Thursday, February 28, 2013

Goals Update

Here we are at the end of February, and I thought this would be a good time for an update on those goals that I set last month.  As a reminder, they were:

Simplicity.  Finding peace in the everyday routine and the doings of life.

Health.  Fine tuning fitness, food and my mental well-being.

Creativity.  Exploring new creative outlets while reconnecting with my favorites.

Relationships.  Being present and encouraging others.

Simplicity has probably been the most challenging for me.  I’ve mentioned a few times lately that if I could make a task challenging, I did.  This was not intentional.  My one noticeable improvement in this area has been picking up the family room before bed.  When I wrote that particular focus area, it sparked a lot of discussion around my sisters.  Some of them pick up their house in case firemen come in the middle of the night.  I didn’t realize they were so concerned about that.

Health has been up and down.  I am making much more of an effort to get my 4 ½ cups of produce every day.  Salads during the week at lunch seem to be working pretty well.  It’s on the weekends that I go back to my usual not eating a vegetable until dinner habit.  As far as running goes, I am up to 6.5 miles on my long runs.  My goal is to get back to 8 miles.  I’m sure that my sister who is a runner is reading this and shaking her head.  She wants me to run a half marathon.

Creativity has been a lot of fun.  I have finished a couple of crafting projects and have more planned.  For part of Lucy’s birthday present, we are doing a mom-daughter sewing class together.  I can’t wait to learn how to sew!  So maybe her present is more about me….although she did ask for a Michaels gift card for her birthday.  I haven’t made enough time for writing, but I discussed that yesterday.  I do want to add that I slept great last night.  Writing always helps me to get rid of those extra thoughts.

Relationships have felt a bit neglected.  I don’t know if this is reality or me being hard on myself.  Part of that is this frantic feeling lately.  Sometimes I just want to retreat.  Hopefully with gaining some quiet time, I will feel reenergized in connecting with others.

The other lingering question is have I felt more awake?  Yes and no, I suppose.  In those moments of feeling frantic and rushed, the answer is no.  When I am able to slow down, I do feel more present in my life.

If you have set goals for the new year, I hope they are going well.  I hope you aren’t giving up with some setbacks.  I certainly didn’t expect instant success.  This is a journey.  And those goals aren’t set in stone.  They can be adapted to what works for me and what is realistic for my life. 

I look forward to updating you again in a couple of months!


  1. Your runner sister (one of them) is very excited that you are still running. It really is all about the journey. Having small children makes it harder to get out there will all the busy things you do for/with them. Also, running in the winter is hard. I think you are kept running through the winter months is very inspiring to others. Keep up the good work. So proud. :)


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