I’m excited about 2009. I just feel like there’s so much potential waiting for me. I don’t plan on getting knocked up for once since MrZ and I married, I enjoy my job and look forward to the changes it will bring, my kids are growing and we have a new administration running the country. I just feel optimistic that 2009? Will be better than 2008. And I feel that now, more than ever, I can play a part in making 2009 better for my family, my community, and my country. And I want to help in any way possible.
(As long as it doesn’t creep into my Primetime TV watching schedule, of course. I’m not that noble.)
I have all of these vague goals for the year. I want to be More Charitable. More Creative. More Frugal. More Green. More Deliberate and Intentional in all of my actions. Then there’s the goal to try to Lose The Pregnancy Weight. Because, you know, I still weigh the same today as I did when I came home from the hospital with AndyZ. Meaning I’ve lost NONE of it.
But those vague goals…the ones more about my character and less about my thighs…those are the goals I really want to work on. However, I feel l like I need concrete To Do type lists to help me. Instead of Be More Charitable, I would be more successful if I made a specific goal to: Donate Food to the Food Bank every Friday. (I stole that one from my friend, Michelle.) In terms of be More Green I’d be better off saying: I’m going to buy rice and beans in bulk to avoid the over packaged items at my grocery store. Maybe instead of just be more creative? I challenge myself to take a photo of something other than my kids every day.
Do you see what I mean? I’m trying to find ways to translate the vague concepts into black and white lists because I’m more likely to be successful that way. Maybe you do fine with the vague, but I need something to cross off my list every day to prove I’m heading in the right direction. Otherwise I’ll find myself eating Half Baked Frozen Yogurt straight from the freezer while watching Gossip Girl and reading trashing tabloids on January 2nd. Not that there’s anything wrong with any of those things…they just won’t help me achieve any goal other than Gain Another 20lbs. And I’m not really wanting to do that in 2009.
So, what are your lists? Mainly, are you joining any projects for the year? Any 365 Days Of…type of projects? I really like the ones on flickr but there are a million of them. Which ones are you doing? How are you going to outline your goals for the year? Can I steal your goals and make them mine? Or does that kinda defeat the point?
And since the new year is not hear yet – I offer more cute photos of my kids. Wearing the matching shirts they got for Christmas from their Aunt and Uncle. If I vow to dress my kids up like hippies every day for the year, will that help me achieve any of my goals?