New Year, Fresh Start

Do you like to make New Year’s Resolutions?

I love to make goals and I usually make a 3-4 New Year’s Resolutions every year. If you think about it though, the idea of a ‘New Year’s’ Resolution can be a bit daunting. Have you ever successfully worked towards a goal for 365 days?

This may work for some goals but I find it difficult to actually stick to and accomplish anything for 365 days, let alone 30 days sometimes.

It make sense that business’ create quarterly initiatives. This year I plan to follow that business model by breaking up my goals in order to meet more of them. This also allows for restructuring throughout the year.  If one method you’ve been trying isn’t working, you can go at it a new way come quarter 2 or 3. 

I have a lot I want to accomplish this new year and I’m running off the positive energy and high frequency vibes I felt finishing out 2022.

First, I want to preface that I’m not one to get disappointed if I don’t reach my exact goals. I know that everything has a process and that progress should be celebrated. I also know that I have my own timeline, but God ultimately enables me to succeed in the areas that are of interest to Him. I just have to continue to step out in faith.

My areas of focus are probably similar to most other peoples. I value each of these categories and want to invest into them this year. I’ll spare you the fine details but give you a glimpse into what I have set up for 2023.

Faith, Finances, Personal Development, and Relationships

Faith

Last year I set out to read through the entire Bible with my family. I did not finish in 365 days, however, I did get in the Word way more consistently than the previous year.

-I am finishing that plan this year and I am open to suggestions for another Bible plan to start up.

-Our family finally started back to ‘in-person’ church, August of 2022, and have been surprisingly consistent with our attendance. My goal is to get our family to church 3 out of the 4 Sundays every month.

-I also plan to get involved in quarterly volunteer opportunities with the family so the girls can experience more tangible giving.

Finances

-Josh and I will continue to max out our Roth IRA. We’ve been doing this for the past 5 years, since becoming debt free in 2017.

-We will continue to tithe monthly to our church.

-We will be finishing our home addition soon and focusing on replenishing our savings accounts.

-I created an LLC at the end of 2022 for this blog and my podcast and I hope to bring in some revenue (fingers crossed)

Personal Development

This category encompasses physical and mental health.

Physical

-Because of the dedication of my sister-in-law, I am already running 2 days a week. I am committing to weight lifting and/or getting to the gym anther 2 times a week.

-I am also challenging myself to make eco-friendly swaps with various products this year (I already have several and I can’t wait to share them with you)

Mental

-I started going to therapy in December of 2021 and I plan to continue weekly therapy sessions . They have truly been invaluable. I am learning so much about myself and how I process situations as well as my needs and how to communicate these needs

-Last year I thought I could read a book a month and that lasted 2 months… so this year my goals is a book a quarter.

-I am working through my own affirmation journal, which you can find here. Positive thoughts and affirmations have been a game changer for my attitude and mental health. I plan to create 2 more affirmation journals this year in the areas of relationships and work.

-Lastly, I plan to schedule myself time to relax. This can look like booking a massage or a facial, getting my hair done, painting my nails, drawing a bath and applying a facemask, etc.

Relationships

-I am resetting my intention to be present with my family. I will be putting down my phone and laptop when the kids and my husband are around in order to engage and just be with them.

-Josh and I plan to create a values list to discover what is truly important to us in our relationship. We will use this list to better connect to each other

-We are also going to have weekly check-in sessions. We started this at the end of 2022, where we take 15-30 minutes and go through a few questions: “What did we do well this week?  What can we improve on? What are you looking forward to? And How can I serve you this week?” And we express gratitude to each other about something they did that stood out to us. After 8 years of marriage and 2 children, those are the things that we neglect but can make the biggest difference.

-We are making a list of 12 date ideas for the year, this ensures we connect at lease 1 time a month, just the two of us. Our date this month is brunch!

-Lastly, I plan to flirt with Josh more. Something that seemed to go out the window after having kids was the energy I spent trying to impress my husband. I know it means a lot to him and honestly it will be fun for me too.

Ok, it’s out in the universe. Now I can be held accountable. I will be breaking down several of these goals into future blog posts. Which ones are you most excited to hear about?

Do you have goals you’d like to share? Leave a comment below.

Also, check out this post about dreaming big.

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