Goals for 2013

Like countless others, I made a list of “resolutions” for the new year. I like to think of them as goals for the year… areas in my life that I want to improve on, or things I would like to try.

One of them was to start this blog. I had a different blog, but it never really felt like it was my own. I don’t quite know how to explain that, and I don’t quite know why I feel that way. I changed the name several times, and I wrote sporadically (and usually not at all). It was a half-hearted attempt to blog, yet then I would become discouraged because no one was reading it. This time, I want to write consistently. I want to try harder.

I am so excited about this year. I always love that time right before the new year begins. I am getting over the sadness that Christmas is over, and I reflect on myself and my life and my relationships. I feel full of hope. There is so much potential. It feels like a clean slate.

I’m not sure why I’m so excited for this year. We don’t have anything “major” to look forward to. But I’m very happy with this place in my life… so I’m just excited for the day to day adventures with my family. I’m excited to just BE.

Goals for 2013:

  • Blog. Start this blog and stick to it. Write. Take photos. Participate in other blog challenges. Even if no one is reading.
  • Write more. In addition to the blog, I want to write more. Fiction. Nonfiction. Poetry. I want to work on my novel. I want to submit poetry to journals, even if they are quickly rejected. This is a part of myself that has really been lacking since I started having children, and it’s a part of myself that I really really miss.
  • Purge 2,013 items in 2013… and continue simplifying and organizing our home and our life. In 2012, I joined a challenge to purge 2,012 items that year. I surpassed that goal, and ended up purging nearly 3,000 items. After our daughter was born, things began to creep back in, and I had less time (and energy) to focus on our home. I have been working on our house again, and I want to work hard this year on decluttering and living more simply, as well as getting back into a household routine that is easy to maintain and allows for more free time.
  • Finish my cake decorating courses. My mom and I began taking the Wilton classes through our local Michaels; we completed the first two and there are two more to go.
  • Be a more patient, fun, and loving mother. Overall, I actually think I do a good job in this area. But there is always room for improvement, and I know new challenges will continue to present themselves. I am still adjusting to having two children, and those children will continue to grow and change and have new needs. Toddlerhood is a whole new ballgame. This summer I will have a one year old and a three year old. Patience will be my virtue.
  • Put my marriage higher up on my priority list, and value my husband more. 2012 brought us many challenges, and the first half of the year was (to be quite honest) pretty depressing. Summer was good to us, and we welcomed our daughter into our family. Things have steadily improved since then, and the past few months have been the most solid in our marriage. We are in a good place, and I want to get to an even better place.
  • Read more. I have read a pathetic amount since having children. I read plenty of things online, but I need to get back to novels and other creative works that inspire me. Yesterday I charged my Kindle, downloaded a new book, and I also brought a few books out from my bookshelf that I want to get started on. My immediate goal will be two novels in January.
  • Get our photos under control, and our kids’ scrapbooks completed. This year I want to create photo albums beginning from when my son was first born… but I still haven’t really printed off pictures since then… from 2010! Yes, I’ve printed some off, but I need to sort, delete, organize, and otherwise just ATTACK all the photos taken over the past two and a half years. And I need to put them all on a drive in order to protect their digital copies, as well as to save space on my iPhone and memory cards. Instead of making actual scrapbooks for their first years, I am going to order photobooks from Shutterfly intead. Then I plan on printing off lots of pictures and putting them in actual albums, with as many captions as possible. I also want to finish my son’s babyhood shadowbox. This will all be a large undertaking, so I need to set small monthly goals to accomplish it. But it’s been looming over me for a long time, and causing me too much guilt and anxiety for it to continue on for another year. It’s important to me, so it needs to become a priority.
  • Finish my frickin’ dining room walls. In May of 2011, I decided to start a stencil on my dining room walls. It was looking beautiful, but it was very tedious. Because, of course, I chose a project that involved hand-stenciling a smallish thing, instead of buying one of those large stencils that you can just roll paint over. I haven’t even completed an entire wall, and it’s really, really, really starting to bug me to look at it. My husband agrees, so we’ve decided it’s time to finish it. Which means he gets more quality time with the kids, while I work on it. I don’t actually mind doing it, it was just hard to do with an infant in the house, who quickly grew into a toddler, and then I became pregnant… yadda yadda yadda. It’s time to get it done, or just paint the whole damn room a different color. 😉

Here’s to a happy, productive, fulfilling year.