So the New Year is here, well basically. T-minus 2 days! Isn’t it crazy? Does anyone else feel like 2016 flew by? Because it sure did for me. What happened in my life? Well, for starters I had another baby girl, Gracie. My hubs tore his bicep a week and a half after I gave birth-not fun. We moved from our condo to a house-yes! My firstborn turned 2-crazy. And lastly, I met some amazing blogger friends finally at IBE-which was so fun. It was a full year. But to be honest I’m ready for a fresh start. This year has been good to me, but there’s been some struggles too. Plus, I love a fresh start.
I’m a dreams and goals kinda gal. I love talking about my dreams and goals, writing them down-I love it all! Each year, for many years I’ve written down some goals. After reading goal books and through my own failed goals, my strategy for writing down my goals has changed. I used to write 15 goals only to quickly forget them January 2nd-can anyone else relate? It was as if they went in one ear and out the other. Thankfully, I’ve learned a thing or two about goal setting and now I don’t set myself up for failure. Instead I’ve learned to keep things simple. Often if you complete just three of your goals the good from those will fall into other areas of your life too and take care of other goals you may have wanted to write down but didn’t.
This year I’m challenging you to consider five goals in particular. Five goals that have the potential to change your life in 2017. I know that’s a big statement but the reality is you probably won’t remember ten goals but you probably will remember five. Just think if you actually did those five goals? By the end of the year your life would look different. Everyone’s goals are going to look a little different. But the important part is to have some goals. And not just that but steps on how your goals are going to happen. It’s easy to write a goal, but I encourage you to write down when and how you’re actually going to put it into practice-it’s made a huge difference for me! I’ve shown you below how I’m going to incorporate my goal into “action steps.” As the quote says,
“How will you know you’ve arrived, if you never knew where you were going?”
Let me introduce you to my FIVE…
Start a Consistent Exercise Routine Again-
Since becoming pregnant this last year and having Gracie, exercise has been few and far between. Now don’t get me wrong. I still take walks and walked quite a bit when I was pregnant and after giving birth. But I haven’t incorporated any lifting or resistance training which I miss. Or I should say my body misses. I grew up playing sports pretty much year round and I miss the sweaty mess I would become while competing. Exercise does so much more than just get your body into shape. It helps your mood, and attitude too.
*Action Step- I’m committing to exercising three times a week this year in the morning.
Be a Better Friend-
You know it’s easy when you have kids to let your friendships go by the wayside a bit. Not that I don’t have friends-I do and good ones, but sometimes I feel I could be a better friend. This year I want to be the one asking to hang out, the one calling or writing encouraging notes. It’s easy to get caught up in my life and all that I deem to be important. But I’ve found when I switch my mind onto other’s and what they’re going through my own problems seem small and often fade away. People are the most important things in life and I want the one’s around me to know that.
*Action Step- Reach out to two friends a month. Whether by phone, card, gift, or meet up.
Read 24 Books-
I know, sounds a bit ambitious as a mom. But I have a whole year people! And there’s audio books-a game changer for me. Any successful person I’ve encountered always seems to be a reader. Not a magazine reader, but a book reader. Every time I read a book it gives me new ideas, vision, motivates me, inspires me…you get the picture. Books teach me so much and cause me to get beyond my little world.
*Action Step- Listen to a book during my daughter’s nap times and any time I’m in the car. Read for 15 minutes before bed each night.
Be a Person of Quality and Not Quantity-
This goes for a lot of things in my life. I am going to ask myself this question this year: Does this fall into the quality or quantity category? Especially with my blog. It’s often easy to just pump out a ton of content but is it really helping anyone? Or did I just want to check off that I blogged three times for the week? Less is more I’m realizing and quality is just that-quality. Do I want ten pairs of cheaper jeans that I don’t wear or two that I really love but cost more? I’m choosing the latter. Isn’t the saying so true that the best things in life are worth waiting for? I think so. Sometimes we might have to wait a little longer for quality but in the end it’s worth the wait.
*Action Step- To mindfully ask myself if this is quality or quantity when making decisions. Put this phrase up in my office.
Be a Mindful Eater-
I just finished Food Freedom Forever by Melissa Hartwig and it has changed my thinking on food. I truly believe anyone should read it. Melissa does such a good job of laying out how our mind is so connected with the food we eat. From the calorie counter, the binge eater, the sugar addict, the health nut, and everything in between. Often people think the skinny girl is the one that has it all together when in reality there’s often a disconnect with her and food too. The goal is to find your ideal diet(for lack of a better word) that will make you feel amazing. Everyone’s body is so unique and intricate. What works for one, may not work for another. Can you tell I just finished the book?! Haha! Imagine if the skinny girl stopped torturing herself every time she had a healthy treat? Or the women who constantly suffered from joint pain is pain free because she knows what foods trigger it? Now, that would be really living! This year I want to be conscious of how foods make me feel after. Notice when I feel my best and when I don’t and why. To not just put something in my mouth because it’s there but to really ask myself if what’s before me is something I want or is it going to help me. Now, I’m not trying to be a crazy person about it but just conscious.
*Action Step- To mindfully eat what makes my body thrive. To learn to have power over my food choices and not to succumb to my emotions. This will mean asking myself how I’m feeling when I want certain foods and how I feel after I’ve had them. Put this phrase in my kitchen, “Does this food represent optimal health for me?”
Well, that sums up my top five for the year. What are your top five? Did any of these speak to you?