2014 was a really great year. With the year coming to a close, I feel like I've accomplished the things I've wanted to accomplish (and then some), and I've been genuinely happy with my life and where I am with everything.
2013 was not that way, mainly because I set goals that were completely out of my control, and made me feel way down when they didn't happen. At the beginning of 2014 I made goals that I could control and work hard at obtaining. More about that here.
Here ^ are my goals for 2015.
1. Don't feel the need to be productive all the time.
This is honestly something I struggle with on a daily basis....one of my biggest downfalls. I always feel if I'm not doing something that can be checked off of a list, I'm not really doing anything or getting anything accomplished. Such a terrible way to think.
The other day, I dropped something off at someone's house, and when they opened the door, there was a beautiful, warm fire going, they were in their pjs, and they were reading a book. That moment changed my life. Sounds dramatic...but it did.
I'm going to try and realize that reading a book, watching a show, relaxing on the couch, playing Go-Fish on my bed with my boys, (the list goes on and on), are really, really great things to do, and I need to incorporate more of this in my life every day.
2. Find ways to be more creative.
Kind of going along with goal #1, I want to really focus a bit of my day every day to do things that will help my creativity. Creativity as a mother, in my calling at church, and life in general. Whether it's collaborating with someone personally or professionally, taking a dance class, trying a new activity, or just going somewhere and doing some good ol' fashioned people watching...I want to make this a daily goal.
3. Create and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
This is such a typical beginning-of-the-year goal that many people set. With baby coming sometime very soon (I'm 39 weeks...ahhh!!), getting back to my normal size will definitely be a front-runner goal. I love working out and exercising, so I don't think exercising will be an issue, but I really want to incorporate healthier foods and snacks into my diet and my family's diet.
Also, as I'm typing this around midnight, (hashtag INSOMNIAAAAAAAA), another healthy lifestyle factor I want to get really great at is going to bed at a decent hour, and having that much-needed unwinding time (without being plugged in) before calling it a night.
4. Maintain a safe haven for my family.
Last year, one of my goals was to start traditions as a family of 4. I think we did a really great job at that.
This year, I want to focus on the daily traditions that are so important. I try really hard to read scriptures with the boys every day, but some days come and go without one verse being read to them. This is something I want to get really good at during 2015.
I think my children feel loved when they are home, and that's where the "maintaining" the safe haven for my family comes in, but I want to focus extra hard on making our home and our lifestyle one that is conducive to learning, growing strong in the gospel, serving, and overall loving each other. More one-on-one outings and conversations with each boy is at the top of the list.
I hope to look back at the end of 2015 and feel like I accomplished all these things. I'm so looking forward to adding a new little baby to our family, and seeing what the new year has to bring!
What is something you're going to work on for 2015?! I love to hear other people's goals!