And I am welcoming this clean slate, this chapter waiting to be written with open arms. I vow to go into every experience with something to learn, even the tough ones, and I will accept that everything really does happen for a reason.
I’ve never done well with sticking to resolutions so this year I’m going with setting goals. Long-term goals, with short term measurables.
I am writing them down and I invite you to do the same in the comments. I will have a post each Thursday where we will catch up with our weekly measurables. This way we can support each other, bitch about how stupid our lofty goals were, and celebrate the wins.
Weightloss, I’ve decided, cannot be a goal. You can, however, use other goals like walking/running 500 miles, getting to the gym 4 x per week, walking 5 days a week, saving $100 (or whatever amount is relevant to you), pay $x amount on credit card, NEVER use credit card again, stick to the monthly budget……. or whatever suits you.
I am in charge of this 2014 CHAPTER in my life and I will write each and every page with purpose and with goals.
Here are my five goals:
- Walk/run 500 miles. Before you spit your water across the room, this is a little more than 1 mile per day and a little less than 10 miles per week. There is absolutely NO REASON why I can’t do this and I’ll use the MapMyRun app to log it all. There are other apps if you want to jump on the 500 mile boat too.
- Take a vitamin every single day. I’ve been very bad about taking care of myself physically because I just don’t have the time and vitamins are expensive… blah, blah, blah. But I recently talked to my aunt who fell and broke her hip a few years ago. She recently fell and shattered her shoulder, and arm and she said it’s because she has osteoporosis. And though she loves cheese, it just wasn’t enough calcium to do the trick. So I will take a multi-vitamin every single day and also vitamin d, which is great for women.
- Pay off credit card in total. I have a tough plan in place to make this happen, but if I put every ounce of effort into doing it I can get there. And if not 100% there, I can get 90% there. I haven’t been debt free in over 20 years and I really, really want to know this freedom.
- Appreciate every minute of every day. Life goes so fast and my oldest is moved out. My middle will start college this year and my youngest still gives me kisses. I need to hold on to the things that I still have and appreciate it all. I haven’t been good about that because frankly, it’s exhausting. But it won’t be exhausting forever.
- Get the house uncluttered and organized and KEEP IT organized. My house is as old as I am and it is constantly needing something. I’ve done a lot since I’ve been here (almost 8 years), but I need to do more. I need to get every single room organized and I need to stay on top of it. If you’re feeling the same pain about just being disorganized I highly recommend that you follow my friend Dana over at A Slob Comes Clean. She is fabulous. She makes me want to clean out each drawer, cabinet, room, nook and cranny. I recently went through my kitchen cabinets and man, did that feel good! I recycled every random plastic bowl lid, or plastic bowl without a lid and I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner.
- Get to the gym at least 2 times per week. Again. No reason I can’t do this because I can go on my lunch hour. I can go on the weekends. I have a gym membership for a national gym so, in theory, I can even make this happen when I travel! NO EXCUSES.
- Volunteer. I want to get back to giving back to my community. I used to be good at this, but as my schedule got over-run, volunteering went to the wayside.
- Drink more water. This one isn’t in the top 5 because this is the hardest one. It does go along with the whole taking care of myself better, so it is a goal. I vow to at least cut my Diet Coke habit by 50% and hope to get to 100%. How’s that?
- Spend quality time with each of the boys. I spend time with each of them, but I need to do better at making it quality. This one I can also guarantee will happen because it is that important to me, but I’m going to need help with the first five so I’ve given those a more urgent priority.
- Love me for me. I made huge strides on this one in 2013, but I can stand to make a few more huge strides in 2014.
- Take more naps.
The first five that will happen and I will post updates weekly on Thursdays.
The next few I hope to make happen.
I hope, hope, hope that you will join me in the very aggressive #1 goal of walking/running 500 miles this year. How awesome would it be if we each committed to making this happen?!
So PLEASE list yours below and we’ll each report back on each goal every single Thursday. It’s a proven fact (don’t quote me) that when you write down your goals – you work harder to achieve them.
We will write this chapter of our lives, one page at a time.