Happy New Year! I know I haven’t been around much in the last month, but I plan to be more often. Much more often. And what better post to start the new year out with than a post about my New Year’s Goals. I just read through last year’s goals, and it’s interesting to see what I did and didn’t accomplish from last year’s resolutions. It also reminds me that I need to keep the goals I set in a place where I will see them often! I completely forgot about some of the smaller things I wanted to focus on last year…..like selling more things on ebay. I did make a little money this way in 2010 (thanks to some great stuff I found on clearance at Walgreens), but I could have made a little more had I put more effort into it. Here’s what I’m planning on in 2011:
:: Spend 30 minutes a day reading my Bible. My mind is in need of constant renewal, and I would like to finish reading through the Old Testament and read through the New Testament again.
:: Pray more. Way more. I want to get back into a daily habit of taking time alone with God to pray and also to pray more for other people.
:: Focus on having a kind attitude with my family. With so many things on my plate (college, home school, web design program, life…), and things not yet being settled with Ruben’s job and not knowing when the situation with his job will end and knowing we will have to move again and trying to start a business….I can get overwhelmed and not have the kindest attitude with my husband and family. I really do want the “teaching of kindness” to be on my tongue more often.
:: Journal. I just picked up my journal last night and realized I didn’t write in it at all in 2010, well, except for last night’s entry which was on December 31st! I wrote out my New Year’s Goals. Journaling is something that I will be doing often in the new year, because it’s a way for me to write to God and recount his faithfulness to me. It’s also a way to remember important things that happen in our family. Going along with this, I want to be writing in the kid’s baby books/journals as well. As they’ve gotten older, they’ve come to cherish their individual books and will often go through them and ask me to read it to them. I’m way behind in writing in them, but that’s going to change.
:: Read 1 ENTIRE book a month. I’m very good at picking up a book and reading the first 60-80 pages and then not finishing it! I know there are people who can read a novel every week. I’m not one of them. I’m simply going to focus on reading a single book each month and if I can get through a WHOLE book before I have to return it to the library, I’ll be very happy! Most of the books I read have something to do with WordPress or web design. I hate it that I haven’t made it through one of these books from cover to cover.
:: Wake up by 5:30am every morning. I’m already a morning person. I made the switch from night owl to morning person almost two years ago, I think. But, I occasionally slip into a streak where I’ll stay up later than I should which in turn leads to me getting up later or even worse….having my children wake up before me. I would like to be up by 4:30am every morning, which I have done often, but I’m not going to make that my goal. Five-thirty in the morning works fine.
:: Exercise 4 days a week. I had mentioned a couple months ago that I was working out to one of The Biggest Loser workout videos. Well, that ended, and I’m now starting back up. I’ve done it three times in the last few days. The scale has really been motivating me as well! It’s been going in the wrong direction since shortly after Thanksgiving. 🙁 This leads me to my next goal….
:: Lose 50 pounds. It can be done. It can be done. It can be done. I’m going to count calories to a slimmer me. It’s the only thing that has worked in the past, and I NEED to just do it. I’m contemplating blogging my progress. We’ll see….
:: Blog one post per day. I know I haven’t been blogging much recently, and my goal in 2011 is to post at least once a day. Every day. Something.
:: Launch the web design business. I had originally planned to launch the website in December, but I’ve decided to postpone this for now because I just started an intense two-month web design program, and I’ll also be going back to school full-time beginning on Jan. 18th. It would be difficult for me to do this plus help clients with their design needs. Instead, I’m going to wait until at least February when the two-month program finishes up. I’m still planning on hosting the giveaway before then, though.
:: Pay off our vehicle. We are inching closer to the finish line, and I’m hoping to pay our car off this year. I’ll let you know when it happens!
And that’s it. Did you make a list of goals for the new year?