The New Year is upon us. I love this time of year. As much as I love getting cozy and creative for Christmas, I am always eager to clear out the tree, take down the holiday decorations and have an uncluttered space both physically and emotionally. I love dwelling in possibility, planning, and being intentional about the kind of year I want to have.
(Side note: I often think about how unpredictable and fragile life is, how everything could change in an instant and my life could be completely derailed, but I tap into the fear and the worry to find the energy to face forward and live the life I've always imagined while I have the opportunity to do so.)
I start the process of looking forward by actually look backward. Here were some of the highlights of 2015:
- Hosting a Reflection & Rejuvenation Party for a group of wonderful women
- Hosting a concert in our living room
- Traveling to the AMI Montessori Refresher Course
- Hosting a ton of visitors at our school for SXSWedu
- Traveling to the AMS Montessori conference
- Traveling to San Diego with my family for Spring Break
- Traveling to the Yale School of Management education reform conference
- Taking a Britney Spears dance class
- Traveling to Lake Tahoe with family
- Attending the Montessori Unconference
- Hosting a Reflection & Rejuvenation Retreat
- Traveling to Puerto Rico with just Matt
- Traveling to Florida for my grandparents' anniversary party
- Hosting two Backyard Movie Nights
- Taking Henry on a canoe trip with our school to see bats under the bridge
- Lots of date nights to the Alamo Draft House
- Joining our school camping trip for the afternoon
- Traveling to the Pacific Northwest for Fall Break
- Hosting a Halloween Party
- Finishing my Purposeful Parenthood Course
My goal for this year was "Balance." I definitely feel like I took major steps toward finding more balance in my life. My life is no longer just all work and mothering.
This year, I want to focus on "Health & Wellness." I want to get into the best shape of my life and figure out how to sustain it for the rest of my life. Here are my specific, measurable goals:
- Start the year with the 21-day cleanse from Clean and work through a book about breaking the emotional eating habit.
- Eat more salads with dinner.
- Drink at least 80 ounces of water each day.
- Run once on the weekend and once during the week.
- Go to yoga once a week.
- Do 15 minutes of strength building once a week (either MommaStrong or my back exercises).
- Cultivate a daily meditation and gratitude practice.
- Publish five books.
- Clean and organize our house before the boys go to bed each night.
- Track our expenses in Mint.com daily so that we are able to hit our saving goals.
- Invite friends over monthly.
- Use my work time in the evening to clear out my inbox and do bigger-picture planning. Try to move all projects into slots during the work day.
- Reflect each month about how I'm doing toward these goals.
I know the research shows that New Year's Resolutions last about five minutes, but I think it's incredibly powerful to set them anyway. I went back to my journal from eight years ago, and this is the vision I wrote for my future:
- We live in a beautiful house. It’s beautiful because it is surrounded by green and it is washed in natural light. And we have a very pleasing aesthetic sense. And it’s full of comfortable spots. Our home is our sanctuary and our inspiration and the center of our entertaining life.
- We have friends over for ugly sweater parties and scavenger hunts and fondue and Scrabble and dance parties. We entertain outside with Christmas lights.
- We have a garden. We grow food for ourselves. And lots of herbs.
- I have time for projects during the weekends. I am not consumed with work.
- I can work at home a few hours every day.
- I have significant time for vacation.
- I am passionate about my work. It does not feel like work. It feels like breathing.
The trick, I think, is to revisit these goals throughout the year. I want to get back into my monthly reflection posts. It helps me a lot!
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