It’s that time of year, everybody is making New Year’s Resolutions and in about a month all of the gyms will be empty again! My husband and I do things a little differently and I thought I’d share. We sit down on New Year’s Eve each year (though you could really do it any day!) and we set some family goals for the year. We also look back at our old goals (we have them in a file for every year that we’ve been married) and see which ones we still need to work on.
So you might be thinking, hey this sounds just like making resolutions! Here’s what’s different:
1. We write down our goals (this holds us more accountable)
2. We make goals for the entire year (we are not making drastic dietary changes on 1/1/13)
3. When we reflect on our old goals, if we don’t meet them we just add/edit them for the new year
4. We revisit our goals throughout the year, to see what we need to be working on
5. Our goals are for our entire family! They’re things that are important to all of us and we work together to meet them
By now you’re probably curious about what our 2013 Family Goals are, I’m going to share and this might just help to hold us accountable!
1. Move in the direction of whole, fresh, non-processed foods as much as possible
2. Organize and create systems for our household to make life simpler (i.e. bill paying, ordering household products, figure out how to organize the pantry and basement!)
3. Create a household budget that includes savings to finish our basement in 2014
4. Intentionally plan trips and events to create memories with our twins
I hope this helps to inspire you to sit down with your family and create some family goals for this year! Happy New Year!
This post is written by Elizabeth, a stay-at-home mom to 16 month old boy/girl twins. We live in Northern Chester County.