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My 10 New Year’s Resolutions

I am a week behind in posting my resolutions. I usually spend the week to come up with all the important points of the new year that I want to focus on. I’ll admit, I tend to overdo my resolutions. This year is different for me. Something happened at the end of this year that really shook Ryan and I up. We were completely blindsided, it made us reevaluate all of our goals and realize that at any moment it can all change, without any notice. Because of this we brought in the new year in a really difficult space. So my goals for this year reflect more of a search for peace and balance.

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Here is what I came up with…

  • Nurturing our relationship with my children and parents individually and as a family. Playing more games, more family movies and family dinners.
  • Make more time to find peace for myself. Through meditation, yoga, walking, reading. Just working to slow down my lifestyle for more calm, peaceful moments.
  • Camping is always a goal!
  • My reading goal on goodreads this year is 200 books but I have been working on a separate reading goal for the year. More of a reading challenge.
  • Intentional spending, working on paying off bills and spending on what is most important to us.
  • Try to turn off my anxiety/worrying more. I will try to take Scarlet’s advice when she says, “I can’t think about that right now, if I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow…” Good advice. 🤔
  • Ryan and I will continue to make our alone time a priority with our weekends away camping, hiking, visiting hot springs and trying local breweries and wineries in our area. We always have fun together as long as we set aside the time.
  • Water is a goal this year. I’ve continuing my struggles with ditching soda and coffee, and I want water to be a big goal!
  • Walking my 10,000 steps a day
  • I deal with chronic pain and I want to focus more on stretching regularly this year to minimize my body aches, hopefully I can incorporate stretching into my daily morning routine before work.

If you wrote out your resolutions in your blog, will you share your link below so we can all read through everyone’s resolutions?

Have a wonderful Tuesday friends!🥳

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  1. Awesome goals, Lana 🙂 On a side note: I need to drink more water, too! Everyone seems to drink plenty of water so easily….except me. I just don’t think of it or crave it. Coffee? Yaaaassss!!! Water? Hardly ever! So if you find any strategies to help with this goal, let me know!!!

    • That’s exactly how I Feel! Ryan loves drinking water, he grew up drinking it all the time. My parents had soda or juice or anything but water when I was a kid. If I find a solution, I’ll let ya know!😉

    • I would say you should make it more easily accessible. I always have a 2-litre bottle beside my desk as my workplace and I will try to drink it before the end of the day. Most days it works, some days it won’t but I try not to feel too guilty about it.

      • That makes sense, I will try to do that!👍🏻😊thank you! Have a wonderful Tuesday!

  2. Every year on New Year’s Eve, my family and I list things we are thankful for, accomplishments, and resolutions. Some of the aforementioned I listed include:

    Accomplishments:
    1. Ability to donate more to non-profits catering towards children and veterans and their families.
    2. Publishing my first book – “A Trail of Honesty.”
    3. Establishing my start-up business – Public Policy Squared, LLC.
    4. Passing a test and making it to the next step in the hiring process for my dream job.
    5. Increasing my score on the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) to become a diplomat. Although I did not meet the cut-off point score wise, I increased my personal best by 15 points.

    Things I am Thankful for:
    1. Strengthening my bonds with my spouse and kiddos.
    2. The health and well-being of my family and myself.
    3. Finding outside help for my oldest child to help her through some difficult times by talking about her problems and finding copping techniques to help her through difficult times in the future.
    4. Making so many new friends who I can open up to in the process of getting to know them.
    5. Finding a great editor and illustrator for my first children’s book.

