I was inspired by Susannah Conway to determine a “word of the year“. The idea behind this is to not have specific goals, but rather a broad life goal to work towards. Although I loved the idea, I know that I need specific goals to keep myself motivated and check off my list. Based on the terrible national and world events recently, as well as stressful home and personal life, I knew that “PEACE” needed to be my word. So, I added it to my specific monthly goals. Please note that these are SMART goals! 🙂
These are not particularly novel goals. I had many of these goals last year and they kept me motivated when things were tough.
1. Maintained weight. I went up and down a little but overall maintained my weight with the help of exercise 4-5 days/week.
2. Read over 50 books. I was only at 40 books during the week before Winter vacation, however, I rallied during break and at the time of this writing have completed 53 books!
4 of my favorites include (Amazon affiliate links) my possibly new favorite book of all time:
3. Take a daily picture. I started this in May of last year and have really done an admiral job since then. I have been able to print out a super mini monthly version and glue into my Erin Condren planner at the end of each month.
4. Weekly family event. I started aiming for this in October. I have had variable success. I actually was doing best in this area during the advent time when I planned a daily “Advent Adventure”.
5. Although I came up with this goal in August, my greatest triumph this year was the wheelchair campaign for my husband. With the help of over 200 people, we raised more than enough money to buy my husband an amazing new wheelchair to rock out his 4th decade of life. Plus, he was able to see and hopefully feel how loved and cherished he is by so many people!
So… what do you think? Do you have specific measurable goals for the new year? Or broad lifestyle goals? Or a combination of both?
I’m even considering getting myself this pendant necklace to help me remember my goals for the year!