The New Year's hype is over. Give yourself grace that you got through the holiday season and winter break with the kids. There's no reason to feel bad if you haven't thought about your year yet. Some of us just move a little slower, and there's still plenty of time for setting 2015 goals. I feel strongly that you'll spend your time on your priorities, so it's time to set those priorities. What's on your mind to accomplish in 2015? Are you focused on your health? Your finances? Your family?
I've spent some time reflecting on 2014 and am now ready to forge ahead, after a couple of weeks of snow days, family illness, and the like. I've written up my personal goals and I'm putting it out there! For 2015, I'm focused on:
Feeding my Family Healthy Meals
My goal is to cook 6 of the 7 nights each week. That seventh night, we'll either have leftovers, eat a convenience food (like frozen lasagna), or eat out (sparingly–see next goal). I'm publishing my weekly menu plan, which helps me make a grocery list and stay accountable.
Staying on Budget
Our goal is to stick to the monthly budget we set up when we wrote out our financial goals. This means putting more effort into NOT spending money, taking the time to find a few deals rather than pay for convenience, a habit I've let go in the past two years. I'll be tracking this through monthly posts about how to reduce each budget category.
Enjoying my Family
We were really happy with the amount of quality time we spent together last year, between in-home activities like board games and movie nights and our outings and trips. We want to keep this exactly the same. Our kids are at such a great age right now (8, 8 and 11) and we have so much fun together. The new goal we're adding to this (and I've recruited the kids for their help) is to take more photos of our everyday lives (not just the holidays & trips) and make photo albums, a habit I had years ago but had let goonce I had three kids under age 3.
Enjoying our Home
As a family, we've set a goal to create a usable, fun space in our basement. Previously, it's been a cold, unappealing collector of clutter, but we have a vision for how it can be a fun kids-and-their-friends space now that they're older and need some room to hang out. On my end, I'd like to finally tackle some of the empty walls (we've been in this house 8 years) and do more DIY projects like I used to. Again, recruiting the kids to help makes all the difference in this getting done.
My goal is to create the habit of writing daily. I've started with three mini-habits: a journal prompt daily, sending one card a day to someone who needs love, and a before-bed brain dump to help me sleep better. So far, it's working!
My goal for 2015 is to read 75 books. I keep track of my books on my Books I've Read 2015 Pinterest board, if you'd like to follow along or get some recommendations (see also BIR2014).
In the past, I've found that the goals I've set that don't get accomplished are the ones that were too vague or that I didn't break up into smaller, do-able pieces. Writing down your goals make you much more likely to achieve them, so I hope you'll keep that in mind.
What are you focused on for 2015? What goals have you set for yourself?