Goals, Resolutions, Focus, Aims – all different words to say the same thing. What do we want to improve? What do we want to prioritize and give our energy to this year?
For me, the areas I want to focus on being Intentional in 2014 include:
- Fitness & Health
- Organizing My Home
- Foods We Eat
- Self Improvement
Fitness and Weight Loss
I mentioned in my last post how I intend to work on Fitness and Health. It was so extensive it took an entire post of its own!
Since then, I have 2 exciting things to share:
- I was cleared to go running again!
- I was selected as a Fitfluential Ambassador!
On the running – so far so good. I managed to jog 3 times last week – woohoo! Hopefully I’ll keep it up. In other exercise news I’ve done the morning yoga pretty consistently – closer to 3 times a week than 4 – but still. The hiccup with this is my extensive travel schedule lately. It’s affecting my ability to stick to eating goals too. Mid-course correction is warranted – this month’s goal? Figure out how to adapt for travel.
The Fitfluential Ambassadorship – I’m so excited! I have very little idea what it will mean exactly, but I know it will help with motivation. I’ll keep you posted.
Organizing My Home – I have lived in my house for almost 4 years now and it still feels like I never moved in. There are construction things that need to be done that have been needing to be done for the past 4 years. Then there are the decorating finishes that make a house a home – more than just seeing discarded socks and backpacks on the floor. My goals for this year are to complete one “project” a month until I get all of these loose ends tied up. Timing will be dependent on funds for some of the larger ones, but things I can do for under $100? No excuses.
Finances – My divorce left me with quite a bit of debt and depleted retirement funds. My goal for 2014 is to pay off all credit card debt and develop a budget for moving forward that allows me to meet my retirement savings and college account goals while also having fun. First up? File 2011, 2012, and 2013 taxes. Yes, you read that right. For many reasons, mostly related to my marriage and divorce, they haven’t been filed for the past 2 years.
Blogging – I want to identify my goals for blogging – is it to make money? Is it to develop influence? Do I want a community? What are my goals and their priorities? Then I need to create a plan for achieving those goals. I also want to redesign my blogs, update them to be “spiffier” and commit to a posting schedule that is more consistent than it has been. Weekly at a minimum. A blogging conference is hopefully in the works for 2014 also.
Parenting – My kids are amazing, talented, sweet, challenging… And growing up waaaay too fast. My oldest? Only 6 more years with her! Ack! I want to create positive memories with my kids in the time I have with them. I want to make sure their childhoods are filled with treasured moments. I often get caught up in the managing part of parenting – homework, dinner on the table, showers taken, sports driven to, etc. – and leave out the more important part of connecting with my kids. This year I plan to have family game night once a week (starts tonight with Monopoly Junior), take at least one vacation every year, and try to make my kids laugh at least once every day.
Foods We Eat – Our schedules are so busy that I’ve relied on fast food and frozen pizza a lot. And it shows. I want to find 10 vegetables all the kids like – even my picky eater – and strive to have at least one vegetable served per day. So far edamame, roasted broccoli (SO good!), asparagus, artichokes, and sauteed carrots with cilantro are working for everyone. I also want to up our protein intake, reduce our carbs, and encourage fruit for snacks – basically be more intentional with what we are eating. There’s that word again!
Self Improvement – This one is still murky for me. When I think about it though, I keep coming back to feeling like I’ve been swallowed by my Mom role and that I need more focus on Me. Not employee, not friend, not parent, not daughter – but who do I want to be? What energizes my soul?
I’m feeling like this may mean pursuing a creative hobby, paying attention to my appearance, setting a frequency goal for doing fun things that don’t involve my kids, ????. I’m not quite sure how this will shake out yet. I just know I want to fuel my passions and find ME again. Not just me, but a better, more interesting me than ever before. Anyone else have this goal?
Phew, ok, so those are my goals and my road map for meeting them in 2014. What goals do you have? Any suggestions for me on how to achieve any of mine? Things I’ve left out?