My No Goals Resolution

I’ve always been someone who likes to make goals or challenges for weeks, months, seasons, or even years at a time.  I love the feeling of progress and improvement.  I’m a planner and organizer.  It’s who I have been, especially the last 10-15 years.

But this year is the most unclear year I’ve experienced to date.  When I look ahead into any given year, it’s easy to make goals because I have some idea how the year is going to go.  Some of the rhythms are still there, but for the most part, I don’t know where this year’s path will take me.  This makes it difficult for me to plan in measurable steps, so this year, I’m embracing a word.

anticipation

Dictionary.com’s definition of anticipation is:

realization in advance; foretaste.
expectation or hope.
previous notion; slight previous impression.
intuition, foreknowledge, or prescience.

 

I’ve boiled these down to this: Anticipation is looking into the unknown with a joyful hope to see what God will do next.

 

Obviously, the big anticipation of this year is my pregnancy.  It’s scary and exciting and curious to see what God will do throughout this pregnancy.  He has already done so many things.  So many conversations and connections have been made with old friends and new ones.  Yet, it is all still unknown, leaving me in a state of anticipation.

I also anticipate other aspects of my life to become clearer.  I have been given a couple of opportunities in the last few months as possible future career options.  There are so many possibilities and paths I could take.  While I couldn’t possibly do all of them, I anticipate that timing will play a big part of it.  And it’s a timing that I can’t see yet in my future.  There’s nothing to do right now but wait…and anticipate that with God’s guidance, things will be revealed in their own time.

But anticipation isn’t just for the big unknowns in my life.  Anticipation can be looking forward to the more familiar, smaller events, even if it’s not completely clear how exactly things will go.

For example, in the month of January, I anticipate a slower, quieter rhythm.  Michael starts his busy season soon, which will bring long hours and possible travel.  We are hoping that the travel and long hours aren’t as much as they have been in year’s past, but we will have to see.

Some fun things I anticipate in January are cooler weather temps, comfort foods, cozy sweaters, and snuggles with the pups.  Being in Texas, these can also be unknowns.  I’ve seen snow follow a heat spell before.  But I would love to have one good snow, just to see how Teddy reacts to it.

I know that because January tends to be slower and quieter, it can be a great reminder and opportunity to take advantage of this time by spending it with God.  The busyness of the year will come soon enough, and prayer time and devotionals will eventually feel rushed and harried.  But in this month, I can anticipate and appreciate the intentional stillness with God.

Anticipation is nothing without keeping my eyes on God.  As this year continues, I hope to keep looking for the movements of God in my life and in the lives around me.  To anticipate his presence in all aspects of my life and help me walk through the unknowns set before me.

 

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December Goals

Fall is now over, and the Christmas season has begun.  Before I get into the December Goals, I want to give you one last update on the goals this Fall.  I made these goals without knowing whether or not I was pregnant, and they were not as doable as I had hoped, considering I was in my first trimester for most of Fall.  However, I managed to complete most of them.  So, here’s how they turned out.

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Spiritually, I am going to attend a Bible Study. Completed.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Ladies Bible Class I attended each week.  Those ladies are so sweet and I look forward to (hopefully, depending on pregnancy) attending the next one in the new year!

For healthI am going to do some type of yoga or meditation every day. Fail, sorta.  I didn’t do this every day, unless you count hearing the heartbeat every night as meditation.  Then, I totally did this perfectly the last three weeks.  I have been doing yoga, but not every day.  And I want to be careful of what I can and can’t do as I continue into this pregnancy.  We had some (not serious but could affect exercise) concerns in last week’s appointment that could clear up on their own by the next appointment.  So, I’m going to take it slow and easy until then.  Maybe cut the yoga down to once or twice a week.

For homeI want to decorate each month. Completed.  I did my mantle each month, and when I put away the November things, I divided them into Fall and Thanksgiving for better decorating next year.  I forgot to take a picture, though!

For online/writingI’m going to do a weekly video check-in. Completed.  This has been do fun to do, and as I mentioned in the video for week 15, I plan to continue to do it as long as I can.

And finally, the bonus goal, I want to get back into my planner. Changed.  I realized this season that I’m not longer the same planner that I was a few years ago.  I now gravitate towards online calendars and spreadsheets, with a daily to do list as well.  I’m changing up my planner style a bit, which I hope to show you in the new year.

