Living a Life I Love {Goals for 2015}

Have you started setting your goals for 2015?

I started out trying to come up with a mission statement and goals for 2015. I want to change so many things. I knew I couldn’t do it all in 2015. I’ve tried that before in years past and failed miserably.

I thought maybe just choosing 1-2 goals for the entire year might be better. Surely, I could meet two goals. Then, I thought of how I am a procrastinator, quickly envisioning myself waiting until November to start. Yup, that’s me!

What I really want most in 2015 is to begin living a life that I absolutely love, instead of the one I think is expected of me. That is my focus for 2015. How will I get there?

goals for 2015

I will live a life I absolutely love by making changes that are important to me. I’ve made a running list of the changes that would help me begin living a life I love. A running list allows me to modify it all I want to in 2015. If something no longer meets the criteria for “loving my life”, then it will be removed.

I’m going to choose 1-2 things from my list to work on in January. That gives me the 21 days to mold my new habit(s) and an extra week or so to continue and begin deciding on my 1-2 new habits for the next month.) In Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job,  Jon Acuff talks about giving yourself a full month before revising or making changes. In his exact words: “Decide that every morning at 7:00, you’ll read for thirty minutes. And decide that once for the entire month.”  This will help me a great deal as I tend to want to change my mind too much, resulting in no accomplishments.

Life-loving habits, ideas and goals for 2015:

* be more attentive to my children
* be the good wife we find in the Bible
* lose the belly fat
* read my Bible more
* strong legs (endurance)
* improved communication skills
* a clutter-free home that we can all enjoy
* a welcoming atmosphere within our home
* intentionally joyful
* more decisive
* strong arms
* strong core
* homeschool my son (not in 2015, but start preparing for it)
* see my husband as my best friend and team mate, not the enemy.
* be more prayerful
* give myself the space and time to write – it’s my therapy
* share what’s on my heart (blogging) instead of trying to filter it or follow all the rules that are stifling me
* get rid of all the clutter than weighs me down
* stop being a perfectionist and procrastinator
* simplify my systems and surroundings
* detox my body of sugar (mostly)
* hydrate my body (drink water as a regular habit)
* try new healthy recipes
* cook with my daughter
* consistent family Bible and prayer
* a schedule for my toddler so he knows what to expect
* family mission statement
* take a family picture (regardless of my weight) before my son graduates high school
* workout without making excuses or letting people get in my way
* decorate my home with pictures of loved ones (that are tucked away unseen)
* be more intentional about seeing extended family and loved ones (visiting or hosting game nights)
* be more involved in church
* seek out how God is using me or blessing me in circumstances or inconvenience
* read more books, even from my own unread collection
* read more with my toddler
* laugh more
* plan ahead instead of waiting until the last minute
* be organized (home and schedule)
* turn off the information overload and live
* adopt or foster a child (someday, not in 2015)
* help teens and children find their way to God
* help support the cause to stop child trafficking

There are more than twelve ideas here, but that’s okay. Because twelve new life-loving changes in 2015 will be way better than the zero changes I made in 2014! Did you notice that I didn’t number these? That would just overwhelm me. Bullet-points are friendlier until I get to my list of completed habits, which will be numbered. Then I can say “yay me!” Also, you may notice that my list is all over the place with health, family, work and personal goals mixed together. I attempted to organize the list and then stopped myself. That’s the perfectionist trying to step in and make it better. I said no! This is on my list for 2015. Did you see it up there?

Are you loving life as it is? What changes can you make to love your life more intentionally?  What are your goals for 2015?

29 thoughts on “Living a Life I Love {Goals for 2015}

  1. This is an amazing list! I am in the same boat. For the past several years it seems I have had pages of goals (I am old school and still use paper and pen!), but whether or not they get completed is another story all together! This year I am taking my goal making a little slower and making sure to add in some action steps so that I know where I am going. We shall see if this works or not! I think life in general needs to slow down though so I can get to where I want to be before my kids are off to college – my oldest is 6 😛
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  2. I really like the advice to commit to doing something for 30 days without changing it or tweaking it. Thanks for sharing that. I loved reading your list, there were so many great goals on there, I might have to adopt a few!

  3. I love the idea of choosing 1 or 2 things to focus on per month. I am a big fan of to-do lists! The act of crossing an item off keeps me motivated.

    I have a few specific blogging goals, but for my personal life I am jumping on the #oneword bandwagon. My theme will be growth and I am going to break that down into subcategories and create a monthly list of steps I can take to grow in each area.

    I’ve never done it before, but in my head it’s gonna be great, lol.
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  4. I can really relate to a lot of what you are saying here. I am the same about wanting to obsess, but then not doing any of it because I am all or nothing type. I don’t want to be that way though. Like you said even if you look back and have done half or them that’s some great headway. I am sure it will be an awesome year!
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  5. This is an amazing list and I think my favorite is take a family picture regardless of my weight… I make myself do this every year. I’ve known several young women who have had families who passed away the last few years and it really made me think that in almost all of the pictures we have in our home, I’m not in them because I take them. Even though I don’t necessarily like my weight, I’d rather have my children have at least a picture with me in it than none at all.
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  6. I really like your last three goals, we need to support children out there in this world, let them feel love and let them be safe, we start in our own homes, but what a beautiful thing to model for our children, to show them to love others. I also admire home-schooling, I don’t do it, but I admire it greatly.
    Also I love your site, the look, the feel, you must have put in a lot of work, it shows, well done!
    Love Mac xx

  7. I have to say that water and me have a non existent relationship, however, we are starting a slow but necessary friendship this year. I now drink 1 600 ml bottle of water with lunch and one with dinner.

    And wow that’s a whole lot of changes but you are so right, something is better than nothing right?

    Wishing you a habit filled 2015

  8. I love your list! I love also how you kept it free and fluid. I too have many areas I want to improve upon this year. My phrase/resolution is actually to focus on “progress… not perfection” in all of the potential growth areas. I have let perfectionism steal my joy for too long, and I’m choosing to celebrate the growth toward the good this year! I wrote about it more here: http://blog.vibranthomeschooling.com/focusing-on-progress-not-perfection-this-year-and-a-free-resource-for-you-too/

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