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My 2013 Goals

I’m not one to make resolutions at the start of the new year. Just the word resolution gives me shivers. A couple years ago I started making goals for myself at the beginning of each year, and it’s amazing how much more successful I am at achieving goals than I am at keeping resolutions. It might all be semantics, but whatever works, right? I’ve also found that writing down your goals forces you to take them more seriously, so with that, these are my goals for 2013.

~Take A Picture Every Day

I have had Project 365 (A photo a day) as a goal every year since 2008. But guess what? I am officially a week away from completing Project 366 (a photo a day in a leap year). I am so proud of myself, and it’s been awesome to look back at my photo archives and have the entire year chronicled. Now that I’ve done it, I know I can do it again.

~ Special Time With My Daughter

I am currently pregnant and expecting a baby in late spring. I am beyond excited to bring home another baby, but I am realizing quickly that my daughter’s life is about to change dramatically. I want to enjoy these last few months with her as a solo kid before I have to devote lots of attention to her baby sibling. I’m thinking everything from big trips like Disneyland to little moments like painting her tiny toes.

~Make More Time With My Husband

On the same token, my husband and I are about to enter that crazy newborn time, which means soon we will be exhausted and low-functioning. We’ve never done the newborn thing with a toddler at home, so I’m thinking our stress levels will be extra-high. We are lucky to live near my parents, and I know that if we asked them they would be more than happy to hang out with our daughter while my husband and I took in a movie or had a quiet dinner. We need to start doing this!

~See My Girl Friends More Regularly

As we’ve grown older, my girl friends and I have all moved into new homes, new jobs, and expanded our families. It’s harder for us to spend time together like we used to, but I really think we need to make it a priority to see each other every couple of months — and I’m not talking a kids’ birthday parties or events. We need to schedule adults-only time where we can catch up, sip adult beverages, and fall back into our easy friendships.

~Leave Time For Myself

I never schedule time for myself. On the rare occasion when I suddenly have an hour or two alone, I always spend it catching up on cleaning or laundry or other work. Since I’ll soon have two needy kids at home, I need to make myself a priority more regularly. Even if it means setting aside an hour to just sit and read a magazine!

What are your goals for 2013?


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