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I’ve thought and wrestled with what to do the last month of this year.  And in the end, I decided to not make any measurable goals and both of the reasons have to do with my pregnancy.

  1. I have limited energy during my day, and while I hope to continue eating healthy and staying active, I also want to really focus on the Christmas season this year.  It may be our last holiday just Michael and me, and I don’t want to be worried about additional checklists (other than the ones for buying gifts, those are the best checklists).
  2. Next year is unpredictable.  There are so many things that could happen that would affect my day-to-day schedule, that this might be my last “normal” month (or the entire rest of my pregnancy could be normal, but who’s to say?).  So I want to treasure this time with the dogs, my husband, my home, my friends and my family, and focus on that.

Christmas time is so special and magical.  I’ve already made so many memories and I’m looking forward to creating even more this month.  I hope all of you are having a good end to your year, that you aren’t stressing out too much, and that you get to spend some precious time with your friends and family.

Did you make new year goals?  How are they going?

Fall Goals Update

 

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And I feel like I turned around and wham!  It’s November!  I’ll be honest, the goals haven’t been totally kept up with.  With October still in the first trimester, my main goals were to not get too anxious and to not throw up.  Which I did, mostly, accomplish.

But since it is the beginning of the month, I thought I would do a little goal update.

Spiritually, I am going to attend a Bible Study.  I am still, as regularly as I can, attending the Ladies Morning Bible Class.  Since the nausea is going away, I see this happening pretty easily the rest of November.  The other study has been going on at night which is super hard for me since my fatigue causes me to go to bed pretty much when the sun goes down.

For healthI am going to do some type of yoga or meditation every day.  I want to get better at the yoga this month, though I did much more prayer and meditation in October, it wasn’t every day.  But, again, now that I’m entering the second trimester, I’m ready to proceed with this a bit more.

For homeI want to decorate each month.  I did decorate for Halloween!  I focused mostly on the mantle, which is where I think decorations will be centered in November as well.  Also, since we have a curious young pup in our household now, places that are out of his reach are a must.  I also culled through a lot of my Halloween decor.  I’m thinking I might pick up a new piece sometime soon in the clearance aisles.

 

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Forgive the quality.  It’s with my phone on the afternoon of Halloween.

 

For online/writingI’m going to do a weekly video check-in.  Check!  I’ve really been enjoying this, and it has been helping me keep track of the days and weeks.  I have Week 8, Week 9, Week 10 and Week 11 all linked from October

And finally, the bonus goal, I want to get back into my planner.  I did do a bit more this month than I did last month but doing this goal (or trying to) has made me realize that the planner I’m using isn’t really fitting with my lifestyle.  I think I’m going to use this month to research some other options for next year.  If anyone has suggestions, I’m open to them!

Did you make new year goals?  How are they going?  If you accidentally forgot about them, or they don’t really work for you, or whatever reason, don’t be afraid to recalibrate and create new ones for this month!

Fall Goals Update

 

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It’s already the beginning of October!  To be honest, since Fall is my favorite time of the year, I usually hope to slow it down and enjoy it.  But this year I don’t mind the time moving a little faster in this pregnancy.

But since it is the beginning of the month, I thought I would do a little goal update.

Spiritually, I am going to attend a Bible Study.  I am currently attending a morning ladies Bible class one day a week, and I have another online Bible study one evening a week, in addition to my daily Bible study which only blipped a little last week since I was so sick.  I have really enjoyed being surrounded by God’s word during this time in my life!

For healthI am going to do some type of yoga or meditation every day.  Last week was a fail since I couldn’t even get vertical most days.  I guess maybe there was some meditation during that time, but mostly it was just the mantra – Don’t throw up, don’t throw up, don’t throw up.  I hope since I think we figured out what was exacerbating my nausea is now removed, I can work on this goal more this month.

For homeI want to decorate each month.  I did manage to change the bedding to our fall/winter bedding and change out the wreath, put a few pumpkins out and change the dish towels in the kitchen over the course of the last two weeks.  This month, and hopefully, this week, I will be pulling out the Halloween decor.  I did a blog last year about my fall decor which I will link here since it’s basically the same.

For online/writingI’m going to do a weekly video check-in.  Surprisingly, I have been able to do this each week.  Last week was touch and go, but here are all of the weeks: Announcement, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7

And finally, the bonus goal, I want to get back into my planner.  This was hit or miss.  I’m still trying to figure out the style that I want for my planner.  I will try to share the monthly spreads soon.

