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New Year, New Goals

Now that the New Year is upon us a lot of us are thinking about goals. Something about starting a new year, a new month, a new week, and even a new day gives us the motivation to be better at something.

Have you ever wanted to change something but had no idea where to start?

Me too. You aren’t alone.

When I got remarried over 6 years ago and we found out we were pregnant with our first I worked all the way up until the day before I was induced. That is what filled my time. I worked, came home and did dinner and whatever else I needed to around the house. Once Claire was born I was home all the time with a little baby that only cried. If she was sleeping or eating she wasn’t crying, but any other time and I just didn’t know what to do. My whole life revolved around this. When Claire was nearly two Scott wanted to have one more baby, try for that boy. And boy, I did not want to.

Fast forward. We go to Paris for a magical week, we come home and two weeks later the pregnancy test is positive. Oliver was welcomed that next spring. And I felt totally lost. What did I have for me? Not one thing. I can’t get sewing out because Claire will do something to the machine and it will be broken. I can’t pull out scrapbooking because it will take over the table, and again Claire.

What did I do? I started a blog. That was something I could do without taking over the table, getting frustrated with little hands touching my work and that was all mine. As I wrote my blog posts over at The Strawberry Nest and posted to instagram I started to feel some sense belonging in my own skin.

As I learned more about the process of consistency, I decided to set a goal. But before I could set a goal I learned about setting a goal. There are MILLIONS of ways to set a goal, but I picked two that resonated with me. And they are similar. And goal setting can be simple. It doesn’t require a ton and it isn’t difficult.

SMART Goal Setting Formula

Specific: How detailed can you make your goal?

Measurable: How can you measure your goal to show you are making progress?

Attainable: Is this goal something you know you can actually accomplish?

Relevant: Do you have the resources and ability to reach your goal?

Time-Bound: When do you want this goal accomplished by?

When I set my goals I use this as my framework. I also break down my goals into smaller goals and plan the time to do them in my planner. When I accomplish even the smallest task I celebrate with something small like a drink from my favorite soda shop or my favorite candy. I love to track my progress by putting together a list of what each step is and marking them off as I complete them. It motivates me to work harder as I see progress.

I also set a big celebration reward for achieving my big goal. Even though meeting a goal is a huge success, and you totally get a reward it is nice to have a celebration with those you love cheering on your efforts!

What is a goal you are hoping to work on this year?

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