Do you have any New Years Resolutions? Are you more of the “I don’t make resolutions crowd?
I generally am, however I do like the beginnings that a new year provides. It’s a clean break and a nice starting point.
I don’t really make resolutions, just goals. Resolutions is kind of ambiguous I think. It’s simply a statement. Whereas a goal is something credible you can work towards.
Sure it’s semantics, but the subtle differences help me create intention and follow thru.
I have a round birthday coming up this year…you know, one of those that ends in 0…so it’s also a good time to reflect and set intentions for how I want to finish this decade and start my new one.
My Goals for 2019
- Un-schooling our Preschool – read more about why and how here.
- Become proficient in cooking with my Cast Iron Cookware
- Be Organized in my Home Schedule
- Intentional and Consistent in my Blogging.
- Run a 1/2 marathon while meeting healthy lifestyle goals.
Why these goals?
Because, as I’m sure you noticed, it’s a new year.
My blog is a fun avenue to creativity for me. It’s also a great way to share and help other mom’s who maybe don’t have as much time to research as I do.
However, it can also be a time suck and if it is not creating anything meaningful for me or others, than I need to reevaluate where I’m spending my time.
Being organized in home scheduling ensures that we will live the healthiest life possible. When I lose track of our schedule, our house gets messy, we end up eating out more, my blogging falls to the back burner and my mini starts watching WAY too much TV.
Getting healthy is a common New Years Resolution, but with a round birthday coming up, I am thinking about how I want to start this next phase of my life.
We all know that as we get older getting in shape gets harder. Boy How!!! Girl that is true! I struggled with weight my entire life, mostly due to unhealthy eating and sedentary lifestyles. I am more determined than ever that not be the legacy I set for my little one.
I’m sure by now you’ve heard the acronym. Coming from a history of Project Management in the corporate world, I can tell you 100% it works.
S-specific M-measurable A-achievable R-relevant T-timely f-this r is mine.
So, what does that mean for my goals –
Let’s take a look at running a half marathon before my birthday this summer.
Specific – Run a half marathon – It’s a specific goal. Stating being a better runner would be more of a generalized statement. Does that mean running down the block, down the street or simply up the stairs.
Having a specific goal gives you something very definite to work towards.
Measurable – Running a half marathon on or before my birthday is very measurable. Stating that I want to run a race is again very non-specific and leaves it open for lack of focus. If this was my second half marathon a measurable goal would be running it 15 minutes quicker than my last one or maintaining a certain pace.
As this is my first race of that distance, I believe completing it is a great goal, don’t you?
Achievable – I firmly believe this is an achievable goal. While it will require focus and determination I believe that is sufficient time to safely train for a race of this distance. Saying I want to go from my couch to running a half marathon in February in under 90 minutes probably not so much.
If it’s not achievable I will give up. It’s more of a magic wish than a goal at that point. And while I would love to believe there is a fairy god mother waiting to wave her wand and help me out, I also believe that she would tell me that I’ve got to be responsible for my own health.
Relevant – This goal is relevant to my overall goal of creating a healthier lifestyle for both me and my family. The reality is it will be a lot easier to achieve my goal if I’ve lost some weight. Losing weight will be easier if I organize my time and our family’s schedule. Having meal prep/planning and healthy cooking time set aside and planned out, along with scheduled work out time relates to my half marathon success.
Timely- Last, being timely in your goal setting determines your success. If you say that you want to run a half marathon, but don’t set your time frame, you will most likely develop an I’ll get started tomorrow approach .
Fun – It has to be fun!!! – I have reached a point in my life where I believe in not wasting time on things just because some social media influencer said I should. I legitimately enjoy an organized home, minimized stuff, working out, etc. All of these goals for 2019 are ways for me to ensure that the busy day to day life details don’t get in the way of achieving things I really want to achieve.
What’s your word?
In an email I received today from the fabulous Suzi at startamomblog.com, she shared how her family picks one word to define their intention for the new year.
I think this is a great idea to help stay focused.
My word is Intentional
I want my time to be spent with intention. Rather than be reactionary, be proactive and purposeful.
What is your word for the year?