A new year is a little bit like a new start. We get to look forward as well as look back. What did we accomplice? What would we like to do going forward? There are many opinions on whether resolutions are a good or a bad thing, whether they are encouraging or just the opposite. For me, I do like to take this time to look back on the year that was and to make goals and plans for the one to come:
Work. Last year I set out to increase by workload (and income) by 50% in the first 6 months and to double it by years end. I nailed that goal and while I am happy to keep things as they are this coming year, I have promised myself to be open to changes.
Health. Didn’t totally live to my running goals but succeeded to make another big change that I didn’t see coming at all. For Dear Husbands birthday in February I bought him a Fitbit (fitness tracker) and he then got me one a few months later. It tracks my steps, my physical activity and much more and it has changed so much. I now tend to walk everywhere I can and on top of slowly getting in better shape it has also lowered our gas expenses by a lot.
Reading. I had a yearly goal of reading 50 books in 2017. Both because I love to read but also because I know that if I read I spend less time on things like the internet etc. I only got to 43 and I totally have to blame Netflix! I was not good enough at prioritizing, but must to my defence say that I got to watch some very good shows ? This year I will give 50 books a go again.
Creativity. I had huge plans in this area, an additional blog and maybe even an Etsy shop. Didn’t get to do any of that. The business took too much time and effort and I realized that unfortunately you cannot do it all (and I probably also shouldn’t).
When I set a goal, I thought is of course to follow through, but in reality that isn’t the main goal. The main purpose is to define what I want for myself and my family and to set some guidelines. Sometimes I succeed in implementing these things in my/our lives, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I find that what I thought I want, I really don’t. The funny thing is that the biggest successes I have achieved are the ones I don’t really notice or define as goals anymorebecause they have become so much of a habit, a way of life even.