Its the beginning of a new year, which usually means it's time to set some goals and make some new resolutions. I read through my post from last year of my goals and I was a little bit proud of myself seeing how far I've come this year and recognizing changes that I've made. Some things definitely took me all year...like reading the Book of Mormon, but I can say that I actually accomplished some of my goals and really worked at balancing my life. There is still a lot of room to grow and change, but I feel like I am headed in the right direction.
I'm not choosing a word this year, but I still have a list of goals for myself that I plan to work on. Some are too personal to share, but what I found super fun was an article from pinterest...don't ask me what it was cause apparently I didn't pin it and I can't seem to find it anywhere...but it was a list of questions that Cody and I asked each other as we drove the 7 1/2 hours home. These were questions about our past year, how we felt about our accomplishments, what our difficulties were, what we want to accomplish in the new year...etc...etc...etc. It was actually a lot of fun to just sit there and talk and reflect on the year and think about the things we were looking forward to in the next year.
As I've been thinking about where life is headed and what is important it's been fun to read other peoples blogs and read about their ways of doing things. My sister has decided to try something new, learn something new and .... something else (can't remember what the things were exactly) everyday. She's focusing on trying new things...I love that! I tend to be set in my ways...but that doesn't mean other peoples ways of doing things are wrong, they're just different. What a great way to change your perspective and maybe find some new favorite things in the process. Some other blogs do monthly goals...another great idea! I'm good at making lists, but if I had a monthly goal list of things I want to accomplish that month I think I could get a lot done!! Hmmm. I'm thinking I like that. hehe! And then of course I've browsed the one little word list of all the different words people have picked in the past and words people are thinking of this year. I really loved that process last year and loved focusing on a word that encompassed all aspects of my life. One word that jumps out at me is "Create." Not just because I really want to get back to scrapbooking this year and being creative in those ways, but because this year I want to create opportunities for myself. There are so many different ways to approach your goals...and I love them all.
This is going to be a great year...one where I am going to push myself to grow a little more.
And p.s....I should explain why I posted that picture of Ryker from today. We met my mom and sister...and kids and went sledding. It really was so much fun and the kids all loved it. But one of the reasons I posted a picture of my sweet little Ryker is because he is the most determined person I know. He is such an example to me of trying new things...and trying again. If he sets his mind to something he's going to do it. This kid eats pretty much anything. Seriously...fish, sushi, olives...(I'm trying to think of anything that people don't like) but the one thing he's never really liked is tomatoes. The funny thing about that though is that anytime he sees a tomato he has to try eating it. My mom always has tomato plants in the summer and Ryker has been known to pick the tomatoes and try eating them. This summer he was determined...all on his own...to like tomatoes and he tried them and tried them and tried them until he could say he liked them. Now the look on his face tells a different story, but he will always eat a tomato if its in a salad or whatever. He's such a good example to me and it's something I really admire about him!!