Wednesday, October 30, 2013


It's that time of year. A time when we reflect on our accomplishments and our failures. Where did the last 11 months get us? 2013 is coming to an end. Did we do everything we wanted to? Did we check any items off the bucket list? Will this year's resolutions roll over into next year's list?

So often we focus on the unattainable. We challenge ourselves with lofty goals that, in reality, set us up to fail. Time, work, family, friends,  and so many other factors become obstacles to life goals on the daily. Who has time to learn a second language when we spend eight hours a day as an employee, three hours a day as a parent and another two hours just preparing to repeat it all again tomorrow?

We learned about the blog A Beautiful Mess from the beautiful, talented Maddie Richardson at Maddie Richardson Designs. Both blogs are participating in the 4 Simple Goals Challenge. Make improvement attainable by setting 4 Simple Goals for yourself that you know you can work on every day.

So here goes…

As a person.
1::: Pay It Forward
So many times I get caught up in what I need and what I want that I forget to appreciate what I have. There's no better way to appreciate your gifts than to share them with others. Spreading the love is so important and I want to focus on showing my support for the hard work of others every day whether that's through liking a new blog, listening to a new song, reading a new book. Encourage creativity.

As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend
2::: Make it personal
I can't tell you how much I miss hearing the voices of those I love. Social media has given us many wonderful things but I miss the vulnerability that came with hearing someone's voice on the other end of the phone. Texting, Tweeting, Facebooking, heck - Blogging! It's all encased in a laptop and punching keys doesn't offer the same investment of time and love that actually talking to someone gives us. Make a personal connection every day.

As a professional
3::: One day at a time
Little victories count too. Enjoy them. They will eventually add up to something more. Take one step towards success every day. Do something that you can say put the train on the tracks in the right direction.

As a woman
4::: Learn to love your body
Women are so hard on their bodies. Bigger boobs. Thinner thighs. Straighter hair. Longer legs. We beat ourselves up trying to fit into someone else's definition of beautiful. Be healthy. Be happy. Love your body for what it is. We are amazing beings capable of so much. Nourish your body with what ever exercise you can and a healthy food every day.

I promise to keep these 4 Simple Goals in mind for the remainder of this year and hopefully continue to practice them in the New Year as well. Just writing them down has given me a newfound sense of hope.  Thank you to two beautiful blogs and three beautiful women for sharing this project. I hope others will join in.

xoxo

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