Sunday, January 1, 2017

Act 7; Scene 9: Happy New Year! 2017!

Happy New Year!

I just LOVE a chance to make new goals and check up on how I am progressing as a decent human being. I've heard so many people talking about what a crazy, horrible year 2016 was. But for us it has brought so many blessings--a great, new job for Robert; fun family vacations; wonderful theater opportunities; and a sweet new baby! 

We are excited to face 2017 with courage, grace, and excitement. 

And a check-up on last year's goals:

We did not go to the temple twice a month every month this year :-(. We were doing very well until fall came around the corner. Being pregnant and busy, while no excuse, is our excuse. We are trying now to go to the temple as often as we can. 

For my personal goals, I have been trying to use less "bad" words. Tommy and I have a deal--when one of us says a "bad" word, we get a mark. The goal is to get NO marks--then we get a prize! This has worked pretty well, except for when I let my guard down! Why is it that words seem to be my first go-to when I am frustrated, angry, upset, or tired? 

I did do the 10 lbs challenge--and it was fun! Maybe I gained more muscle???

I was in a play. And it was beyond my imagination at the time I wrote that goal--I was in a Hale Center Theater play. That is pretty exciting for me. Hopefully I get a chance to do another one there sometime!

So here's for this year's goals! I was pretty excited when Robert suggested this as a family goal, because I didn't think it was possible for him to ever suggest such a thing. My mouth literally dropped when he said it. Here it is:

1. Do a family 5k this year

I told you! I am so excited to plan for this. It gets trickier with more kids (and heavier!), especially when they're little, but we're excited to train for this and do it. 

For my personal goals:

1. Not say "bad words" out loud, under my breath, or in my head. I don't mean swear words, although very occasionally I have thought those in my head, but never out loud (thankfully!). But there are words that mean pretty much the same thing, or are vulgar, or sound angry. I definitely don't want words to be my anger outlet, or my kids'. Yup, I did just copy that straight from last year's goals. But it still needs work and has been on my mind A LOT. So there it is.

2. Lose 15 pounds by our family 5k in June. I have never had a number goal for losing weight, but this is exactly how much is still on from having baby #3, so I just want to get back to what I was (so I can fit in my pants!!!)

3. Practice unconditional friendship. This means being completely inclusive and kind to everyone--in thought, words, to faces or behind backs. I want to genuinely love others and see the best in them. I want to forego judgment and just love. 

And there we have it. Some lofty 2017 goals. I am so excited to get started, and to keep going. 

I hope you have all had a wonderful New Year holiday. Good luck with your resolutions, and keep it up! Remember there are always ups and downs on the road ahead. 

Happy New Year, everyone!

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