Every December – as a new chapter closes and another waits patiently to be read aloud – I sit at my dining room table to make lists. Two lists, to be exact. One list contains the ubiquitous goals, resolutions and commitments I choose to shift my focus to in the new year. And the other list? It’s decidedly opposite, and I call it my list of non-goals. As a firm believer that humans are ever-evolving, changing, growing and learning, I like to make a practice of celebrating the ideals that shape me – at this very moment. The things I love about myself/my life, that I hope never change but inevitably will.
And as a new mother, this practice is all the more important, as I have so many non-goals to celebrate in the midst of this new journey. Enjoy 5 of my favorites below, and I encourage you to list your non-goals somewhere as well. I’ve found it to be incredibly therapeutic when we embrace stability – the things we love about ourselves – while welcoming change – the new habits we’d love to form. Onward, and Happy New Year to all!:
Non Goal #1
In the morning, Bee is my #1 priority. No email-checking, blog-posting, work-thinking. Just me, Bee and the start of a slow, quiet day.
Non Goal #2
I’ve never been busier, but I still make an effort to attend sporting events and school programs for my nieces and nephews. Family is tip-top (even extended family) on my list, and I want to maintain that ranking forever and ever.
Non Goal #3
I exercise for roughly 15 minutes a day and always commit to eating a healthy breakfast and lunch (dinner’s a free-for-all!). Sure, I could do more, but I’m happy with the progress.
Non Goal #4
Bee is teaching me so many valuable lessons – lessons about patience, faith and inner strength. I hope I’ll always get to be her pupil.
Non Goal #5
My husband and I are financially focusing on saving for Bee’s future. I hope we can keep up the pace, year after year.
Your turn! Tell me, what are your non-goals? Please share in the comment box below!