Welcome to 2016! I love the optimism I feel at the beginning of the year. There’s so much potential wrapped up in the coming months, and I can’t help but to dream about what surprising, interesting, and wonderful experiences lie ahead.
With the New Year also comes new goals. I hope to always grow and always challenge myself. Darlington’s arrival brought a huge change to my life in 2015, so I’m excited to see how this evolution will continue. I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I’m really looking forward to it.
Last year, each of the Behaviorists shared her goals for the coming year, and I wanted to do that again this year. It’s fun to look back to see how we did, and it’s fun to look forward and make mental preparations for all the things we hope to accomplish. Here are our goals for 2016.
I have two goals for 2016. First, I’ve kind of struggled with math. I know every teacher is different, but this year my teacher hasn’t been as involved as the others. My first goal is to work on bringing up my math grade. Next, there’s always room for improvement, so my second goal is to be more vigilant with what my soccer coach tells me (advice/suggestions) and improve my soccer skills.
I want to continue to center truth and integrity in my life. I want to cultivate more love, respect, and authentic relationships as I enter this New Year full of new beginnings!
My biggest goals are to sign with a literary agent and finish a new novel. On the music side of things, I’d love to go on some small Texas tours because playing music with friends in a new town every night is good for my soul. Together, my sister and I have decided to get more organized and intentional about our health, fitness, and finances. We’re determined to hold each other accountable and make appreciable progress in those three areas of our lives. Finally, I’m going to focus on approaching everything with positivity. I’ve lost touch with this skill, and it’s high time I bring it back to my life!
I’m convinced that the coming year will bring an exciting energy and new opportunities. One of my many goals for 2016 is to finally complete the process of moving my shop to a new e-commerce platform and take my business to the next level in other ways as well. Another is to read more. Read anything and everything I can get my hands on. Since having two little ones in the past couple of years, my evening and late-night reading hours have been occupied in other ways. Reading does wonders for my mind and soul, and I plan to put that back on my list of priorities in the New Year.
In 2015, I really embraced simplicity—cutting back on teaching, selling two rental properties, joining a women’s bible study, homeschooling my toddlers for pre-school, and incorporating yoga instead of just running for exercise. In 2016, it will be five years that I’ve been out of the practice of law and focused on my lil family. I really feel that the New Year is a blank slate, so I want to reinstate my law license. Not sure if that means getting back into practicing, but I want to be ready and submit to what God has next. In the meantime, I hope to focus more on being in the moment, especially with my husband and kids, and with the people who come into my life. My goal is to show and give love.
I’m so looking forward to 2016! There’s something about new beginnings that’s always so exciting to me. The world seems full of endless possibilities. For 2016 I’ve decided to commit or rather recommit to the following (in no particular order):
- Recommit to my husband and children. There is nothing more important to me than family. This year I want to make sure I continue to do things to support and guide my girls, find unique and innovative things for them to do, and prioritize quality time together as a family. I also want to (as I try to do at the beginning of every year) to recommit to my husband and marriage, support him professionally and personally, and enjoy and value our time together.
- Recommit to my craft. As you may have read in my bio, I’m trying to reestablish myself professionally. This year I’m committed to taking the time and energy to set my professional plans in motion.
- Recommit to myself. You’ll see me write countless times about my commitment to self-growth and continuing to evolve as a person. This year I commit to finding new ways to better myself and stick to positive habits I formed in 2015.
- Recommit to the community. Along with four other Dallas based women, I’ve formed a group called Mahila whose mission is to enable women in India and elsewhere to advance within their communities. This spring will be our inaugural event, and I’m committed to doing everything I can to ensure the success of the event, as well as continuing our efforts in supporting this group of women.
I have three main goals for 2016. First, I want to grow deeper in my faith and would like to become more consistent in my prayer time, devotions, and journaling. I recently found a church in my new city and am so looking forward to growing there. In this next year, I would also like to begin serving in this church’s children’s ministry and become involved in a small group.
Second, I’d like to achieve new heights in my career. I’d love to be able to take that next step and move forward in my career path in 2016.
Finally, I’d like to be more organized with my finances. I have a great grasp of my finances now. However, I’d like to learn more about investing and tithing and be more diligent with my 401K/retirement funds.
In 2016, I’m going to keep it simple: Live in the PRESENT, strive for AUTHENTICITY, and allow things to happen ORGANICALLY. I will say this…think this…believe this…until it becomes my every day.
So what about you? Do you have any goals for the New Year? Share them in our comments below, and we’ll cheer you on!
PS: In case you missed it, earlier this week we announced The Mommy Makeover Contest to help moms meet their health, fitness, and wellness goals for 2016. It’s a 12-week contest that will go deeper to help make lasting lifestyle changes. Enter the contest here!