Hope you all had blessed and magical holiday celebrations with your family and friends. I truly love this festive time of year, but it comes and goes far too fast!
It is also amazing to me how quickly 365 days can fly by! The older I get, the faster time seems to speed by. Anyone else feel that way?! But now, in the midst of the festive aftermath, is the perfect time to look back and reflect on the past year. For me, I like to take time to reflect about the good, the bad, the ugly, the obstacles, the triumphs, the love, the laughter, and the spirituality to mention a few.
In looking back a year ago, at my blog post from January 4, 2013, it was the year to lose my love handles. Happy to report that they are almost gone 😉 It has taken a true commitment to learning more about my body and listening to what it is telling me. I learned to create, cook, and consume more nutrient dense meals that were perfect for me and what my body needed. My motto through it all was to stay focused and keep things simple. (I will come back to that in a few moments.)
My second (and most important) goal was to be more patient with my children. Well, I have good days and bad days, but there have been more good than bad this year. More days of being patient than impatient so that is a step in the right direction. This will continue to be on my radar moving forward as I realize it is something I need to continually work on. And that is ok.
I also promised myself I would get my website updated last January to be ready for a successful year. Well, I got it updated and it was a great year of business! I was as busy as I wanted to be and was fortunate to have a wonderful mix of amazing clients who changed their lives for the better. So proud of each of you! 2014 is going to be another great year. Thinking my website may get a bigger makeover this year- will be excited to share that later next year.
Lastly, we worked as a family to fill our gratitude jar (another important goal). We did really well the first couple months, adding notes of gratitude, but we kind of lost steam and focus as summer arrived and never got back on track. We are going to read the contents of our jar some time this week to reflect as a family. And we will decide, as a family, what our gratitude activity will be for this year.
And thus begins the goal setting for 2014. (I am really preferring “goals” to “resolutions” these days – the concept works much better for me.)
There’re a few questions I like to ask myself when taking quiet time to think about my past accomplishments and future goals this time of year. Thought I would share them with you as you may find them helpful as you determine what your goals for the next year are going to be:
1. What would make me happier in 2014?
2. What is a concrete action(s) that will help bring about that change/make me happier? (Make it specific and measurable.)
3. Am I starting small enough? Don’t be afraid to start small and build from there. Being discouraged in January is not a great place to be.
4. How am I going to hold myself accountable? (This is why you need specific and measurable goals.)
5. Where do I feel stuck in my life?
6. What will moving forward feel like?
7. What would I need to let go of in order to move forward/make changes/get out of my comfort zone?
So 2014 is going to be the year I focus on my children, family, friends & clients and continue to grow their minds and bodies with the best ingredients around – lots of love, laughter, understanding, discipline, PATIENCE, and real, whole food.
2014 is going to be the year I give even more fantastic resources and information to my clients by offering new programming, on-line materials, and my first published paperback book.
This will also be the year that I give back to my community; give more to my children’s school; and give of my time and special talents to help others in need.
More on my specific goals later this week as solidify them in my mind and ink them on paper.
So what is 2014 going to be about and bring about for all of you? Would love to hear some of your goals for this year!