2012 Goals-Step One

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A couple days ago, I wrote about how I wanted to develop some goals for the upcoming year(s).  I don’t have them written yet, but I did get a start.  The first thing that I did was to make two lists.  One is a list of things that I say and believe are important to me and my family.  The other list was a list of things I say are not important or that I don’t want in my life but are in my life.  For example, I always say I don’t need a tv or that we shouldn’t ever worry about getting a bigger/nicer/newer tv.  However, Hulu Plus and Netflix make it really easy to just sit down and flip something on in the evenings.  Shoot.

So, now I’m going to look at those lists for a while and try to figure out what about healthy food I like and want to incorporate into my life and the lives of my family.  How realistic is it to try to start running again later in the summer after Baby is born?  Do I want to stop watching tv completely or just limit it?

2012 Goals

The other day, I saw that someone had liked a link called “How I Rocked my 2011 Goals and Plan on Taking 2012 by Storm.”  I was intrigued, so I clicked on it.  I’ve always liked the idea of goals and resolutions.  I’ve even made them.  I just don’t do all that well after that.  Last year, I took the Crafting My Life course from Amber Strocel.  One of the tasks we were given was to ask important people around us what they see our strengths and weaknesses to be.  One of the people I asked was my husband.  He said lots and lots of very nice things about me.  🙂  Then, he slipped in that he wondered if maybe I wasn’t all that great at following through with things.

I said something about not following through because I hadn’t found the thing that caught my interest, but the truth is he’s probably more right than I would like to admit.  I like new things.  I like things that are fun and interesting.  I don’t like things that are repetitive or things that require effort at the end of a long (cold) day.  So, in the end, making changes or setting goals is not exactly my forte.

I left the “How I Rocked My Goals” post open in my browser, and then today, I came across a “How I Set My Yearly Goals” post by another blogger.  I don’t think this was any sort of sign or anything.  I think it has more to do with reading 50+ blogs during the New Years Resolution time of year.  I’m not thinking that there are any big revelations coming up for me in particular.  I do think, though, that there are benefits in setting goals, making changes, and taking steps to move my life in the direction I would like it to go instead of letting it go however it happens to go.

So, over the course of the next week, I’m going to be thinking about my priorities, my goals, and what I need to do to make some things in my life happen.  I am not sure if I’m going to post my goals on this blog or if I’m going to decide to share them with close friends or what.  No matter what I decide, though, I will have at least one goal this year.  At least one goal will go beyond thinking about it in my head and not doing much else with it.

Counting the Days

We have a few things coming up that the boys are looking forward to.  We have a family trip, Thanksgiving, visits from grandparents, and Christmas among other things.  Every day, Asa asks me, “How many days untilx, y, or z?”  As time passes, and as I answer his questions every day, I realize how fast time is passing.

It seems like we were just at the park playing in the 80 degree sunshine.  All summer, I spent time looking forward to two cousins’ weddings.  Those things came, were great, and passed.  Now, it’s nearly Thanksgiving and nearly Christmas.  Heck, it’s nearly 2012!

On a flight I took this fall, I talked with a woman who was sitting next to me.  She told me that in her family, her relatives often live into their 90’s.  She told me she had always assumed that at some point when people got older, their days slowed down and their time moved slower and slower.  She was surprised to find out from her 80 and 90 year old relatives that they felt it was just the opposite.  Their lives moved faster and faster, and suddenly they were 90.

Luckily, I won’t wake up and be 90 soon, but somehow it seems like someone has pushed the fast forward button on my life.  So, Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!  The rest of this year may fly by, so I don’t want to miss my opportunity to say all those things.  🙂

This is Hard!

Posting every day is hard!  When I committed to doing NaBloPoMo, I figured it wouldn’t be too bad.  I figured I would write a little blurb each day, and voila, I’d know where my blog was going to go.  Unfortunately, that’s not happening for me yet.

I know that I could post about my kids and my family every day.  The difficulty with that is that as Kael and Asa get older, I feel more protective of their privacy.  Stories that were cute little stories when they were younger now have the power to embarrass them.  I don’t want that.

My previous blog was a (mostly) breastfeeding blog.  It was nice to know I had a general topic around which I could organize my ideas and posts.  Also, if I was feeling a little low on ideas or personal connections, I could always connect my post to a current event or news story related to breastfeeding.  I don’t feel like I have that right now.

I have some themes running through my life right now.  Maybe if I can get my thoughts organized enough I can have a regular post or two about those things.  Until then, expect a stream of consciousness and pictures of the boys.  🙂

My Husband is Awesome

Jason and the boys (Poor Baby J has an eye infection in this picture!)


He is.  He’s a great husband.  He’s a wonderful dad.  He’s patient.  He’s a hard worker.  Man, do I love that guy.

Last night, we were talking about something, and Jason said, “If you had to choose, would you do it again?  Get married so young, I mean.”  We were 22 and 23 when we got married.  At the time, I remember thinking that wasn’t that young at all.  Now, looking back…  🙂

I thought about our marriage and the past 9 1/2 years together.  I thought about our trips together, our moves, our kids.  I really couldn’t think of any reason I would do things any differently.

Some things that make him are awesome are:

  • his coffee making ability
  • the way he loves our children
  • the way he takes care of me
  • how he lets me sleep in on the weekends even though he’s tired, too
  • how he cleans up the kitchen
  • how he works so hard at his job
  • and a million more things
Love you, Honey!