I want to begin this post by stating that I LOVE my children!
I LOVE when my three full size adult college students come home with all their adult sized STUFF!
I LOVE it when they bring – three laptops, i-pods, cell phones, Blackberry and all the assorted plugs, chargers and head phones that go with them. And then there are the suitcases full of clean and dirty clothes.
I also LOVE the piles of big shoes that end up everywhere! Theirs and their friends!
I LOVE that my food bill triples and my kitchen becomes a 24 hour diner.
I LOVE having people roaming my house all hours of the night – some going to bed after one a.m. and then one getting up at 3:30 a.m. to go to work! Did I mention I am a very light sleeper!
Really – I truly do LOVE it – O.K. – so most of the time I LOVE it!
I LOVE having all of my family home under one roof!
But I must admit, now that they have gone back to school I am LOVING how quiet my house is – at least for a while.
I am LOVING fixing pancakes for Sunday dinner. This would never have flown with my two “no meal is complete without meat” college boys.
The college kids did leave something behind though- their germs! Four of the six of us are down with the flu – so far I’m still standing!!!
Yes, I put a throwing up child on an airplane – sorry Southwest!
Don’t get me wrong I LOVE my children and I LOVE having them home but I also LOVE my house when they are not here – that’s a good thing right?!
Now that it is a little quieter around here I’ve had a little time to reflect. Time to think about the new year ahead and to review over last year.
I pulled out my list of Goals for 2008 to see how I had done.
Last January I set a total of eleven goals and I am proud to announce that of those eleven I accomplished ONE – yes ONE! And that goal was finished at 6:00 p.m. on January 31, 2008! Nothing like cutting it close! I could feel bad and beat myself up but I don’t because although I didn’t accomplish all eleven goals I did make progress.
Did I read the 100 books? No, but I did read 32 and that was more than the 29 I read in 2007!
Did I walk 3 times a week and do strength training 2 times a week -No, but I did walk 2 times a week (o.k. – well, most weeks and there was the Wii Fit I did once or twice!)
Did I get all my family scrapbooks up to date? No, but I did make several albums as gifts this year and kept our family blog current which is a great virtual scrapbook.
Did I travel to a foreign country? No, unless you count Utah! But I had some wonderful visits there with family and friends.
Did I hit my target weight? No, but at least I didn’t gain any weight – o.k. so there are those couple of holiday pounds….
The only goal I accomplished is one I have set for the last 5 years and have successfully completed each year – to read a certain book of scripture each year.
Tessa goes back to school tomorrow – after a 24 day Winter Break thanks to Arctic Blast 2008 and I’m going to use some of that quiet time to set some new goals for 2009.
I think I might just scratch out 2008 and add 2009 to that list of goals and start over! Although I think I will take that 100 books a year goal down to 50!
As I shared with you before – my focus for 2009 is to Find Joy in MY Journey! If I accomplish all my goals – great! If I don’t -at least I made progress and hopefully I found Joy doing it!
So my question for you is – do you make New Year’s Resolutions or goals? What’s one of your goals for 2009? Do you have a mantra or word that will be your focus in 2009? Read this great article if you need some inspiration in choosing a word. She also has a great list of words to choose from here if you need some help! You’ll see my word on the list – JOY!
Leave a comment below and let me know what one of your goals is or what your word for 2009 is! Happy New Year!
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