I’m approaching goal setting a little bit differently in 2014. Most of my goals for the year fall under the umbrella of 5 big picture goals.
These are the specific, bite-sized goals I’ve made to help me achieve the Big 5 this year:
Tackle the nagging tasks
Back up my laptop. (I just ordered the drive, woohoo!)
Change my hosting for MMD. (Ugh.)
Make the switch to a password manager. Like this one.
Writing and blogging
Find or form a writing group. More on that here.
Write a few guest posts for new-to-me sites. Any recommendations?
Pitch a magazine.
Write 500 words a day. I’ve been tracking this since I started using the Commit app, and I’m shocked at how terrible I’ve done so far in 2014!
Work my way through Let’s Make Some Great Art.
Things I want to try/experience
Make tamales with the kids. Just for fun, but I tend to shy away from big kitchen projects like this.
Take the kids to a high school football game. They’re begging.
Walk a labyrinth. Luckily, there’s one at a local seminary.
Attend a JASNA meeting. More on that here.
The year of great self-care
Schedule regular massages. Old sports injuries + too much typing is a wicked combination, and this helps so much.
Turn the lights out at 10:00 pm unless I have a really good reason not to.
Revisit the Whole 30 twice. I need a reset a couple of times a year.
Practice twenty pull-ups every day. Would I love to be able to do an unassisted pull-up? Absolutely. But that’s not my goal. (Already decided: if I’m out of town, I’ll sub push-ups.)
Get 10,000 steps every day. More on that here.
Open the Book of Common Prayer every day.
Find or form a book club. Especially a Kid Lit book club.
Read the books I’ve been meaning to read for too long.
Read some travel writing, something by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Wuthering Heights.
Re-read the books listed here, most of which I’ve chosen because they keep me focused on things to important to forget.
Connect with a local homeschooling group. More on that here.
Make time and space for Jack and Sarah to blog. They each have blogs (more about that here) but the grown-ups need to provide a little more help for them to be able to do it regularly, as they’d like.
Celebrate special breakfasts, again. This goal was a smashing success in 2013.
Celebrate the happy things. In 2014, I want to expand on the goal of special breakfasts by celebrating (in a low-key way) the little and the big: a first-ever cartwheel, Will’s successful project at work, a lost tooth, a fun new writing gig for me. I have in mind something low-key, like the special plates for dinner or some noisemakers.
Create photo books out of our family photos. My kids adore these, and I do too–even though I hate the process.
Frame some family photos to display in our home. I’m terrible about this, but this convinced me it’s worth the effort.
As always, this list is incomplete and subject to revision. But I think it’s a good start for 2014.
Any big goals for 2014? I’d love to hear all about them in comments!