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Friday, January 31, 2014

four simple goals: february

It's time for a new series here on Finding Joy!  Each month I'll be sharing four simple goals on the blog.  You can join along by making your own four simple goals for the month - things that you might not do if you didn't commit to it, but not anything that feels overwhelming or that can't get done in a 28/30/31 day period.  You can also use my monthly image (above) on your own blog if you'd like, just link back to here and share a link to your blog below in the comments section so I can check it out!   

A big thanks to Melinda for inspiring me to just go for this.  I mentioned a couple of days ago that I was having a hard time figuring out what to do with my goals for this year, and a comment from Melinda made me decide to take a chance with this.  What do I have to lose? 

These are the four simple goals I would like to complete in February. 

1. Plan my garden: Will I rent a whole 4 x 8 plot at the community garden again?  Try to fill my new spacious front porch with potted vegetables and flowers?  Just stick to something simple and get the majority of my veggies from our CSA and farmer's markets?  Time for some decisions so I can get the seeds I need.

2. Decorate for the season: The Christmas decorations are down, and things are empty.  I need hearts, and pink, and flowers in my house!   

3Take an overnight trip with Paul: We made a resolution as a couple to make this our "recharge" year.  I got the inspiration from a coworker who started assigning a theme to each year with her husband.  Last year they made it a "fun" year because they were putting so much time and energy into their jobs.  This year is a "wellness" year so they will both be exercising and eating better.  With Paul working and going to school and me keeping myself busy with all my work and hobbies, we decided we would do well to take time for little recharges throughout the year.  This will mean taking little step backs from everyday busyness with overnight trips and special dates - and will also mean making an effort at better self care individually.  Basically like a treat-yo-self year (which sounds a lot more fun than "recharge"!).    

4. Check Facebook once a day: It's embarrassing that I have to put this on here.  But in an attempt to be more present and less addicted to my computer, I'm only going to check Fcebook once a day.  I have a strange habit of just automatically opening Facebook when I have a couple of free seconds in front of a computer.  I usually see the same posts, the same articles that I had already seen earlier in the day, so there was no real need to go back.  Time to get this social media habit in check!

(If I would have made a list for January it would have included: sign up for a roller derby bootcamp (check!), make homemade ice cream (check!), plan a trip (check!), and finish all my 101 goals (complete un-check!).  

Four simple goals before 2014 -- Four simple goals before 2013

What are your four simple goals for February? 

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