The idea of having New Year’s resolutions has always evaded me. Perhaps it’s because, in my wild youth, I actually tried making them and failed miserably. But I think, more than my failure at keeping resolutions in the past, it’s that the very premise of resolutions made at the beginning of the year seems destined to create failure. Instead, I’ve decided to come up with a list of goals and challenges.
“But,” you say, “Goals and challenges are the same things as resolutions!”
Nay, nay! Resolutions are like Damocles’ sword dangling over your head. If you don’t keep them you feel that you’ve let yourself (and possibly all of humanity if you have really grandiose resolutions) down. Goals and challenges are things that you can achieve or not achieve without the humiliation of failed resolutions.
Here’s what I mean: I resolve to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year and only lose 19 pounds (or gain 3). I’ve failed. But if I set a goal of 20 pounds, and challenge myself to come as close to it as I can and lose 19 pounds I’m a total rock star!
So this year I’ve set a few goals and I’m challenging myself to meeting as many of them as possible in the way closest to the goal as possible. See? Goals and challenges, people! No failure. I can meet my goals by percentages.
My goals for the year, in no particular order, are:
Spend time reading the Bible and praying each day. It’s so easy to let ourselves forget that we need God more than we need anything else. As a result of my busy life I often let time with God get pushed down on the “To Do” list.
Learn to sew: napkins, easy curtains, and a very simple top for myself.
Make one meatless meal per week. This may not seem like much of a challenge but I feel about me the way Ron Swanson feels about meat –
Help build the ducks’ cabin – This will necessitate me sitting outside asking endless questions and telling Mr. C and Pete how to do things that I don’t know how to do while they’re actually doing things. It will also require that I demand a far bigger and more complex cabin than the ducks need and probably installing a small lake in the side yard.
Restore the front flower beds
Some of my Goals and Challenges will have to wait until summer…
Make and can cherry salsa. I have cherry salsa in the past and everyone loved it. This is an important part of my goals and challenges for the year. I want to can enough to have plenty for the family and some jars I can give as gifts.
Can enough tomato sauce for one year. Ideally I will be able to can enough for the kids as well. Last season was the Attack of the Killer Tomato Sauce!
Organize the junk room (yes, I have one) so looks less like an episode of “Hoarders” and can be a second bedroom for the grand kids’ visits. They’re getting too big to sleep in the same room and it’s the perfect reason to get rid of all the stuff we don’t need or use.
Bake once a week. It doesn’t matter if it’s some kind of bread or cakes, pies, or cookies. I need to start baking regularly again. Due to my health I’ve slacked off but, if I plan and don’t give myself excuses, I know I can do it!
Yes, I baked this. If you believe that I have an investment opportunity for you!
Finally; Grow this blog. I’m so grateful for those of you who read The Comfortable Coop regularly. And I’d love to reach even more people. My dream is to have a blog that really helps people in many of the areas with which all homemakers sometimes struggle. And this is a goals and challenges area you can help me. Please tell me what you like and don’t like about The Comfortable Coop. Be honest! This blog is for you and your suggestions are invaluable to me. I thank you in advance!
So there you have my simple Goals and Challenges! I’ll check off things
if as they are completed.