The whirlwind of the holiday season has come to a close, we're taking down our Christmas decorations today (for which I'm a bit sad about, honestly...), the youngest goes back to school tomorrow and the adults head back to work. While I'm glad to have the house cookie free due to my lack of willpower around sugary desserts, I'm not quite ready to jump back into our regular routine. The plan for today is lots of coffee and staying in my pajamas for as long as possible.

I'm also spending a bit of time thinking about goals for the year, both personally and professionally. The new year Goals provide me with a guiding light when life gets busy and help me remember what I'm working for. Now, I don't necessarily subscribe to resolutions as I find they're less focused and short lived. I want to make real, tangible, yet sometimes frivilous, changes that align with my personal mission.

The new year is a great time to rethink the big achievements you want to work on throughout the year. I find it helps to think about goals in categories so that I can group like things together, and sometimes turn a couple small goals into one big goal. Some categories to think about include:

  • Habits (daily, weekly and monthly)
  • Time Management
  • Learning
  • Passions/Creativity
  • Health
  • Networking/Building Community
  • Parenting
  • Family
  • Finances
  • Self Care

This is the time to think about the "what if" or "if only" list... The things that you keep putting off until tomorrow, or next year, or when your life is in order (when you figure that one out, let me know). In my world this year, there are a LOT of changes happening - kids growing up, more responsibility at work, and lots of home remodeling projects, to name a few. This year I've identified the following goals:

  • Read more books
  • Exercise more often
  • Finish the small remodeling projects we have around the house
  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Build community at both work and home
  • Improve photography skills
  • Master winged eyeliner (see, not all are serious!)

So here's my challenge to you for the new year: identify some things you want to grow this year. Call them what you'd like - resolutions, goals, intentions - it doesn't matter. What matters is that you can identify what is important in your life to focus on this year.

Later this week we'll talk about how we can action these goals, so get ready to change the world!