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Setting goals for the new year is always a wonderful way to reflect after the holidays and set yourself up for success in the new year.
I started Happily Homegrown to share our homemaking, homeschooling, and homesteading journey. Over the last few years, things went off track. There were seasons where it felt like nothing could be accomplished and everything took extra effort. More effort and energy than I could muster. Physical illness, as well as mental health challenges, prevented me from accomplishing everything I set out to do. Instead of doing what I could, I had the all or nothing mentality. More often than not, I did nothing.
While we are still in a challenging season with regards to my health, we are getting answers and things are improving. I have been able to get out of my own head and am taking things one day at a time, and sometimes one minute at a time. I’m doing what I can when I can, instead of saying that since I can’t do it all, I’ll do nothing.
As I reflect on all of the challenges from the past few years, I’m ready for a clean slate. What better time to start anew than with the start of the new year, so that’s exactly what I’m doing. I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions because they always feel so superficial, but goal setting is much more my speed because goals have actionable steps to take so that you can achieve them.
My Word for 2019 – PEACE
I’m coming to terms with a lot of little things that I have no control over, so the driving force for me in the coming year is the question, “Will it bring me peace?” Peace of mind. Peace in my heart. And most importantly peace in my life.
There are 4 major areas of my life that I’m setting goals for in the coming year.
- Homesteading & Self-Reliance
- Happily Homegrown – my business
My Goal Setting Process
Over the next few days, I’m taking time to reflect and meditate on what peace would look like in the various facets of my life. I tend to make lots of lists, and will have several sessions where I just try to get all of my thoughts and ideas out on paper where I can see them. I look through magazines for images of how I want to feel. If there is something that calls to me or jumps out it gets clipped and added to a vision board (or at least the envelope of images dedicated to the vision board). And then I plan.
I write out my goals with actionable steps I can take towards achieving them. Typically, I don’t add deadlines to my goals, but I do add the frequency I need to work on them. I take time to revise my lists, and often reach out to others for their input if there is an area where I’m struggling.
Setting goals for the year isn’t a one and done session. I don’t just share my goals for 2019 at the start of the year and check that off the to-do list. This is a list (or lists) that need to be revisited often and tweaked as necessary. When a goal is met, its time to think about the next step. If a goal hasn’t been met, you take time to figure out what additional steps you need to take to get there.
I’m off to work on setting goals for 2019, and create an action plan to making those goals a reality.
What are your goals for the coming year?
My homeschool goal for 2019 revolves around getting my kids outside more! I live within walking distance of 2 parks and really feel like I am doing them a disservice by neglecting those adventures. Plus all my biggish kids got bikes for Christmas so that should make it easier to take everyone!
I am in the middle of planning for this year, too. I with my oldest turning 11, I am having a harder time because his interests change so much! Any advice?
My oldest is also 11, and it has been like pulling teeth to get him to do things this year. He thinks he’s too big to play outside until friends his age come over and then its fine. It has been a real challenge.
I’m with you though. Getting outside more – in all kinds of weather – needs to be the priority here as well. Too often, we stay huddled up indoors and avoid being outside because the weather isn’t perfect. Time for some new adventures!