January goals

These days I’m sitting back and enjoying things while I take stock of what I want out of 2012. I haven’t written out a long list of goals although I have some hopes and dreams floating around in my mind – some rather mundane and some a little exciting, order a little secret. I think maybe my only resolution will be to practice goal setting each month so that certain small, quiet goals become habits. Perhaps this isn’t really blog worthy? But there it is.

I think creating good habits is one of the hardest things people can do. Bad habits, not so much eh?

This month my goal is to start the day like I am going to work: I get dressed, tame/do my hair and brush my teeth before dealing with the girls. This doesn’t sound like much but I’ve stuck with it and it is helping calm my mind. I am no longer trying to get dressed with children hanging off of me or trying to steal things out of my drawers/take everything off my dresser and run away (I’m looking at you Fionnuala). My teeth are feeling much better too.

That small change has created other changes in our day too – it’s like a chain-reaction of order slowly starting to happen. Well, as ordered as things can be with two children under the age of four. It feels good.

I was reflecting on how easy it was for me to embrace our dietary change. I never really liked meat and giving up dairy was easier than I thought it was going to be because I felt so damn good so quickly. I know it was harder for the Mister initially and Moira still talks about “when we ate meat projects” but one of these days she is (hopefully) going to forget (right?). (At this point Fionnuala would eat a car if you cut it up small enough and put it in a bowl in front of her so we haven’t heard any complaints out of her.) My point is that it was an easy change to make because it made me feel so good. I’m trying to keep that in mind as I form new, healthy habits.

I have other goals for this month too of course – other wishes as well. I need to sit down and write them out before I share them though.

What are you working on this month?

  5 Replies to “January goals”

  1. January 10, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    So you guys went Vegan? Neat!
    This month I am working on staying calm as we prepare to move out of the state. 🙂 Calm and productive this month….yes….

  2. January 11, 2012 at 12:44 am

    I’m working on staying sane until daycare starts again (for Lil) and then I will work on getting Ed happy there too.

  3. January 11, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I’m trying to simplify, because I’m not doing well with so many things to do. Letting go of things you are supposed to do is hard, and yet liberating.

  4. Jen
    January 11, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I always have a million things that I’d like to have running smoother in our life. My list of goals for 2012 is a mile long, but like you I am just going to work on them via the trickle-down-effect. I think by having a little personal discipline (i.e. set things down where they go, get dressed ASAP in the morning, have the counters clean at the end of the day to start the morning fresh) it will make a huge difference in our days, in a variety of ways.

  5. January 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I’ve always gotten up, showered and dressed before Stuart goes to work in the morning, which has been really important for my well-being (and I also invested in comfortable skirts and tights so I could look sort of cute AND be a stay at home mom). I am terrible at getting out of bed though, so this month we’ve started kicking my ass out early and getting a hot breakfast assembled that we eat together. Which has been nice on cold mornings, gives Stuart some early morn comradery, plus porridge is delicious and comes in all kinds of forms. Leftover brown rice porridge is my current favourite, and we’ve also had barley and quinoa porridge, and regular old oatmeal. A lovely new ritual, and one that is tasty too.

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