The new year gives us a good opportunity to shake off the past, and look to the future; really thinking about what we want and how to plan for that. And that’s true for planning how we want to eat too! Without revisiting our current eating habits, and re-planning and re-figuring how I do things, our food quality goes down. I am a firm believer in taking time to sit down and write a plan.
It’s been such a year. A year which I nearly ended with a record time away from this blog, which was completely unplanned. Between Christmas and the flu, let’s just say my plans were a little changed! So, even this last week shows how changeable plans are. Yet, plans (especially when done after thinking through priorities, and what is important to you) are so vital to make, even if they morph with time.
Without planning, I certainly would have very little to show for the last 5 years of my life. Without planning, my family certainly doesn’t eat as well, my house doesn’t get cleaned as well, my writing doesn’t happen when it should, and a million other details are often neglected. I need plans – especially flexible, changeable ones. (Oh motherhood, you make us so flexible!).
But there are some pitfalls to making “resolutions” too. There is the failure pitfall. If you make some sort of resolution such as, “I am never going to eat refined sugar ever again!” and then fail once, you could get discouraged and go back to eating lots of it. You should plan for not being perfect, and be willing to make positive changes even when you aren’t fulfilling those changes perfectly.
Then there is the overachiever pitfall. That’s the person who makes resolutions a mile long, hits the ground running, and wears down in record time. Reachable, doable goals are a must (even if we don’t sound so grand when making them!).
Then, there is the pitfall of making unbalanced goals. This would be a person who makes such big goals in one area of their life, that other areas in their life are badly neglected.
These are the type of pitfalls that I am thinking about and considering as I make up my own list. I will be posting my goals later today or tomorrow.
But meanwhile, I wanted to get this carnival started. Please, share your goals, plans, “resolutions” for the new year in the comment section or using the Mr. Linky. I’d love to hear from you! I’d also love to hear your tips and success stories when making resolutions!
I am leaving this carnival open for the next few weeks, so feel free to join in as you have the chance!