I just finished re-reading my 2013 goals. A few were tackled, many were not. Rather than such a long list, this year I wanted to have a theme for my life this year. I saw this, about having "one little word" as your theme for the year and letting decisions/actions flow from that. I brainstormed a lot of words - deliberate, adventure, new, beginning, etc...
But in the end I arrived at one word that fits what I really want for this year. And some of those other words can be tabled for a future year.
So the word I chose was: Settle.
Basically since Evie was born (and the ensuing sleep craziness) and since I returned to school for my masters degree - our family schedule has been hectic - too hectic. This last semester in particular has been more insane than I ever want my life to be again. These years have been filled with many happy and exciting moments, but we're ready for a change.
I'm ready for our family to settle into a more systematic, less hectic, more peaceful and predictable routine. Evie sleeps now (mostly) and soon my night classes will be over - making a settled routine more possible.
I also like the word settle because, since our marriage in 2007, we have moved 6 times. This next move, into our first home, will be the seventh. We are ready--really ready--to be more settled. We hope that life might allow us to stay settled in this home for a VERY long time.
But I still like goals, so here are the things I have in mind that I want to work on to achieve a more settled life.
- Close on the home
- Move in
- Unpack everything (or stash storage in basement)
- Begin planning organizations / systems
- Hang art and photos
- Plant a small vegetable garden
- Plant herbs in pots
- Plant a tree (or two)
- Plant raspberry bushes
- Finish last semester
- Start a new job (meaningful, interesting, with a good schedule and the right location)
- Get Evie settled at a new school
- Figure out commute routines (Joe - by bike, me - hopefully by bike/transit)
- Establish more systematic meal planning / shopping routines
- Fall into a regular exercise schedule again (at least 3 days a week)
- Make a habit of taking Evie to neighborhood park or on a bike rides most evenings spring/summer
- Find opportunities to be more active together as a family
- Rebuild savings
- Pay off the rest of both cars
- Buy appliances for the new house
- Make savings plans for future vacations & home renovations
- Keep teaching at church
- Write in my journal more often
- Finish reading "Daring Greatly"
- Read Sheri Dew's new book "Women and the Priesthood"
- Read more regularly in general (with school reading out of my life!)
- Restart a Book Club with friends
- Host a house-warming party
- Host Evie's first "friend" birthday party
- Meet/greet new neighbors
- Deliberately schedule girls nights, lunches, and other meetings with friends