[Goals] 2014 Goal Recap and 2015 Goals

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


I don't like making New Years Resolutions. Why? Because I break them. every.single.time. I feel like there is so much pressure to accomplish them, and who needs more pressure in their life. So instead, I like to set goals for myself. What is the difference between a goal and a resolution? Beats me, but call me crazy, I feel like goals are... different and more attainable.

Anyway, in 2014 I set a couple goals for myself in hope of making 2014 count.

Last January I said I wanted to make 2014 count by :
- spending more time with my family - accomplished
- while also spending more time with my friends and people who are important to me - partially accomplished
- pick and choose my battles - accomplished
- make more of an effort - in a way I'd say accomplished, but in a way not. I've added some things to this year's goals to really get myself into this mindset 
- be more organized and plan ahead - definitely tried! I've got meal planning for the week down, but there's definitely parts of this I could continue to work on. 
- try new things - partially accomplished
- live more in the moment - partially accomplished
- have more date nights - partially accomplished. Plan to make this happen FOR SURE this year.

I'd say I did pretty good. I give myself a solid B+.

My word for 2014 was : balance. And I'm disappointed to say... I do not think I achieved the balance that I had hoped for. I think I was doing pretty good throughout the year but then come the holidays, I was feeling wayyyyyy overwhelmed.

So, this year I would like to set some new goals for myself.

2015 Goals :
- take Mason to at least one new park a month and at least one park a week - we have SO many parks around us that Mason could explore. We get in such a rut and just take him to the little one across the street (which is great and all but kinda small and boring). I want to let him explore at least one new park per month which is a goal of visiting 12 new parks this year.
- continue Mason's swim lessons - we just got bumped up to intermediate this past weekend (woohoo!) and he's been doing SO well and LOVING his lessons the past 6 months that we've been taking him. I want to keep it up and encourage his love of the water this coming year.
- assess Mason's skills and determine if enrolling him in a kids soccer class would be good - I found a kids soccer class that I think would be fun for Mason, but I'm not sure if he is coordinated enough for it to be practical.
- date my husband at least once a month - Once a month. Just Seth and I. And I have a plan for this to happen (more to come soon!)
- decrease screen time
- budget - oy. I'm HORRIBLE at this. I know what bills need to be paid when, but sometimes things sneak up and there's trouble. I really want to try to budget this year. If anyone has advice (or a template!) on how I can successfully do this, please do share!
- come up with a weekly or monthly rotation of meals and stick to it - I like routine. And while I don't like eating the same thing every day, I would like to be able to budget better for food and having a weekly (or even monthly) rotation would make this easier. I want to continue to meal plan and start to budget better.
- set up a cleaning schedule and stick to it - I wouldn't say my house is clean, but I wouldn't say it's a pig sty either. It's definitely clean enough to live in but I have a bad habit of printing things or getting magazines in the mail or bills or whatever and letting them pile up. It's time to find a home for everything and keep them there. It's also time to set a cleaning schedule (i.e. Mondays are for cleaning the bathrooms, Tuesdays are for vacuuming, etc) so things actually get done. I often push cleaning off on to the weekends and weekends are for family time, not for cleaning. I need a plan.
- spring (or more winter?) clean - get rid of the clutter and toys that Mason has outgrown and donate. Get rid of clutter I don't need. Get rid of that stuff that I "might wear again" or "might want to use again" or "Mason might want to play with again". I won't and haven't and he doesn't need it. Donate donate donate!
- send more snail mail
- re-do pictures in house and get some canvases printed and hung - I have so many pictures that I want to hang, artwork that Mason has made that I would like to display, and boxes of old pictures in frames that I don't really want anymore. Time to FINALLY unpack that last box (from when we moved almost 2 years ago - eeekkk!) and put those frames to good use.
- go on a family walk at least once a week - ideally I'd like to say a couple nights a week but with it getting so dark so early (like before I even get home from work) I'd like to set a goal of once a week until daylight savings time and then at least twice a week once it's lighter longer.

The list could go on and on, but these are the things I'd really like to focus on. I think it would make our life easier, more organized, and more on track with goals we have for the future.


I'm not sure that I have a word for 2015 though. I guess if I had to pick one, I'd like to try balance again. I think I have a pretty good plan to make it happen this year, but only time will tell :)

I'd like to hold myself accountable this year and recap my goal progress on the last Friday of every month. I think that was part of my problem last year. I wrote a post, made a commitment to myself, and then never referred back to it or tracked my progress. While I don't have a specific timeline for these things, I would like to recap my progress monthly.

So, that's it! My goals for 2015. I think they are attainable and I look forward to working on them.

Happy, happy new year! Much health, happiness and prosperity this year!


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12 comments:

  1. Those are all great goals! Are you doing the year of dates thing? That what Chris and I did last year and we loved it. We let it slip at the end of the year when we got too busy.

    Balance is so hard. I think it's hard to be balanced all the time. I think different things need to be the priority at different times and that's okay. But I like the idea of less screen time and trying out more parks! I might have to steal those goals for future months :)

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  2. Love these goals. We have a budget.... I usually procrastinate it until I want to scream though. UGH. I need a goal of not procrastinating the budget so much. I just made an excel type document on google sheets. Can't wait to hear about your date night plans!

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  3. Those are great goals! :) Many of which I am aiming for too. I have tried so many cleaning schedules in the past and never stick to them. This year! We too have had stuff in our basement from when we moved (almost 5 years ago!) Time to get rid of clutter and useless 'stuff'!

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  4. Love these goals! I can't wait to start Liam in sports, but I think we are going to hold off a bit. We are trying to introduce him to as many as we xan on our own and see where his interests lie! I can't wait to hear how Mason does!

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  5. Can I just copy all your goals? I have a major hang up on the park. My husband takes lex for hours-- but I hate going! How lame is that? And mason is TOTALLY a ready for soccer. He would love it! Sign that boy up ASAP!

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  6. Get it girl!! :) Great list, and a few things I've wanted for myself to do/get done also!! Looking forward to following along, encouraging each other, and a wonderful 2015!! :)

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  7. I love these goals!
    I should be taking my boys to the park more, and dating my husband more as well! :)

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  8. So many of your goals are similar to mine. I would reallllly love to get a good meal rotation down, too!

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  9. Good luck on accomplishing your goals! I think that reflection is so important in looking to the future!

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  10. We have a lot of the same goals! My husband and I are doing weekly planning every Sunday night ...sitting down and talking about the finances for the week, meals and our schedules. It's been helpful so far! :) Can't wait to follow along and see how you date your husband! I need help in that area!
    Thanks for linking up on Tuesday Talk!

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  11. What great goals (I have a few of the same).
    Dave Ramsey has an amazing budget sheet that my husband and I use each month. All you have to do is google Dave Ramsey Budget Sheet and it should pop up. Basically it is divided into categories and you allot a set amount of money for each category. Very easy to use, and helpful to see where we are spending too much money.

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  12. I am with you there, friend!! I can never keep a resolution. I’m going to set some goals, though. You have set some great goals for 2015 and I can’t wait to follow along with you! Xo friend!

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