I have been enjoying the last bit of the holidays, and trying not to worry about staying up to date on my blog. Spending time with the family was much needed and we thoroughly enjoyed being in Montana for the Christmas break. The weather was cold, but I loved running outside with my brother’s dog and enjoyed the quiet of the country and literally no traffic.
It was a white Christmas and gladly welcomed. R was spoiled and so was I. But most importantly I was blessed with time with my siblings, nieces, nephews and parents. I did a lot of baking for my mom’s neighbors. When you live out in the boonies, every Tom, Dick & Harry gets a plate of goodies. So I made 22 pumpkin loaves, lots of Mexican wedding cake cookies and chocolate peanut butter krisipie bars. We were busy!!
A few more days and we are starting a New Year. 2016, I am welcoming, and hoping it is better than 2015. Don’t get me wrong, I have so much to be thankful for in 2015, but it has been a tough year in many areas of my life. I sat down to make my goals for the year, my ambitions. I don’t do New Year Resolutions, because I find no one really ever keeps them, and most of the time we are trying to change our very being when making them.
Having goals is important to me and something I want to obtain and strive for. New Year’s Resolution seem to be something I feel I have to do better at or change to be a better person. So sitting down to write my 2016 goals and ambitions is just what I did. Even if I don’t meet every goal, I am never entirely disappointed, because so many goals from last year I did accomplish and others I will later. It just maybe wasn’t my year for them.
Life happens, but it doesn’t make me any less of a person because I didn’t grab a goal. A lot of life happened in 2015, and I am still learning from it all. Hoping to begin 2016 on a better foot, with less complaints and more thanksgiving. I am happy I have many individuals in my life to keep me accountable.
My Goals & Ambitions for 2016
- Strengthen My Prayer Life – I tried everything else in 2015 to deal with my issues, and prayer really wasn’t one of them. So what’s there to lose? I want to make a list of all my answered prayers, so I am reminded that God does listen and that I am thankful. Instead of complaining, doubting, and worrying I should be doing more praying and I plan to. I used to pray whenever I was running, but this past year I lost hope and faith, and 2016 is going to bring it all back!!
- Volunteer More – Whether it’s at church or in our community, I am going to do more of this. I used to be more active in church and the community, but since being married and having kids, I have become lazy in this area. Giving back is something we should all do.
- Spend Wisely – I want to put my money where my mouth is and to buy only what we need, splurging less often and only when we can. Money can be the root of all evil, if we aren’t choosing to spend it wisely. With children and bills, being more intentional on where and how I shop is important, at least it is for me.
- Be Thankful – I haven’t been, actually quite the opposite. I want to remind myself of all I have to be thankful for on a daily basis.
- More Time in My Word – I have had this in the past, but I have learned that when I focus on doing it for me, not for someone else or because I feel I need to, it’s easier to make time for. When I realize how much I need it and don’t look at it as an obligation, I do it more willingly and seem to find the time.
- Invest more in my Relationships – I haven’t done a good job at making time for my husband or friends. Sadly, it’s true. R has come first and running on many occasions. I need to value my relationships and get the spark back in my marriage. Have fun again.
- One Vacation some Place I haven’t been in a While or Have Never Been – This year I want to visit some place new or some place it’s been awhile. Take R and the hubby and just explore. Have fun, relax and be a tourist for a few days. We don’t get out much and we need to do more of it.
- Date my Husband – More of the spontaneity back. More of what we were when we were dating. It’s funny how so much changes when we get married, we stop dating each other, but it should be a passionate pursuit for the rest of our lives. My husband and I haven’t been on a date without R since our anniversary and a movie for over a year.
These are my big goals, and I have a few other small ones. These are top on my list and ones I will be striving to achieve throughout the year.
Until Next Time Be Whole and Be Fit
What’s your goals for 2016?