March is usually a tough month for those New Year’s resolutions we optimistically made when January started a fresh new year. I tend to go all out with making my resolutions a reality in January, but then my momentum slows a little in February. By March, the sparkle has worn off and I’m more of a muddy mix of ordinary life than a determined, goal-oriented boss lady.
Are you in the same place as me? It’s easy to be here with all the things we have going on in life that can distract us from our goals. Work, kids, housework and after school activities get in the way and begin to take precedence over the goals that we thoughtfully planned out for the year.
I need a little refresh and a big kick in the pants, and maybe you do, too. It’s accountability time, friends. Time to take a hard look at what my goals were and how they are coming along, and what better way to hold myself accountable than to open up my “journal” to the World Wide Web.
These are the goals I made for the year and my progress so far.
- 1. Start blogging again as a creative outlet – check. Yes! Starting off strong. I like it.
- 2. Write every day – this is really more like every other or every two days right now. I’d like to eventually write every day, though. Must work on this.
- 3. Create an Etsy shop for rustic home and wedding décor. Check-check. Things are rolling right along there.
- 4. No Media Mondays – oof. This one hurts to write because I had such good intentions to make this a thing in our house. We haven’t even tried this. (Said in the smallest possible voice). I REALLY do want to do this, though. I love the idea of an entire night of all of us being unplugged from our phones, iPads, TVs, computers, etc. I think it will be an adjustment for Tom and me more than the kids because we already limit their screen time. It’s the two of us that might struggle after they go to bed. I still have every intention of giving this a go. Maybe in April? Anyone with me?
- 5. Learn a new hobby – I’d say this was going well, as I’m learning calligraphy, photography, and wood-working. I’m not sure that I’m doing any of them well, but I am learning them and that’s what matters to me.
- 6. Find a balance of home, work, personal time – this goal was a struggle when I made it for myself and it continues to be. I’m not there yet, in fact, many days I am so far away from balancing my life that it can be a chaotic feeling. I want to have set routines and times and schedules to help me find this balance. You know I’m a planner and that’s how I find my Zen, but I can’t seem to get it down in this season of my life: three kids, job, marriage, house, blog, and now small business is challenging me to even remember that there is such a thing as balance. Here’s some real talk coming at ya: I haven’t even planned this week in my planner. That’s big, you guys. It needs to change.
- 7. Lay off the exclamation points! – a work in progress, but I’m trying to use less giddy marks. I can’t help it. I’m a freaking EXCITED person, guys!
- 8 Get healthy – (and lose the baby weight) – this one is also a work in progress. As some parents probably can attest to, I am great at making sure my kids eat healthy and get in exercise, but when it comes to myself, I tend to lose steam. The thing is, and I’m being honest here, it’s just not the priority in my life right now. I make a choice every day to fit what means the most to me into my crazy busy schedule. I’m not choosing my health as a priority is the blunt truth. I’m working on it, though. I want to be around for a long time for my family, and I also want to show my kids through example what it looks like to respect our body and treat it well.
- 9. Read a book each month – Check. This number is embarrassing for me to admit because I’m an English teacher, and before I had kids, I was reading four, five, six books each month. Now, it literally takes a conscious effort to read one each month. I started a book club over the summer though, and not only is it a ton of fun (shout out to my “Come Anyway” ladies!), it also forces me to meet my goal each month. If one of your goals was to read more in 2016, join or start a book club. Better yet, join mine!
- 10. Be intentional – another work in progress. I made this goal to be intentional in what I do: what I read or watch, what I spend my time doing, whom I give my time to. I want to stop wasting my time on things that do not better me in some way. This goal is a work in progress because I still do waste time on social media or on things that don’t matter in the long run. I’m more attached than ever to my phone now that I can run a small business on it, and that comes with a host of temptation to surf the Web. Balance! Working on it! Along with my exclamation points!
That sums up the last two and a half month’s progress. I can see there’s some work to do still, yet there’s also some goals that are checked off. What about you, friends? What goals are you knocking out of the park, and which ones do you need a kick in the pants to get going? I love hearing from you! Shoot me a comment or an email. For now, I’m off to write a tiny, sparkly Tooth Fairy note and scrounge up some change.