Four Tips for Making Goals for the New Year

The new year is almost here and what does that mean? A sense of renewed motivation to better myself, time to make a goal list for 2010. Here are a few tips to help you make a goal list that is realistic and reachable.

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1. Sort. Break down the areas of your life into categories and choose one or two goals for each area. My categories were:

  • Physical Health
  • Spiritual
  • Family-one for hubs, one for son
  • Personal-something just for me
  • Home-aka housework
  • Work-my blog and online marketing consulting since I am a SAHM

2. Specific. Don’t say “eat better”, say the exact action you want to achieve, like “eat two servings of vegetables everyday”. You need something concrete that cannot be argued or justified.
3. Simple. Pick something realistic to achieve. No really. For instance, I don’t do organized exercise. I don’t go to the gym, so I should not make a goal to workout for an hour five days a week. Make it easy enough that you will stay motivated to do it past the first week of the year.
4. State. Write down your goals and post them where you will see them everyday. I am probably turn mine in to a dry erase check list. It is also helpful to tell someone your goals so they can help keep you on track.

Monday we had a family home evening lesson on goals, but rather than bore our poor two year old by making personal lists of goals at the end we decided to head to the playroom for a few minutes of hardcore fun before pj time. So today while he entertained himself with building boats out of blocks I decided to reflect on things I would like to change for the New Year.

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There are always hundreds of things I could list. I literally went through once and wrote down the time it would take to do all the things I would like to be routine in my household. It added up to about twice as much time as I actually have. This was a nice eye opener that I will never achieve my goals unless they are realistic.

Here are some of the things I came up with (see I am stating them so you can hold me accountable. ;) )

  • Health: organized exercise 30 minutes 3x per week (turning it in to a Biggest Loser type competition with hubs to keep motivated)
  • Spiritual: Go to the temple once a month, Read scripture 5 minutes per day (already doing these as goals from last year so this will just be upkeep)
  • Family: 1 planned date per month with hubs, 15 min uninterrupted play time with son each day (Again, I will have hubs and son to keep me on track)
  • Personal: 1 non due date project per week
  • House: 30 minutes cleaning in a non-regular use area per week
  • Work: Double my blog readers

I am excited for the new year and can’t wait to get started on my new list of goals! What’s on your goal list for 2010?

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Easy Cookies for New Years Eve: German Chocolate & Chocolate Candy Cane Crunch

These two cookie recipes (German Chocolate and Chocolate Candy Cane Crunch) are so easy that you can not mess them up. Take my word for it. My two year old helped me. If you have 15 minutes, you can have yummy cookies! That is counting mixing and baking! And they look oh so impressive!

Let’s start with German Chocolate. These were born out of my need for something quick to take to a neighborhood party.

German Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Ingredients:
German Chocolate Cake Mix
1 stick butter
2 eggs
1 tub Coconut Pecan Frosting

Melt butter in large bowl. Mix in cake mix and eggs. Roll in to 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Once cool, place a good layer of frosting between two similar sized cookies.

My little guy loved stirring, rolling and counting the balls and licking the spoon at the end. (Don’t worry, he washed his hand immediately beforehand. Anyone else freaked out about the prospect of messy kid hands helping with the cooking?! Amanda, I know you’re with me!)


Chocolate Candy Cane Crunch Cookies
This is to use up all those candy canes you’ll be pulling off the tree.

Ingredients:
Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1 stick butter
2 eggs
Candy Canes (crushed)-I used Hershey Chocolate Mint candy canes so you could barely taste the mint. I think regular peppermint would be really yummy too.
1 Cup white chocolate chips (optional)

Melt butter in large bowl. Mix in cake mix, chocolate chips, and eggs. Roll dough in to 1 inch balls. Dip top in candy cane. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes on 350 degrees.




Do you have a go to easy treat recipe? Please share!!

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Oh the Surprises!

We’re back from Christmas vacation in the country and oh the surprises I have for you!

I’d just like to thank my hubs for the laughs we shared when I opened this beauty. Watch out Walmartians, I have joined your ranks!


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According to the box, I can even where it on an airplane! Or I could just don my snuggie, spread my arms wide, flap quickly, and save myself the ticket! ;)

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Christmas Card Tree & Exchange

I really wanted something cute to do with my cards this year. I saw a few really cute tutorials on line, but only had like 7 cards…until tonight. You see, our church ward does a Christmas card exchange where you can drop off cards for anyone in your ward in a box at church and one of the Young Women volunteers (as a Personal Progress Good Works project) to sort and deliver them for every one. I think this program is amazing and am so thankful for the money saved on stamps. Frankly, I probably would not send them to my ward members if it were not for this. Sorry kids, stamps add up fast and delivering all of them would just plain take too long. ;)

So now, I had a stack of received cards and really wanted to show off the love before Christmas is over. So, I decided to arrange them as a Christmas card tree on the back of my front door. I love how it turned out though I did have to leave a few out because I forgot about the doorknob and deadbolt. Plus, all you need is tape. No fancy dancy supplies!


Thank you for all the beautiful and fun cards!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday with lots of food, family and fun and remember the greatest Christmas gift of all was never placed beneath a tree, but was placed in a manger bed for all the world to see. (quote from a tile my parents gave me)

I’ll be taking the rest of the week off
to focus on what Christmas is really supposed to be about. The little one and I started it off tonight. We played spy/paparazzi (him trying on my old sunglasses while I tried to catch pics of him),

had a pizza party, danced, and watched Elf in our PJs. Daddy comes home tomorrow from his surprise Christmas mancation to the BYU bowl game (Go Cougars!) so we will be getting the real party started!


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