It’s the first “How We…” Wednesday of 2018.
I’m still not quite used to that one.
Once a month, Erika and I are going to host a link up where we talk about how we (fill in the blank). We’ll share and then we’re hoping you’ll link up and share too…because I LOVE learning new things from you ladies! Here are our topics for the year…
We will be posting and linking up the second Wednesday of every month, so mark your calendars!
Today’s topic is…how we do goals/resolutions and such.
So, come on in and let’s discuss…
Ha! I thought I’d welcome you in to my house on my head for grins…because practicing yoga more is one of my goals this year 😉 .
Here’s the thing, I’m very much a “the year starts in September when the kids go back to school” kind of thinker/planner, but I have been thinking about things I would like to do with this fresh new year. I toggle back and forth between the kind of girl who actually writes a list and crosses things off to a girl who just makes a mental note to aim for things that year. I think this year, I’m going to be more of a cross things off my list kind of gal. What do you do? Last year, my goal was to be intentional about my whole life. I want to be an intentional mom/friend/wife/daughter/sister/coworker/blogger/neighbor/church member/school mom/you name it…I just want to be present and intentional with my time, my words, my money, my heart, and my prayers. That’s something I’m still working on this year too. I saw this on Pinterest and loved it…
That hits close to home.
So, this year, I’m writing out a list of things I’m working on/goals I want to achieve/etc and keeping it in my Bible so that I see it with my daily quiet time. For me, this is the best place to put a list like this because I see it every day and as I’m praying over so many other things, it really helps me keep my priorities straightened out to have the list right there. As the year goes on, I will update it, change it, make notes and/or add things to it. And if I don’t do everything on my list? That’s okay too. I have no clue what’s in store for our family this year…I’m just going to move forward and let God guide my steps.
So, here are a few “resolutions” for my 2018. I’ve decided to pick one for each “category” of my life…
Body: Keep practicing yoga.
I’ve been practicing yoga since I was about 18 and love it for so many reasons. First, it stretches me out and keeps me flexible after all of the running/walking/weight lifting classes I take. Second, it is so relaxing and a great way for me to tune things out and just be. Finally, I think it helps me stay toned and lengthened too. I am always trying to incorporate bits and pieces of it into my daily routine. I recently discovered Tara Stiles and her Yoga Solution on Pinterest and have been loving her workout videos. I have always been a huge fan of Kristin McGee (she has DVDs and even an app!) too. When you can’t get to a class, Youtube is also a great place to find endless workout videos as well! In May of 2016, I posted THIS about my weekly workouts and honestly, it’s still pretty much the same.
Health: Get more sleep.
Oh my word, this goes against everything in me…but I know I need more sleep. My goal this year (I’m cringing as I type this) is to wake up at 5:00 AM every day instead of earlier (hello, 4:10?!). Here’s the thing…I’m a morning person (my mom would call 4:10 a “middle of the night” person), but I know that because I don’t go to bed very early (I typically go to bed around 10:30), that I’m not getting enough sleep. It really hit me this past Saturday night…Andrew and I were in bed watching TV around 10:00 and I felt fantastic! I was lying down in bed, in the dark, watching TV and not totally and completely exhausted (as per usual), and I told Andrew that I felt so good. He said…well, it’s probably because we’ve been sleeping (being in Colorado, we slept so much more). And it hit me…I want to feel like this EVERY DAY! Now, I know waking up at 5:00 is still early…but that’s a big step for me (and honestly, I really can’t imagine sleeping that long every day). So far this week, I’ve made it happen every day and as silly as it sounds, I’m feeling good. I’m also aiming to be asleep by 10:00 (or even 9:45???) each night too. Sleep is important and I flat out don’t get enough. This is my year to really focus on changing that.
Food: Find better lunches.
Hi, my name is Shay, and lunch is my least favorite meal of the day…and therefore, I don’t eat a very good one. I love breakfast and I love dinner, but lunch is just not my fave, so I mostly snack…which leaves me hungry around 3:00 and I snack some more. Urg. During the summer, with the kids at home, I feel like I have a more substantial lunch, but this time of year, I’m a nibbler…and that needs to stop.
Serving: Plan a mission trip.
This year, I really want to plan a mission trip. I have some ideas about where I want to go/what I want to do…and I don’t know if it will come to completion in 2018, but I want to start planning for it/praying over the idea.
Mind: Read more books.
Ha! I know, I know, I know…I already read a lot…but I could read more. The last three years, I’ve basically read the same number of books each year (62, 62, 63), so this year, my goal is to read a little more. A little more reading never hurt anyone, right?! Maybe even just one more a month? I’m thinking my goal is 70 this year.
Discover: Travel somewhere new.
We loved traveling to a few new places last year (Washington D.C., The Hamptons, and Alaska), so this year, we’re setting out to see some other new places. As much as I love repeating spots, we live in a great big world…so, we’re going to try and see some new places.
Spiritual: Memorize more scripture.
Yup. I’m going to try and pick one verse a week to memorize.
Marriage: Go on more day dates.
Ah! This year, Andrew and I discovered the joy of “day dating”. Two days a week, all four kiddos are in school, which means, we can have lunch together. I loved this and want to keep it going this year too! With day dating, we don’t have to pay for a sitter, and it’s such a lovely way to break up the day.
Parenting: Unplug more.
Every year, I make a little goal to unplug more. A few years ago, I started turning off my computer at 2:55 every day (they come home at 3:00) and this past year, I stopped scrolling through IG and FB (instead, I sit down once or twice a day for intentional “let’s look at social media time” instead of mindless scrolling). This is my last year before Ashby goes off to school every day, so I better make every.single.darn.second count, right?!
Passion: Advocate more for adoption
I never in a million years thought I’d be an advocate for adoption and orphan care, but the Lord has made it clear to me that it’s what I’m supposed to focus on at this time in my life. I have some ideas going into 2018…but I’m praying about other ways I can be an advocate for those who don’t have a forever family. Adoption is just so near and dear to me…and I want there to be more families made through it.
So, those are my resolutions…
…and I’m keeping them in my Bible.
A few other New Year type things…
And if you’re like me and enjoy a little pin-spiration, here are my favorite boards to motivate you right now…
That wraps up our very first How We…Wednesday! So, tell us, how do you do resolutions/goals/etc? Please comment and share! If you blogged, make sure you link up too!! We’re so excited to kick off our new year with YOU!!