So much of my life revolves around the boys and their hockey and school schedules that I find that I easily lose sight of myself if I don’t set some goals that aren’t related to the hockey season. Or the boys for that matter. Because while being a mom is part of who I am, it can’t be the only thing or I go a little off the rails. I get sad. When that happens, I stop functioning at my best. Over time I’ve slowly learned that setting goals for myself helps steer me through a busy schedule. Without them, I’m on the couch watching Netflix every available minute.
I don’t know about you, but that’s not what I want from my life. September is a great time to refocus energies. Like New Year’s 2.0.
A few years ago, I discovered that I actually like the challenge of running. I’ll never be the fastest. And it will never be magazine cover pretty, but I like to push myself in a run. In the midst of the baby years, that fell off the radar but I promised myself that I would get back into it and train for our annual emergency services run that happens in October. I’m using the Runs for Cookies walk to run training plan with the goal of crossing the 10km finish line in October in under an hour and ten minutes. That guarantees that I’ll make it to the family 2km finish line in time to see them cross the finish line.
Once the school year starts, I am getting up at 5:30 to run on my treadmill. Additionally, I am going to follow a strength training plan to ensure that I limit the potential for injury. It’s time to put fitness back into my life.
In order to establish this blog and develop my voice, I will need to get in the habit of writing consistently. I will make time in my routine for daily writing. Words and stories and books have always been an anchor for me. They soothe my soul. Some of the best memories from my childhood were spent listening to my grandmother tell us stories about growing up, about teaching, about her life. I wish I had written them down then because I can’t remember them now. But I do remember how they made me feel. I’m still comforted by those memories. I want to be that kind of story teller. The one that makes someone feel at home. The one that makes someone laugh. To build this blog, I will post three times a week. I have an editorial calendar set up, so now it’s all about the follow through.
I will get a handle on the finances. There are some employment changes coming in the near future and while I know that we can manage on one salary, I would like to have it in black and white numbers in front of me. I started using You Need a Budget recently, so for the remainder of the year, I will use that to keep the grocery budget and my discretionary spending under control.
Here’s what I’ve learned, and what I’ve repeated to people over and over again, given enough time and a plan, you can do anything. You may not be able to do it all at once but you can do a lot. I know I surprise myself at what I manage to achieve when I follow the plans I put in place. Think big and break it into smaller chunks. Depending on where you are in life, you may have to make the chunks a lot smaller than you would like, but 15 minutes of working towards a goal is better than nothing. If you can devote more than 15 minutes at a time, do it. Fill your boots. Fill your soul. But start with 15 minutes. Go from there.
Share your goals in the comments. What is the one thing that you want to work towards so that at the end of 2016 you can look back and say “look at what I did!”?