walk/run 31 miles in 31 days
I really enjoy walking and by this time the weather should be nice and I will be able to do this. There is a park about a mile away from our house and my kids and I love walking there. It is two miles there and back so if I do this a couple times a week plus go hiking with my friend from HIKE LIKE A WOMAN I think it will be a fairly easy goal.
So I actually just have goals for the first six months. I like to step back and see how far I have come and then plan the next months of resolutions or I just get unmotivated and don’t bother thinking about new goals. Ha! But I do have some simple goals that I feel don’t really deserve a whole month but things I would like to try to be better at, like eating out less (I love not cooking dinner and eating out) and reading the scriptures more. Oh, and maybe get dressed more often! Ha!
I hope you enjoyed reading about my resolutions and that maybe I inspired you to make some or to keep them. Hopefully, I didn’t completely bore you! Good luck in the New Year! I would love to hear your thoughts and goals for 2016! Comment below!