New Years Resolutions

I love New Year’s resolutions.  There’s always something (MANY somethings) I need to work on, and each new year gives me an opportunity to reflect on where I am and where I’d like to be at this time next year.

All Business

As a person who likes to create lists, I take resolution creation very seriously.  I start with four categories upon which I want to improve my life: Personal, Family, Financial, and Spiritual. Then I brainstorm as many objectives as possible for each category, think about each one from a “SMART” business perspective (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based), and use that to narrow down 3-4 per category.  Lastly, I write a 1-2 sentence strategy for each objective to help me summarize how I will reach that goal.  Yeah, it’s pretty detailed. OK it’s downright nerdy without a doubt.  But I enjoy doing it once a year and it helps give me direction in my life.

Unfortunately, it gave me great pause this year when I realized I had been spending at least 2-3 times as much effort reflecting on my financial goals than my family and spiritual goals, which are the areas that need more attention. Continue reading “New Years Resolutions”

Lord Help Me, What Have I Gotten Myself Into?!

If you’re like me you’ve probably uttered this phrase at least once (if not a dozen times) in your lifetime.  When was the last time?  When you tried to do that “minor” home repair on your own, only to find it much more complicated that the 3-minute YouTube video suggested?  Or when you enthusiastically volunteered to host a sleepover for your 12 year old daughter and ten of her closest friends?  How about that time you accepted your friend’s dare to cook an entire Thanksgiving meal all by yourself?  Wait, only I did that? Continue reading “Lord Help Me, What Have I Gotten Myself Into?!”