2012 Goals-Step One

Found via Flickr by ang­i­etor­res


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!