As is a common practice at this time of the year, many people set goals or commitments of what they hope to accomplish over the next 12 months. I’ve read many blog posts and watched a number of YouTube videos over the last week and wow there are some ambitious ladies out there with their big goal setting ways. It’s very impressive. I totally see the value of doing it but the whole idea kind of exhausts me if I’m being perfectly honest. And here’s what I really want to know. Why doesn’t anyone ever set some simple goals like finding the perfect mascara or a new delicious tasting potato chip? Ha, those are my kind of life goals!
I’m very careful about what I commit to. I think that it’s too easy to get caught up in making commitments to so many things that before we know it we are in way over our heads. Being a wife, raising kids and maintaining a home are HUGE commitments that already take up so much of my time and I always want to be careful about what competes for that time. But every once and awhile I do set some reasonable pursuits that I commit to. A few years ago I committed to walking my treadmill for 30 minutes a day and I stuck to it for an entire year. Two years ago I committed to following the Paleo diet as a way to manage my Rheumatoid Arthritis without medication and that is still a priority in my life.
So this year, after some careful consideration, I’ve decided to commit to two things that I’m really hoping become life long daily habits. I’m also going to share two things that I’m going to work towards this year but there will be no daily commitment attached to them because I want to be mindful of my limits.
So I’ll share my commitments list with you and I hope you’ll share yours with me too!
Two Daily Commitments
Drink 2L of Water Every Day:
This is something I struggle with for no other reason than I hate going to the bathroom all the time because it interrupts my day. Haha. Anyway to make this commitment actually happen I needed a daily reminder of how much I need to drink before the day is done. So similar to how effective the Fitbit was for tracking my daily steps, my new water bottle (from Walmart) is also a constant visual. It’s not pretty but it holds just over 2L and I fill it first thing in the morning. I know that I can’t go to bed until it’s done and y’all it’s so hard. I get busy working and I forget. In fact just after I typed that last sentence I realized I hadn’t drank any water in awhile and got up to do so. However it’s getting easier by the day because I’m noticing how much better I feel and that is huge motivation in and of itself.
Read the Bible in One Year:
I’d like to be more disciplined in this area and as you’ve probably figured out visual tracking really helps me. So at the beginning of this year I discovered the reading plans in the YouVersion Bible app. One of those plans is a one year daily reading plan. Each day they provide you with a list of scripture that you check off once completed. Once all your reading requirements are met for the day, you get a check mark over the date to show it’s done and keep you on track. I’ve never met a check mark I didn’t like! :) I’m 10 days in and loving it. You can start at any time so check it out if this is something that interests you.
The two things I’m going to work towards are:
I absolutely love watercolor art. It’s so beautiful and I’ve been inspired to give it a try from a few different Instagram pages I follow. They make it look so easy but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a challenge for me and I’m a wee bit scared. I’m scared I will stink at it so I keep putting it off. But I’ve bought all the supplies including a step by step guide so I’m moving in the right direction. Now I just have to sit down and actually do it.
I’ve wanted to add regular YouTube videos to my line up here for so long now. I’ve talked about it many times before. It would provide me with another avenue to help others get “hooked” on organizing. The problem is the editing. I can’t figure it out but I think I’ve found new user friendly software so that’s progress. Plus my 17 year old son has gifted me with my own little jingle that he made so I can create an intro. How sweet is that? So if you’ve got any tips or suggestions for me please let me know!
So that’s it for now. I’d love to hear the things you are working towards this year. Is getting organized one of those? Which area of your house is bothering you the most? How can I help?
Have a terrific weekend everyone!
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