Well, hello, you. Are you ready for tomorrow night? You know! New Year's Eve!! I've been told my level of enthusiasm for New Years is a little much. I respond with, "Well, you've never been to our New Years parties before then have you?" My friends kick ass. One year we almost booked a trip to Barbados at 4am. I swear one day we will wake up and have a credit card receipt emailed to us. My husband never makes it up that late so it's always me and my shenanigan cohorts. He would never approve late night purchases. ;)
Anyway, I love New Years for more reasons than a good party. I love it because it's time to start new. Now, I'm not talking about your cheesy resolutions that will never amount to anything. I'm talking about sitting down and writing out your goals for the year. What do you want to accomplish? What do you want to learn? Where do you want to visit? I can't take all of the credit for this novel idea. My dear friend, Kate, came up with it a few years ago. One day I received an email from her, along with many other people that I had never met, about her idea to start sharing goals with each other. That's right. Goals. Not resolutions. Goals that we can write down and check off once complete. I freaking LOVED it and replied all, sending my enthusiasm into the inboxes of a good 20 people I will probably never meet. I can't say I've made any new friends out of this yet. :)
I took her idea and ran with it! Every January, I already host a craft day with my girlfriends. Just a day where we can work on whatever project we all need to do! Some scrapbook, some knit, some organize pictures, some do nothing. You can just use the day for anything! So in 2011, I added goal setting as part of the day's agenda. The ladies were on board and we've been doing it ever since. The best part about it is that we are not only writing our goals down but we are sharing it with others to help keep each other accountable. Sometimes, we don't complete everything. That's ok. It helps us evaluate what was really important to us! Personally, I am taking "working out" off the table this year. Because that's just not going to be something I check off at the end of the year. It's going to be a part of my lifestyle! However in 2013, one of my goals was to run a 5k in under 30 minutes. I am happy to report I checked that one off! I had 12 goals last year. I checked off all but, let's say 4.5. Some I started but never finished.
There's more. Last Christmas a good friend of mine gave me the book, One Word, by Jon Gordon. It talks about picking ONE WORD to use to center your life around for the year. In 2013, my word was focus. I had it hanging on my desk at work, the mirror in our bathroom, and in my home office. It worked! When I repeated the word, I got my butt in gear. When I started staying home and then putting our house on the market, all reminders of my word had disappeared and I could tell I wasn't as focused! I'd love to use that word again but I was told by my friend we can't. Schucks.
So without further ado, here is my list for 2014 and my ONE WORD! Feel free to keep me accountable! I'd love to check this stuff off my list!
2014--DILIGENCE 1. Continue to learn settings on my camera and save for a better lens 2. Read 15 books with more purpose than frilly novels 3. Be a Shaklee Director by year's end and maintain it 4. Pray with Intent 5. Complete 40 Day No Alcohol Challenge and Get Light. 6. Get blog topics written down and organized 7. Unplug more 8. Organize our recipes
What about you? Name one thing you'd like to accomplish this year!