New Year’s Resolution time! Yay or nay from you?
I’m not much of a resolution person. I try to set a few goals that aren’t outlandish, but that will stretch me a bit as well. I’ve tried monthly goals and I’ve tried yearly goals and honestly? With my personality type (Hi, I’m an Enneagram 7) I tend to get bored if I try to focus on one thing for too long because I want to do ALL THE THINGS. I want to grow, I want to trim down, I want to craft, I want to read, I want to bake, I want to be involved, I want to scale back.
I can’t do all the things all the time so smaller goals work for me. I get the satisfaction of completing a task without getting distracted by wanting to try something new. This year I’m going to try setting goals that I can check off little by little, but that will hopefully keep me motivated all year long.
My 2019 Goals:
Make healthy choices daily. This includes drinking enough water, being physically active, spending 10-15 minutes relaxing, and saying no to extra treats when I know I’m not actually hungry.
Read my Bible and spend time in prayer each day. I often skip weekends because my morning routine is different but there’s no reason I can’t stop for a few minutes for Jesus.
Have one “no device” night each week with Micah. We started this recently and it’s really nice, although challenging! We usually watch a movie and we catch ourselves wanting to grab our phones to look up actors names on IMDB. Instead we are fully present and together - what date night should be!
Go on 3 individual dates with each kid. Because we have five kids we each take turns over the course of two months going on parent-kid dates. I will have dates in January/February, May/June, and September/October.
Try one new recipe each month. I’ll probably try more than this but this will force me to be intentional. I’ve started a list of what I want to do and some recipes are items that I would usually buy - like homemade yogurt and cream cheese!
Do a mini-declutter each month. In 2017 I did a weekly decluttering challenge that lasted the full year. It helped our home greatly but there are always new items coming in (hello, family of seven!) so there are always items that can go out.
In order to keep me on track, and hopefully help you as well, I’ve pulled together 15 great resources and tools that can help you reach your goals in 2019. I’ve compiled a few different types depending on what your goals are, so take a gander and see what is going to make 2019 your best year yet!
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I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to know what your goals are and what you are doing and/or using to help you get there! Are you using a goal tracker? Do you have the goal broken down into little steps? Have you signed up for a marathon to motivate you to hit the pavement? Shout it out in the comments!