Though I hate to take myself too seriously, as we reflect on the start of the year and decade I think it would be beneficial to set some goals and verbalize some lessons that I have learned over the past year that I don't care to "learn" again. So as a reminder to myself, here are some personal goals for the next year and beyond.
1a. Read the Bible, re-establish a "quite time," and improve spiritual health. I haven't been great at this since Eli and Isaac were born. A well established discipline flew out the window with the birth of our two kiddos. If there was ever a time in my life that the word of God needs to be the first thought in my mind it is now when we are teaching two young ones the walk. This must be priority one.
1b. Be more Christ-like. Being more Christ-like will make me a better wife, mom, and friend. By default I will pay more attention to those around me and will be in tune with the directions God has for my life. I will prioritize appropriately because his "will" will be my priority. Providing Godly instruction to my kids will come naturally. I am 100% certain that achieving this goal will reach past this decade.
2. Continue to exercise and improve physical health. If you look at my exercise log this certainly appears to be priority one of 2009. Though successful, I can rightly say that 2009's priorities were off. I woke up 5-6 mornings each week at 5:30 AM to exercise. In fact when I don't exercise I can be quite crabby. I increased my mileage from 1.5 miles/session to 3.0 miles. I ran about 500 miles this last year and lost/kept off 16 pounds. I do want to continue this disciple and loose 10 more pounds, just don't want to obsess over it.
3. Leave work at work. I really stink at this one, particularly since 12 of my 32 hours I work from home. Until about September work was my driving force. While I think the chest pains and ulcers were justified (some really crazy things happened this year) they certainly weren't worth it, nor healthy. After all, it is just work. So that is my goal - work is work, nothing more. I will work like I am working for God and not for man, but it will not be the center of my universe - my family deserves better.
4. Save money. I am trying this whole coupon, meal planning, saving money thing. I am not good at it. I am very much a mood eater and don't think I will function well having my entire week of meals planned out for each day. So I am trying a pick 7 meals plan and having the ingredients for all seven on hand. Than gives me seven options for the week and a variety of foods to choose from, and less waste. With Isaac's allergies nearly everything has to be made from scratch and that has seriously limited my cooking this year. I have been less creative and relied to tightly on a few staples. But with planning I think I can get better at this, and in actuality improve the overall health of the family.
So these are the biggies. Probably the top of everyone's list right?
Here's to 2010 and beyond.