Written by Jeannett Gibson of Life Rearranged.
Are you working through Tsh’s ebook One Bite at a Time yet? I’m tracking my progress through the very practical (and manageable!) tasks monthly through this series. The projects aren’t chronological and you can do them in any order, so feel free to start now! You can buy the book here for just $5!
A new year seems to always bring with it a renewed energy. A fresh start, a clean slate, a carpe diem scent wafts through the air on January 1 amid the leftover champagne and the roses in Pomona.
Resolutions are made. Everyone is geared up to go, with every intention of this being The Year. Cheeks flushed with vigor. No, really. We mean it this time. No kidding around.
The problem is that for the vast majority of us, those resolutions are broken almost immediately. And, like your favorite mug, is eventually tossed in the trash after being shattered so many times. It just gets too pathetic to even try to repair anymore.
Every year I swear I’m not going to make resolutions, as I don’t like to get in the habit of setting myself up for failure. But the truth is that the start of a new year brings a vitality and freshness that is contagious.
One of my favorite things about One Bite at a Time is that you can go in any order. You can skip around in a way that helps make the tasks more meaningful for where you are, right now. In this case, I’m taking my own advice and skipping ahead to Project 45: Make annual goals.
I like the idea of goals versus resolutions. It may seem like semantics, but goals bring with them the elastic sweatpants of life. There’s room to make mistakes. Resolutions are a bit more rigid. They split open easily. And when they do, you feel really, really bad about yourself.
Tsh’s ebook lays out four pages of very specific questions to help you figure out what your annual goals might be. A forewarning: to truly answer them, you have to give yourself some time. Maybe even a few days. They are nothing if not thorough. I set about scribbling in my notebook and chatting with my husband. From my copious notes, I culled down some of the biggies.
As I looked through my list: things like getting organized and staying organized. Simplifying. Being consistent. Taking the extra second to put something where it goes the first time. Drinking more water. All of those specific line items pointed to me to my very own Word of the Year: Intention.
I want to be intentional in how I spend my time. In the things I own. In the ways I spend my money. In how I interact with my children. My marriage to my husband. How I treat my body. How and what I blog about.
Every single bullet pointed to the same overarching theme: Living Intentionally. I need to order myself a necklace. (I realized after writing this that my 2013 goal also happens to be the Simple Mom tagline. Well played, Universe. Well played.)
It was actually freeing to realize that what I want for 2013 is not a list of to do's, a goal weight, or a strict rule. While I have pages of detailed specifics to refer to, I am comforted by the fact that what it will really take to make my 2013 different is a change in perspective and heart. While harder to measure quantitatively, the rewards are so much sweeter.
Will you join me this year? Every month I share my thoughts on the projects outlined in One Bite at a Time. The ebook is only $4.99 normally, but you can get $1 off with code HAPPYNEWYEAR.
What are your goals for 2013? Do you have a word/theme of the year?