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Day two of the new year and it would be so easy to stay in the comfortable space of doing nothing. Yet I know it is true that if I want something to be different in my life (and I do),  I must be willing to actually DO something different than what I've been doing.   So it's time to get a plan together.
 
WHAT I WANT:
1)   Accountability - define steps, establish time frames, report in, follow through
2)   Spiritually - pray more, complain less, focus on reasons to be thankful
3)   Mentally - read more, sharpen skills, learn new things
4)   Health - eat healthier, try new recipes, increase activity, increase endurance
5)   Time - manage chores, do more things that I enjoy, spend less time on Facebook
6)   Writing - blog frequently, journal, write poetry, develop reliable backup system
7)   Finances - reduce expenses, build savings
8)   Environment - de-clutter, deep clean,  enhance the d├ęcor of our house
9)   Relationships - help, encourage, practice tolerance, plan surprises
10) Baggage - unpack old issues, re-evaluate motives/reasoning, face fears
 
That sounds like a lot, but I'm going to start with small steps for each goal, rather than overloading my plate and then feeling defeated.  I'll break this down more in my next post. Time to GET UP and go DO SOMETHING! :-)

14 comments:

  1. I believe plans and small steps are always good. And as for the new year thing...well, each month, week, day, or even hour is a chance to make a new start. At least that's my philosophy!

    Happy new year to you, sweet friend. I promise to be around more. xo

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    1. You make a very important point, Lisa, one I think people too often miss. If you fall short of a goal or slip on a step, that doesn't mean give up or wait until 2017 to try again. Rather than beat yourself up or wallow defeat, dust yourself off and start again, ALWAYS BEGIN AGAIN!

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  2. At the end of this year, you will look back and be amazed at how far you have come! A blessed and beautiful Happy New Year to you and everyone you love.

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    1. Exactly, Mimi! I will be proud of myself for finally making an effort rather than giving up before I even begin. I am a work in progress, and meeting these goals will be also. It's not going to happen overnight and I may not max out the whole list in one year, but I will darn sure be closer to that than I am today!

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  3. AWESOME!!! These are such life changers that on the small steps scale they will ease your spirit and that success can only perpetuate more! You are such an inspiration to me! Thank you so much for that and your friendship. I have a favorite on your list that i cant wait to hear about...plan surprises! Love that!!! Love you!!!

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    1. Thank you for being the inspiration to do this, and for believing in me and understanding what I'm attempting to undertake here... transformation to bring my life more into line with where I want it to be. I can do this! :-)

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    2. Yes you can! Be gentle with yourself today! Thinking of you.

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    3. Thank you Ivy, I intentionally set my first week goal steps very easy so that I could meet them without feeling pressured. You will laugh when I report in at the end of the week as to what will be the hardest, but I bet it won't surprise you! :-)

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful plan. Baby steps, don't rush anything. I'm sure when you look back next Jan you will be extremely proud of what you have achieved. I want to write more too this year and will start blogging more often.

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    1. Thank You Judy! As you will see in the next post, I am starting with tiny, very achievable steps, so that I don't end up defeated before I even get going! :-) I will look forward to seeing more posts from you, I always love your writing and the wisdom in your words! We'd love to read more about what your life is like now, at graduate school and living away from home!

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  5. When I first read you list, it seemed daunting and overwhelming. But small steps, progress is the way to achieve. Who said, "the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"? Happy New Year.

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    1. I know that it first glance it seems like a huge amount to take on, Val, but I wanted to go with a comprehensive effort that would make a difference in many facets of my life, thus leaving me much less frustrated. When you read the next post you will see that I have indeed set out really tiny, doable steps for each goal. I am not so much concerned with completing them as I am with starting to actually work on them, to move forward instead of remaining stagnant. I absolutely believe I can handle what I'm taking on, and if I find that it's too much, I'll be reporting that here too, ad adjusting as necessary! :-)

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  6. You have an awesome list and with small steps doable. I am looking forward to the occasional updates. A list...I need a list. I have a couple of things in my head I should write down. Maybe tomorrow. :)

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    1. Mine is rather lengthy, Patricia, but they all tie together. Some will be quite simple, some not so much. If I don't make it very specific I know that I will find ways to excuse myself from doing it :-) I'm eager to see what you've decided to work on this year, you did so well with meeting and maintaining your 2015 goal, and week know that maintaining is the hardest part!

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