January 28, 2016

goals for the new year

Well look at that, I managed to get these goals written down before February!

In 2015 I just wanted to survived.  So much change happened for our family, I just wanted to get through it.  It was fun, the year brought us the end of a medical education era, a new home, a new city, little Miss Thea, and so much more.  But it was certainly exhausting.  I finally feel like we're finding our place, falling into a slightly more comfortable routine.

I didn't make any resolutions per say.  But I do have some goals for the year.  Things I hope to complete or accomplish.  I do better with a more concrete list.  Of course I'd love to spend more time with my husband, be a better mother, etc.  But that is all relative and based on perspective and opinion.  I'm discovering that I am a very black and white no nonsense kinda girl.

1. Complete a Whole30.  Fancy that, I'm currently 28 days in!  I can't say it has been a perfect Whole30.  All the foods I'm eating are compliant, but I'm snacking way more than I should be.  I blame it a little bit on nursing, and a lot on the fact that I just love to eat.

2.  Run a half marathon.  I've started training for an April half.  This weekend I have to run four miles, my longest run in almost a year.  I've been slowly building my stamina back up over the last few weeks.  It's daunting, and sometimes I want to give up, but I think everyone close to me can agree that I'm a much happier person when I'm running.  I actually hope to run four races this year, two halves, the Mother's Day 5k, and one race to be determined.  Four just sounded like a good number, and enough to keep me busy.

3.  A family project 52.  In 2014 we took a family photo weekly, and I absolutely love looking back on them.  The fam pretty much hates having to take pictures so I didn't press the issue last year.  But I'm sad about that, so we're back at it this year!

4.  Print my blog books.  Really I want to print a ton of photo books.  But I keep imaging what would happen if blogger just up and disappeared on me.  I'm grateful for my chatbooks and all the memories they have preserved.  Now I need to get my blog posts printed out so I don't lose them!

5.  Find a red lipstick I love.  Dumb?  Yes.  Probably.  But I'll be 30 in April and it's about damn time I learn how to do my hair and make-up like an adult.  I've used the same brand and colors of make-up for probably close to 10 years now.

6.  Read the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  I got this book last year right before we moved, but have yet to read it.  I want to read it and organize our entire house.  We've got a lot of space to hid junk in here and I don't want it to pile up!

7.  Read 10 books.  I love reading.  I really do.  But it is one of the first things to go when I need to find more time.  I spend a lot of time on social media.  I could use even 15 minutes a night of that time I usually spend staring at my phone to enjoy a book!

And I couldn't let the New Year go by without dressing up the baby.  Thea is younger than Ryann and Elsie were at their first New Year, so I couldn't do the photos the same way.  But close enough.  And she is still adorable.



Aly said...

Love your goals! Especially number five!!! Great job on your whole 30!!! Have you heard of isagenix? It's perfect nutrition shakes and nutrional cleansing. I love that it's so easy and convenient and takes the pressure off of meal making and prep all the time!

Tina said...

Great job on doing the whole 30 day challenge! I have always talked about doing it but I never follow through...ugh! My goal is to start training for another half marathon too. I don't know where you get the motivation with having three small children. Can you send some my way...lol. I work with preschoolers all day and I am so tired when I get home!

If you need any help picking out the perfect red lipstick I would love to help you. I use Younique because it is nature based.

Kara Janzen said...

Have you found a good place to get your blogs printed into books? I've looked into it and keep leaving without printing them because I don't like how they put all the pictures at the end of the post instead of throughout the post. I'd love any recommendations if you have any companies you like. The project 52 also sounds awesome!