New Year….New Goals

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Happy New Year!!

Hope you guys had a fantastic Christmas and New Year.  Today, it’s back to the grind.  My kids are still home with one extra day of break for teacher inservice, then they head back tomorrow. In case you think I’m hearing the angels singing at the thought of some quiet returning to my house tomorrow, you would be wrong.  I’ve enjoyed the break.  And yes, I’m ready to think thoughts and complete tasks within 3 hours of starting them, but we decided Wednesday would be a great time to go on a ski trip.

Insane?

Yes.

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This will be our first time taking the kids skiing, and I swear preparing for a circus would be easier than this.  Coats and gloves and face warmers and long underwear and the list goes on and on and on.  And as much as I’d like to think of myself as a rustic mountain girl, I’ve been in Texas for 13 1/2 years.  Where our idea of a snow boot is a rain boot from Target.  Yeah.

So we shall see how this all goes down.  Meanwhile……

It’s been a great winter break.  We’ve been the house all the neighborhood kids like to land so it’s been non stop activity.

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We’ve played and jumped and cooked and watched movies….

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Pioneer Woman chopped spicy beef and cheesy garlic grits….DELISH

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We played a little Pie in the Face..

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And spent time as a family…

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My husband worked from home for 3 weeks because of my surgery then the holidays, and it was great having him around.  I was able to get some great workouts in once I got the clear from my ENT….

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And we got about an hour of snow!!!!!

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It’s hard to tell here, but the snow was coming down sideways.  A nice little Texas treat, even though it was brief and didn’t stick.

As much fun as we had, there were moments of pure crazy.  Moments I wanted to pull my hair out, and moments I wondered why on earth we planned a trip the week the kids were supposed to go back to school.

It was cheaper.  That’s why.

I honestly didn’t have a ton of time to really ponder 2016.  I’ve had so many kids around and so much noise, that quiet moments to really think about my goals just haven’t happened.  I’ve had a few, and I’m hoping to have more once I’m all snuggled up in the mountains, however, I’ve had enough time to come up with a few themes for this next year.

I’m not one for resolutions.  I’m more interested in goals that are attainable and not just items to check off a list for the first 3 months of the year.  It’s not that resolutions are bad, I just have to think of them as goals that I can reach, but that can stick.  Lifestyle changes.  Or lifestyle improvements.  Maybe it’s no different than a resolution, but to me, it makes a difference in how I think about it and how I choose to go about accomplishing it.  So, I decided a list of some key words to describe what I want this year to look like would be best….

Connected
Intentional
Committed
Dedicated
Invested
Sacrificial
Selfless
Tuned in
Attentive
Disciplined
Wi
lling
Daring
Brave
Supportive

So there you go.  I guess those are qualities I want to have all the time.  Which is why I think they are more life goals than New Years Resolutions.  Those are words I want to describe me, our family, our marriage.  But the new year is always a good time to reflect on some things you want to change or do differently.  A lot can happen in a year.  In a day.  Tomorrow could look completely different than today.  So, let’s be ready.  Let’s shape and grow and learn and challenge ourselves.  Let’s take advantage of today.  Let’s do our very best to make it count. Because the years fly by don’t they?

So, in the spirit of making it count, we’ll take our crazy crew up to the mountains this week. We’ll let our boys learn how to snow board, play in the snow, eat good food and get a little lost in all the awesomness that God created for us to enjoy.  And we’ll talk about goals and such.  And I’ll expound later on some more specific goals I have for 2016, including some of the running and training specific ones.  But for now, enjoy your first week of the new year.  And put those goals down on paper.  Make them attainable.  Doable for the long term, not just the short.  And enjoy the day you’re in.  Happy New Year friends!!!