Wednesday Ramblings | 2013 Intentions
Are you a goal-setting kind of person? I really am. I like goals and I especially like achieving goals. Because of this, I find it odd that I have never really been one to make New Year’s resolutions.
Last year, instead, I created a list of things that I wanted to be more intentional about doing. Most people set resolutions with a mindset that, once it’s achieved, you don’t really have to think about it any more. But by setting up some intentions for myself, it was my hope that I could create some lasting, lifelong habits to work on daily and I loved going back to this list throughout the year to see how I was doing.
So intentions are how I’ll kick off 2013 too. I went back to last year’s list and realized that each one that I chose last year will stay on the list this year and that each year moving forward, I will only add to the list. These are things that will enrich my life and things that I will strive to do more of each day.
Here are last year’s intentions with a few notes on how I did:
1. Improve my photography skills (definitely ongoing) – I feel like I came a long, long way in 2012 but have much room to continue to improve. I will learn to use my tripod this year and continue to explore food styling and really find my own photography “voice”.
2. Pray more – I feel like I have a fairly good prayer life but can you really pray enough? I will continue to strive to make prayer a #1 priority in my day.
3. Practice Yoga – I did not excel here. I did a little yoga and a little pilates but I could have done better. I think this year the intention will be to just take more “me time” to meditate, relax and center myself.
4. Stick to our budget – we did this, for the most part. Of course, there is always room for improvement but I feel like 2012 held so many blessings. We were mostly smart with our finances while still able to have fun and enjoy this time in our lives!
5. Recycle – definite success here. Paul goes so far as to call me a hippy from time to time. Our building makes it extremely easy to recycle so I keep a big bin under the sink where we throw cardboard, paper and plastic and take it to the garage every-so-often, and glass get dropped off on my way to church about once a month. I have definitely made recycling a habit!
7. Eat more local, organic, fresh foods and less processed ones – some days I’m really good at this and others, not so much. I try: I buy tons of fresh, local produce from the farmers market in the summer but when that slows down, it gets more difficult. I don’t buy many processed foods but sometimes you just need a box of Wheat Thins, you know?
7. Write more – I did a little writing outside of the blog but mostly this place is where I type most words. I have a prayer/Bible study journal too, but hope to continue to write more this year.
8. Read more (Bible included!) – I did read quite a bit this year. She Reads Truth helped keep me on track with my daily Bible reading and I was able to read lots of “for-fun” books too. I do need some new ones to add to my list this year, though!
And here are a few new ones for this year:
9. Unplug more often. I have spent much of the last two weeks unplugged and truly present with my husband and our families and I have loved every minute of that. Social media can trap me if I let it so I will intentionally unplug this year to be present more often.
10. Serve others. I don’t do this enough – I have so many opportunities around me to give back when I have been given so much yet I don’t take the time to do it because I “need” to bake cookies or I “have to” photograph a salad. I will make time to allow God to use my hands and feet this year.
11. Use the knowledge that I have gained by running this blog by helping others create their own success. I have been tossing around the idea in my head of doing a quick series on Food Blogging Search Engine Optimization. Would you read it? Do you understand it? Do you have questions about it? What else do you want to know about blogging? When I started Bake Your Day, I knew next to nothing about blogging and I have learned along the way. I still have tons to learn and am, by no means, an expert. But I would love to be able to share what I have learned so far!
12. Be a more patient person. Patience is something I struggle with on a daily basis and I will continue to attempt to be more patient with each passing day. How do you practice patience?
I can’t wait to see what this year will bring and I am so very blessed by and grateful for your presence here! Cheers to 2013!