Who’s ready to get shit done in 2017??
I’m a big fan of goal making. I like to look at the areas of my life (family, fitness, personal achievement, etc) and try to make one goal in each area. I truly believe in being happy with the person I am while continuing to work on being the best version of myself. For me, just thinking I want something to change doesn’t translate into action. Yet writing it down and talking about it with someone, usually my husband, and now all of you, gets me on the path to actual achievement!
This year is bringing lots of change for me. We will be welcoming our new baby boy in the next few weeks, moving from Japan back stateside, I’ll be leaving my job due to the move, and the kids and I will be apart from my husband for a solid 8 or 9 months this year while he deploys. Oh, did I mention we’ll be living in limbo? The kids and I are going back to Chicago to live with family during the deployment. While I’m super grateful to have the help of family, it also means we won’t have most our stuff or be fully moved in anywhere. I feel slightly overwhelmed just thinking about all of it! Therefore, most of my goals this year focus on achieving growth, happiness, and calm during a stressful time of life. So without further ado …
1.) For my Happiness: Read one book a month
Every time I finish a book, I always wonder why I don’t do it more. For some reason I have a difficult time picking a book up but once I get started I usually can’t put it down. Admittedly, I spend a good amount of time with the t.v. on which means I have plenty of time to get through one book a month. I personally feel more engaged and productive reading rather than watching t.v. I just have to actually do it!
The Plan: I have both a kindle and the kindle app on my iPad. Plus, I have amazon prime where I can borrow books. I have literally thousands of books at my finger tips. I’ve also subscribed to “Good Reads” e-mails so I can get book suggestions and don’t have to play the “I don’t know what to read” game. I’ve also set a notification on my computer calendar for the 15th of each month saying “read a book!” This way, if I’m half way through a month and life has swept me into it’s whirlwind, I’ll get the reminder to refocus on my goal with plenty of time to finish a book by months end.
2.) For my Health: Work out for one hour 4 times a week
Perhaps this is a little ambitious with a newborn and a toddler?? However, I’ve been a consistent gym goer for the last 5 years and I know that I feel my best physically and mentally when I am making time for this. Aside from losing baby weight, I’ll be focusing on endurance and weight training.
The Plan: While getting to a physical gym may be difficult with two little ones, we’ll be staying with my wonderful in-laws who also happen to have a wonderful home gym. This will be HUGE in the no excuses department. I am also subscribed to Daily Burn. I feel incredibly fulfilled by these workouts and again, they’re easy to do from home. I will use a calendar to log my workouts. I’ve done this before where I put a green check on the days I worked out, and a red check on the days I don’t. I genuinely HATED putting down a red check and having to visually see it. Lastly, I’ll have the hubby be my accountabilabuddy. Yup, that’s a real thing. I’ve asked him to ask me if I completed my workout. I won’t lie to him and I hate admitting that I didn’t do something I said I was going to. The thought of that will help get me off the couch!
Now I can’t start working on this goal until a bit later in the year because I’ll have to have recovery time after my son is born. I promise as soon as the doc clears me though, I’m straight to it!
3.) Personal Achievement: Take a class/Engage in New Hobby
I have all these interests and desires to learn things but don’t follow through. I love photography, am interested in learning more about personal finance, calligraphy, and knitting. While all of these have been interests to me, I know no more about them today as I did 3 years ago. Tackling all at once is obviously unrealistic but it’s time to take a step in the right direction.
The Plan: Through my current job and a wonderful colleague I’ve been exposed more into the world of finance. More and more I find myself enthralled with a subject that honestly bored me before. I am applying for a military spouse fellowship in March to take a program to become an Accredited Financial Counselor. Again, this will be a second half of the year goal as I won’t find out until May if I receive it or not. In the meantime, I am a part of an investor clubs page on Facebook where people share lots of financial information and articles. Also once a quarter, I am going to read one book suggested by Warren Buffett (eh eh … look at that, ties into goal #1 – see how I did that??).
I’ve also looked into calligraphy classes at my local community colleges. Unfortunately the one I found has the class starting before I’ll be back stateside. The good news is I know they offer it and will be checking back for a class later in the year. I’ll keep you posted!
4.) For my Family: Breathe and Enjoy Them
This is going to be the first time in my life I will be out of work this long. That in itself makes me nervous. I’ll be taking on life as a stay at home mom of two kids under two. I’ve never pictured myself as a stay at home mom so truth be told, I’m not sure how I’m going to do. And my husband, well he’s the one who keeps our lives the well oiled machine that it currently is. Without him around every day, I’m not sure how much will get accomplished.
I also realize that 6-8 months will go quick and I’ll be back to work before I know it. When I am, I’ll probably be missing all that time I got with my little loves.
The Plan: Embrace the chaos. Remind myself daily I will not always get the chance to be home with my kids. Be honest with myself about how I’m doing, and not be too proud to take friends and family up on help. Use my husband,my sisters, and mom as my sounding boards for direction and calm. Admittedly this plan is much more vague but it will also be my daily focus.
So bring it on 2017! I’m ready for some positive changes, and new experiences! At the end of each quarter I’ll post an update of exactly what I’ve done for each goal and where I’m at. If you have similar goals and found things that worked for you, share them in the comments. I’d also love to hear any goals you have for the new year!