I am big on goal setting; I love the feeling of accomplishment when I reach my goals. I also don’t mind when I miss the mark on a goal because it teaches me something about myself. Maybe the goal was too ambitious and I should have broken it into smaller bite size pieces, or maybe my priorities throughout the year changed. There is no shame in setting out to do something and not quite getting it done. While I title these “Resolutions” I feel like New Year’s Resolutions get a bad rap and are thought about as things to stop doing OR the empty goal to “Lose 10 pounds”, my approach is different and focuses on doing new things that bring me joy!If you want to get in on the goal setting this year please share your 2019 goals in the comments below to help inspire others or email them to me directly at email@example.com. Sharing your goals with me is your ticket to a community that I am planning to build in 2019 to provide support and accountability. I will check in with you 4x throughout the year and you can connect with one another to motivate each other. I cannot tell you how helpful it was for me to have you all holding me accountable this past year so I want return the favor this year.
Below are my results for 2018. In full transparency, this past year was difficult for me so I am super proud that I was able to pull out of my summer slump and get a lot of these accomplished over the last three months.DO 4 SPA DAYS This has been a staple resolution for me over the past few years, I mean who doesn’t want to accomplish spa days?! I also find that by writing it down and setting the intention I receive the support of friends (who want to join in the fun), my spouse (who helps me with watching our boys), and family (who often buy me spa Gift Certificates for Birthday’s and Holidays). I had no problem getting this one done, check, double check.52x CORE WORKOUTS If you want to start a new habit focus on a small weekly goal BUT frame it as doing something 52x. By setting the goal as doing something 52x you can always catch up if you miss a week or a month, or six in my case. After I injured my knee [Accidents Happen] and could no longer walk it seemed pretty frivolously to focus on anything other them my physical therapy. To be honest most of my goals went out the window in May as I grappled with a sedentary life and not knowing how to deal with my emotions [Learning Through Pain]. As I started to regain mobility and my PT started to focus on balance I realized that I was also working my core. Eureka! This was my springboard moment that kicked me into gear to finish the year doing a simple plank workout at the end of every trip to the gym.START A BLOG I try to do something each year that scares me. For 2018 starting a blog was that thing that scared/excited me. I have learned SO much this year and never could have imagined how much fun this adventure would be. My biggest surprise was how many amazing people I met through this work, it’s not always the easiest to put yourself out there day after day, but the new friends and old friends I have reconnected with made it so rewarding.VOLUNTEER 4X AT MY BOY’S SCHOOL Stick to no more than 5 goals, write them down, and focus them on different buckets of your life. Think about all areas of your life that are important, for me it’s: Family/Children, Me Time/Relaxation, Creativity, Sports/Fitness, Friends, and Volunteering, I try to make sure my goals play to each one of those areas. After you write them down, ask your family for support, and go get it! It also helps to make them “SMART” Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound. I put my volunteering goal on pause this summer when I couldn’t walk or drive but this fall I refocused and got it done! I even took it a level further and spearheaded a volunteer program at my boy’s school that is launching in 2019. If you are a fellow MVS parent look for details in the near future.CHARGE MY IPHONE M-F 5-8PM Reflect at the end of each year on where you succeeded and where you missed. I give myself permission to miss, and generally I accomplish 4 of my 5 goals which to me feels pretty darn good. This was my second year failing on this one, I definitely improved over 2017 but still used my phone more than I would have liked when the boys were home from school. This seemed to be the goal that resonated the most with all of you, so I might recommend framing up as a 52x opportunity so if you have some off weeks you can still re-focus and make a change.
Using this same methodology here is what I want to accomplish in 2019:
⚪ Skin to the top of Mt. Mansfield
⚪ Re-establish my Birthday Calendar
⚪ Cook and enjoy an adult dinner 52x
⚪ Build a community around this blog
⚪ Disconnect from my phone/social media 52x
If you want to get in on the goal setting this year please share your 2019 goals in the comments below to help inspire others or email them to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I cannot wait to start building a community to connect and inspire one another, cheers to the new year!
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