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I would be lying if I said that I’m sorry to see 2014 go. It’s been a tough year for my husband and his family. We’ve had to deal with cancer, bleeding on the brain, surgeries, heart disease, dementia and death. Most of it was unexpected and shocking and we wish we could say it was all a bad dream, but it wasn’t a bad dream. It’s life and life can be heartbreaking sometimes.
Yet through it all, we’ve leaned on each other for comfort and support. We’ve learned that each day is a gift from God to be cherished and not wasted. We’ve been reminded to appreciate the good times and the important people in our lives.
I spent a lot of time in 2014 thinking about my own life and how I can make it more purposeful. Yes, I have purpose because I am a mother and I am raising 4 children. But what I am I really teaching them? Have I been setting meaningful goals and achieving them? Have I been stretching myself and growing in all areas of my life? Or have I just been going through the motions and letting life simply happen without any greater purpose?
When I started writing the posts about my miscarriages, I went back through my old yearly planners to get the dates and chain of events correct. As I was thumbing through those planners, I found my annual list of goals in each one and I was surprised to learn that I have been setting the same goals for myself year after year without making any progress toward achieving them. Wow! Talk about a wake up call!
Now, I do give myself some grace because in the last 8 years I’ve had 6 miscarriages, given birth to 3 children, quit my job to be a stay-at-home mother, purchased a business that I run with my husband and have started another business to help us achieve our financial goals. However, I am no longer satisfied with going through the motions of life. I want to show my children that with hard work and a plan, goals are attainable.
I have faith that 2015 is going to be different for me. I still have many of the same goals that I’ve had for the past several years, but my perspective is different and my method for achieving them is different.
I actually have a method this year! 🙂 It’s based on the incredible book I read earlier this year called The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness by John Olson. In this book, the author talks about how the minute decisions we make day in and day out effect our lives and how we can change our lives and achieve our goals by simply changing how we think and make those small decisions. (I plan to write a full review of the book as soon as I can find my notes!)
So what are my goals for 2015? I’m glad you asked! Here they are in no particular order…
- Read/listen to 24 personal development books/audio books
- Catch up & stay current on the accounting records for our retail shop
- Lose 40 pounds
- Pay $20k towards our credit card debt
- Share samples of essential oils with 180 people
- Triple our emergency fund
- Participate in Declutter 365
- Create & maintain a cleaning schedule
- Go on a family vacation
One of the ways I will be working towards these goals is by breaking them down into monthly and weekly goals. I will be sharing these smaller goals and my progress on a weekly basis.
What are your goals for 2015 and how do plan to achieve them? Please share them in the comments section. I’d love to cheer you on!
Wishing you have a safe holiday and a happy, healthy new year!