2017 is my year for Completion and Restoration. What will that look like for me? What are my goals?
Monday I reflected on my goals for 2016 and whether I was successful (or not) completing them. If I allow myself a good measure of grace, I accomplished quite a bit in a very hard year.
It’s more difficult to give words to my goals this year, maybe because it feels very important. It’s a pivot year of sorts.
1. Complete | Russ and I have a long list of unfinished projects to examine. Some will make it on our list to be completed while others will be permanently crossed off as we determine they no longer hold value. Tasks range from small and fun (spend gift cards we’ve had for years), to long and challenging (finish building the patio and Kalkidan’s garden). As you can imagine, some projects also have emotional weight.
2. Restore | At the end of the day, and at the end of our lives, only people matter. As I wrote in my posts about Completion and Restoration, so many of our relationships were swept aside as we struggled to parent our kids from “hard places” and then recover from the accident and losing Kalkidan. This year is the beginning of restoring those relationships, beginning with our marriage, then our kids, with special focus on our adult kids. From there we’ll devote time to our extended families and friends.
3. Health | My two specific goals are to increase my strength and make some (near) daily additions to my diet. More specifically, I need to increase my muscle mass, through strength training. I also plan to continue walking (nearly) every day. Nutritionally, I need more water and veggies! I love them both, I just forget to pay attention.
4. Book(s) | I will do everything I can to see the book published in 2017. I also plan to complete a draft of the Giving Voice to Siblings book, which is so important. I have portions of it already completed and quite a bit of information gathered. You’ll be hearing more from me about it.
5. Declutter| Garage – I’m going to try again. I’m also going to declutter spaces I have more control over: my wardrobe, books, bedroom, and bathroom. Once I finish those, I’ll move on to the kitchen, where I also have the most influence. I plan to continue on through the house, writing about my progress as I go, perhaps even documenting it here or in my friends-letter (unless you get bored), so I have a little positive pressure to keep myself motivated. I plan to schedule a specific block of time each week for this project and make it a priority. I’m not sure a mom of a large family can be a minimalist, and I’m not sure I want to go that far, but I’m going to start where I am. This will add joy to my life!
6. Seek joy, search for beauty, be thankful | I need to look for joy in the common moments, like the smiling face of the toddler in the grocery cart in front of me. Or pausing to look out the kitchen window and see Russ and Wogauyu sledding down the hill in our pasture in the evening light. I said I would never be the same after surviving the accident, yet how quickly I drifted nearly back to same-ness. I want to soak up this life, the beautiful and joyful, even the sad. I want to feel deeply and love my people well. I want to pause, open my eyes, listen, and give thanks.
I’ll be documenting the joyful, beautiful, thankful bits of life in my Line a Day Journal.
Thank you to everyone who entered the drawing for the Line a Day Journal, especially to everyone who subscribed to my friends-letter. I love sending a little note to you each weekend. The winner is Krista!
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Here’s to a joyful, beautiful, thankful start to 2017.