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Those Resolution Things (Setting Intentional Goals for the New Year)

Intentional Goal-Setting for the New Year

I’m just going to say it:  I don’t really believe in setting “New Year’s Resolutions”.  There, now you know the truth.

However, when my 6-year-old came home from first grade this week with his New Year Resolution paper filled out, my heart melted into a little puddle on the kitchen floor.  Adorable.

Intentional Goal-Setting for the New Year

His resolutions?  “I will practice bowling.” and “I will practice workout.”  (Story behind these statements- we recently got a playstation and his little sister has been kicking his rear in bowling.  Little Mr. Competitive doesn’t like that too much.  In other news, my husband and I have been trying to get in shape…hence the working out.  It’s amazing to me how much kids pick up on.)

After she heard her brother’s resolutions, my little 4-year-old decided to make a couple of resolutions of her own.  She decided that “This year she would like to make plans to go skiing” (I started skiing at the ripe young age of 2…love that they are following in my footsteps!).

I couldn’t help but spend some time thinking about what their resolutions were, and what sparked them in their young minds.

“Practicing bowling”…taking time to improve on a skill that you value.
“Practicing working out”…taking time to be healthy in the only physical body you will ever have.
“Making plans to go skiing”…making time for the things you enjoy.


I think these kids might just be on to something.  For me, I prefer not to call them “resolutions”.  I like to think of them as goals- intentional goals.  I said before that I don’t like resolutions, but man do I love goals.  Even though I had already spent some time reflecting on 2015 and goal-setting for the New Year, I added a few after being educated by my children.  (Oh how often that seems to happen.)

So in no particular order, here are my “New Year’s Resolutions/Intentional Goals”:

  1. Take a multivitamin.  Yep.  I’ve only taken a prenatal vitamin when instructed by my doctors (and let’s be real, that was only because it wasn’t really for me).  I bought the gummy vitamins, so I’m pretty sure this won’t be a problem to maintain. 🙂
  2. Random gifting/handwritten notes.  I love giving gifts and spend all year taking note of what people would like for Christmas or a birthday.  But this year, I would like to start giving throughout the year.  Whether it be a small item I pick up at the Target dollar spot, a cup of coffee, or a handwritten note of thanks…this year I want to show my love and appreciation to the people in my life more often.
  3. In-home date night.  With two kids, full-time jobs, a blog/biz on the side, and lots of craziness, it’s rare that I get a date with the hubby.  He works so hard, and often gets the late-night version of me (aka sleeping me).  Each month, I’m going to plan a date night with him for after we put the kids to bed- movie, cards, game night, who knows!  I know he will appreciate the quality time.
  4. Read books to kids at night.  I’m an English teacher by trade, love reading, hope to give my children the gift of loving education, and yet I don’t read to them as much as I should.  By the time baths are done and bedtime is looming…I’m tired.  This year though, no excuses!  We already started one of our favorites, Junie B Jones, and I have Charlotte’s Web all ready for our next selection.  I’m going to savor this time cuddled in bed with my favorite littles instead of rushing through the bedtime routine.  Most of the time. 😉
  5. Line a Day journal.  This is such a neat concept, and one I wish I would have known about before my children were born.  Regardless, it’s not too late to start.  I’m looking forward to taking a few minutes at night to write a sentence or two about the highlight of my day.  I can’t think of a better way to show gratitude at the end of the day.  (I made my own version, but these Line A Day books are so cute!  I actually gave one to my sister in law for Christmas.)
  6. Learn a New Skill.  You know, in my spare time.  I learned a lot in 2015, but I want to keep the ball rolling in 2016 as well.  I want to learn basic carpentry skills to start building furniture, and have some other ideas up my sleeves as well.
  7. Scheduled Daily Quiet Time.  This is an aspect of my day that feels like a treat, but also something my mind and soul needs.  Taking time for myself (preferably first thing in the morning) to read, reflect, journal, pray.  I’m going to make this a priority this year.
  8. Monthly Phone Calls.  I hate talking on the phone.  Like for real.  I think I burnt all that energy in middle school, hiding from my family and talking my days away on the phone.  Today, I much prefer an email, text, or in-person conversation.  But, I plan to make it a priority to call one family member per month…my brother in North Carolina, my grandma…instead of just thinking I really should call, I will call.

That’s a wrap for my goals.  I’m excited to see where this year takes me!  I have a feeling it is lining up to be the best year yet.

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions for 2016?  If so, how are you doing on them.  If not…what intentional goals do you need to set for yourself this year?  What do you want to do?  Where do you want to go?  Who do you want to be?

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  1. Very cool. You can add me to your phone call list! I’d love to stay connected more! 🙂 And reading to kids is the best…

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