What do I want for 2013?
I have noticed that a lot of people have chosen words for their years for the past couple of years. It is somewhat of a trend. As I have been contemplating the new year and what I want out of the new year, I have decided to follow the trend and choose a word. My word this year will be present. I desire to be present for my life.
I tend to be future focussed. I care little about the past, and I am thinking always of what I want next. This year, I am going to try to be in the here and now.
Today at the end of the day--the last day of our break--I became overwhelmingly aware that I had spent little time with my children. I had spent the day readying us for tomorrow, and I had spent virtually no time enjoying today. Now, I am not bemoaning myself or saying I am a horrific mother. My children were well-cared for and had a wonderful day. They played hard and had a terrific day--one of the best days of the break. I am bemoaning the fact that -I- missed out on the joy.
I am also not saying that I should have let the house fall to shambles around us, and we should live in squalor while I ride roller-coasters every day with my children. What I am saying is that I should find time every day to be present and to enjoy my life.
And while I am being present, I am just going to focus on two goals for now until May (when I will set summer time goals):
1. I will eat healthier, I will cook my children healthy food, and I will encourage them to make healthier food choices. In pursuit of this goal, I will drink a glass of water before work in the morning, only one cup of coffee a day, and I will not snack. I will not stay at school past 4, my children will have a healthy snack at home, and I will find at least 5 healthy, easy meals for us to have every week. I will do Zumba once a week, take a walk with my children once a week, and do some other type of physical activity once a week. I will blog weekly about our menu, new recipes, and successes and failures.
2. I will grow closer to God by reading his word and praying before I am too tired to keep my eyes open :-). I will do this by going to bed earlier, so I will have time to read and digest the day.
And that is it, peeps. So what are your goals?