So, with no further intro (since time's a-wastin'--it's already February!), here is what I'm planning on:
I feel like I set the same goals every year for spiritual, which are to read my scriptures and say my prayers daily, and I pretty much fail every year, some years being better than others. I think that instead of concentrating so much on the every day part, I need to make sure that the way I pray and study the scriptures actually helps me live my life better and draw closer to God.
- Pray with a dual purpose every day--recognize and thank God for specific blessings, and recognize and ask for specific types of help.
- Using my current needs as a guide, plan on studying the scriptures topically. I will study what I want to study, write about it or blog about it and change topics when I feel like I'm ready for a change.
I made some great progress last year and managed to maintain my good habits over the holidays (huge accomplishment!). However, I am ready to keep progressing and becoming healthier and stronger. And okay, I wouldn't mind being a little thinner, either. However, I find that if I concentrate more on losing weight over healthy habits, it's easier for me to flake out--I am just not quite vain enough or something. If my goal is to be healthier, weight loss is just a by-product of doing something nice for my body, and that feels like a more positive and respectful way to approach myself. Besides, I don't have any desire whatsoever to become an extremist about food--life is too short, food is too tasty and I like looking like a woman.
- Track my food using My Fitness Pal. It is tedious, and annoying, but I am changing some lifelong food habits here. It's going to take longer than 6 months to do that. When I track, I end up making more healthful food choices and being more consistent and realistic about my calorie intake, which is the big secret to lasting weight loss.
- Exercise 5 times a week, rather than the 4 I've been averaging. I do an interval or HIIT-type workout, but as the weather gets nicer, I'll start getting outside and walking/running.
I need to start making some strides toward having a career again someday. To that end, I want to:
- Research some possible career paths that I might be interested in. Find out what I would need to do to get from where I am now to there.
- Reach out to my contacts in the academic world and see about the possibility of teaching a Sociology class locally or online in the meantime.
- Research for a possible book or blog idea based on research-based best marriage and family practices.
- Invite friends and their families, if applicable, over for dinner twice a month.
- Invite friends out with us on date night a couple times a month. We love to talk to each other, but it's fun to include others in our plans, as well.
I have some roll-over goals from last year.
- Brainstorm with my husband about what each child most needs from us. Set goals for how we can meet those needs.
- Be more consistent with the kids and their chores--make sure there are consistently implemented rewards as well as consequences. We have a good system in place, but it requires every day, consistent follow-through (mostly by me, since Aaron doesn't get home until 6:30 or 7 most nights). There's the rub :). I just need to quit making excuses and do it.
- Drastically reduce the amount of stuff in the garage, and organize what's left over. It is so easy to just dump stuff and run, and there is a decent amount of stuff out there that either needs to find a new home in someone else's home, be thrown away or be put away inside the house.
- Help organize and decorate the rest of the kids' rooms, starting with Sophie and Lucy's.