The Beginning

My boss has us set goals at work all the time and we're constantly reviewing how to set goals and accomplish them. One of the best ways to accomplish a goal is to break it down into smaller goals. You have to figure out what it's going to take to actually reach your goal. Otherwise, it's just a good idea. I do this for work all the time so I thought I would apply the same principles for my personal goals. There are 28 goals so I need to start working on 4 of them every month. I'll have to plan this carefully because some of them will take more time to accomplish. For January I want to start a couple easier get the ball rolling, one hard one and one that will take the whole year. The first thing I noticed was that #7- 100 books is quite the lofty task with my busy life. The only way to reach it is if I read roughly 9 books a month starting now! I am going to accomplish this by watching less tv, bringing my fabulous kindle that I got for Christmas (thanks Sis and Bro-in-law!) everywhere I go, and not getting behind in reading. A hard goal for me is #3- to exercise regularly. This isn't because I don't want to, it's just hard to fit it in. In my opinion, 3-4 times a week is regularly. I have exercised once this week so I need to fit in at least two more times and I'll be on my way. I am going to do pilates, yoga, and find some way to get in some cardio until it warms up and I can run outside. Also, I have really already started #13- sing full voiced often so I thought I'd add that one into this month. Lastly, I chose an easier goal #8- take more pictures than last year (especially of Paige). I'm going to work towards taking 1 picture everyday of each of my kids and then other things if I choose to. So, that is the January. Wish me luck!

28 (Updated)

A friend of mine challenged me to follow in her footsteps and make 28 goals to accomplish in my 28th year. Considering I am staring at a new beginning, I thought it was a fabulous idea. I will share these goals with you now and as I accomplish them I will share it here. Since my birthday is 10 days before the end of the year these goals are going to be my New Year's resolutions in no particular order:

1. Go back to school

2. Decide where to live

3. Exercise Regularly

4. Learn to overcome some of my OCD tendencies

5. Visit home more often

6. Potty train Zoe!!!

7. Read 100 books

8. Take more pictures than last year (especially of Paige)

9. Replace porch light bulb (there is a story here)

10. Get my piano tuned

11. Play piano 2-3 times per week

12. Play flute 2-3 times per week

13. Sing full voiced as often as possible

14. Do one public music performance

15. Take walks regularly

16. Learn the guitar

17. Be happy with myself

18. Read scriptures daily

19. Pray morning and night (at least)

20. Learn to be on time

21. Go to the temple once a month

22. Drink 64 ounces of water daily on a regular basis

23. Start writing poetry again

24. Find a place to go swing dancing and try to go often

25. Look for opportunities to provide service and take them!

26. Go rock climbing

27. Eat at least 1 serving of fruit and vegetables every day

28. Quit my nervous habit

Some of these are goals I have to work up to, some are easy, some are really hard. This should be an interesting year...but no matter what I think I will be better for it!