Share Your…Goals and Resolutions

I always enjoy finding new linkups, so I’m excited to join the “Share Your” linkup! This month’s theme is goals/resolutions/where you see yourself in 5 years.

Goals/Resolutions :

I try to stay away from making resolutions, so I’ll focus more on the goal side of things. I have a few goals for this year :

  • Take charge of my health and work on losing the weight I’ve gained in the last 3-4 years. I’ve got quite a bit to lose, and I know that it will take a while, but I at least want to make progress this year.
  • Work on our debt-free journey. We have a significant amount to pay off, so like the weight loss, I know it’ll take a while, but we want to make progress on this during 2019 also.
  • Start pursuing more writing opportunities. I have had a couple of writing jobs lately, and I really enjoyed the process and the finished product. It’s time to make this a priority!
  • Spend more non-screen time with my family. We’re all bad about spending too much time on devices, so we need to work on doing more fun things as a family that don’t involve screens!

Where I see myself in 5 years :

  • We’ll have a 7-year-old…that’s so hard to believe! We’ll also be getting ready to celebrate our 11th anniversary!
  • I want to be a full-time freelance writer. I enjoy the library world, but I’ve always wanted to be a writer, so I want this to be my job in 5 years.
  • I also see us being debt free since we are focusing on the process and finally paying attention to where our money is going.

I know these aren’t very many items for a 5 year plan. I haven’t thought about long-term goals for a while, so this linkup is a good opportunity for me to start working on those for myself and our family.

One Word for 2019 :

I haven’t chosen a word for a couple of years, but in the last few weeks, the word “complete” kept popping in my head. For me, complete has a double meaning. First, it means to complete my goals and to-do list items that I’ve been putting off. I’m a huge procrastinator, so I have to be conscious about prioritizing the right things and making sure I stay focused on what I’m supposed to be doing. The other meaning of complete is that I am complete. I struggle with not feeling like a good enough wife, mom, person, etc, so this is going to be my reminder that I am enough. I am the person I am, and I’m not supposed to constantly compare myself to others.

Do you have goals, resolutions, or one word for this year? How about a 5 year plan? Leave me a comment and share yours!

Linking up with Jen and Jenna!

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One Word 2015 + a project

It’s time to wrap up 2014 and start focusing on 2015. I can’t believe it! This year feels like it has gone by so quickly!

Since I’m a bit of a nerd, I get really excited when it’s time to start planning for a new year. I do all sorts of planning- lists of goals and ideas, putting things in my planner (I ordered this one this year; it’s a lot more than I normally pay for a planner, but I had PayPal cash, she ran a Small Business Saturday special, and, well, I just wanted it…), etc. However, I’ve noticed that I have run into a problem over the last few years; I can plan all day, but I lack follow through. I have a lot of good ideas, but a lot of them never get off the ground. Plus, to be honest, I’m a bit of a flake at times, backing out on plans, not keeping my word, and being a bit lazy about things that I really should be more routine about, like chores.

With those things in mind, I started thinking about my One Word for 2015. If you don’t know what that means, just do a search for One Word, and you will find plenty of information about it! My One Word for 2014 was Healthy, but, as with many other things lately, I didn’t follow through with the plans I set for it, and so it kind of fizzled. So, as I thought and prayed about my goals for this upcoming year, something kept coming up. In fact, someone even posted something related to it on Facebook:

Consistent. Hmmm. I have a tendency to be all or nothing. If it’s not perfect and exactly like I want it, then I tend to just hibernate and not do anything at all. If I don’t know where to start on a project, then instead of just taking small, consistent steps to start it and work on it, then I just do nothing at all. As a friend put it, I’m kind of like a pendulum and I swing wildly from one side to another instead of just getting a little off track.

So, what can I do to reach my goals and keep myself on track in 2015? Make small changes. Take baby steps every day. Keep my word to myself and others. Be consistent.

Yep. I think I have a word for 2015.

The graphics both in the post and on my sidebar were created by the talented Meredith Duke. Her word for 2015 is BOLD, Check out her post about how she chose this word and what it means to her.

If you have a word for 2015, tell me about it in the comments. Link to your blog if you have one, and if you’d like a graphic, visit Meredith’s blog, and she’ll be glad to make one for you! 🙂

I plan to revisit my word a few times this year since I am going to blog every Monday (be consistent, right?), so stay tuned for updates.

Now, since this post isn’t quite long enough (ha), let me briefly talk about another project I’m starting in 2015 that I’m tentatively calling “Pray Every Day.”

During the Thanksgiving to Christmas season, I started noticing how many of my friends and family members were having a challenging time. Whether it was because of a loss, a personal difficulty, or a number of things, it just seemed like a lot of people weren’t quite in the holiday spirit. I felt like I needed to start praying for people and get out of my selfish bubble, and as I thought more about it, this project was born.

I plan to pray for a different person (or people) every day in 2015. I’ve got a list started with some birthdays and anniversaries of friends and family, so I can pray for them on those days, but there are still a lot of days unaccounted for. So, if you would like me to pray for you on your birthday, anniversary, or another day that holds significance- good or bad- fill out the form below. If you have children or other family members or friends you’d like me to pray for, fill it out on their behalf. If you don’t have a specific date, then I’ll fill one in and let you know what date I’ve chosen (if you’d like me to). Thanks for reading!