Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had a wonderful and restful holiday. If it was anything like ours, it was wonderful but not quite as restful as I’d hoped 🙂
As much as I love the Christmas season, it feels good to be getting back into our normal routine. Before I jump fully into the new year, I took some time thinking about the year ahead and what I hoped for it. While my husband and I have always had goals, last year was the first year we actually sat down and wrote out our specific goals for the year. We listed our main priorities and for each, came up with 2 – 3 specific goals we hoped to achieve. Having it written out not only helped me stay focused on what I wanted but allowed me to see the growth we had in our lives.
I want that same accountability this year so a few days ago I sat down to set my goals for 2017. Some of last years have carried over, some have been tweaked and many are completely new. When I was finished, I had set 15 tangible goals for the year. They are broken down into my greatest priorities – Myself, My Marriage, My Children, My Spirituality and Finances.
Often times as parents, our own needs and wants are pushed to the bottom of the list. This year, I want to make sure we are taking time to nurture not just our children and our marriage but ourselves as well. Only when we are happy with ourselves can we give fully to others. Therefore, in the “myself” category I set the following goals:
1. Read for 15 minutes a day
In year’s past, I have set a goal to read a certain number of books but usually fall short of my goal. Reading is one of my favorite things to do so for me it’s more about spending time reading than the actual number of books I read. That’s why this year I’m switching the goal to a set amount of time I’d like to spend reading a day. I don’t count any reading I do with the kids, although it is wonderful. This time is dedicated to books for mama’s enjoyment. Check back soon as I hope to have posted my favorite books from 2016 and my must reads for this year!
2. Run a half marathon
This has been on my radar for a few years but between pregnancies and little ones it just hasn’t happened. I have a “milestone” birthday coming up this spring that coincides with a half marathon that takes place in our town. Accomplishing this goal will be a great birthday present to myself!
3. Complete 25 hours of volunteer work
I’ll admit the actual number of hours for this goal was arbitrarily picked but the intention was not. I am very well aware of how blessed we are and even though my days are packed and our lives are busy, my heart is pulling me towards finding ways to give back. The Lord makes it clear we are to take care of our brothers and sisters, especially the less fortunate. While it’s easier sometimes to write a check, I want to consciously find ways to spend my time volunteering. I’ve recently become involved in our local Special Olympics program and am open to any other opportunities that God puts before me. I’d love any suggestions or ideas you may have!
4. Break my sugar addiction
This will by far be the hardest goal for me to accomplish quite simply because I love sugar, preferably in the chocolate variety :). I’ve always had a sweet tooth and never thought much of it, however I have started to see just how detrimental eating too much sugar can be. I can never seem to have just one piece or just one cookie. While I don’t expect I’ll ever give up chocolate entirely, I do want to find a way to break the hold sugar seems to have. I know it will be better for my health and for the example I set for my children.
Once I set my goals, I knew I would have to be intentional with my time and effort in order to accomplish them. Which is why I was really excited to be given the opportunity to read Asheritah Ciuciu’s book Full: Food, Jesus and the Battle for Satisfaction before it was officially released. This isn’t just a book for those struggling with overeating, weight or dieting. It’s for anyone who gives food more power in their lives than it should have. Our bodies are a gift from God and we should treat them as such. This book is a fantastic tool to help me remember that and work towards finding complete satisfaction in Him instead of food.
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Do you set goals for the new year? I’d love to hear what you hope to accomplish this year.