2015 is coming to a close and we’ll be celebrating a new year in less than 48 hours. Crazy! It’s hard to believe how much can happen in a year’s time and yet feel like it went entirely too fast and you didn’t get to do all the things you would have liked. Time definitely speeds up as you get older and life gets busier.
Here are a few things that happened in my life during 2015:
- My daughter turned 3.
- My son turned 1.
- We finished our basement.
- My husband quit his job and started a new one.
- My husband graduated with his MBA.
- We went to Disneyland.
- I started this blog.
Along with the new year comes the opportunity to start fresh. Obviously, this could be done at any time of year, but it seems most common for people to take a step back and evaluate the current year and create new hopes, dreams and goals for the new one ahead. I include myself as one of these people and I get excited to think of new ways to grow and stretch myself in various aspects of my life. I think there are basically two types of goals: the kind with a foreseeable end (ie. train to run a marathon) and the kind that are more long-term (ie. be more forgiving). Both types are necessary if you are serious about improving yourself.
My brother-in-law is a comedian/motivational speaker and he’s always throwing this out there in regards to goals: “I don’t like to set goals. I like to create a lifestyle.” Keeping this thought in mind, I’ve been doing some thinking about the goals/lifestyle changes I want to set this year and wanted to share a few of them with you.
Be more charitable I was inspired to set this as a goal, and essentially adopt it as a lifestyle, when I read this quote:
Spend more one-on-one time with each member of my family I want to make sure that even though I see my family every day, that I make the time to do specific activities with them where we can play and talk and create memories to grow and strengthen our relationship. This might include going out for ice cream or bowling with my daughter, playing a game in the backyard with my son or doing a planned activity with my husband (at home or out on the town).