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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Just a Few

I taught a lesson in Young Women's this last Sunday that I think resonated more with me than with the girls I was trying to teach. It was about setting goals, and how the things that we do now in life can get us to some of the more major goals we have for the future. For example, what do these girls want in their lives in one year? What about in 5 years, or 10 years? (They were all freaking out about that: "In 10 years I'll be 24! WEIRD!") And it is pretty weird to think about-in 10 years I'm going to have 3 teenagers, one of which will be dating and driving!

I loved this quote: No plan. No objective. No goal. The road to anywhere is the road to nowhere, and the road to nowhere leads to dreams sacrificed, opportunities squandered, and a life unfulfilled. -Thomas S. Monson

Anyway, some years I've made New Year's Resolutions, and some years I have not. When I was younger, I'd always have a huge list of things that I would be better at or would want to be doing, and of course January 1st I'd try to do all of them, and fail miserably. Sunday after my lesson, I sat down and wrote the things that I want to do this coming year, whether it's a habit I want to implement in my life, or a project that I want to get done. I also wrote down specific things that I want to do in order to accomplish my goals (a point my lesson made). And hopefully, as I implement some of these things now, it will help me as I get into what I want in 5 or 10 years from now.

So without further ado, some of my goals/resolutions:

Learn how to make freezer meals. I never know what will freeze well, or what to do when I want to actually use that meal (thaw it out for a couple of days? just put it in the oven for longer?) So I want to learn this fine art, and implement it in my life. That way, on the days I don't want to cook, we won't be tempted to eat out at yucky overly-salty McD's.

I want to scan in all my old scrapbooks into my computer. I don't know if at that point I'll make CDs of them, or if I'll keep my scrapbooks or get rid of them, or what, but I'll figure that out as I go along, I think.

I want to have Ivy potty trained some time in 2010. My friend told me about this book, of potty training when your child is 22 months old, and in 3 days. She did it with her triplets, and she said it was literally 3 days and they were all trained. If I train Ivy when she's 22 months old, that means March. (I get little flurries of excitement just thinking about how awesome it will be to NEVER change a diaper again!)

Scrapbook-digitally-the years 2008 and 2009. When I had done some of 2008 before my computer died, it didn't take me all that long to do. So hopefully...

Reading the Book of Mormon with my kids every night. We're really good about saying prayers every night, so adding reading to that shouldn't be too big of an adjustment.

Getting up before my kids do. I was doing awesome at this before my surgery, but after it was all I could do to get up with enough time to get Jake out the door.

Build up food storage. We have a bunch of "store and ignore" (food that's sealed and will stay good for at least 30 years), but I want to build up a supply for meals that we eat regularly. I have a little bit, but sometimes it's only part of the meal.

I could go on and on, but I don't need to re-write all my goals that I've already written down.

Happy New Year, everyone, and may you reach your goals and live the life you want to be living!


Jodi said...

If it is okay with you---I will just borrow your goals. I told you that you are my brain. It is so true. These are all the goals of my heart right now. (REALLY 3 days and whamo potty trained-sign me up!)

Karlenn said...

Good resolutions, Nat!!! I have a lot of the same ones as you. I'm so crappy at making and keeping goals, so I don't write them down, so that I won't be mad at myself later. :) Hey, sorry again about last night. Sadie is still feeling so gross today. Not fun.

Mindy H. said...

I am very impressed with your I just need to set a goal to set some goals of my own.

Anonymous said...

Wow, those are great resolutions!! I need to work on a lot of those!! And that would be so awesome if you potty train Ivy in March!! I wish you luck with that!! And the freezer meals is a great idea! We go out to eat way too much!! I might have to get the info from you after you learn how:) Good luck with all of them!

jomama said...

i've been looking into the cheap meals/make ahead meals/ freezer meals scene lately, too. and i don't know if you've found this website, i just barely found it but so far it looks extremely helpful!
anyway, good luck in all your goals, you're just the kind of go-getter who is going to be able to accomplish them all!

Kristine said...

Wow way to go Nat! Those are some great goals! I was excited to read your first one about freezer meals because I LOVE making freezer meals! You will find they are much easier than you think :) I don't do it super often, but about a month before I had Ian I make about 20 freezer meals and I LOVED having them ready after he was born! And I want to know what book the potty training guide is. Ian keeps going back and forth and I wish he would just be done already! :) HAPPY NEW YEAR!