Goal Setting for 2014

Wait, its half way through January and I'm just now getting around to posting my goals for the New Year? YEP! I mean it is my blog and my goals so I guess I can do that. This year I did it a little bit differently I combined two ideas of goal setting and made it into one my inspiration for this was Lara Casey and Emily Ley. Lara did the same last year but I found out about it a little too late like July late. Emily broke it down in a way I never thought of before, life priorities... obviously I know I have them but they made it into my goals this year. 

I picked my bits and pieces I liked in the two series and combined them my first step was something I've never done before and that was picking a core word for 2014. 

My 2014 core word is...SIMPLIFY 

what is it to Simplify? 

For me it's an uncluttered mind. I really need to prioritize this year, prioritize the things that are most important to me and get rid of the things that aren't.  So in 2014 I'm going to eliminate the stress, the clutter and simplify our lives as a family so I can focus on my priorities. We all have priorities every day and below I listed mine the ones that are the most important to me. 
  • Kayden {he is always my number one}
  • Keeping a clean house {above is why it isn't very fun! who would rather clean than play with their kid? Not me.} 
  • Making Dinner every night {the more I do this the more time we get to spend with Greg and the more money we save by not going out} 
  • Spending time with Greg and us as a family when he gets home. 

The next step was easy finding the time suckers, we all have them it's the things that take time away from your priorities. My biggest time suckers are...

  • My phone - I've recently turned off all notifications on my phone because I know that when I saw them it made me want to check my phone and I then got sucked into looking at my phone. Greg and I call it the refrigerator concept, I'm hungry I'll go check the fridge... Nothing is in it I'll check it again in 5 minutes still nothing new...  You see what I mean, so in simplifying our lives I want less electronics time. Appropriate times for looking at them would be nap time, work time, or before bed. Unless someone is calling & I need to pick up.

  • iPad games - I already deleted them all but they were time suckers during nap time I'd sit & play them when I should have been doing things I actually really do enjoy like reading, writing or cleaning the house. 
  • The Office - I don't see it but I know it there it really shouldn't be called the office it should be called the junk room cause that’s what it is a pile of junk or things we don't use that we have no clue what to do with. I already got rid of one of the things in there and that was the desk because it wasn't really a desk anymore it was a place that was cluttered. I'd really like to get this room organized however that may be. I only consider this a time sucker because I'm always thinking about it. 

One of the things I really loved from Lara Casey's goal setting was the vision broad it could be anything that you want your new year to look like I'm all about words so I made my board with words instead of photos. Words that inspire me of the things I want in the New Year.

Some of my key goals this year are...
  • Be a better mama and wife || I'm not a horrible mom or wife but I believe there is always room for improvement in this department. 
  • More dates || more dates with Greg and more dates with Kayden, I'd like to go on a date with Greg at least once a month so far so good. And go to super franks or something fun with Kayden also once a month whether it be with the other moms or just he and I. 
  • See my friends more || I don't really live that far away but I want to make more of an effort this year to see my friends since I've missed out on some things last year. 
  • Go back to school || not sure at what point this year I'll be doing this but I know it will happen before the new year is over. 
  • Be present || this is all about not using our phones during family time or during the day I've been doing great with this and so has Greg. 

  • Shop less, save more || I think we are doing really good with this one we've had less trips to target this year already and if we go we only get what we need or use coupons.
  • Build a brand || I want to build my wedding planning business once the schooling has ended I know this will be easier since I'll know the business up keep of it all, I already know how to plan a wedding I just need to know the behind the scenes part of it. 
  • Be healthy || last year it was to lose the baby weight this year I just want to maintain and stay healthy for myself and for my family.  

I think 2013 was one of our biggest learning experiences, it was the first year we owned our house for a full year, it was the first year we had a baby learning so many new things and it was the first year without me working or having an real income coming in. In 2014 not much will change on the income coming in but I want to slowly start taking steps to change that.

I want to start going back to school to become a wedding planner so once our kids are in school and I'm at home thinking what the heck am I going to do now? It really won't be a question because I'll have the answer; I'll be a wedding planner and have my own business doing that! Sounds bold? Well I mean it! Now I just need to find the perfect online line courses to get this accomplished. I'm excited for 2014 I know it will be new beginnings and new experiences like every year but this year I think will be an even bigger one than last year and who knows we might even add a new baby to the mix. 

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  1. These are great goals! Wedding planning is so fun when your not the bride, I know you will make a great planner and I believe that you will accomplish getting started this year :)

  2. Great goals! You have a lot planned for the year, I wish you the best in completing it all. Wedding planning is such a great career in my opinion. I'm sure you'll do great with it.

  3. I love this. I think this year will be a big year for all of us working towards and accomplishing our goals. There are big things coming in our future...I can feel it! =)