The problem with resolutions, as most of us probably know, is that within a mere month we forget about them almost completely. February hits and we're barely working on them anymore. Last year for her resolutions Elizabeth wrote down a goal a month instead of the usual bunch of goals for the whole year. Something about this really appealed to me. It would still allow me to work on several different goals, but with the difference that it would be one at a time. The idea is that I would still continue to work on past goals, but with a new focus every month. That way if I get overwhelmed I can just remember that there is really only one main goal I have to be working on. Genius, don't ya think?
So, I present to you, twelve goals for 2014, month by month.
JANUARY: REFOCUS ON BLOGGING
I have felt a bit "off" my blogging game the past few months, so I want to refocus and get back on track. My blog has been an extremely satisfying and rewarding experience for me, and I would like for it to continue to be so.
- Respond to 100% of blog comments left in January
- Host a link up
- Find an effective way to advertise and increase audience (any suggestions here?)
- Start blogger round tables again
- Develop deeper connections within the blogging community.
FEBRUARY: WRITE A BOOK
Even just writing that out makes me sick to my stomach. I have always wanted to write a book, but have been plagued by fear. Fear of failure, yes, but also fear of the extreme amount of time and energy and dedication it will take. Who knows if the book will ever get published, but I'm tired of not trying.
-Write five days a week for 1-3 hours.
MARCH: BE A BETTER WIFE
Sometimes I just think Greg deserves a kinder, happier, less insane woman. That's all.
- No nagging.
- Do an act of service daily for Greg.
- Say thank you more often.
- Be more willing to do "his activities" and less pouty when we don't do "my activities."
- Tell him I love him and compliment him every day.
APRIL: FOCUS ON FAITH
I try to make God a part of my daily life, but sometimes it all just gets so hustley and bustley that I feel like He about dang near gets crowded out completely. In April I want to spend more time contemplating the spiritual and developing deeper connections with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
- 30 minutes of "quiet time" a day- time to read scriptures, ponder, and write down spiritual impressions. Tell Greg my plan so he is not trying to distract me while I am working on this.
- Attend the temple every week in April.
- Deeper focus during prayers.
- Be patient and loving. Pray for help throughout the day when I feel like I am lacking.
Greg and I will likely have some big expenses coming up (June's goal is to go to Europe!) so I want May to be a month of absolute loyalty to my bank account. No spending other than what is absolutely necessary- gas, groceries, etc. It's only for a month. I can do it.
JUNE: GO TO EUROPE
Ever since Greg and I have been married we have wanted to go to Russia together, where he served his mission. Every summer there is a reason not to, and this summer I am crossing my fingers and fighting hard that the reasons not to go will have finally run out. My sister lives in Germany so we would love to do a combined Germany/ Russia trip.
JULY: BE KIND
One thing that I have often wished about myself is just that I was a kinder person. I can feel it happening slowly, but it is a long process as my natural tendency is to be sassy and give attitude. It requires a lot of deliberate attention.
- No saying unkind things about people when they are not around.
- No saying unkind things about people when they are around.
- Tell people how much they mean to me.
- Say thank you more.
- Do one act of service a day for someone. Go out of my way to help people.
- Write hand written notes.
- Give more compliments.
- Give more hugs.
AUGUST: SLOW DOWN AND BE PRESENT
I often think about Thoreau's words, "our lives are being frittered away by details." In August I would like to slow down and just live a very present life. (Posts on that here and here.) I want to relax and enjoy the small things and not feel rushed or stressed or hurried, but just enjoy life in its simplicity.
SEPTEMBER: TAKE CARE OF MY BODY
My body does a lot for me without asking too much in return. Time to give back.
- Exercise 30-60 minutes a day.
- Eat more raw fruits and vegetables.
- Only one sweet thing a day.
- Drink more water.
- Spend time outside every day.
OCTOBER: BECOME A BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER
I got a nice camera, but I still have no idea how to use it. Mostly I feel like a huge doofus carrying it around everywhere with me and trying to work the buttons. In October I really want to take the time needed to figure out how to use the camera to the best of its ability. I would love to take a class to help if my schedule permits. At the very least I need to do some serious reading of the manual and read anything online I can find to help me out and just get out and play with it.
NOVEMBER: COOK MORE
We eat the same 5-7 meals all the time because I have mastered 5-7 meals that we both like. Time to expand this a bit.
- Try two new recipes a week.
- Invite another family to eat with us once a week.
DECEMBER: SERVICE AND CHARITY
I couldn't decide if this was too close to July's goal to "be kinder", but then I decided that even if it was, I would like two months to work on charity, kindess, etc. anyway. Subgoals are pretty much the same as July's but with the addition that in December I would like to participate in some kind of service project/ Sub for Santa. I want to be more purposeful about serving those in need.
Alright, there you have it! 12 months, 12 goals. The beauty of it is that right now I only have to think about one goal- refocusing on blogging. Which means I'm going to answer some emails, get my sponsor stuff in line, and respond to comments. Wow, this is going to be easy!
And hey, why not make this a link up?!? If you made resolutions leave the link below. I'd love to see them!