Here we are 10 days into 2017, and I’m just getting around to goal setting. Sometimes you have to do it like that. It took me a few days into 2017 to come up with my word of the year and then the rest had to follow suit. If I was going to be intentional about my life as a person and a mom, I was going to have to set the goals slowly and with that intention in mind. Being a mom is hard. Actually being a person is often very hard. We are unable to plan for #allthethings that can happen in life.
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The truth is that in the last few months I have spent very little time at home. I’ve been traveling, dealing with the holidays, or dealing with family stuff. It sounds wonderful, right? It is. It’s great to be able to pack up and go when we want. It’s been great to be there for family to help support them when they need it most by taking care of all the small children or taking turns doing other necessary items on the list. It’s been great to be intentional about our time spent together and think about where exactly I’m needed during this season of our lives. None of it is easy.
This all means that goal setting was taking a backseat, but I knew that it was important. I knew that time was of the essence or I was going to be too far down the rabbit hole. Let’s just say that I know I have to do things in a timely manner or I’ll say what the heck let’s just fly by the seat of our pants. Have you been there? To me it’s like flossing. I’m great at flossing so long as I do it EVERY single night but the minute I skip a night it might be months before I start again. Crazy, huh? Do you have any habits/chores like that?
What else do I know about myself?
I know that I need to be held accountable. I need to set goals and give myself rewards. Are you a reward based person? I totally am. I promise to spend 15 minutes reading something for pleasure after I finish this post actually. Reward. Check! Now what are my goals for the year?
1. Get outside for 15 minutes/daily
2. Read for 15 minutes nightly
3. Spend time cooking/baking at least twice/week.
4. Be intentional about striving to keep myself in tune with all my goals.
1. Spend quality time with my husband daily.
2. Allow him time for his own pursuits
1. Spend quality 1:1 time with each child daily
2. Read 100 books with the kids.
3. Go on a mommy/son date with my son at least once/month
4. Practice my daily gratitude practice
1. Plan more day trips and/or local activities to get us out of the house and learning
2. Plan an amazing east coast road trip. If you live on the east coast, I want to see you!
3. Spend quality time together every day.
2. Hang all our paintings/photos
3. Get rid of things we don’t need/want/use
4. Buy things with intentional purposes.
1. Launch #momlife audit to help you set your goals/priorities
2. Launch membership site
3. Do more with less work. Sounds impossible, right? I think we can do it!
4. Work only on days my kiddo is at preschool. (Minus networking)
As we started 2017, I thought about things with intention. That means that I also bought with intention.
For the Hubs
1. Herban Cowboy Forest Deodorant. This was listed as the best men’s deodorant of 2016!
2. Pacific Shaving Co. Caffeinated Aftershave. To go with his new safety razor.
3. Pacific Shaving Co. Caffeinated Shaving Cream.
4. Pocket Ref 4th Edition. So much information right at his fingertips.
For the Kids
I haven’t bought a lot for myself since it was the holidays, but I was intentional about the things I wanted. I got new earrings, new kitchen supplies, and clothes that would be easy to wear while breastfeeding but that wouldn’t look frumpy. I call that a win.
Another way for me to be intentional this year is in my plans for reading. I set my reading goal for 20 books. What do I plan to read?
1. Dorothy Must Die
2. Bless Her Dead Little Heart
3. Sharp Objects
4. The Minaturist
5. The Wicked Will Rise
6. Yellow Brick War
7. Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams
8. American Cake: From Colonial Gingerbread to Classic Layer Cake, the Stories and Recipes Behind More Than 125 of Our Best-Loved Cakes
9. Yashim Cooks Istanbul: Culinary Adventures in the Ottoman Kitchen
10. As Good as Gone
11. Molly on the Range
12. Born to Run
13. The Indian Cooking Course: Techniques – Masterclass – Ingredients – 300 Recipes
14. Modern Lovers
15. They May Not Mean To, But They Do
16. The Mayor of Mogadishu: A Story of Chaos and Redemption in the Ruins of Somalia
17. Here Comes the Sun
18. 32 Yolks
19. The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem
20. Eleven Hours