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2013 – Looking Forward

The start of a new year is typically a time of reflection and goal setting. Over the years, I’ve realized that it’s not necessary to wait until the New Year to make changes, so I’ve tried my best to incorporate changes when they seem necessary no matter what month or day of the week that is.

My goals for the coming year are to continue improvement is a few areas of my life including food and exercise. It’s become clear to me that I have gluten intolerance. I don’t have celiac disease, but possibly more of an allergy based on my body’s reaction to gluten laden foods. There is a test that I can take to confirm it. I’m debating it to see if there are other foods I should also avoid. In the meantime, I will take action to avoid gluten so as not to end up the way I felt these past few days. I had been doing well and then I completely lost myself over the holiday week. I’m back and determined to take care of my health.

My other big goal is to create a better system of organizing my work activities. My work includes teaching 5 different classes this semester, managing the social media for CA Career Café, The Craft Shack parties, craft ideas and website, a book that I’m co-authoring and my own website/blog that I would like to keep more active. That is a lot. There are obvious organizational tools like scheduled class times and office hours, but I need to factor in prep, writing time, etc. so that I make sure that I have enough time to spend with my family without ‘thinking about’ all the things that I think I should be doing instead.  I want to enjoy and make the most of the time that I have with them and not be running off to answer emails or check my facebook. These things can also be scheduled so I can be most attentive to each task.

Of course I am the first to admit that I can’t schedule absolutely everything.  If I try to, it will only set me up to fail because it is virtually impossible. I will find the best organization tool for me, be it digital or a notebook and make effort to accomplish my daily goals, including work and family. The goal is for continued improvement, breaking goals down into small tasks and celebrating each tiny success.

I think this might be the shortest ‘NY resolution’ type list I’ve ever written! Good for me.  I also talked with my 3 year old about setting goals for the coming year. She is going to brush her teeth more and I think that is a perfect goal for her! Happy new year all!

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