2021 Resolutions – Update

Y’all. Resolutions are so hard to keep – hard to keep track of would be more accurate to say. At the beginning of this year, I drew out these cute and hipster bullet journal type charts where I could keep color coded track of how I did with each resolution every day. I should have known that I would not be able to keep up with them. I have never been a person capable of doing one particular thing every single day. Maybe that will be a resolution some year, though I don’t know what it would prove. Either way, I think I lost track of my resolutions around February. Despite my inability to track my progress I have still managed to make progress in a few areas. Let’s go over some successes.

One of my professional goals was to write 100 blog posts this year and I have stayed on track for success on that one so far. It has been a struggle, don’t be fooled. But I haven’t dropped the ball on this one yet. Another goal was to read 12 books in a year. While I have read 2 books so far, we are near the end of March and I am not near the end of my current book. Reading is sort of like working out where I am glad I did it while I am doing it and right afterwards, but until I am actually into what I am reading I would usually rather be sleeping. My final success has been beginning a 1,000 Hours Outside chart. So far we have had quite a few good hours out side this year despite the ice storms and unending cold. It will be hard to keep track once spring really kicks in and I get busy with the garden, but I shall not be discouraged.

And now for the fails. These are the biggest challenges for me. The biggest fail has been spending less than 2 hours on my phone per day, but I swear I have a few good reasons. The biggest is that I am an avid podcast listener. Especially if I find one that I like, I will binge that thing until I am sick of it. And of course, I also use my phone a lot for work and housekeeping things like grocery shopping, list keeping, you know what I am talking about. I believe that the easiest remedy for this one would be to amend my goal. When I wrote this goal, I still had many social media accounts and they were the a real distraction to my day. Since then though I have deleted most of my socials and most of my time spent on my phone is either productive or providing background noise for when I am working.

Another goal was that as a family we would work towards only watching TV on the weekends. We have not even started on the track. I cannot keep one consistent TV free day a week, much less 5 TV free days in a row. Where we sit now, I am not sure this is an attainable goal as a whole family. However, I have been partaking in a lot less TV personally. I have been spending a lot more of my evening time doing self-care like showering and tweezing my eyebrows, you know, things moms do not always get to do. I am not sure where we are going to end up with this one or what a proper solution would be at this time, but I will keep tabs on it.

The last goal that I am unsure about is Family Bible time 5 nights of the week. Dinner time with a 3 year old and 14 month old is not easy. While I have gotten better about getting dinner on the table at a decent hour for us it’s still a bit messy. I think that if by the end of the year we are at the very least, consistently doing 2-3 Bible readings a week I will be satisfied.

The greatest thing I have learned about setting goals in the last few years is that the are not set in stone. I can change them as needed. I can set them higher or bring them down a notch if I need to. In the past I saw not meeting every single goal or intention I set for myself as a complete failure, but that was mostly driven by my anxiety. Now that I am managing my anxiety better I know that it is totally acceptable, if not more reasonable, to adjust your goals as necessary in order to gain that overall improvement you are going for. I hope that by the end of this year I will have this lesson more deeply rooted in my heart so that when issues with meeting my goals arise I can instinctually make adjustments as needed and I won’t have to think about it too much.

I need to know though, do you set personal/professional/family goals for yourself? I need to know who and where the other people are who are like me. I know I’m not the only crazy driven lady out there.

4 responses to “2021 Resolutions – Update”

  1. Making changes is difficult, especially if you are making a lot at once. I bought a wellness planner this year and it’s only made me more mindful of my shortcomings. Haha. You should definitely celebrate the victories you mentioned. Having littles is difficult so the fact that you do what you do is impressive. Keep at it!

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    1. Yes! I sometimes feel like all I am is shortcomings. It comes with the territory of being a perfectionist. Thanks for being so encouragin!


  2. I can totally relate to falling off track with new year’s resolutions. Thank you Sarah for reminding me that I can change them up a bit to fit this season of my life, that I can take them higher or take them down a notch.

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    1. My pleasure! It took a while, but I have finally learned that I need to be more flexible to make life work.

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