September 11, 2012

4 Simple Goals

A few days ago Elsie from A Beautiful Mess sent out a challenge to join her in choosing four simple goals to pursue before 2013. She encouraged us to choose positive action goals instead of just the end result and to post how we're doing along the way. So here are my simple goals:

1. Play a little every day. When I say play, I mean silly and child-like. I want to laugh till my side hurts, read picture books, write in finger paint, run barefoot in the grass, win play a board game or dance in the rain. I want to remember what it's like to be a child and have innocent fun; to soak in each moment like it's a present for no reason.

2. Replace my summer bedtime. I've been waking up early since the kids started back to school, but my summer nighttime routine has remained the same. That means I'm getting up early and staying up late, not a good combination. I'm dragging and for good reason. NEED. SLEEP. So I'm setting my bedtime for 10:00 (yes, that's early for me) and making it a goal to get into a better and healthier habit of rest.

3. Hula-hoop as often as possible. I love hula-hooping. If you're imagining the dollar store hula-hoop that breaks or bends easily, that's not the one. I mean the hula-hoops that are made of hollow metal piping and wrapped with special tape. They're large which makes it easy to hoop with (I know that sounds opposite, but trust me, it's easier). I'm planning on keeping one in the house with the hope of hula-hooping during commercial breaks, breaks between projects, or just because I need to work off  steam energy.

4. Practice back door gratefulness. I find when I'm taking time to be grateful, my attitude improves 100%. So want to make it a practice to ponder something I'm grateful for every time I enter the house. I may even put a painted sign on the door to remind me.

If you'd like to play along, you can see the rules on Elsie's post.


  1. Can I just use all of your goals? They kind of line up with where I am at right now. Except for the hula hooping, although that sounds like a lot of fun. All I have though is the cheap plastic kind and I am not so good at it. =)

    1. Of course! It makes me happy our goals are so united. :) And as for the hula-hooping, I'm adding that to get more movement in my life, but you already walk your little guy to school and back every day. So consider that your replacement.

  2. I LOVE this idea! It's got me thinking...I'm definitely with you on the bedtime and gratefulness goals. I think the idea of hanging a reminder on the door is perfect. I might have to write something on my bathroom mirror.

  3. Oh what fun! I'm going to have to participate.
    I'm so glad I found your blog. Love it! Your goals are wonderful. I love them. I've got a hoop too. I totally suck at hit, but I think that just means I need a whole lotta practice! Thank you for reminding me to get it out and use it. :)


    1. If it makes you feel better, my daughters taught me how. :) And thanks for the kind words about my blog.

  4. all the best
    I like the sound of your goals
    youre right about ones attitude improving when you are grateful for things I am counting to 1000 on one of my blog pages and it does lift me finding things to be grateful for :)


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