It's that time of year when lots of folks are making their resolutions for the New Year.
Or if you're like other people I know, you are instead refusing to set yourself up for failure and throwing all resolutions to the wind.
I love setting goals and challenges for myself.
But I'm also a planner.
I don't just grab a goal and stick it on my fridge because it sounds nice. I need to have a plan.
This year I've decided to focus on four parts of my life- spiritual, physical, mental, and financial.
My husband and I sat down and decided on a total of 12 resolutions to fit these categories.
Now, 12 might seem like a lot, but it's broken down by 8 individual (4 each) and 4 family goals.
For myself, I will complete my devotions at least 3X a week. Devotions are daily Bible readings that also include reflection and journaling.
As a family, we will share our devotions 1X a week and attend church weekly.
In the past we haven't kept up with our devotions and have gone months without attending a service. It really took an emotional toll on us so we'd like to avoid that this year.
I will lose 20% of my current weight by the end of the year. This is on average 3.5 pounds a month. I'm a member of SparkPeople and will use that program and resources to meet my goal.
I've used SparkPeople in the past and lost almost 30lbs. I'm hoping to have the same success this time around.
As a family, we're going to take a weekly walk, either around the neighborhood, at the beach, or at a park. Once a week we'll do something active as a family.
I will read 6 non-fiction books by the end of the year. I've already got my list set up with our local library!
As a family, we will visit the library once a month. Our son is too young to really enjoy the library but we'd like him to be exposed to the environment so that in a few years he'll be a pro =)
I will stick to our family's spending budget. Since I'm the one who usually sets the budget, I also tend to give myself leeway when it comes to spending. No more- I'm going to save any extra spending for true emergencies after consulting with my husband, first.
As a family, the husband and I will meet at least monthly to plan our budget.
If you set resolutions for the New Year, I encourage you to take the time to really plan out your action steps.
A goal without a plan is simply a wish.
Don't wish for your life to be better, plan for it.
I believe in you!