Okay, I know its ambitious. 13 goals is a lot especially for a mom of a new baby. However, most of my goals are more about creating better habits versus accomplishing something.
If I had one word to describe my purpose for 2013, it would be intentional. I'm starting back to work next week and I have an infant. My time needs to be intentional for me to make the most of it.
So, here is my list.
Some explanation regarding my thoughts behind these goals:
1. Do a daily devotion. Since having Sawyer and not really have a schedule for the last few months, my God time has certainly suffered whether it be from lack of quite time or just lack of sleep in general. My sister in law Becky gave me a great devotional book for my birthday called "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young.
How did I know this was the right book for me this year? January 1st devotion said this:
"A close walk with Me is a life of continual newness. Do not cling to old ways as you step into a new year. Instead, seek My Face with an open mind, knowing that your journey with Me involves being tansformed by the renewing of our mind. As you focus your thoughts on Me, be aware that I am fully attentive to you....My attention span is infinite. I know and understand you completely; My thoughts embrace you in everlasting love."
I can't wait to dive in more. I know that it may only be 5 or 10 minutes a day but I hope that time is truly intentional in my quest to spend time with Jesus.
2. Lose the baby weight. Yep, I'm joining a zillion other people in America in the weight loss goal. I always hated the gym in the early part of the year because of those people. They crowded the parking lot, took all the good treadmills, and didn't allow me to spread out in yoga class. Then, around late February, most people fell off the wagon and the gym was back to normal.
I've still got 20 pounds of baby weight to lose plus I could afford (and would love) to lose an additional 20 lbs on top of that. I bought a Groupon to a crossfit gym in Redmond. I'm hoping that Sawyer starts giving me a more consistent wake up time so I can try a morning class on my days off. I don't belong to a gym anymore since we got our treadmill. I was running before Christmas but then I got sick and need to start up again. I love running once I get into shape but the process of getting into shape sucks. I don't expect this goal to be accomplished quickly but hope to have the first 20 off by spring.
3. Run a 5k. My original goal was to run a 1/2 marathon but I'm pretty sure that won't happen so I decided to make this goal realistic. Plus, I have way more options of 5Ks in the area vs half marathons. And the thought of running 3.2 miles instead of 13.2 miles already makes me feel relieved.
4. Budget/track household expenses. I'll be honest, we are not good budgeters. We certainly don't spend beyond our means and are very blessed to have a good household income especially when we were DINKs (Double income, no kids). Since I'm only working part time now and we have to pay a nanny, our income will be more limited. The only non-mortgage debt that we have are my student loans from grad school. I consolidated them several years ago but at this rate at the payments I'm making, Sawyer will be in college before they are paid off. So, I'd like to budget more and find out where we can save so I can throw more money towards Sallie Mae with the hopes of kicking her out sooner rather than later. Now that we finally got our Tacoma house rented (praise Jesus) we will have more coming in. I think if we are more diligent with our spending we could save more. Mainly. if we could eat out less often I think it would help a lot.
5. Write a card to a friend once a month. I have lots of great friends and I don't tell them often enough how much they mean to me. I'd like to be more intentional about letting them know they are loved.
6. Try one new recipe per month. This shouldn't be hard since I love to cook. I got "The Chew" cookbook for Christmas and one of my gifts to Andrew this year was to make him 1 pie per month for the entire year. So my first recipe will be to try a home made pie crust. I will keep you all posted on my recipe adventures.
7. Set a cleaning schedule and stick to it. Housework for me gets overwhelming. The amount of work to be done and my motivation are inversely proportional. My plan is to have one household task per day that should take 10-20 minutes. Hopefully, it will avoid the emotional breakdowns I have when I realize just how cluttered and dusty my house gets. I haven't set an exact schedule yet but it will go something like this: Monday - Laundry; Tuesday - de clutter main floor; Wednesday - clean kitchen and mop floor; etc. I also plan to make a board of miscellaneous things that need to be done but that I may not have time to do so that my husband knows to do them. We have different standards of clean - what I think might be obviously dirty he doesn't notice. If I write them down he might actually do them instead of me getting mad that he should be doing it when he has no clue that I want it done.
*I keep telling him that if he could just learn to read my mind, we could avoid a lot of conflict :-)
8. Floss 5-7x per week. I openly admit I'm a terrible flosser. I just need to do better.
9. Quit biting my nails for good. Its a terrible habit. I've quit many times in my adult life but easily fall back into it when I'm bored or stressed. Lets just say having a baby has been stressful and full of a lot of sitting and rocking which leads to mindless chewing.
10. Read six books for fun. I have too many books on my list and should spend more time reading and less time watching Project Runway.
11. Plant a garden. This might be my most ambitious goal. First, I am not a green thumb. I have two plants in my house, one of which is near death on a weekly basis because I forget to water it. But we have the perfect south facing backyard to create a couple of raised beds. If I can be on the ball and plant some starts before summer I could probably have some zucchini and tomatoes to eat by September. Plus it will be an excuse to get outside and I bet Sawyer would love it.
12. Drink less soda and more water. Hi, my name is Sarah and I'm addicted to Coke Zero. Not really. If its in the house, I will drink at least one per day, sometimes two. I just think its not good for me. There are many studies about how drinking diet soda actually causes you to gain weight and the artificial sweeteners just aren't great for you. So, I'm just not going to buy it. Drinking more water will be healthier for me overall. I will allow a soda when I'm out to eat but plan to no longer drink it at home.
*I had Andrew buy me a 20 oz bottles of Coke Zero to fulfill my craving yesterday. Fail.
13. Learn to crochet. I can knit basic things (mainly scarves) but think I can make cooler stuff if I can learn to crochet. Not sure if I will have someone show me or just find a book or look online. But I hope to have at least one thing to show off at the end of the year.
So, that is my list. Thanks for sticking through such a long post. I think they are mostly reasonable goals and I hope that I can be intentional with my time to accomplish them all in some form this year. I will try and keep you all updated and I'm sure will include my cooking and gardening adventures.
So, what about you? Its a fresh start. What are your goals for 2013?