A Plan for the New Year

2016 goals and aspirations

Happy 2016!  Below are some of my goals for the New Year.  I think it’s important to declare these things publicly because it makes me accountable.  If I tell everyone I know via the world wide web, I better stick to my word, right?!

Personal/Health

Run the Blackhand Gorge 10k trail run in August (I ran the 5k in 2015)

Eat one fruit and one vegetable everyday (It’s that bad.  Why aren’t M & Ms a fruit?!?)

Rest.  Like really rest.  Nap without guilt.  Take a day off  from cleaning.  Repeat.  Read a book and lay down.

Parenting

Implement things I am learning in Boundaries with Kids

Read to the kids during daylight hours (we read a lot before bed, but incorporate this more into the daytime)

Marriage

One date night/month

Make Brian’s lunch once per week (ok, I know that sounds simple, but I know it’s a way I can serve him and make his mornings easier)

header for new year goals

Faith

This could be listed under all categories, but for the past six months Proverbs 18:13 has hung on my fridge, “He who answers before listening- that is his folly and his shame.”  Just a few verses down the page, you’ll find Proverbs 18:21 and it states, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  It’s probably been since, you know, I was just old enough to talk, that my mouth has gotten me into trouble.  Yes, I’ve even had Dial soap squirted into my mouth (Thanks Dad!).  I’m realizing more and more (now with kids in the house and a marriage that is witnessed daily by 3 little humans) that I can either use my words to build up or tear down.  My go-to is negativity.  So my goal this year is just to try to put an end to negative speak, whether it be “you kids are driving me nuts” or “how come you NEVER do x, y, or z?”  There’s always a different way to phrase things.

Romans 12:12 says we (Christians) are to “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”  My goal for this year is to live that out.  Exude joy.  Have more patience (yikes!).  Be faithful in prayer.  If I say I will pray for something, really PRAY for it  (you do it, too).

 

Financial

Continue funding Roth IRAs and 529s

Buy a flip/investment house

 

Travel

I’ll cover this in my next blog!

 

Did you make resolutions or goals for the new year?  Do you write them down and display them?

 

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