It’s that time of year when people are asking, “Did you make a New Year’s resolution?” Before I made any goals for this year I wanted to check and see how I did on last year’s goals.
Everyone says that the secret to reaching your goals is to write them down. Everyone is right! Since I am a list
nerd girl, last year I made 3 lists: Goals for 2012, Long Term Goals and a Book
List. A perfectionist may look at my
progress and frown, but I am going with the attitude “Any progress is good
My Booklist: I have mentioned before that I love to read, but I get stuck on one topic and become
enthralled with it. My 2012 book list
contained different genres and topics to try to stay more well rounded! I didn’t read every book on my list this year,
but I did read half! I read a variety of
books so I say, “Goal accomplished!” As always other books were suggested to me
throughout the year so I did a little off list reading too. By far the best book was Redeeming Love.
Long-term Goals: This was the list that I found most encouraging. Last year I wrote down all those things that I would say, “Someday I want to…” I was inspired by Mama Bird’s goals posts! One of my “somedays” included “Plant a Garden.” (insert something here about the success of the garden experience, and then insert something to the effect of: Another “someday” was to sign up for a fitness challenge that I had been contemplating for six years.) I signed up for a fitness challenge that I had been contemplating for six years. I begin this week! We achieved some of our family’s financial goals this year, and even though working with yeast scared me at first, I dove head first into making bread, buns and cinnamon rolls. What a great year!
Goals for 2012: I made four goals for the year.
1. Try new things (Foods specifically)
2. Pray more
3. Consistently speak gently to my kids
4. Kill my sugar habit
#1 New Foods: I ate a lot of foods that I had either never tired before or previously thought I didn’t like. Brussels sprouts, parsnips, quinoa, cabbage, lamb, ratatouille, egg rolls, cole slaw and chocolate covered bacon! (They were giving out free samples at the Des Moines Art’s Festival so I thought I might as well try it!)
#2 Prayer: This was less quantifiable than my first goal. It feels like I can always pray more. In the last few months I have started a thankfulness journal, and I am so glad that I did!
#3 Gentle words: I am so glad that this goal was in my face all year. I have NOT mastered this, but my conscience is picked each time my voice gets too “edgy” and I am quick to ask my children for forgiveness. If I can’t be a good model of gentleness I should at least try to model humility! The other day I heard myself say to a certain little boy, “I am sorry I yelled, but I had to keep you from killing your sister!”
4# Sugar: Can’t I skip this? There were times I did really well at this. I have to keep a food journal with my fitness challenge. This week I keep telling myself, “I’d better eat this before I start the challenge and it’s off limits.” There is currently ice cream off to my right. J
I am not done with my 2012 goals. I want to take them with me into 2013, but I am ready now to put together my 2013 list and see what I can get done!