Chloé’s Ramblings

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New year, new resolutions

As almost everyone, a new year makes me feel hopeful and ready for change. As almost everyone again, my motivation doesn't last very long and (logically) my resolutions sometimes stay wishes and don't get real!

In 2009, I wanted to
  • Thighten my relationship with the ones I love and develop my "internal life" (creativity, personal interests, culture). I will consider this a success: I took care of my loved ones, said "I love you" to many of them for the first time, sent b'day cards and little gifts for b'days as a way to say "I'm thinking of you", I started hybrid crafting and developped new skills.
  • Get to a healthy BMI, that is below 72 kg (158 lbs). Definitely not a success, but thanks to the horrible weight gain, I discovered my medical condition and got "armed" to improve my health in 2010 (new doctor, amongst other things!)
  • Decide where I want my career to move forward and take at least 2 steps in that direction. I'd say a half success: I managed to learn what I DON'T want to do and that's already a big step. I also learned to take my distance and balance my personal and professionnal lives, which is a huge improvement too. Finally, I took one exam that might help me move forward if I passed it!
  • Get educated about finance managing, define a budget, stick to it and adapt it to big changes in my life. Success, even though I didn't define a budget until the end of the year. 2010 will be a test year to practice my new skills! LOL
  • Create order, beauty and peace in my home and be able to maintain neatness without too much effort Half success again: even though my house never was (and never will be) picture perfect, it's getting easier and easier to maintain a liveable space and the right amount of organisation.
Well, after all it's not that bad!! LOL Despite some hard times (especially when we discovered we couldn't have babies on our own... tough moment!), 2009 was a good year and I'm really looking forward to 2010.

The word/theme I picked for 2010 is PEACE, and here are my "resolutions":
  • Personnal: grow, wise, serenity
  • Health: feel good, feel comfortable and at peace with my body, feel healthy
  • Job: peaceful relationships, distance (it's just a job!!), evolve and grow.
  • Money: manage it better so that I feel "secure"
  • Organisation: have a home, not just a house, and create a peaceful nest for our family
As every professional organizer will explain, resolutions that are just wishes will never become reality, that's why it's much useful to turn them into goals, which should always me SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant (to my larger goals) and Time-framed.

I will hence create monthly goals (or plans) to achieve those resolutions, and hopefully create the peace I'm craving for.

Here are my goals for January:

Credits: Cherry Snap by Fee Jardine, torn paper template by Steph Krush, stamped alphas by Valerie Fowler (peace) and by Michelle Coleman (various categories of goals), fonts are CK Kimono and Century Gothic.

I'll post regularly to let you know how I'm doing!

What are your resolutions/goals/theme for 2010?


Unknown said...

oh I love reading this post. Like you I feel like I don't mean all the goals that I wanted to. :( Usually they are totally unrealistic.

I don't have many this year. I am going to focus on my OLW: LOVE. and I have a few scrapping ones to like get more organized and work on more actual albums. Mainly I want to work on my photography and see where that takes me. :)

I hope that 2010 is the year we both accomplish all that we want to!!! GL To you!!

DawnMarch said...

I commend you on setting goals and tracking your progress! That's half the battle! Sounds like you did great to me.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I like how you are tracking your progress with your goals. I only have one this year and that is to improve my photo workflow both pre and post development. I took over 6000 photos last year so getting organized is huge.

Unknown said...

I love your word for 2010 and great resolutions

Nikki said...

Wonderful! I need to step up and make myself accountable by setting the goals and posting them :)

Laura said...

I love that you're posting this here to keep yourself on track! All I'm trying to do this year is be more positive. Lord knows I can use it!

Nonnie said...

I love that you blogged about this - I don't know that I have any resolutions - I do know that I want to get into shape and I really want to keep up with my 365 project -