For whatever reason, people seem to not like resolutions anymore…? I’m not sure why. Maybe because some try and then end up failing on their resolutions. Or they don’t like the pressure. Or maybe, people just want to focus on their best self and self-care or whatever.
While self-care is important, I also feel like it’s gotten out of control and a lot of people don’t really understand what it is.
However, I love goals and working towards something, especially if it’s to better myself. I don’t see why people don’t set goals.
Goals and Resolutions. . .what are they?
Is there a difference between the two? Yes.
A desired result is a goal. Having a firm decision to do, or not do, something and being determined in that decision is a resolution.
They kind of go hand in hand for me, but they are different.
Why are they important?
Most of the time, not all the time and not everyone does this, but when we aren’t working towards a goal to better ourselves in one way or another, time still goes by. If you don’t want to be 50 years old and not have any type of retirement, you need to be working on some things. If you want to fit into a certain pair of jeans/shorts/swimsuit etc then eating whatever you want doesn’t work (unless you’re lucky).
There are many goals and resolutions out there, but what’s important is for you to focus on what you want to achieve. What is it that you want to accomplish? What do you want out of life? How do you picture yourself in 5 years? 10 years? When you’re at retirement age? What are the steps that are going to get you there?
This year I’m going to do my goals and resolutions a bit different. I’m still going to have certain goals and things I’m going to work towards, but I’m also including 30 day challenges in some months. I was thinking about doing one each month, but then I realized I was looking for challenges to fill in the holes of the year, and that’s not what this is about. I have some challenges I want to incorporate into my year and I’m leaving it at that.
First up, GOALS
I have a few goals I’m going to really work on in 2024. I may fail at some, and I may not completely get to where I want to be with some of them, but the whole point of goals is to try. If I shoot for the moon, but land in the stars, I still got further than not trying at all right?
- Get outdoors more. I tried to document last summer how much time we spent outside each day, and it made me realize how much or how little we got outside. So, I’m going to really focus on getting outside every day, and I’m shooting for 700 hours of outside time for the year.
Is that a lot or a little? No idea. We get snow here and it gets really cold some days so we will see how we do in winter. I don’t do well with the cold.
700 hours is almost 2 hours each day. I doubt that’ll happen every day in the wintertime, however we will surpass that come summer. So, we will see how it goes. I’m hoping to continue this goal every year and really focus on getting some time outdoors.
- Exercise 5 days a week. I know this is a common resolution/goal for people, but I used to go 6 days a week. I’d like to get back to that. Also, I’m starting this goal right now, in December of 2023. I’m not waiting til January, which I also recommend doing. You don’t have to wait until January to start new goals. If you want to change something, then do it. No need to wait until a new day, week, month or year.
- Find my cleaning routine. I’m a big believer in having a clean home. My home is lived in, but the walls are clean, light fixtures aren’t dusty and toilets get cleaned regularly. Everything is on a rotation to get cleaned. Well, that’s the goal anyways. And it used to be doable for me. However, I’ve been trying to figure out a new cleaning routine in this season of my life. I’m going to devote time to figuring out what is going to work for me right now.
- Homeschool. This is something that’s been on my mind a lot lately and I’m going to really dig into this and see if it is a fit for my family. So, if you’re homeschooling, give me all the details you’d think I’d need. If you don’t but have tried, I’d love to hear about it! I’m looking for the good and the bad.
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- More 1:1. Time is flying by! I can’t believe I have TWO adult children. You only get 18 summers with your kids, and I’ll tell you what it passes like you wouldn’t believe. I’m going to focus on spending more 1:1 with each of my kids, and my husband, because that’s what this life is about. Family. And I love mine dearly. I don’t want them to question that. Ever.
- 10,000 steps a day. This one may go along with the exercise 5 times a week, but if you’re getting 10,000 steps a day, you’re moving a lot in a day which I believe is important.
- Do more of what I love. This changes all the time. But something I’ve always loved is reading. I’m going to focus on reading more because I love it. And I’m going to make it a priority in my life. I’m also going to be enjoying life (or trying) and stressing less. If you’re a reader, you can follow me on my reading social media accounts with Instagram and TikTok. These ones are strictly about books.
30 Day Challenges
I’ll update this post with any challenges that I’m doing, why I’m doing it and kind of outline it all.
January – I was going to do some type of food preservation every day in January. However, I got sick over New Years and so that got pushed back. I’m going to be starting on Monday January 22 and going for 30 days. I’ll update this when I’m finished with everything that I did. If you want daily updates, I’ll be making them on Instagram and TikTok.
A big thank you for being here, in this space with me.