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2014 Theme: Be Deliberate

I am a goal oriented, list making person. I love checking things off and feeling accomplished. So of course, I really like New Year's Resolutions. But last year, instead of making a quantifiable list, I took a page from jbknowles book and chose a theme for 2013: Make the Time. You can see how it went here.

This year, my theme is "Be Deliberate".

Here's how I want to implement that in my life:

Responses: I'm a reactor, a fix-it-quick -er, a talk first, think later -type person. This year, I want to be deliberate in my responses and interactions with others: take a breath (or three) before responding, think about what I'm about to say before I say it, and generally temper my bull-in-a-china-shop approach to plowing through life.

Writing: I'm working on a book right now, and I want to be more deliberate in how I approach my writing life. The night before, I will plan when I'm going to write each day, so I have an hour that I can look forward to and keep sacred. I want to make more deliberate choices in promotion/events and not overextend myself again.

Reading: My daughter is learning to read, and she loves books. I want to ensure that she sees me reading bound novels, not just digital media (typically I read "real" books in bed). So I've instituted Quiet Reading Time every day, where we each take a "real" book and read sitting next to one another. This is my favorite part of the day already (although it can be a challenge with the toddler running around, but even he is getting into it).

Health: 2013 was an awesome year in this regard--I ran 5 5Ks (!) and made a commitment to taking better care of myself. This needs to continue. To that, I want to add being more deliberate about my sleep. My kids are terrible sleepers, up during the night, and as a result, I drag through the day. This year, I want to be better about going to bed early when I need to--and working on getting these kids to stop being nocturnal!

So there we go. Entering 2014 one deliberate step at a time.

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Jan. 1st, 2014 05:39 pm (UTC)
Love everything about this post, from the theme to how you see it applying across the board. I'll be cheering for you!
Jan. 2nd, 2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you Kelly!! xo
Marjorie Light
Jan. 1st, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
You can do it!
The reading time you've carved out for your daughter is my favorite! You will never regret a moment spent reading with her. Best wishes for 2014
Jan. 2nd, 2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
Re: You can do it!
Thanks, Marjorie! The reading time is super fun--a treat to me.
Jan. 1st, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
I love your Quiet Reading Time. That would be my favorite time of the day, too.
Jan. 2nd, 2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
Everyone should have Quiet Reading Time...
Jan. 1st, 2014 11:50 pm (UTC)
Erin, I so no this tendency to just rush through life. I love that you want to actively give yourself time to think on something, and I LOVE that you're instituting Quiet Reading Time. My son and I have done that for years, and while it doesn't happen as often as I'd like these days (he's almost 18), we do still manage it sometimes. The cat LOVES it. :)
Jan. 2nd, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Becky! I'm so happy to have people cheering me on.

QRT is proving to be a big hit around here...
Jan. 2nd, 2014 05:45 am (UTC)
Love that your goals are aligned with your own happiness & well-being, but they also set a great example for your kids. (I'm carving out specific times for the things I left to happenstance before, too. Ha, I expect to be healthier, happier and wiser by the time we ring in New Year's Day, 2015!)
Jan. 2nd, 2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
Let's clink glasses to our respective plans for betterment.. xoox
Jan. 13th, 2014 04:50 pm (UTC)
Your daughter is learning to read ALREADY?! Wow.

Lovely goals and I appreciate your sharing these efforts in balancing the important areas of your life. Inspirational.
Jan. 17th, 2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Pho!
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