I never write down my goals. Even though some very successful people swear that by writing them down you’re more likely to actually accomplish them. So this morning after I cooked a big breakfast I surprised myself when I started explaining to the kids what goals meant. And I surprised myself even more when I got my journal and a favorite pen to write down all of our goals.
But I’m so glad I did.
Mine this year are simple. And huge. Bigger than huge actually.
1. Buy a home
2. Run the St. Patrick’s Day 10k with my friends Sharon Johnston and Julie Cleveland and Kim Weiss (and anyone else that wants to come!)
3. Be more intentional with my children
4. Take a family photo of all five of us at least once a month.
This one is a given. We are working our butts off right now to accomplish this goal and I know we will accomplish it. It is such hard work and taking such huge sacrifices though that it is certainly the first on my list. It’s the first on C’s list as well.
Sharon just had little Mac days ago and this is on her list. She invited me to run with her and her sister, Julie, and I thought it might just be the motivation I need to get moving. Because DUDE I need to get moving. And running has always been my thing so running it is! When is St. Pat’s Day? I need to look at a calendar! HA!
This fall has kicked my ass. Moving out of our own (rental) home and into my in-laws, while an awesome opportunity, has proved stressful. Stressful in that I also added a second job that takes me away from home almost 40 hours a week so things like cleaning, cooking and laundry have gotten super difficult. But this isn’t my house. So if we have a crazy busy week of work+school+coaching+shooting+late night editing I can’t let the house go completely, which I would have resorted to this fall if we were in our own home because I’ve never in my life been so busy. So there is this constant stress on my back and every item of ours that gets strewn around I notice and it eats away at me. If it was our own home I’d hire a cleaning lady and let the laundry pile up. ALL of this (not to mention that Fresh Art has sustained a constantly busy schedule much to our surprise and delight!) has left me no time or energy to BE with my kids.
And looking back at the last 3 months makes me sad simply because I hardly played with my kids at all.
I used to do art projects and make messes and play dolls or ball or play dough with them. I used to be a good mom.
Now I’m a stressed out, yelling mess of a mom. Wife too if anyone is counting.
So although it is listed at number three, this is my biggest goal of the new year. To somehow make time in my insane schedule for my kids again. All while balancing two full-time jobs, a huge house with lots of people, cleaning constant dog hair which freaks me out b/c of Parker’s severe allergies and the list goes on. But NONE of that is more important than INTENTIONAL time spent with my kids.
Kids I actually love spending time with! Making me one lucky mommy!
I’ve seen other photographers do this and I thought it was silly until I went to find a photo of all five of us for our Christmas card (that still hasn’t been mailed out!) and found ONE from the last six months. ONE.
So although it seems like a simple goal because we do spend as much family time together as we can, this might be hard to put at the front of my brain. But can you imagine how happy I’ll be next winter when I go to make our cards and realize I could include a full Allen calendar! HA!
And I got a decent start with this gem from today when we went to the high school for some play time…
None of us showered or clean. All coming off another awesome bout of the stomach plague. Sitting after running around playing kick ball, basketball and baseball. But together. Documented.
The funniest part to only me? Those damn keys that I purposely kicked aside as I was running to jump into position that still made it in the photo! HA!
Blogging. I’m going to try harder at blogging this year. Blogging takes a whole heckova lotta time and I’ve slacked off in major way from my personal blog. But with intentional parenting, for me, comes more intentional blogging. Back when i blogged every single day I knew I had to find something that day to take a photo of so a lot of days when the last thing I wanted to do was break out the paints I would do just that. And if blogging, or anything, will help me get back into the habit of intentional parenting then so be it.
So blog. I hope you’re ready!
Not on my list obviously but had to share my MIL’s beyond awesome January decorating idea! This is my favorite of all of her ideas, which is saying a lot because she’s a brilliant decorator.
Do you see all of those clocks? To RING in the new year? Love.
Welcome 2011. I have a feeling you are going to rock my socks off!
Happy New Year from the Allen family!
(Also on the list will be letting the girls dress themselves more because today’s outfit choices totally cracked me up!)