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Same Stage, New Act: My Goals for 2013
Posted By Jessica Fisher On January 1, 2013 @ 8:00 pm In Joyful Womanhood | 26 Comments
Act 2012 is complete. The curtain rises on 2013. How will your role go?
The curtain may have closed on 2012, but most of us still have the same lives, same homes, same joys, same challenges. Our stage, if you will, and our role, is virtually the same. But, a new act begins when we turn the page and enter a new year.
The scene is set for change.
As much as I’d like to believe a wish is all it takes to make those things happen, my forty years’ experience in the Story of Life tells me that isn’t how it goes. Sure, it’s okay to ad lib once in awhile. I’m the Queen of Making Things Up as I Go Along.
Planning and organizing helps, though. Articulating your goals, hopes, dreams, etc does, too, as does devising specific steps to help you get to your goal .
So here is what I’m hoping to find in 2013 and the specific steps I’m going to take:
We walked along the beach one cold evening right before Christmas. We hadn’t been in months. I realized how much I missed it. And how much my children enjoyed jumping in the dunes, chasing birds, collecting rocks and shells.
We don’t do this enough.
No, we don’t. We don’t live far from the ocean, maybe five miles of freeway driving. But, it takes a lot of mental effort to get the whole crew loaded up and out on an adventure. I decided since we live in a climate that allows us to be outside 365 days out of the year, then we should really enjoy it.
Here’s to getting out of the cave and into nature — every day of the year.
As you may remember, we’re hoping to take the fam to France and England in late Spring 2014 to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. This will take a little planning and a lot of pennies.
With about 17 months to go, we need to step up our efforts just a bit. I want to brush up on my French and teach the kids some basic conversation points. We also need to save about $25,000, provided the dollar stays strong, to pay for a month abroad for 8 people.
Get ready for Euro14.
I can get caught up in mindless web-surfing. That’s fine, but I find that I feel more productive and encouraged when I’ve read a real live book. Although I won’t be assigning reading this year, I’ll still be “booking it.” I’ll be sharing my reading list later this week.
Read good stuff.
I hate to say it, but I’ve fallen off the exercise band wagon. My bones cry out that this isn’t good. Add in that whole chronic pain thing, and my body says, “Fix me.” So, I’m going to try.
Get my body and health back in shape.
Believe it or not, I have not one, but TWO book deadlines in 2013. Lord help me. Can’t share details yet, but I am super excited about both projects. This means my writing plate is very full once you count blogging and other writing projects.
Do a good job on these writing projects.
None of this matters if I don’t love the people around me. Whether it’s the total strangers I cross paths with out in the marketplace or the peeps that live under my roof, I want to be a more loving, cheerful person.
Part of this means enjoying good times with my husband and kids. Now that my kids range in age from four to fifteen-almost-sixteen, finding an activity that everyone enjoys is getting a little tricky. But it’s not impossible, though.
So, that’s it. Those are my “goals” for the new year. They’re the qualities and activities that I hope to experience and share in 2013.
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