It’s a new year! 2016 was busy and crazy for us, it was full of adventure and memories but as I reflect back it was too busy – all the things we were doing were amazing but because of the quantity of how much we did the year swept us rather than us controlling it. Granted, we had just moved into a new house, had a newborn, sold our house the same year, moved into an RV for a few months, traveled over 12 states, and then moved over 1000 miles from the midwest to the east coast for a new chapter of our lives.
My goal this year is to slow down and be intentional about all the things that I do and don’t do. In the book Good to Great they talk about how your stop doing list is just as important (if not more) than your to-do list.
Let that sink in, your stop doing list is just as important than your to-do list.
To help myself stick with being intentional with the things that do matter most I knew I needed to write them out. That way when push comes to shove throughout the year, I can refer to my goals sheet and decide what is and isn’t worth my time.
I’ve written them out in my journal but I also wanted to write them somewhere visible all year long, so I created a cute printable. Feel free to download it and use it yourself too.
I divided my goals for the year into 6 categories.
- Personal Goals
- Health Goals
- Relationship Goals
- Faith Goals
- Work Goals
- Financial Goals
I love these 6 categories because I feel like they encompass all the parts of my life.
I highly recommend you try to fit your goals onto one sheet of paper. If you have more than 5 goals for the personal category it’s going to be hard to focus on them. Remember, do less but do it better.
Now let’s talk about what the goals look like. Here are mine for 2017.
My overall word of the year is “intentional.”
Be intentional about all the things we do and don’t do this year. Slow down and enjoy the moments rather than being swept away in the busyness of life.
Choosing less but better.
- Be courageous
- Enjoy me-myself more
- Find creative projects here and there
- Read more
- Be more organized
Here’s a free family organizer to match your new Goals Printable.
- Eat more fruits & veggies and less sugar
- Move more
- Be outside more
- Be less busy – slow down and stress less
Here is a super simple recipe for all of us to get started in the “healthier” department right away:
Super Easy Triple Fruit Breakfast Parfait
- Post® Shredded Wheat
- Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
- Wash and cut up your fruit into bite size chunks.
- Layer your cup with yogurt, cereal, fruit, yogurt, cereal, fruit.
- Eat right away.
Note: If you want to make extra for the next day, layer fruit and yogurt but wait to add the cereal until you’re ready to serve.
That’s it! A super easy way to start your day off better and eat more fruit first thing.
- Be a better friend – strengthen current friendships and create new friendships
- Find individual, quality moments with the kids and make unforgettable, simple memories
- Continue to prioritize time with Corey and have even more fun together than last year
Here’s our favorite date ideas book for weekly date nights.
- Slow down to notice the needs of others around me
- Give generously both financially and with my time
- Take the time to raise up the kids in the way they should go
- Find time for personal study, prayer, and meditation
- Work less hours and make more money
- Take the time to create weekly, monthly, and yearly goals
- Be passionate about all that I do
- Give freely and bless this community every chance I get
- Create a mantra for The Realistic Mama
- Create more streams of residual income
- Work towards paying off the house early
- Give generously
- Earn more than we need, spend less than we earn, save and invest the extra
- Create a streamlined system for our budget
And my final goal is to embrace this new place we are calling home.
My goals for the year can be summed up into 7 words:
I encourage you take the time to create your goals and ask your family members theirs too! Corey and I had a great conversation and I loved hearing his simple and yet perfect list (the theme of less stress and more time for spur-of-the-moment memories shined through almost everything he said). And hearing my 3-year-olds ideas gave such a fun glimpse into her little mind, “my birthday, toys, play with you, play chase”.
Enjoy making the list with your family.
Here’s to 2017!