2014 is here!
Time to set some goals & make them clear!
I have set goals for myself in these different areas: Friends, Family, Home, Spiritual and Self.
I want to create more authentic friendships, not just the quick message on Facebook.
To accomplish this I will:
A) Send a hand written not to at least one of my friends each month. I love writing out cute cards and who doesn't love getting mail?! I have already sent out my first note. Watch your mail box, you could be next!!
B) I also will try to break out of my staying-at-home-is-easier-then-going-out self a bit more. I tend to shy away from 'play dates' and 'girls nights out'. It takes a lot to get 4 kids, all four years old and younger, out of the house. But, there is nothing like being able to have a little interaction with another human....I mean adult. haha
This year I want to capture the hearts of my husband and my kids.
To accomplish this I will:
A) Say "NO" to commitments that take time away from them and also that put stress on me (in return causing me to lose it with the people I love the most!)
B) PUT DOWN THE PHONE!!! I have a new no Facebook/blogging/phone rule during "working" hours; Meaning if the kids are up, the phone is down! Instead of holding the phone, I want to hold my husbands hand. Instead of looking at a screen, I want to look into the sweet, precious faces of my little ones.
C) Making time for my hubby. So often I fall into to bed exhausted at the end of the day. I am going to make a little time for him before I go to bed. During this crazy stage of life, so often it's the "squeaky wheel gets the oil" mentality. Because my husband is the best man that ever lived (really!) he gets very little oil because he does very little squeaking!
It's where the heart is!
I have so many projects I want to do. I am going to try to do one project every other month. But I am not putting pressure on my self to get them done. If life takes over and we get to busy- I am not going to stress about it.
The top project on my list is to get the family pictures in order. I have so many cute pictures of all these kids just lying around the house. I am going to get some photo albums and get them put away!!
One is never stagnant in their walk with God. We are either walking away from Him or closer to Him. I choose closer!
I think that getting a few quiet moments reading the Word of God is so important. But, I often find myself squandering those few precious moments trying to figure out where to read.
A) Read the entire New Testament in a year. My mother-in-love has a schedule she has used in the past that is easy. It's just a few passages each day. Super easy to get in while I am nursing the baby or waiting for the bacon to finish cooking. It has been fun to compare notes these last few days with her. It's amazing how the Word can speak differently to people.
I love serving my family. In fact I believe it is what God put me on this earth for; to serve these 5 amazing people. I tend to forget about myself. This year I want to find balance in serving my family and taking care of myself. This in no way means I am going to do less in serving them, just that I want to be more carful to take care of myself.
A) Continue running 2-3 times a week. I have signed up to run a half marathon at the end of March. I have been training with a friend running and pushing myself more then I thought I ever would. I still get some anxiety when I leave all the kids at home to go run for a few hours, but I enjoy the time with my girlfriend. Plus, I have an amazing mom that is always willing to come and let me run while she watches the kids. I will take her up on this more often!
B) Let my hair down. Literally. I wear it up all the time. I feel prettier when its down. I will take the two minutes it take to let it down and have it look nice.
C) Shower. I tend to only shower after I work out. The other days some how get away from me and then it's a 'should I go to bed or shower' battle. The bed usually wins. I am going to shower and get dressed each day (or, lets be real, most days).
D) Speak only love. That negative self talk, I am going to stop it. Stop It! I am going to try to take my thoughts captive and speak only love to myself. No more, I'm too fat talk. No more, I'm not good enough talk. No more, I'm a bad mom talk. If I wouldn't say it to a friend- I shouldn't be saying it to myself!
Alright 2014. Ready, set GO!