Last year I wrote out a list of 15 Resolutions. I've learned a lot about goal setting since then so I know that my list was really too cumbersome and probably did not necessarily stick to my main priorities in life- so I didn't do so good in keeping them. Still, I made some improvements in some areas and I personally feel that if people don't make that list of goals- whether it's called resolutions, goals, or whatever one chooses to call it, those improvements are much less likely to occur. So I'm going over last year's list and the goal list I made in the fall to develop a plan of action for 2015. So here's a brief review of how I did on my 2014 resolutions.
1. Stick to the Paleo Diet at least 93% of the time. - We did really well with this for the first part of the year, not so good these last few months. We haven't totally failed it; but it was more likely to be in the 70% range if I were to give it a number and YES- I've noted quite a difference so I WILL be focused on getting back to that 90% range!
2. Exercise, on average, 3 times a week. - Uh, well.......ooops. Kind of failed this one. My exercising tends to go in spurts and while I got myself really motivated about 3 months back to start again, it lasted about 2 days before I sprained my foot and well, yeah. You get it.
3. Add Evening Prayers to my Prayer Routine. Hmmmm. I did it for awhile. My problem is really lack of routine at bedtime anymore and keeping my prayer book or bible by the bedside. It tends to get moved a lot. Maybe I just need to print out a copy of the ones I like for night and put it in the book I'm reading as the book tends to stay by the bedside more than the bible does.
4. Read at least 3 books that are of Orthodox content over the course of the year. Ooops. Maybe I haven't done as well with these resolutions as I originally thought. While I worked on several, I did not complete any from cover to cover.
5. Read at LEAST 12 Newberry Medal Books. Well, I didn't get in 12 but I do know it was my resolution to read them that kept them present in my mind and was the reason I did get through seven of them! (Yes, I did finish Flora and Ulysses just the other day!)
- 2014 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market YES!!!! I did that!
- A Family of Readers: A Book Lover's Guide to Children's and Young Adult Literature - well, almost. It got misplaced in the move and I still haven't unpacked all the book boxes as we're still awaiting for the man to complete our built in shelves for the library.
- Honey For a Child's Heart - Another one in a box somewhere, but I believe I got at least halfway through that one too.
7. Watch my Charlotte Mason Videos - YES!!! I did that too! And I read a lot more about the methodology!
8. Research for a Preschool Curriculum and make a decision by April. Yes! I did this too. I didn't go with a preschool curriculum though. I realized he was already beyond preschool and I didn't want to go with just one set curriculum this year. I went with a variety of things including Simply Charlotte Mason's Delightful Reading program which we are taking very slowly and truly enjoying it!
9. Break 3 Bad habits. Well , I did break one! (Nope, not telling- just saying it's done- you'll have to trust me on that one)
10. Maintain my Gratitude Journal. My journal, no - though I did add to it here and there. But I did keep a list of things I'm grateful for for my husband and presented it at Christmas. So I DID work on gratitude and will continue to keep that as a daily goal.
11. Maintain This Blog! Well, it's still here so I guess I did it! I didn't make the huge strides I had hoped for but I did gain viewers and didn't lose them so I'd say I'm still successful. 🙂
12. Keep Writing!!! Well, yes, I did do that. Again, not as much progress as I had hoped for but I haven't given it up. I think I need to really set more definite and attainable goals for the blog and my other writing.
13. Set more time aside for ME. I have done better with this. This year I have really kept this in my mind as something I need to do and am making progress. With that comes guilt though and I need to work more at overcoming that and setting my boundaries and reactions to others when they don't understand my need to do this.
14. Spend more quality time with my children and husband. I think this year was a definite improvement. There is still room, of course, for further improvement. But I would definitely say my husband and I have had many more date nights and time together than previous years and that I've spent more 'fun' time with the kids without feeling pressed for time.
15. Work on Easy and Quick Paleo Meals that will ensure that I have time to do all of the above. Yes, I've worked on this and the biggest realization I've made is that I need to stop trying to please the hubby and kids with all their favorite meals and something different so often. I need to make ease and time efficiency my priorities (after HEALTHY of course).
So in all, I feel successful. No I didn't carry out every single one 100% or even half of them- but I think the list kept me on track to make progress. And sometimes progress is all we can ask for!
How did you do this past year with resolutions? Are you making a list for 2015?