Monday, January 01, 2007
Off to a good start
Happy New Year!!! It hardly seems possible that we are starting another year already.
2007 came in with some freezing rain here in the Granite state. Temps are warming up now, but we still have a lot of slushy ice on the driveway. In spite of the weather, Sam had fun playing out on our deck for a while this morning. He is definitely enjoying winter!
I've made some goals for this year, which I'd like to go ahead and share here. I think I did this last year, too, in the hopes that it would help keep me accountable throughout the year. Well, I don't think I really looked back at my goals much, and I was probably pretty bad at actually attaining those goals . . . but I hope to do better this year. :) I used to make New Year's resolutions, but now I prefer to call them goals . . . I suppose there isn't much of a difference, but I feel that with a resolution, I am just setting myself up for failure, whereas a goal is something I am striving to reach, and if I mess up, I can just keep trying again and again. Probably that sounds silly now that I've typed it out . . . but it works for me. :)
Anyway, here they are: Goals for 2007
1. Get up earlier so I can make time for Bible study and prayer before the kids get up. My plan right now is to get up between 5:30-7:00 am (depending how late I got to bed the night before, how early Jim is leaving for work, etc.). Then I will put the kettle on to boil, take a shower, and make a cup of tea or hot chocolate after my shower, to enjoy while I read my Bible. I tried this new habit this morning, and it worked beautifully. Sam has been sleeping till at least 8 am lately, so even if I sleep till 7, I will have a good half hour of quiet time before he gets up. Earlier would be better, though . . . so I can get some housework done before he gets up, too. :)
2. Hop back on the Flylady bandwagon again. I haven't had any good routines going on with my housework for a LONG time, and I'm ready to get on track again. (I hope!)
3. Get. Sam. Pottytrained. 'Nuff said. :)
4. Lose those last 10 or so pounds of baby weight, and hopefully then lose another 10 to get back to my pre-Sam weight! (After we finish up the Christmas candy, that is. ;))
5. Exercise regularly. I bought a Pilates DVD with some of my Christmas money; hoping to motivate myself in the exercise department. There are 5 workouts and they're all only 10 minutes long. I hope to do a workout at least 3-5 days a week. This is assuming I'm coordinated enough to actually keep up with the instructor on the DVD--LOL!! We shall see how it goes . . .
6. Improve my mind by extensive reading. OK, I borrowed and adapted that line from Pride and Prejudice, but I truly do hope to read some more good books this year, both non-fiction and fiction. :)
7. Become a better wife and mother. This should actually be #2 on my list, but I just typed them as they came into my mind. This one is something I'm striving to work on each day, but I have such a long way to go!!!
I think I will stop with seven goals for now--seems like a good number for the year. :) I hope I will truly make good progress in each of these areas. I have a funny story from back when I used to make resolutions--this happened in college. I resolved one year that I was going to floss my teeth every day for the whole year. Well, I was doing great, and then one night in the fall, I was on extension for the weekend and forgot my floss. The two other girls who were staying with me didn't have any. We asked Mary, the eldery lady whose home we were at . . . she didn't have any. I was determined I was not about to break my record when I had made it over 3/4 of the way through the year! So I ended up borrowing some thread from Mary, and flossed with that! Let me tell you, it is not too easy to floss with thread; it definitely doesn't like to slide in between closely packed teeth. My friends took a picture to record the moment, but I'm not sure where it is right now. We all got a good laugh over it, and I think Mary thought I was pretty crazy. :) Anyway, I believe that's the only resolution I've ever succeeded in keeping for a whole year!
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: I haven't done one of these for a while, so I thought this might be a good week to start up again. How many of you have goals for this year? Would you like to share some of them? I'd love to hear from you!
Posted by Carrie at 12:27 PM