It’s goal setting time!
Whether you’re one who makes resolutions or sets goals for the new year, it’s time to start thinking about them (if you haven’t already) and put some on paper. Or, in my case, put them on the Internet. As I mentioned last year, I’m not a fan of the word “resolution” when it comes to the new year because I don’t tend to think of them as something that sticks. When I set goals for myself, I write them down, make a plan of action and keep track on how I’m progressing throughout the year and adjust any goals if I need to.
Last year, I shared my 2016 goals with you as well as how I establish and keep track of my goals throughout the year. Below are some of my personal goals for 2017. Next week I’ll be sharing a wrap up of my 2016 goals and dive into this year’s reading goal a little more. Be sure to check back here at the end of each quarter for a review as we work through our goals together and make 2017 a productive and rewarding year for us all!
Reading – I’m upping the ante this year after reaching my goal of reading 20 books in 2016. I’ll be sharing more about this goal with you Friday, so stay tuned!
Health/Fitness – Last year my goal was to get in more solo workouts. That NEVER happened, so I am making a point to make it a bigger priority. I already registered to run the Bay to Breakers again this year (after taking a break from it last year), so I need to get those solo runs in in order to keep up and get a great time. My goal is to start with a 2-3 solo runs the first few months of the year, but kick it into higher gear the closer we get to the race in May.
Social – Over the past two years of being a stay-at-home mom, I’ve learned that while I love my child more than anything and want to gobble her up all day long, I need some time away from her in order to remain myself. Does that even make sense? I love being a mom, but after getting more comfortable with leaving her with a sitter last year, I’ve realized that I still really enjoy going out with friends and being social with others. This time away from her and our home helps me be a better mom, wife and person. My goal is to go out or meet up with friends at least 1-2 times per month.
Parenting – While I feel like I entertain Cecilia well during the day, I see how much she grows by playing with other kids her age. She gets a ton of friend play time in at Stroller Strides and I want to increase the group play time she gets. She gets incredibly shy around new people and while I know that a lot of that is completely normal at her age, I want her to feel more comfortable in group settings with kids she may not know as well as her Stroller Strides pals. This year, I want to initiate more playdates and get her into more group settings with different friends whether it be through a class or going to a different playground where she doesn’t always see the same kids.
Relationship – More date nights! Last summer, we were good at scheduling time for dates, but as the year went on we got really busy and had to cancel our date nights for one reason or another. My goal this year is to get back to scheduling date nights and immediately re-scheduling should we have to cancel/postpone.
Home – My big goal for this year is to finish painting the inside of our house. We had a short amount of time to get in and paint before we had to move in last summer and while the living room, kitchen and bedrooms are all painted a new color, there are SO MANY touchups that have to be done that I just haven’t got around to doing. I also want to paint the two bathrooms a lighter color.
Style – This one may seem weird to you, but one of my goals is to get dressed for the day more often. That doesn’t mean I don’t currently wear clothes during the day, but my current mom uniform tends to gear towards Lululemon pants, an old top and a bun on top of my head. Back when I worked my office marketing job, I spent an hour each morning doing my hair and makeup. Once I started managing the cooking studio and teaching cooking classes, I stopped doing my hair and put on WAY LESS makeup each day. Now, I rarely wear makeup and the last time my hair was blowdried was probably the last time I got it cut, which was about nine months ago. My goal isn’t to go back to getting fully decked out everyday, but I want to get back to putting a little more thought and effort into my clothes and look on a daily basis.
Personal Growth/Learning – I LOVE trying new recipes and don’t feel like I’ve been doing it often enough, so I want to change that. Beyond that, I want to learn new cooking and baking techniques that I haven’t tried before. Back when I ran the cooking school and taught classes full time, I was pushing myself out of my comfort zone fairly often and learning new ways to make great food. While I still cook all of the time and love reading about food and new ways to do things, I haven’t really been putting that into action since Cecilia was born. My goal is to not only mix it up with weekly meals and treats, but to take some cooking classes and continue to learn more. Both of these things will help me learn/grow and develop more recipes for my family and this space.
Now it’s your turn to share! What are some of the goals you’re working toward this year?
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