February is here (the time for resolutions long past), but I heard this podcast the other day about goals. I always heard about goals and goal-setting growing up, so to actually sit down and set goals seems anathema to me.
But I have set goals in the past (even sneaky goals) and I have met them. The cast talks about sharing goal setting and successes with other people as encouragement. So this is my encouragement to the few cranberry blog readers I have left; along with some of my current goals.
*I stopped drinking a particular diet caffeinated beverage daily.
This was not an easy thing. One day I woke up and I had been drinking a particular diet beverage daily for years (probably over ten years). I had a routine.
I have no qualms with caffeine, but I had also read the numerous studies that showed this beverage's negative effects. And my dentist wasn't happy with it either. So I switched to unsweet tea and lemonade. My dad (famously) said it wasn't possible but I've kicked the habit. Frankly, I think the additives were more addicting than anything else.
*I stopped using as many paper plates.
At one point, paper plates were de rigeur at my house. But with all the changes in my life in the past year, this is one thing that that has changed. Perhaps it helps that my kids can help load the dishwasher.
But I've moved almost completely away from paper plates. This gives me a strange satisfaction. It's not as if my use of paper plates (or non use) will save the environment. But it is one small thing I can do. And I'm also washing some dishes by hand! That would have been unthinkable some years ago.
* I try to read a classic book each year
So this goal I haven't been so good about following. I did read The Mill on the Floss in 2013, but I haven't been as consistent as I'd like. Fortunately, this is an easy goal to remedy, and the only person I'm accountable to is me.
This year the goals and resolutions are similar to last year, particularly this one:
*Try new foods
Trying new foods isn't terribly difficult for me, but it is a stretch for my kids.
*Spend an hour without screens each day
This one is also difficult for my kids. We've been reading books together (which counts), and also doing experiments from this book (Totally Irresponsible Science). In the end, it's a good practice.
*Continue to work out
My apartment complex has a workout room that my kids can use with me. It's a great benefit (though I think we probably annoy my neighbors). I work out regularly and am planning on walking a half marathon in May.
*Continue to volunteer
Since I now have a lot more free time, I have time to volunteer. While I have mixed feelings about my increase in free time, it's nice to be able to volunteer for various causes. I'm honest about how much time I can spend, and can set my own hours.
*Pass a certification test for my work
I took this test last year, and unfortunately didn't pass (although I use the software daily). Basically the test is written multiple choice with some trick questions (depending on the version of software). I missed passing by two or three questions. So I'm confident that if I study this year, I will be able to pass.
Best of luck to my readers (I haven't been writing as much, of late) in setting and working towards goals.