Planning for the New Year

When I got up this morning, I realized that that is the last time I’ll be doing my house cleaning for 2013. That thought was shortly followed by the question of what I will accomplish this upcoming year. I reviewed my goals from 2013 and had to laugh at the plans that were made and not met. Sylvi still doesn’t know any other colors beyond pink and purple. Why? Because those are the only colors that matter to her ๐Ÿ™‚

Which then leads me to wonder why I even bother to make all the yearly goals. Life is what it is and things pop up… I have to be able to embrace change even when I don’t want to. So this year… what will I tackle? For myself, the word of the year will be Presence. I seem to live my life always looking forward to the next project; planning my goals out so far in advance that I cannot even absorb what is going on right. this. moment. The goal is to slow down, to clear my to-do list, to not plan every moment of life. And in doing so, I hope to gain a deeper connection in my relationships and just soak up each fleeting minute of my children’s babyhood.

But just because I want to be less harried in my life plans, it certainly does not mean that I have no goals for this year! I have them, just less of them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Complete the 6 week 6 pack abs dvd from Jillian Michaels (Jan/Feb)
  • Complete the 30 day shred dvd also from Jillian Michaels (Feb/March)
  • Re-train myself to swim freestyle. (Currently, I can handle 400m, I want to be able to do 1650m)
  • Swim a total of 30 miles (in 1 mile continuous increments)
  • Maintain a healthy enthusiasm about my health and fitness levels and a desire to keep working
  • Finish painting the woodwork in the house
  • Reupholster the arm chair in my bedroom
  • Begin tot schoolwork with Sylvi!
  • Continue working with Liam to prepare him for Kindergarten
  • Teach both kids to ride a bike (with training wheels)
  • Continue monthly dates with Matt – also incorporating family dates
  • Organize the basement (This one may wind up being a life-long goal…)
  • Family canoe trip

Liam asked me to explain “new year” to him this morning and while we talked I told him that he would turn 5 and if Mrs. Lilly says he’s ready, go to Kindergarten. ย Changes are coming, and with those changes I like to have something that we can embrace so I asked him what he would like to do this year. “Just snuggle with you, Mom.” That’s a goal I’m sure we can not only meet, but definitely be present for!

What about you? Have you set any new goals for 2014?

2 Replies to “Planning for the New Year”

  1. I love that the theme is presence! First, after doing only 1 workout from Jillian every… I’m so impressed that you want to do both of those programs! I’m exhausted!

    I think you’ll definitely get to your 30 mile swimming goal. In fact, I hope you smash it ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m only good for about 400 yards of freestyle, too, so I’m right there with you!

    The canoe trip is my favorite goal. Details, please!

    1. Oh gosh, it’s a 7 mile trip down the Mohican river which is about 45 minutes away. I’m hoping to plan it while the river is lower so we can just spend most of the day in and out of the canoe, wandering in the river. Matt and I have done it both in a canoe and kayak and it’s just gorgeous! I’m going to start the kids in swim lessons this Spring so they will also have some water safety skills before we head out!

      And Jillian gets”easier” ๐Ÿ™‚ But I still can’t do those horrible side plank leg raises.

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