Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Beginning again.

After a tumultuous 2013, I was ready to take this year on with a vengeance.  Last year, I made a commitment.  While I didn't completely follow through (sometimes life just gets in your way),  I like the idea of commitments.  A commitment can be defined as "the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something." This is something I can stand behind.  

I opted to chose four specific areas of my life that I wanted to improve, alter, or do.  Overall, I want to focus on health and happiness this year.  I want to be committed to working hard and being focused on growing in these areas.

     -Schedule routine doctor appointments
     -Follow an 80/20 balance with Paleo/non-dairy lifestyle

     -Run another half marathon
     -Run a race for charity

     -Stop spending, start saving
     -Take steps to improve photography & print pictures

     -Keep a stocked refrigerator 
     -Give back/to more often

All of the above are areas in which I felt I "failed" or should have done better last year.  In some ways, I believe that these are all very selfish commitments.  No mention of D or family; however the undertone is to be a better, healthier person overall.  I know that being healthy (and continuing my favorite hobbies, such as running) help me to be a happier partner.  A stocked fridge assists the both of us in eating well and out less.  Spending less and paying more towards debt helps me get closer to putting our family in a more comfortable financial position for the future.  Being a better version of yourself impacts others in your life.  

I know that I am completely capable of working hard and being committed to improving these areas of my life.  I'm determined not to lose focus on my commitments after February, so I'm also implementing mini-goals (and was inspired by Nicole) for each month.

And now, it is time to begin again.  It is time to grow and live.  And live I will.



Unknown said...

I love your check list my dear, and I know that you'll be able to concur all the things you set out to do this year! Simply because you're awesome.

Brittany Rasmussen said...

I think self care is one of the best gifts you can give to others. I have found that to be true at least in my relationship with my husband! None of my goals and commitments specifically mentioned his name, but most of them really do benefit and help him out too. Also, a saner me is a happier husband I always say!

Heidi said...

I don't see these as selfish goals at all! Being the best person that you can be is one of the best things you can do for others. I like the idea of having smaller goals to tackle in increments rather than being overwhelmed by the bigger picture.

Ashley said...

Great list of goals...I love the one about running a race for charity. That would be incredible. I need to actually print pictures off this year as well. I feel like ever since Walker was born, I haven't done that (so there are no pictures of him up in the house!)

Unknown said...

I love the idea of mini goals! I seem to be filled with them lately. You can do it!

Alex Byer said...

Perfect goals girlfriend! And love those Sharpie pens :) I have them too! And the 80/20 balance is perfect. I definitely need to work on that this year.

Katie @ Live Half Full said...

I love these. Very realistic, but they will add up!!! I think you and I both learned to scale back a bit and look at the big picture last year- and I think we're going to rock this year!


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