Last year I decided to do away with resolutions, and made myself goals relating to improvements and changes I wanted to makes in my life. Then, sometime around July, I forgot about those goals. (I have a follow-up post on how I think I did in relation to my 2014 goals planned for later this month.)
This year I am going to try something new. This year I have a list of goals and a list of tasks that I want to work towards or complete. The goals are more like concepts that I want to work on, such as eating healthier, and the tasks are specific things that I want to check off of a year long to-do list. I really like to-do lists, so I thought that having the two separate ideas would be a better fit for me. The goals can be fulfilled however I find works best for me, no stipulations, and the tasks are more specific.
In order to keep this post from being the length of a novel rather than a short story, today I am just going to post my goals. Tomorrow I shall regale you with my list of tasks.
My Goals for 2015
- Eat healthier and better – I had bursts of doing well at this in 2014, but overall I let this go. I know that sticking to a rigid diet such as paleo or strict clean eating is not realistic for me right now, and counting calories only makes me miserable. I felt my best and healthiest when I was a strict vegetarian (dairy and eggs allowed), and I would like to get back to that. I want to get better at making better food choices both at home and out in the world, and to improve the selection of healthy foods we keep around the house. I want this to become a habit rather than just a two-week stint. I am hoping to use some meal planning to aid in this, but we’ll see what happens.
- Exercise regularly – Last year was a pretty bad year for me and exercise. I maintained my running on and off for the first few months, but eventually work and laziness prevailed and I let it go. I did mat pilates faithfully while I was overseas, but that was just once a week and since I’ve come back home I haven’t done it again. I signed up for three different races that I ended up not doing, and I don’t want that to happen again. (Plus, that’s a lot of money to lose!) This year is going to be an interesting one for exercising because I am currently restricted in what I can do, and I know that it will affect the rest of my year as well. So I don’t want to make this goal specific to running or anything else, but instead to find something I love that I can do and make that my base and work from there. Maybe I’ll even get back into mat pilates, I really liked it and found it to be a great workout and helped me lose some weight.
- Develop my faith – Where to even start on this one… I am still attending RCIA (the process of converting to Catholicism) and while sometimes I struggle to make myself go to the classes I still feel that the Catholic Church is where I belong. I am looking forward to the second part of the class in which we are going to delve more into the Church’s beliefs and sacraments rather than just beliefs of Christianity in general. I used to be so good about reading my Bible everyday, and following the reading plans on She Reads Truth, but I have fallen away from that first because of busyness and then because not doing it had become a habit. Lately I have started following Blessed Is She which has a devotional and the readings from that day’s Mass. Admittedly I usually read it on my phone in the parking lot of work before I go it for the day, and I would like that to become something I do at home with some prayer time added in. I want to grow in my faith and my relationship with God. I’ve got several ideas for this, but I want it to last so I plan on taking somewhat baby steps on this.
- Increase and improve my quiet time and me time – This in part goes with my faith goal, but I want to also have some more meaningful me time. Most of the time I spend alone now involves watching TV, but I want to change that. I want more writing (blogging and journaling), reading, and bettering me in my life. I have a list of books that I have been meaning to read. Lists of blog posts that are waiting in draft or as Google Keep lists. Lists of things that I want to get done in my head, in Keep, and on Pinterest. I have this idea of who I want to be, but I want that person to be Me. Not just who I think I should be, I want it to be honest and true to myself, and not just someone I think the world wants me to be. I think that the best way to do this is to have better quality me time and quiet time.
- Develop my photography skills – I bought myself a really nice camera before I went on my work trip because I wanted to document it and I was honestly sick of my old camera. Granted it’s not a DSLR (someday!), but it shoots really nice pictures even in the auto mode which is something that I like because I don’t really know how to use many of the other things it can do yet. I want to get better at using it in the many different modes it has, and playing with different settings such as the aperture or shutter time. Tied in with this I want to use more photography on my blog, but I don’t yet feel like my skill level is up to snuff. (I know there I go comparing myself again…) I want to get better at using my camera, but also get better at seeing things how a camera sees them so that my pictures turn out more like what I have in my head.
- Build my community – I used to be well tied in with the SRT’s community, and would comment daily and felt connected to the other women reading the same verses and reflecting on them. But in the past few months I feel as though I am a ship at sea alone, and I don’t like that feeling. I want to reestablish the online community I had when I was blogging more regularly, and I want to grow and better my in-person community that is admittedly (currently) nonexistent. I want a community that I can turn to when I am down or happy about nothing. I want people to hang out with both online, but also at a nearby cafe or park. I think that this is going to be my most difficult goal.
- Create a me space that I enjoy – Honestly? This is the goal that I am most looking forward to, in part because it is the most tangible, and it part because I have never really had me space. In our last apartment, D had the office to himself for his computer/gaming/whatever, but my stuff was scattered throughout the apartment. Now that we’ve moved into our house (OUR house!!!) we are sharing the downstairs space but each have a part of it. I want my space to reflect me, and be filled with things that make me happy without too much clutter or just stuff strewn about, and I want it to be organized. Or at least, mostly organized… I want it to be a place I can retreat to when I need a break, or just to get something done. Ideally I want it to be where I write my blog posts (no more multi-tasking while watching TV), where my sewing stuff is, and where I can take some quiet time without having to take over the bedroom or living room. I am not sure how all of this is going to work out, and I am quite sure that it is going to be somewhat of a trial and error process for a bit. But I am hoping that having this space will also help me to complete some of my other goals as well.
And that ladies and gentlemen are my goals for 2015. I tried to make them specific and general at the same time so that it could be flexible on determining whether I had succeeded in completing or making progress on any of them. My tasks are pretty cut and dry on whether or not I can cross them off as done or not. More on those tomorrow!