5 GOALS FOR 2016

For the past several weeks I’ve started to think about what I want to accomplish in the New Year. I don’t use the word “resolutions”  ever and prefer to use “goals” instead. Here’s my five goals I am starting the year with.

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GET ORGANIZED– Around Christmas this was a big joke because I kept saying 2016 is the year of organizing since our living room was covered in a big Christmas mess. It seems like getting organized would be a very basic thing to do, but I am talking about not only having the house organized and clean but also being organized for my day. We are so rushed every morning just to get out of the house on time, that if I took a few extra steps the night before and organized a little more it would make things much easier in the morning. Target recently had these white plastic baskets in the dollar bin for $3 and I went to several different Targets trying to buy as many as I could. I started placing these little baskets around the house trying to make it easier to find things and clean up as well. So far, they’ve worked perfectly.

DECLUTTER– Organization and decluttering seem to go hand in hand I realize, but I am putting them into two separate goals. Since we have been thinking about moving I have been trying to declutter as much as I can. It’s amazing how much crap one can accumulate just over a few short years. I’ve been going room to room and trying to part with what I can but I know I can do a much better job. I’ve heard such great reviews of this book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and have put at the top of my list to read. Have any of you read the book?

STAY HEALTHY– Overall I would consider my family pretty healthy, but again we can do a better job. Nathan and I both exercise and try to eat right but I do believe it’s more than that. Last week I started reading the book French Kids Eat Everything, and I am completely obsessed. I don’t think I’ve read a book this fast in a long time. I’ll have another post on the book once I finish but we’ve already implemented a few key steps mentioned in the book to start out our year healthy.

BE PRESENT– This is one of those sayings that’s hard to do especially in today’s society. Being present in the moment. For me that means no phone, no computer, no TV and just enjoying the moment. I try to make a conscious effort of not looking at my phone every 5 minutes when I am with London, but again that’s hard to do. Whether it’s work email or social media I feel like sometimes my phone is glued to my hip. I have to admit there’s even been a few times when London has told me to put my phone down, and I basically feel like the worst mother on the planet.

CONTINUE TO STRIVE– This goal is more for personal than career. I have separate goals for my career and obviously I work toward continuing to strive in that area as well.  I want to continue to strive to be a better mom, a better wife, a better friend, a better sister, a better daughter. Between working full time, raising a toddler, writing a blog, and trying to find time to myself it can be a bit overwhelming.  If I can remind myself each day though why I do all these things it helps to put things in perspective. It also helps me to try and be the best version of myself I can each and everyday in all these areas. As London is getting older I find myself wanting to make sure I am doing everything I can to give her the best education, the best family time, and surround her with the best environment. So, I will continue to strive each and everyday.

As the year goes some of the goals might change and might refocus but this is what I am starting the year with. I also have a bucket list I’d like to accomplish for the year as well that I’ll be sharing soon. I’d love to know what some of your goals are for the new year!

  • I’m having the same thoughts as you! Making goals, not resolutions. I really want to get that de clutter book as well, you will have to let us know how it is! Happy New Year! xx

  • Sara Mueller

    I have a few goals as well and I’m trying to come up with my word for 2016. And you have a great list of goals!