I've always been one of those people who wrote out new goals or resolutions at the start of a New Year. It's something that my family always did growing up and I just never thought about NOT doing it once I was on my own with my own family. Until this year. This is the first year I didn't actually sit down and make a list of things I wanted to do or have happen this year. And you know what? It feels great.
I realized that for all these years that I was writing out a goal list, I never really gave it a second thought past the first day of the year. It would get shuffled to the bottom of a pile of papers and then eventually thrown away. That wasn't doing me any good and so my goals weren't being accomplished.
This year I decided to do something a little different. Do I have goals I want to accomplish this year? Absolutely! But I'm going about it differently than I have in the past. I am taking a more day by day approach to get me where I want to be in the long run.
I'm working on myself. I'm focusing on being more intentional in things I do and in being happy where I am. That doesn't mean I don't have hopes and dreams for the year, I do, but I'm just hoping that by focusing more on the here and now I will be more successful.
There are a few areas I'm focusing on more this year. Things that I have been thinking about for quite sometime, but I always felt that if I started them I wouldn't be able to finish and then I would feel bad about myself so I just never started to begin with. That's no good. So, I'm holding myself accountable to doing things that I know I need to do. If I fail, I fail. And then I will get back up and try again.
For a while now, I've been feeling like I needed to get back to my roots if you will. I am a Christian, but I don't go to church. I don't read the bible. I do pray occasionally. Something that I've been feeling I need to do is to stop being a Christian in name only. Start living it more. So I started the #shereadstruth plan. It is a daily plan, which helps me keep myself accountable because it's totally doable and realistic when things are broken down to what I need to do daily instead of looking at the bigger picture of what I want over the year.
One of the other areas I am wanting to improve is photography. So I'm doing the FatMumSlim photoaday on Instagram...again. I always do good for the first week and then I slack off. So I'm working on it day by day. It makes me happy to take pictures.
If there is one area I feel I can always use more work in, it's as a mom. I'm doing a 30 day mom challenge with my BFF - Harmony. Everyday there is a challenge and we remind each other to do it and are helping to keep each other honest, if it doesn't go so well, we tell the other. But we are also there to celebrate our successes on the days we nail it. We'd love to have more moms join us, so let us know if you want in on the challenge!
Hopefully this new way of doing things will help me to be more successful in reaching the goals I do have for the year.