Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hopes for 2012: Life and Oh-La-Dee-Dah

Today Jodi is here sharing a couple of her goals for 2012. I've told you you before and have linked to her several times. I love her perspective on motherhood and on being a wife. I'm so glad to know her in real life now, too.

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Hi, I'm Jodi and I blog over at Life and Oh-La-Dee-Dah. I'm so excited to be guest posting over here! I have loved reading Claire's blog for a while now and just recently got the pleasure of meeting her and sweet little Meredith in person. I'm so excited that they moved out this way and that we're able to be friends both in blog world and in real life.
With the holidays and the new year's soon arrival, I've been thinking a lot about the past year and taking note of the things we've accomplished as a family and what areas I've grown in personally. It's nice to look back on those things; It sort of motivates me to set new goals and move forward. I love beginning a new year with a set of goals to achieve. It sets the tone for purposeful year, don't you think?
There are so many goals under the category "Family", from financially to relationally, but this year my favorite, is to do a new family activity at least once a month. We aren't always great about exploring new areas where we live, but since we recently moved to California, we have a lot of great new places to explore. I love making memories with our boys and I hope they look back after they're grown and remember fondly the state parks we visited, the beach trips we took or the museums we strolled through.
A goal that I listed out last year for myself was to exercise consistently, and it's one that I wasn't very good about keeping. Having two young children doesn't leave a lot of time for extras, but this year I'm aiming to make it a priority by readjusting my schedule and allowing room for error. I often feel like if I miss a day, then the whole week is shot, and then the whole month and so on. I'm reminding myself that consistency doesn't have to be two hours a day, it can be one hour three times a week or once every day for 30 minutes. I've already started and I feel like I'm gaining momentum.
So, as the new year approaches, I'm adding new goals and continuing old and I am really excited to see what 2012 brings. Do you set goals each new year? Are you strict about keeping them or do you give yourself some flexibility?
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thank you so much Claire for having me here!

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Now go check out her blog!

4 comments:

Anna {dear friend} said...

oh, don't I love Jodi too. :)

Loving all the pictures in this post, especially the one of you and Josh-- so sweet! I like the idea of doing new things once a month. I might try to take that one on myself. It's easy to slump back into the familiar once you've been in a place as long as I have, but there is still SO much to discover!

I'm also going to join you on the exercise front. I need to commit more, but also gain the momentum to keep going, even if I miss a few days. Once I've slacked it's a downward spiral and I really don't think it needs to be this way.

First stop: 10 class yoga pass! Here I come.

Jodi Ann said...

Claire, thank you again for having me! Anna, I'm so glad to be friends with both you and Claire! What a wonderful world this blogging thing is! :) P.S. I did my Zumba DVD the other night and almost died...so if anyone has that magic trick to keeping momentum in exercise, pass it on to me! :)

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

My magic trick in exercising is that we bought an exercise machine that can hide away in a closet, and I bring it out while I catch up on the TV shows I'm addicted to. My incentive for working out isn't really the working out--it's catching up on my shows!

joyceandnorm said...

I know exactly what you mean about missing a day. This is something I really need to get back to this upcoming year as well. Even a few minutes gives me a little more energy for the day.

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