**I wrote this about a month ago, right before we all came down with the flu. Then the rest of January flew by as we got back into the swing of things. Sorry for the long delay!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and I must say that it has been a nice break but I’ve also really missed writing and sharing with you. The Christmas season can be so wonderful, and it was, but it is also a very busy and stressful time of year. It can become too busy. Overwhelming busy. Exhausting busy. And that is how I felt by December 26th. Add in two birthday parties right before Christmas and the result is a very tired and not-totally-with-it woman.
Yes, that’s me.
Do you know that I actually forgot to put our girls’ biggest and most exciting Christmas gifts under the tree for them to open on Christmas morning? And I’m not talking about just forgetting about the gifts until later on in the morning. I’m telling you that I totally and completely forgot about our girls’ cute little scooters until I happened to find them on New Year’s Day while we were cleaning up the basement. Seriously, who does that?! It sure seemed like I was forgetting something when Joel and I were putting the gifts under the tree on Christmas Eve but I never once thought about those scooters. That’s what happens when there is too much going on. At least our girls had a great surprise on New Year’s Day!
Anyways, after having a couple of days to decompress from the birthday and Christmas craziness I’ve thought about my goals for this fabulous new year that we have entered. In 2013 I had 16 goals and only completed 5 of them. Five out of sixteen. That’s it. That feels like failure to me so I decided I better come up with a more reasonable set of goals this year so that I can actually accomplish most of them. After all, I’m the one setting my goals so it’s up to me to decide what’s on the list, right?
I’ve been setting goals for many years. When I was working outside the home my goals were mainly work-related but I usually included some personal goals too. And now for the past several years, as I’ve been out of the workplace and at home, I’ve continued this goal-setting practice and have set personal goals for myself at the beginning of each calendar year.
At the end of these past several years I’ve looked back to see that I made very little progress on my goals. But there were two “problems”. 1) I had more pressing issues to tend to. Like taking care of my babes. 2) I set my sights too high by having too many goals and some that were totally unrealistic.
I’m glad that I made some progress so at least I’ve been moving in the right direction but I’ve realized that life with little people is not the same as life without them so I need to pull back the reigns a bit and slow down.
I’ve put together a list of 8 goals which seems much more manageable than my 2013 list of 16 and I’m feeling pretty excited about them! I just need that excitement to carry me through the year. 🙂
I’m going to go ahead and share my 2014 goals with you. This doesn’t include any of our schooling goals or any of the more specific goals for Joel and I, just my personal goals. There isn’t anything extraordinary on the list but I’m happy with them, so here they are…..
My 2014 Goals
- Read the entire New Testament and the book of Joshua
- Read 12 books – a combination of fiction and non-fiction
- Daily devotions with the children and read to them at least 5 times per week
- Complete the Tribe Writers online writing course
- Go on a date once a month with my wonderful husband
- Exercise for 30+ minutes 4 or more times per week
- Clean out my email inbox to zero
- Organize and file all paperwork and put a system in place to sustain filing
I decided not to include any blogging goals in order to make sure that I focus a majority of my time on the areas that matter most to me. That’s not a very good way to grow a blog but I’m okay with that.
Now it’s your turn to tell me…..Did you put together a list of 2014 goals for yourself? What are they?