Friday, January 01, 2016

2016 Goals

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Last year, I wasn't sure I would write down goals (I did). This year, I've been thinking about my goals for 2016 for a week already. But first, I reflected on some of the things that were so right about 2015...what I learned and want to continue:

1. It truly does not matter what others think. I thought I was pretty good at knowing and acting on that truth, but I came even closer to just being happy to be ME in 2015.

2. #offthebeam. Yes, one of my great takeaways from 2015 is a hashtag inspired by Jen Hatmaker's For the Love. The book itself was great and definitely worth a read, but one of the main kernels of wisdom that resonated with me was the fact that I do not have to do everything...or have all the things on my beam. This was something that of course I knew, but had never before heard it spelled out quite like Jen did. It stuck. And it was life-changing.


And goals for this new year. Mostly the same as years past. 

1. Keep reading. I managed to read 67 books in 2015 and I can honestly say it's one of the best things I can do for myself. Reading is the best.

2. Complete more photo books. I was able to make several in 2015. I'd like to go even further in 2016 and catch up a little bit...if possible. Photos are just so important to me and I'd really like to have them in print. 

3. Teach Life Skills to the boys. Some of this happened in 2015 and it was really rewarding. For them and for me. I definitely want to continue being intentional about this.  

4. Travel. Always. This will always be on the list. I do want to take the kids SO many places. One trip at a time. 

5. Be active. This one will also always be on the list. Because it is far from natural for me. I have no specific parameters or goals here...just to be more active.

6. Re-Organize the whole house. Last year, I said the garage, which is still not done. But this year, after being in this house for 2 years, I have a good idea of what organizational systems work for us, and those that need tweaking. (And yes, the garage needs "tweaking" or maybe just a system to begin with). I also know what we've used or not used in the past two years, so I'd like to clean out every single room, space, and closet. (I'm already 1/3 there...the upstairs is ALL DONE.)

7. Write More. I miss writing on the blog. I have lots of blog posts in my head that I just never get around to writing...that don't necessarily have photos to share with them. Although I love sharing photos too. I promised myself that I wouldn't keep up with my blog just because I felt like I had to (see #offthebeam). If it ever became a burden instead of a blessing to me, then I'd stop. But writing will always be a blessing to me. And although I don't have to write on my blog, it is a good place to do it. And a good place to keep my writing.

8. Get IN more photos. I am going to set up my tripod, figure out my remote shutter, and take more photos with me in them! I should probably set a specific goal for this one so it is measurable...maybe at least once a month?

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