This year I really want to focus on me. You see, my marriage and family are so important to me, however, I woke up the other day and I thought to myself, “What have you done for yourself lately? When is the last time you took time for yourself to learn and better your life?” To be honest, it took me quite a few minutes before I could remember a time when I was kind to myself. So I’ve made it a goal this year to invest in myself each and every month. There are so many things I want to learn and do with my life and what better time than now?
A Year of Goals
I am hoping to launch my own business within the year and I am taking as many courses as I can to make sure I am successful. Right now I am taking Jenna Kutcher’s Instagram Lab Course and Rachel Allene’s Product Shop Gurus Guide to Success. These are both hints for what is to come in the future. I am so excited to have all of you along for the adventure and I hope you enjoy the outcome.
I really want to implement a wellness routine and stick to it. I’ve had this book on my wish list for awhile and I’m about ready to break down and order it so that I can start this new journey of health and happiness. I’ve really been more in tune with my body these past few months and I can usually pinpoint my mood or health based on my lifestyle choices. I really want to spend this next year being kind to my body and getting in better health.
I’m hoping to invest in a few workshops this year that I know will genuinely bring me happiness but will also broaden my horizons. I’d like to find myself in a floral arrangement class. It’s silly, I know, but I truly think it will bring me so much joy. Along with a floral arrangement class, I want to take several other workshops this year. Everything from watercolor classes to a mixology class, because I do not make delicious drinks (they always come out weird tasting) and I’d love to take a pastry making course. Just a few classes sprinkled throughout the year to broaden my horizons. Lastly and probably the most difficult of them all… I want to get to know myself.
Time has consumed me and all the sudden I realized I have let go of one of my greatest passions. Non-Profit work. I have always had a soft spot for helping people and that hasn’t changed, however, I’m not volunteering anymore. I’m not working with non-profits. I’m not participating and I want that to change that. If you’ve been here for awhile or at least read my about me page then you know I have worked with St. Jude’s Children’s Reseach Hospital and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, two organizations that are very important to me. I spoke with Edward the other night and told him about a few ways that I would like to get involved and I decided that each year I want to sponsor a different child through Make-A-Wish. There is a 5-K in Minneapolis this fall and I signed myself up and asked Edward and my sister to join me. On top of all of that, I have registered myself on the bone marrow transplant list. 1 in 430 people get matched and go on to help someone with a blood cancer like leukemia. On top of all of that, I asked Edward if he would be okay with asking our friends and families to donate to one of the two organizations for holidays and birthdays. He’s on board so I am very excited about that. I feel really good about all of this but I want to do more and I just have to figure out what that will be. Also, if you would like to donate yourself you can check out your options here: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital | Make-A-Wish Foundation
Lastly and probably the most difficult of them all… I want to figure out what I want to do with my life. A question I may never truly answer. I always thought I knew what I wanted, however, I’ve realized that changes by the year, month, and hell… sometimes it even changes by seconds. I always thought I’d never want to have children and now I cannot imagine not having them. I always thought I wanted to be a nomad, and I have been since my teenage years, but right now I am yearning to settle down somewhere and have a place of my own to call home. I don’t know what my life will be life in five or ten years but I would like to map out what I would like this next year to look like.
For now, I’m going to log offline and go and celebrate my birthday with my husband. I have a long journey ahead of me this year and I am excited to have you following along!