Resolutions vs. Goals
So, I think that most of us think of new beginnings at the start of a new year. Some of us make solid, concrete resolutions and some just think about a few things that it might be good to change. I, myself, have had a bit of a love/hate relationship with resolutions. Part of it is because of the connotations that come along with actually writing out a list of behaviors we want to add in or give up. I mean, it is kind of lame.
And yet, I still tend to do it. I’ve gone so far as to make “new school year” resolutions. I like the idea of change for the better and I tend to pursue it more than I actually follow through. A few years ago, I really got on board and I made a great list of things that I wanted to do in the new year, we can call them resolutions, though I’m not entirely sure how resolved I really was at the time.
So great was this list that I still refer back to it. I still look at the items on that list and try to make my poor, menial, and gradual steps toward those changes. I do see some progress in my life. Some of those changes have happened in ways that I could not have imagined and some are right on course. I think of that list as more of life resolutions rather than just for a year.
With that in mind, I decided this year that I would make a small list of resolutions that would put me closer to those on my original list. Then I boiled it down even further and came up with 3 items that I really wanted to focus on, 3 attainable items. And rather than calling them resolutions, I am calling them goals.
Since my word this year is joy, I want to make that a main focus and really try to work on my joy. I want it to be a lens of sorts that I see other things through. As a part of that, I want to blog more. Writing has been part of me for my entire life. As an adult, I’ve ebbed and flowed on how much I actually make the time to write. Last year, I blogged more than I had ever before. I actually made the effort to post at least once a month. I want to build on that this year and hopefully get back to the joy of writing.
I also really want to focus on health (mine and my family). We are growing ever more crunchy and I love it. I want to continue to learn and really become proactive with our family’s health. As such, I have already joined a group and have received my first gallon of raw milk and ordered my essential oil starter kit! As a bit of a subheading to this, I want to start running again. I’ve never been a runner, but I’ve always wanted to be. I did a 5K a while back and I really enjoyed it and the training. I felt better mentally and physically and loved the accomplishments I made along the way.
I hope to share progress on these regularly and use that for accountability. I’m really hard on myself and have a tendency to give up whenever I fail. Hopefully, putting it “out there” will help me to do better in sticking with it and meeting each of these goals in 2016 and beyond.