Today feels like the start of the New Year for me. We’re easing back into routines and schedules, my husband is back to classes and we’re getting up when the alarm goes not when we hear little footsteps pattering down the hall.
I am not one for setting big goals on the first of the year. I love the idea of setting a few hours aside to reflect on the past year and to set goals for the new year but it hardly ever happens on the 1st of January. It happens over time within the month of January, with thoughts jotted down in notebooks or on my phone and then mulled over while washing dishes and folding laundry.
Sometimes I choose a word or the word chooses me. This year, the word that keeps coming to mind when I anticipate the year ahead is BIG. It’s a year of change and adventure and unknowns. Lots of known unknowns (if that makes any sense) and for someone who likes to know and anticipate and schedule, this is scary. I don’t live my life based entirely on my feelings but last time I felt like we had a BIG year ahead of us, we ended up moving across the country to Nova Scotia and my husband went back to music school. So I do pay attention and I do pray for God’s leading for our family.
The other word that I’ve chosen is FREEDOM because I often let my fears (of the unknown, of people’s opinions- to name a couple) hold me back from really sharing and really living. I end up hiding behind safe places and not opening up to others to share my struggles and my victories. And honestly? This is a hard post to write but I have to write it. I’ll probably run and hide after I hit publish.
One of the best ideas from last year that worked for me was setting monthly goals. I loved Hayley’s prompt for this and how it worked for me. Because its easy to set big, inspiry goals for the whole year and then to realize in November that I didn’t really make them happen. Setting monthly goals forces me to break down those big goals into smaller and totally achievable goals. It’s rewarding. It gives momentum. And things.get.done.
I’m also able to tailor that month to what is going on in our family’s life- do we have a lot of travel going on? Maybe not the best month to do a Whole 30, if that was one of my year goals. Maybe it’s a better month to learn to knit and to use that car time to knit up a storm or an infinity scarf.
So this month, my goals for January:
1. Go to Bed earlier so that I can Wake Up earlier.
I know, nothing new or original here. My days go so much better when I am up before my children and early rising is a key principle in almost every successful person’s life.
2. Read More.
I started a number of books in December, didn’t finish them and realized (again!) how very refreshing reading is to me and how lost I feel when I don’t have a good book (or three) on the go.
3. Meal Plan
I love cooking and making new meals all the time but I don’t always have the ingredients I need or I forget to take the meat or a myriad of other things. I sat down and made a list of meals we like and meals I want to try along with a shopping list.
4. Have people over and share food and conversation together.
This was one of the things I learned in December that we love having people over and it is good for all of us. We made it one of our family’s goals to have a family/couple/people over in our home for dinner or dessert once a month.
This was a longer post then I usually try to write, so thanks for reading. Actually, thanks for always reading whether it’s a lot of words or not. Tell me, how do you set goals and purposes for the New Year? Do you have a word for 2014? I’d love to hear it!
linking up with The Tiny Twig for January Goals!