    Resolutions:
    1. Further strengthening my bond with my family. My family means the world to me. They are what keeps me going. This summer I would like to take my family fishing and camping more. This will allow me to use a new tent that someone bought me for Christmas.
    2. To find funding to publish another book. I have a survey on my website to allow individuals to vote on the topic of my next book. I am using the same editor and illustrator as I did for “A Trail of Honesty.” With some constructive criticism from readers’ reviews, I will make my next book stronger than my first book.
    3. To maximize my donations to non-profits through my book sales. Children and veterans really resonate with my heart. Children with speech disorders deserve a voice of their own. Apraxia Kids does a great job with providing speech therapy to those families less fortunate. As a veteran, I can relate with the financial burden that returning veterans and military personnel experience due to a medical condition. Wounded Warrior Project, and The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes: Wounded Veterans Organization.
    4. Recognize my wife for all the support she has provided me through picking up a BIG part of my portion of the family chores during my book marketing strategies, starting a family business, my career goals, and going to graduate school. Anyone with kiddos, especially little ones, know that the parents typically take the back burner, because of all the appointments and activities their children participate in on a weekly basis. I have bought something for her that is a once in a lifetime experience for us to share together.
    5. Obtain my Master of Science in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. This accomplishment – along with my current position as a Senior Policy Advisor – will hopefully help me gain a position within a Senator’s office in Washington, DC. As I am bi-partisan, I am open to any political party.
    6. Less screen time for my kiddos. There is a whole world outside that they – and a lot of other kiddos – take advantage of without knowing that they can have more fun outside than inside. Two of them barely understand that it is healthier for them to go outside, even if it is to read a book or go for a walk around the block. Although, it is hard to tell them to take a “screen break” when my wife and I are always on our phones working on something to give our children a better future. It is important not to miss the “bigger picture,” which is enjoy kiddos while they are young and spend time with them. Because one day, they will not be under the same roof as us and start their own families. It is important not to say that you wish you spent more time with your kiddos than you did when they were younger, or worse, having your kiddos think that their parents spent more time with them. Thinking about this while I type really puts everything in perspective. KIDDOS FIRST!

    I hope you all meet your 2019 resolutions, especially those that are health-related resolutions, helping others, and prosperity.

    ~J

  3. Every year on New Year’s Eve, my family and I list things we are thankful for, accomplishments, and resolutions. Some of the aforementioned include:

    Accomplishments:
    1. Publishing my first book – “A Trail of Honesty.”
    2. Ability to donate more to non-profits catering towards children and veterans and their families.
    3. Establishing my start-up business – Public Policy Squared, LLC.
    4. Passing a test and making it to the next step in the hiring process.
    5. Increasing my score on the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) to become a diplomat. Although I did not meet the cut-off point score wise, I increased my personal best by 15 points.

    Things I am Thankful for:
    1. Strengthening my bonds with my spouse and kiddos.
    2. The health and well-being of my family and myself.
    3. Finding outside help for my oldest child to help her through difficult times.
    4. Making so many new friends who I can open up to in the process of getting to know them.
    5. Finding a great editor and illustrator for my first children’s book.

    Resolutions:
    1. Further strengthening my bond with my family. My family means the world to me. They are what keeps me going. This summer I would like to take my family fishing and camping more. This will allow me to use a new tent that someone bought me for Christmas.
    2. To find funding to publish another book. I have a survey on my website to allow individuals to vote on the topic of my next book. I am using the same editor and illustrator as I did for “A Trail of Honesty.” With some constructive criticism from readers’ reviews, I will make my next book stronger than my first book.
    3. To maximize my donations to non-profits through my book sales. Children and veterans really resonate with my heart. Children with speech disorders deserve a voice of their own. Apraxia Kids does a great job with providing speech therapy to those families less fortunate. As a veteran, I can relate with the financial burden that returning veterans and military personnel experience due to a medical condition. Wounded Warrior Project, and The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes: Wounded Veterans Organization.
    4. Recognize my wife for all the support she has provided me through picking up a BIG part of my portion of the family chores during my book marketing strategies, starting a family business, my career goals, and going to graduate school. Anyone with kiddos, especially little ones, know that the parents typically take the back burner, because of all the appointments and activities their children participate in on a weekly basis. I have bought something for her that is a once in a lifetime experience for us to share together.
    5. Obtain my Master of Science in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. This accomplishment – along with my current position as a Senior Policy Advisor – will hopefully help me gain a position within a Senator’s office in Washington, DC. As I am bi-partisan, I am open to any political party.

    I hope you all meet your resolutions for 2019, especially health-related resolutions and helping others.

  4. Great list – I would say the same for myself as well. I am trying to also drink more water and have a gallon jug I fill everyday to get through. I got the idea off Pinterest of course, but I find it really helps me as a visual for how much I have drank and how much more I need to before the day is over

  5. All good goals. I have had to fly home suddenly, so goal setting has been delayed, but I’d say it’s just more of the same: continue to improve health wise, write and paint.

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