Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2014 goal setting V II

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How is it already mid-January??  I hope you have had a wonderful start to 2014!  I know I have.  It has been spent with lots of cuddles, family time and goal-setting.  Like I said before, I've been making my way through Lara Casey's Goal Setting Series with hopes to really put time and prayer into setting these goals.  I hope to be finished and ready to "start" by February 1!  I'm almost done, so looks like that won't be a problem.  Today I'm going to share my first two goals!

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Goal 1  //  Clear the physical and mental clutter in my home and in my car.
This is tricky for me.  I am a bit of a hoarder if you will.  I hold on to everything.  Anything with sentimental value, I keep, anything that I might need if I ever go to a 90's rave skating party - I keep.  I mean seriously.  I go to throw something out and my head comes up with (the most unrealistic) excuse to keep it!  It's a problem.  And I fully believe that physical clutter is mental clutter, so for my first goal I am focusing the next 6 months on clearing the clutter.  My One Word this year is Simplify and that is what I want for my home.  I don't want a home filled with "stuff."  I want a home filled with laughter, love and memories and all this "stuff" gets in my way at times.  So I am making my way through closets, cabinets, garages and more and purging.  If I don't have a use for it right now (a GOOD use), then someone else deserves it.  Sheila wrote a post a while back about giving and stated that it's easy to forget, but giving is supposed to hurt.  It's not supposed to be easy.  That is why God calls us to do it.  To use this sometimes hard process to make room for Him to change our heart.  So through the purging, my prayer is that God will change my heart.  Allow me to continue to let go of the "stuff" that doesn't matter at all, and make room for what does.  

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Goal 2  //  Make healthy eating a priority for my family.
This is something that we started this year but something I can always work on.  The main part of this "goal" that I am hoping to make a habit, is the planning process.  Matt and I have decided to plan our meals weekly to ensure that we will always know what we are having for dinner.  Since Georgia has come into our life, if we don't plan our meals weekly then every day around 4 pm I have a panic attack and we end up ordering take-out.  AKA not healthy, and not cheap.  It is also important for me to teach my baby girl that eating healthy is not a chore.  It's not hard and it's not overwhelming.  I want it to be a way of life for her.  I want her to learn to nourish her body every time she eats.  I want her to take pride in food and enjoy it for what it is meant for.  This goal is also an excuse to break out my Pinterest board and get to cracking on some of those yummy recipes.  

So that's a start.  My start.  Those are two of my five goals for 2014.  Any of y'all have similar ones?  Anyone have suggestions for success in mine?




8 comments:

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

Great goals!!

Elle said...

I think these are awesome goals to start off with. I could definitely de-clutter my world too. Can't wait to see what else you have planned.

Caitlin F. said...

These are such great goals for the new year! Clearing out physical and/or mental clutter is so important to feel at ease at the end of the day. I work on this every year as well :)

Celeste Arrigo said...

These are great goals! Love just the simplicity of focusing on the word simplify and really believe strongly that getting rid of the clutter and noise really allows for us to listen to God more and redirect our focus on Him instead of stuff.

For meal planning, some things that have really helped me are to establish a day/time where you can meal plan and grocery shop. I do mine on two separate days typically but just having a routine helps and means it has less opportunity to get pushed out by other plans or something else. And be flexible. I typically plan the meals but not what day we eat them. I might have an idea of what we'll eat when but let my mood, the day and our taste buds determine what meal we eat that day. I'm also a little weird about not wasting food, so I try to think of recipes that can use any leftover scraps or use similar ingredients (a stir fry or egg scramble in the mix usually does it) and typically leave one or two meals or the weekend open for leftovers/things I randomly throw together.

don't forget to give yourself some grace throughout the year! Have fun!

Amber @ My Life in High Heels said...

I stumbled across your blog as I was looking for another and fell in love. I can absolutely relate to the possible slight border tendencies. I am moving to Australia in a few months and am forced to get rid of a lot and I think I am having anxiety as I part with it. Sigh it's good to declutter, it's good to declutter.

Jessica Z said...

I would love for you to share some of your meal planning with us!

Sheila@TheFailteHouse said...

Love your goals Denise, and you are reminding me I need to get the ball rolling on finishing mine too :) Simplicty! Did you start the Contentment Challenge? xo

Chantel Klassen said...

As a fellow hoarder I totally hear ya on #1. A few days (or maybe a week) ago I made the huge decision to reduce my personal possessions by 50%-75% (and also my daughter's cause boy, can kids ever accumulate STUFF). But I've got the same problem as you, finding every excuse in the book to keep stuff (some of it very pointless stuff), I've been taking time each day to go through my stuff and cull and clean a little more each day. So far it's been working but I know it will get harder as I go on. I've also put myself on a spending freeze and when I am done with that I plan on doing a one for one plan, where if I buy one thing, I get rid of one thing, to hopefully avoid this problem in the future.

Sorry for the ramble, just such a timely post for me!