2012: How did it go
January 1, 2013
For the past couple of years, I’ve chosen three words to center my goals for the year. I sat down this afternoon to reflect on how I did with my 2012 words. Here are my reflections:
- Not having a TV serves our family.
- Read for pleasure most evenings.
- Spiritual margin- spent time reading Proverbs and the gospels most mornings.
- Physical margin- swam regularly. Got 6-8 hours of sleep most nights.
- Keeping apps off my iphone serves me. They are a time suck. I knew they had to go when I snapped at my children when they interrupted me. Worst offenders for me: Pinterest, Twitter and TED.
- Financial- cut expenses drastically.
Not so well:
- Physical- need to drink more water.
- Even without the apps, the iphone is a time suck for me. It eats up my white space. I think I need to change this when my contract is over in December.
- Newly on Twitter- I need to keep an eye on this.
- Even after all the decluttering we’ve done, it still feels like we have too much stuff- which leads to time spent cleaning and organizing. Clutter is also a visual distraction.
I’m not so sure that this was a great goal. Focus on what? Focus needs something else to define it.
- Homeschool- the kids both progressed academically. We’re engaging consistently with our homeschool community. Homeschool hikes on Thursdays are a highlight of our week.
- Mom- I’m connecting well with my (not so) little ones. Good progress toward making what’s important to them important to me.
- Launched our Fair Trade company.
- Engaged with Extreme Poverty group at church, which was truly soul satisfying. It’s where I’m supposed to be.
Not so well:
- As happens with so many families in our season of life, mine and Charlie’s marriage took a back seat to life’s demands. We were together before we had children. We were together before we started a company. We’ll be together long after the children fly the nest. Other than our relationships with God, our marriage is truly the bedrock of our home. Neglecting it is foolish. I want to invest in us being close when we’re both hobbling around on walkers. I want our marriage to thrive. In 2013, regular dating must be a priority.
What about you? How did your year go? Greatest rewards? Anything you would have done differently?