Goals. Resolutions. Things I want to change in my life, whether it’s physical, emotional, or otherwise.
For me personally, it doesn’t matter what you call it, they’re all terrifying. I don’t have a very good track record. I see goals as a way to set myself up for failure.
But the start of the new year gives one the sense of a fresh start.
I have a list of goals, but realized they are common resolutions people tend to have at the start of a new year. So I’m going share these common goals and some simple changes, baby steps if you will, that may help turn them into a reality.
1. Healthy Living
It’s our job to teach our children a healthy way of life. The best way to do that, is to set a good example.
*Working out with the little ones at home can be frustrating. Pop in a video and try to follow along. If it comes down to bouncing around with the littles for 15 minutes, well, that’s better than nothing-and the kiddos are getting their
crazies wiggles out!
*Find a class or a video that makes working out fun for you. Trust me, there is such a huge variety of them out there, there is definitely one for you. Some of my favorites are Jazzercise and Zumba.
*Watch portions sizes and try not to go back for seconds right away. If you’re still hungry, eat a fruit or vegetable.
*Don’t buy junk food! (this is my biggest one! It’s always so tempting at the store!)
*Try to buy things from the perimeter of the grocery store. It seems like the further you go “in,” the more processed things become.
*Drink a lot of water!! I think the equation is half of your body weight in ounces. (So, you weigh 150, drink 75 ounces a day.)
*Slowly increase your water intake until you get up to a goal daily amount. Don’t just go from no water to 75 ounces in a day. For one, it’s really hard to get it down. For another, your body won’t be used to it, so you will be retaining some serious water. Yes, it’s happened to me a couple of times-and it is seriously disconcerting and uncomfortable.
*Allow yourself a cheat day. We all have our guilty pleasure foods that should never actually be ingested. But go ahead, eat that fried Twinkie! As long as all the other days of the week, you’re eating healthy.
*Make a list of all the great things you did in your professional life in 2015. Or at least write out the highlights. When you (or I, anyway), see recent improvements, you’re more encouraged for the future.
*If there is something you want to do or change, but have no idea how to go about it, ask someone that has been blogging or been in your business longer than you. Maybe you feel as if your questions are dumb, but they all started somewhere too. Think of it this way, if someone in your field asked you for advice, would you be likely to help them? Would you direct them to someone that could help them? Or would you brush them off?
*Read. Pinterest, the library, the bookstore. They all have valuable information on everything. Take time and do some research. Just don’t give up. Which leads me to the next one.
3. Positive Self-talk
*It’s ok to acknowledge mistakes and things that could use improvement. But that’s just it. Acknowledge it, fix it, and move on.
*Stop comparing yourself to others. There will always be a blogger with more page views than you. There will always be a mom that looks better in yoga pants than you. (Actually, not true. Nobody looks good in yoga pants, but keep on rockin’ ’em because they rule!)
*If you feel yourself getting into a slump, pull out a notebook and hand write your good qualities. Do your best to come up with them yourself, but if you’re having trouble, ask your spouse or a good friend. They’ll have plenty of good things to say! And again, write it out by hand. It will feel weird at first, but eventually your college days of taking notes will come back to you, and you’ll remember how to do it.
4. More Quality Time with Family
*Screen time together. I love cuddling with my kiddos while they watch a movie and I chill on my phone.
*Unplug. There’s nothing quite like taking time to just BE with your family. No funny memes on FB, no ridiculous tweets that need an “immediate” response. Just you and your family. This will feel weird at first, but like the writing above, it will come back to you.
* Go Geocaching. This is a fun family activity that requires your phone, but it gets you outside. It’s essentially a treasure hunt. And it is so much fun! Give it a shot-I promise, the kiddos won’t be disappointed! You can download the geocaching app (they have free intro app), and immediately see how many “caches” are in your neighborhood.
*Get crafty. Kiddos love every aspect of crafting! They get to get messy, play with glitter, and they have a cool keepsake/gift at the end. A great crafty blog is Twitchetts and a great “messy play” blog is Views from a Stepstool. Feel free to check them out, they’re awesome!
I hope some of these tips help! And if you have any tips or goals to add, please feel free to share!
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