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Yes, I am talking about New Year’s Resolutions in the middle of June. It’s time to check-in and share what has and hasn’t worked for me so far with the goals I’ve set for myself. I’d love to hear your resolutions and how they are coming along.
First, Some Context
When 2017 began, I was working as a process analyst at an e-learning company, my husband was in the middle of interviews to change companies, Elle was 9, and Addie was 7 months. With big changes looming near, I focused on things that would keep me steady – things that I could work on whether I was still working out of the home or not, things that kept me focused on the bigger picture.
I wrote down all of my goals and the baby steps for those goals in my Mormon Mom Planner. (You can see a picture tour of my planner here.) I flip back to my New Year’s Resolutions page about every month and jot notes about my progress. Keeping my goals in one place that I use every single day has been a huge contributor to my success so far.
My 2017 Word of the Year: Explore
This is my third year choosing a Word of the Year and I love it. My word has become my theme for the year, the thought I come back to when making prayerful decisions and when taking advantage of opportunities. This year I’m exploring my potential, locations, and habits.
Blogging has stretched me more than I’d realized it would. I have also been exploring my creative side when it comes to visual media. (You can check out my adventures in sketching and watercolors on my Instagram account.) I’ve made mistakes and flat-out failed, but I’ve also found out I can do more than I realize. My forays into opportunities and activities that I think I’m ignorant or incompetent in have increased my confidence and taught me I’m more diligent and resilient than I first thought. All good things!
I haven’t explored as many places as I had initially wanted to so far. I have checked out some new restaurants which have been fun. I’m hoping this summer I can hit this part of my Word of the Year goals a little more.
I’ve been working on my negative self-talk this year. I don’t know how much improvement I’ve made since I can still be pretty harsh with myself. I need to work more on that. But I’ve found that waking up earlier than I have been has made a huge impact on the rest of my day – I’ve been loving it!
My New Year’s Resolutions
Date Adam More Consistently – On Track!
It took us until the end of May (probably when the panic of summer break hit me) to finally set up a babysitter for weekly dates. We’ve found the best time for us is Saturday early afternoon – Addie is napping and the restaurants aren’t packed with other couples and families. As a bonus, lunch time can mean cheaper check with lots of yummy lunch specials being offered.
Increase Handlettering Skills – Changed
I wanted to develop a new creative hobby in 2017 and at the beginning of the year I was all about hand lettering. (Again, check out my Instagram account for my attempts.) While I still dabble in hand lettering once in a blue moon, this goal has morphed into a general desire to create. I keep up with this goal by literally scheduling it into my day. (I think most mamas can agree that if it isn’t purposefully scheduled in, it’s not going to happen.)
Purposefully Save Towards Owning Our Home – On Track!
We have made big strides in our financial goals by monitoring our spending habits more closely. Since I’m the primary shopper in our family, I am involved with our online budgeting system 2-3 times a week. Adam looks over things 2-3 times a month and we have a financial review at the end of every month. Making a very detailed spending plan (we’re talking about making a budget category even for baby food) and keeping our financial goals in everyday conversation has helped tremendously.
Read 10 Books in 2017 – On Track!
I’ve read only one fiction book so far, but I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read so far. Five down, five to go!
- The Science of Positivity by Loretta Breuning (You can read my review of this book here.)
- The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley
- No Ordinary Women by Elaine S. Dalton
- Driven to Distraction by Edward Hallowell (You can read my review of this book here.)
- Elantris by Brand Sanderson
Keep Up With Sunday School and Relief Society Reading – On Track!
When you’re teaching an auxiliary class it can be tough to keep up with the adult Sunday School and Relief Society lesson schedule. This year I’m in Young Women during 3rd hour, but I wanted to continue reaping the insights from the President Gordon B. Hinckley manual. Adam and I are both keeping up with the lesson schedule this year which has made it easier to stay motivated.
President Hinckley was the prophet when I was baptized and he holds a special place in my heart. An English major, he had a beautiful way with words. His sweet wife Marjorie was such an inspiration as well. Their love story (which you can read about in the lesson “Nurturing the Eternal Partnership of Marriage“) made me tear up and strive more steadfastly to cleave to Adam with my whole soul.
Visit the Quaking Aspen Tree “Pando” – Incomplete
Ok, so I actually just read about this a couple of weeks ago. It turns out there is a “grove” of quaking aspen trees in Fish Lake, UT. But the grove isn’t a grove at all, but one single tree called “Pando” (meaning “I spread”) or “The Trembling Giant.” You can read all about it here or here. Pando is one of the oldest living organisms on earth, estimated to be almost a million years old. Just like seeing the Redwood Forest and General Sherman (a massive sequoia tree), Pando has made it onto my bucket list.