Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Years Goals

We don't really have a list of New Year's Resolutions, we have goals and objectives for 2014.  Where I work we have to set goals annually and we have to make them SMART. 
I don't think this is a bad philosophy.  So I decided our goals should be measurable and have specific timetables as well.  With all that occurred in 2013, it is time to focus on our family unit of four again and what we can do to be the best parents we can to our girls.  I'm not going to list all of our goals here but I will list the high points. 

Goal one: Run a marathon!

Greg has wanted to run a full marathon for a couple years. I don't have much interest in a full marathon but I'm willing to try it for Greg. In the last year we really got away from our running and sadly it shows in how we feel and look.  We've already made huge adjustments in our diet by changing to eating mostly real & fresh food, so the running comes next.  For us both pieces have always gone hand in hand.  So we've set three running goals for this year that we believe are attainable:
  • Run the Heart Mini 15k in March
  • Run either the Flying Pig or Sunburst half marathon in May/June
  • Run the Niagara Falls Marathon or Indy Monumental Marathon in October/November 

Goal two: De-clutter our lives!

I'm not really a huge fan of clutter and keeping things we don't have a use for but when you have kids it tends to sneak up on you and Greg is a bit of a pack rat.  When we moved into the house I was actually pretty embarassed by the amount of stuff we had that had been sitting in our storage unit for a year that we hadn't touched that we were holding onto.  We survived fine without most of it, why were we so attached to it.  When our main sewer line backed up into the house we actually tossed a bunch of stuff without much thought.  Well, we still have a basement/garage filled with bins & excess.  So we've set a goal to purge our lives of the excess "stuff":
  • Get rid of one item each everyday for all of 2014.
  • If something new comes in, something must go to make room for it. 

Goal three: Continue our house journey

We have some general goals for things we want to get done to complete the renovation process.  We worked hard until about October and have taken the last couple months off.  We haven't put timelines around these goals yet but here they are:
  • Paint ceiling (complete by ???)
  • Refinish stairs (complete by ???) 
  • Paint master closet (complete by ???) 
We still have a couple other goals we need to flush out.  But this is a pretty good start!  We wish you all a happy & healthy new year!

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