It's that time of the year where people make resolutions and goals for the new year.
I've never been one to make resolutions, as I don't even know what those are, but I'm a big fan of goals. I often make goals for myself, even if the goal is just "get the laundry done by the end of the week" it's still a goal and I find I feel more of an accomplishment once the laundry it done if I considered it a goal.
It's a nice little mind game I play with myself, but it seems to work!
So here are my goals for 2011:
1. Make a weekly meal plan AND Cook at least one new meal a week
When we first go married I was one heck of a cook during the week. Then we moved and my schedule got all out of whack (apparently I'm a toddler) and I quit cooking as much. However, I have to say if I make a meal plan for the week then I really stick to it. And I've started doing that more lately. So my goal for the new year, is to not only meal plan EVERY week, but to also throw in a new meal once a week. Nobody wants to eat poppyseed chicken every. single. week. Well I could, but nobody = Luke.
2. Spend time with the Lord everyday
In the past I have made goals to read the bible in a year, or do a devotional every day or something like that. This year I am just being general. I am so not disciplined in this year and I am so not proud of it. However, I'm also not a stickler on the whole "you must have 30 minutes of quiet time a day to grow spiritually". I think that time with the Lord can come in many forms throughout the day. So I'm going to be general this year. Time with the Lord is vital in spiritual growth, but I'm not going to put myself in a box about it.
3. Memorize 2 scriptures a month
This is a pretty lofty goal for me but I believe it can happen. I already bought my spiral notebook and I'm ready to start memorizing!
4. Replace all the hangers in our closet with black plastic hangers
Luke already informed me that this was a completely weird goal, but it's my list so I'm keeping it on here! I think closets that have all matching hangers look so nice and put together. Plus the plastic hangers are so much better for shirts. Those nasty wire hangers always leave little indentions in shirts. So all black and plastic hangers for 2011 it is! Every time I go to Target a buy a pack of 20 plastic hangers, so I'm well on my way to achieving this goal.
5. Use the blog more like a journal
I have never been a person who is consumed with the amount of comments I get on my blog or how many people stop by my blog everyday. Not only have I never been consumed with it, but somewhere along the lines this year I quit caring all together. In fact most times I don't understand why people get so consumed with it. Who cares if nobody comments on your blog?!?! I would rather have one genuine comments than a bunch of comments that are just "pleasing" comments. However, with that said, I sometimes find myself censoring what I blog because the details would be too tedious, or it might seem boring or things like that. However, this year I'm really not going to care about those things. I am going to blog all the boring tedious details of our lives. I LOVE looking back through the years on my blog to see what Luke and I have done, conversations we have had, time we spent with our family, etc. Those are all more important to me than the amount of people commenting and/or reading. So even if it may seem boring, I want to blog more details this year.
6. Take more pictures and learn how to flipping use my camera
I find it quite ironic that the year I got a nice new camera I took less pictures than I have in pervious years. That thing is just SO DANG BIG, plus I have no idea how to use it, and if I try to be all fancy with it the pictures come out fuzzy, and if I just use "auto" I get all flustered because I might as well have a nice normal $65 camera. So I just chooses not to take any pictures. But I vow to change that for 2011. Besides, there is a certain new addition coming this year that I will probably want to take pictures of.
7. Buy Christmas presents throughout the year
I feel like I think of great Christmas presents for friends and family throughout the year, and then December hits and my mind draws a blank. So this year I will just buy them as I think of them. Plus it will help the ole budget to buy them sporadically. (every time I use that words I think of Clueless).
8. Incorporate date nights into our schedule
Luke and I have never been big "daters". In fact our first date was a car trip through the McDonald's drive through line. Romantic. We got to the movies every so often, and out to eat often, but rarely do we take time to have a nice date night. But now with the baby coming I'm thinking we need to make an effort to go on dates. Now we just need to find a babysitter.
9. Find some sort of way to work out
I'm sort of freaking out about all the weight I'm gaining during pregnancy. I try not to complain about it, because I once hated when pregnant women complained about gaining weight, however I completely GET IT now. And I don't talk about it a lot, because I am thankful to be pregnant. I know there are many women who would give anything to be pregnant. However, the weight gain is REALLY starting to freak me out. I would be lying if I said I haven't shed a few tears over it all. I have no idea how I will lose the weight once Eli is here, but I want to try. I've never been a big "worker-outer" but I need to figure out something. Shred, here I come.
10. Be a Supportive Wife
This was one of my goals for last year, and I'm not really sure how well I did on this one. I think this will always be one that I am working on, every year.
I didn't really intend to make 10 goals, but if the shoe fits I'll wear it. Now I just need to print these out and read them daily.