It’s New Year’s Eve!  I really do feel like 2015 just started.  It’s so weird how the older you get, the faster the years seem to go.  I can remember being about 10 or 11 and feeling like growing up was so far away and would never get here.  And I suppose, since I’m 5’1″, growing “up” never did come in a sense. Ha!  But I’m looking forward to what this new year has to bring.  I love that new feeling that January first brings.  That start over point for anything you let fall the year before or just a time to begin something totally new.    I even got a new planner (mainly because my old one was falling apart) for a fresh new start!  Blank pages full of possibility.

Starting last year, I decided that I wouldn’t make resolutions anymore since they tend to have a negative connotation these days.  No one seems to keep resolutions and no one really expects you to either.  That’s not encouraging whatsoever!  So I started making general goals.  Not as a way to cop out of having to keep a resolution but as a way to set realistic expectations for myself.

Here are a few of my goals for the new year:

1. Read at least one book a month – With two kids, it’s hard enough to read just one book.  When I lay down sometimes, I just want to veg out and watch TV.  I want to broaden my horizons and spend less time with the tube.

2.  Be more conscious of my eating – People who know me probably think this is ridiculous.  I’m pretty health conscious as it is, I don’t eat a ton of bad food.  But I don’t even enough vegetables and every now and then I’ve been prone to late night binging.  I want to cook a little more and snack a little less.

3.  Drink more water – Silly to have as a goal?  Maybe.  And I suppose it could be rolled into the last one but I want to make a conscious effort to hydrate more.  I’m so bad about it!  Even with a very physical job as a dance teacher, I don’t drink nearly enough water.  So, with all that in mind, it gets it’s own number.

4.  Plan ahead – This has more to do with this little blogging space of mine than other areas.  I was getting really good about it for awhile and then I had RC and things kind of fell off the wagon.  Understandable, I know.  But now that we’ve gotten through the adjustment phase and he’s sleeping through the night (I’m afraid to type that…knock on wood!) I can get myself back in a new routine.

5.  Purge the house – I’m decluttering every space in this house if it kills me!

6.  Pray more – We recently had a sermon at church about being intentional.  Intentionally finding ways to make others’ lives better, to add value.  I want to intentionally pray more, to make it more of an on going conversation with God rather than just once or twice a day or when something big, good or bad, happens in my day.

7. Learn to sew one or two new things – I got a FABULOUS sewing/quilting/embroidering machine for Christmas.  I plan to use is as much as possible!

I’m sure I’ll come up with a few more before midnight, but these are the ones that have been on my mind and I really want to change/do in the new year.

How about you?  What are some of your goals for 2016?
XO, Kelly