Here are Elsie’s guidelines:
- choose simple goals that will make your life richer and happier on a daily basis. choose things you may not otherwise get done, but that are not difficult to accomplish.
- do not choose result oriented goals, choose activity oriented goals. for example… instead of “lose 10 pounds”, choose something like “eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day”. positive actions instead of just the end result!
- choose goals that are personal that you believe will truly make your life richer just by doing them! they can be daily, weekly or one time experiences.
- choose a reward for each goal as it is accomplished! it can be a small or large reward.
- blog your goals, each one as you achieve it and a big post when they are all finished before the new year!
Exercise Regularly. This is big one for me. When I was pregnant with Liam, I was so miserable the first trimester than any ambitions of moving went out the window. Looking back, I honestly wish I had done the yoga and the walking. This time, because Liam is so active, I have no choice but to be so myself, so I am hoping to channel this into constructive times of exercising through play (ie, wrestling, walking, etc.) or restorative exercise (prenatal yoga dvd). Reward: New yoga pants that are actually flattering, not dumpy!
The Art of the Handwritten Note. I used to take the time to write a few friends and relatives on a monthly basis. Just a note to say that I care and am thinking of them. In time, I’ve gotten away from it. Also with this goal, I’d like to start making my cards again. I love doing it and then being able to send something that I made (not just threw together). Reward: Getting to pick out fun stamps with which to mail my letters!
My Mastery List. I had thought I could complete this in 1 year, but have come to the realization that it may take me a smidge longer. My goal for this is to simply work away at it and enjoy each new skill/recipe. Reward: Something for the kitchen. Maybe a mezzaluna?
Post a New Recipe Once a Week. I’m not sure if this is too ambitious, but I’m going to try anyway. Perhaps it won’t always be a recipe, maybe it will be a tip I picked up or a skill tutorial. I’m not sure. But I do want to make sure that even though I am wrapped up in the house, baby #1 and baby #2, future garden plans and everything else, that I don’t forget to write about the very thing that got me started. Food. Reward: Personal pleasure. I love to write about what’s going on in the kitchen and I don’t want to miss any of it!