Did you make new year goals?  How are they going?  If you accidentally forgot about them, or they don’t really work for you, or whatever reason, don’t be afraid to recalibrate and create new ones for this month!

Summer to Fall

Summer is over, and the goals were (mostly) accomplished!  Here’s a recap of the goals.

Spiritually, I am going to host an online Bible study. – Accomplished.  I completed this study towards the end of July.  I really enjoyed all of the conversations, and I enjoyed the fact we got to dig in deep into the Bible.

For health, I am going to work up to walking three miles at least four times a week. – Kinda Accomplished.  So, in July, I changed to goal down to two miles because of the Texas heat, and I did do this a couple of weeks in August, but at the end of the month, the weather got crazy and it was either about to rain or raining for a majority of the days each week.  So, I didn’t do it all the way through the summer like I thought I would.  I’m still going to continue doing this through the Fall, though.  Not as a goal, but I definitely enjoy this quiet time/podcast time in my routine.

For home, I want to accomplish three projects. – Accomplished.  I actually got everything done plus some this summer which made me really happy.  I did a jewelry hanging project, turned my office into a library, and completed some little back burner projects too!

For online/writing, I’m going to write every day. – Accomplished.  Thank you for all of your support, follows, and comments this summer!  I think for the fall I’m going to go back to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday type of consistency since I will start doing videos (see below).  Of course, I will continue doing the Saturday Summaries as well, since a lot of people seem to like those posts.  🙂

And finally, the bonus goal, I want to complete nine books. – Accomplished.  I completed the six book series I had left on my bookshelf for years, which I wrote a review of here.  And this month, I completed Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell and Echo: Blue Moon, a graphic novel by Terry Moore (all of which I will be sharing my review in the coming weeks).

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Since the summer goals worked so well, I decided to do it again for the fall.  Here are my goals for this season!

Spiritually, I am going to attend a Bible Study.  Since I led a Bible Study this Summer, I thought it would be a nice change to attend one this Fall.  I have a couple of studies to choose from, and I might do both!

For healthI am going to do some type of yoga or meditation every day. I actually did a yoga everyday challenge in March, but I wanted to do it again, only this time I would interchange that with meditation.  I need to learn how to slow down and find time with God.  And now that I’ve found Holy Yoga (which includes meditation), I’m excited to focus on this for this season.

For homeI want to decorate each month.  Since there are a lot of holidays in the fall season, I want to find things to decorate the home each month and go through what I already have.  I’m hoping that my culling and refining will motivate me to go through the crazy amount of Christmas decorations we have.

For online/writingI’m going to do a weekly video check in.  I have already started this one!  My first video is here.

And finally, the bonus goal, I want to get back into my planner.  Since I will have a lot of memories this season (since we have so much planned), I would like to keep up with it in my planner in like a scrapbook sense.

Did you make new year goals?  How are they going?  If you accidentally forgot about them, or they don’t really work for you, or whatever reason, don’t be afraid to recalibrate and create new ones for this month!

Summer Goals Update

Here’s a little check in on my Summer Goals since it’s already August!

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SpirituallyI am going to host an online Bible study.  

I completed this study towards the end of this month.  I really enjoyed all of the conversations, and I enjoyed the fact we got to dig in deep into the Bible.

For healthI am going to work up to walking three miles at least four times a week.

I think I might change this goal to two miles five or six days a week, but I’m not sure yet.  With the Texas summer heat, even if I get out in the morning, it still gets super hot super early.  So, I’m thinking more days but less distance might work better until the cooler air returns.

For homeI want to accomplish three projects.  

Technically, I did finish a project this month by turning my office into a library, though it wasn’t one of the projects I intended to complete this summer.  But, it was a pretty major project, so I’m going to count it.  I have two little projects still on the back burner, but this will give me an option to do both or either one in August.

For online/writingI’m going to write every day.  

So far, so good!

And finally, the bonus goal, I want to complete nine books.

I am still behind, but I’m catching up pretty quickly.  I’m reading an entire YA series which is six books to do a book review on the entire series (and I’m over half way done with book five).  I already have two books to read in August, one of them being a graphic novel, so if I can find one more to read, I will be done!

Did you make new year goals?  How are they going?  If you accidentally forgot about them, or they don’t really work for you, or whatever reason, don’t be afraid to recalibrate and create new ones for this month!