Like a lot of people I typically will make New Year’s resolutions and quickly forget about them after a couple of months. This year I decided to set goals for myself that were easily attainable so I don’t give up on them. I wanted to write them here so that I could look back at the end of the year to see how I did, but also so you as my readers can help hold me accountable. Here are my goals for 2016.
Be more active. For me this will include remembering to wear my Fitbit every day with a target goal of 10,000 steps per day. (If you have a Fitbit and want to be friends, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org). Kevin and I also rejoined a gym. We used to be members at the YMCA but stopped going so we made it a goal to get back at it this year (yes we are those people who got a gym membership on January 1st). Our goal is to go five days per week and so far we have been every day this year.
Use my standing desk more. When I first got my standing desk at work last year I was using it regularly, but then I got out of the habit. My goal is to stand at least two hours per day while working.
Eat clean/whole foods. I haven’t really mentioned it on here, but I’ve been following a mostly Paleo diet since November and I want to continue eating this way. I felt great when I did a Whole 30 last year and have learned that dairy and grains make my gut feel bloated. I’ve found eating Paleo to be a great lifestyle change for me. I plan on doing a post soon about what the Paleo lifestyle entails. I also plan on doing “Meatless Mondays” which surprisingly Kevin was on board with too.
Read the Bible every day. I hate to admit that making time for God every day has not been a priority for me lately. I know reading the Bible and spending time with Jesus is so important and I want to be doing this daily. I plan on following the She Reads Truth studies as well as whatever we doing with my small group at church.
Start a prayer calendar/journal. This year I really want to be better about praying for others. I plan on creating a calendar where I pray for specific people (family, friends, church leaders, local/world leaders, etc.) on certain days. I also want to start journaling my prayers so I can look back and see how God has been working.
Read a book each month. I go in waves with my love for reading. This year I want to make a point to read a new book each month. My sister got me “For the Love” by Jen Hatmaker for Christmas so I plan on starting with that book first for January.
Be more intentional with relationships. This one. I say it every year, but I truly do desire to be a better wife, sister, daughter, and friend. I really want to invest in other people’s lives and be very intentional about pouring into those I love. I want to do a better job of reaching out to and loving others well.
Say yes and be more giving of my time. I’ll be the first to admit I can be very selfish with my time. This year I want to be better about saying yes and giving my time to help out others even if it means giving up my one free night that week.
I think all of these goals are easily attainable yet ones I will still have to work towards. This year I want to better myself in all areas and I think I can do so by achieving these goals.
Do you set goals? What are some of your goals for 2016?