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I know that sometimes it seems cliche to make resolutions at the New Year. I mean, you can set goals anytime of the year and keep them. But, I think the reason I actually use the New Year to make my resolutions is because after the holidays and I have put away all of those trappings and the house is cleaned up and fresh again, it seems like an appropriate time to make a fresh start with many things. Not only that, it feels good to look ahead to an entire year that is full of promise and already divided into times and seasons to use as incremental deadlines to keep myself on track. It is easy to remember that I began something in January. If I begin a new goal in May, I may not recall when I started it. That is just me. Finally, It is nice to reach the holiday season and look back over the year and feel peace about what was accomplished during the past year. That adds to my feelings of thankfulness.
Last week, on this post, I told you about the great calendar/planner that Maddy gave me for Christmas and how I was going to use it to help me keep my goals for 2018. (That link is to the customizeable planners at Minted. There are other choices listed on that other post.) I also promised to share my goals with you when I had them all decided upon. Soooo.....
Happy New Year!
Here are my 2018 goals and how I plan to actually keep them this year! If you haven't made any resolutions for yourself this year, maybe my ideas will jog your brain to come up with some of your own. :) I hope that by recording them here, it will make me more accountable for them as well.
As I mentioned in my original post, I took the time to reflect and ponder on the things that I wanted to improve on in the coming year. I divided my goals into 5 categories:
I only set one goal in this category because I feel like many of my other goals will ultimately help me spiritually as well. (Such as journaling and healthy eating.)
1. Scripture Study-I used to always read my scriptures in the morning. Now, that just isn't working for me. Since my children are all going different directions and my husbands work hours are changed, I am finding many things changing in my life and I have to change old habits to fit these changes. I need to carve out 30 minutes a day for scripture study and I am going to try for the early evening. If that doesn't work well, I will try something else until I find what works.
Another part of making my scripture study more successful is remembering to pray before and after I read. This goal is very important to me. I will be sure to journal about my progress and insights as I work on this goal.
It is very important to my husband and I to try to be self sufficient. In the event of a job loss or some other emergency, we want to be prepared. This can lead to needing financial goals and preparedness skills. Financial goals are something we have together and work on all of the time. This year I have included some skills goals that I need to work on.
Home Improvement Goals:
This is one of those areas where I have continued to make the same goals year after year and I always get side tracked and never get as much done as I hope to. This is also an area that will have to wait until my son and his family are gone in order to accomplish them. Although, we did get somewhat of a start in organizing rooms in order to make room for my grandchildren to sleep! There is always a silver lining!
There are so many goals that I could make for my blog, and I know that there are things that the girls and I will do over the year on the blog that I am not even listing. But, here are two goals that I really want to be sure to do!
Those are my 2018 goals! Surprisingly, I do not feel overwhelmed, but I feel excited. I just discovered yesterday that my new planner came with stickers that I can use as I plan and journal in it. One of the stickers that I just put on my goal page says, "Don't Call it a Dream, call it a Plan!" That is how I feel about it! Please let me know if you have any suggestions or if you want to share any of your resolutions for this year! Here is wishing everyone great success in the coming year!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!