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What’s your 2011?

It’s a little over a week in to 2011. How are you doing on your new year’s goals? On New Year’s Eve, I posted 20 questions for reflecting on 2010, then on New Year’s Day, I posted questions to help you explore, brainstorm, and get excited about what you can be and do this year. (There are also free PDF downloads for both sets of questions).

December was incredibly busy for my family, what with my book’s release, so I didn’t spend much time working on new year’s goals between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, like I normally do. This year, I slowly let ideas percolate the first few days in January, letting my mind sift through the 2010 months as I took down our holiday decor and moved back in the swing of things.

I’d love to hear what your goals (or “resolutions,” if you like that word) for 2011 are.  Here are some of my plans.

2011’s theme

Some years I attach a word to a year, sensing a theme of the upcoming months. I don’t force it, if there doesn’t seem to be an obvious thread to my coming days. In 2007, when we moved overseas, my theme was “leap of faith.” Everything that year was new and different, and it took courage to do most everything. 2008 was my year of “peace,” after having endured a rough ‘07 that left me in dire need of stillness.

2011 is my year of NO. Yep, no. It’s much more positive than it sounds. This year, I’m saying “no” to all but the essentials to take care of myself and my family. I’m letting rest all my ideas for new ventures and time-consuming writing projects, so that I can nurture what’s already blessing my life.

• In 2007, we moved abroad.

• In 2008, we welcomed Reed, our middle son, in the family, and I launched Simple Mom.

• In 2009, I wrote Organized Simplicity, endured a miscarriage, got pregnant again, and went through personal relationship changes offline.

• In 2010, I launched Simple Living Media, adding four new channels alongside Simple Mom. We also endured a sudden, unexpected move back to the U.S.; gave birth to our third, Finn; researched methods to handle Reed’s severe speech delay; sold our household goods from 6,000 miles away and set up a new home from near-scratch (which dwindled our emergency savings); endured a precarious job transition for Kyle, and released my first book in stores worldwide.

So in 2011, I plan to launch… nothing. I simply want to strengthen what’s already working well — the SLM blogs, my book, speaking gigs, satisfying relationships, and most importantly, my family. I’m saying no to most everything else.

It’s already feeling good to say no.

There’s the possibility we’ll move to another part of the U.S., but that feels like small potatoes compared to all our moves the past few years. Other than that, I’m desperately looking forward to a year of more balance, more quiet, and more simplicity.

Photo by woodley wonderworks

My plans

I used my set of planning questions to make some family goals for this year.

1. We’re going to bring our emergency fund back up to fully-funded, then start saving up for some more major plans, and in the second half of the year, we’d like to increase our retirement savings. In February, we’ll be talking more about money management basics here on the blog.

2. I hope to shed the last of my clinging friend, the baby weight.

3. I’m going to make more time for some things that replenish me, in order to be a more balanced and sane person — and therefore, a better wife and mom. Things like sewing, reading books, and meeting with girlfriends. I’d like to do each of these things one time per month.

4. We’re going to continue what’s working well for us, even in the midst of potential life and geography changes — bi-monthly date nights, family pizza-making nights, working from home as much as possible, having only one car, and enjoying plenty of intentional downtime.

Making plans a reality

Photo by emples

It’s no secret that most new year’s resolutions never amount to much. Gyms are filled in January, not quite so packed in February, and back down to the usual crowds come March. Perhaps it’s the unreasonable expectations we make as we come down off the holiday high, or perhaps we just get too busy with life to make plausible changes.

Either way, in order to make a goal more than a dream, you’ve got to have a plan. So with my new year’s goals:

• I’m going to use the kaizen approach, and
• I’m going to give myself plenty of grace.

I’m a recovering perfectionist, and we tend to throw in the towel if we can’t do anything perfectly. Well, I know right now that I will mess up often as I pursue these goals. I’ll have seasons of gusto and seasons of disinterest. I hope to do more good than harm, and I plan to make headway with each of these. Heck, I plan to check these off as accomplished come December.

But I’m human. I live in a fallen world. Life happens. I depend daily on grace, so to not give it to myself is to hold myself to a standard so high I’m doomed to fail.

I’m excited about 2011. I have hope that it will be one of our family’s better years.

What about you? What are your new year’s goals? What’s your plan to make them happen?

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  1. Talysa

    Just wrote about my year here http://www.mcmanuspartyoffive,

    I plan to do some saying no myself. Already have once this year and it felt good. Of course I felt guilt too but I will muddle through my people pleasing issues as well. All the while giving thanks and finding my joy again. Yes, this is my year of “Joy”.

    You have had a very busy life the past few years. I cannot imagine. I just recently discovered your blog and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I am a fatal combo…OCD and ADD, I love things so so…and love organization and checklists. But I often times have difficulty retaining what it is I wanted to accomplish or staying focused on the task at hand. Your daily docket and cleaning checklist have been sooooo helpful. 🙂

  2. Angela @ Homegrown Mom

    The last few months have been big NO months for me.
    My word for 2011 will be healthy! I resolved some health problems I’d been dealing with for years last year and am all recovered from a major surgery. I also lost a lot of weight and am working this year to finish the last few pounds. I look forward to being healthy and energetic for the first time in a loooong time.

  3. Mari

    I decided to try something new starting in mid-December: Daily resolutions. Each night, before I fall asleep, I write down 3-5 choices about how I’m going to live the following day. It’s not the same as my to-do list. I frame it more like, “If I have these experiences tomorrow, it will be a day well-lived…with intention.” Some are related to health, some related to my family, and some are tackling things that I’ve procrastinated about for too long.

    By making the resolution daily, I’ve been able to move past mental blocks about failure or success. If I didn’t accomplish what I hoped, I can either move on without addressing it or make a conscious choice to add it to my list a different, but each day is a fresh start.

    In recent years, I felt as if I wasn’t making choices about how I spent my days. Of course, everything we do is a choice, but sometimes we aren’t intentional about the decisions. This resolution style has focused my attention in a way that has been very liberating. I *choose* to exercise. I *choose* to reach out to a friend or relative. I *choose* to set aside my to-do list for board games.

    I figure if I spend each day focused on several elements that make the day feel well-lived, then the cumulative effect will be a life well-lived.

    • Lauren

      Mari, this reminds me of a line from a Sanskrit poem:

      “But today, well-lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness.”

      It is a line I have been thinking about a lot lately, and you have articulated it very well.

      • Mari

        Oh, Lauren —

        I am going to write this on this inside cover of my notebook! Beautiful — and so appropriate.

        Thank you!

    • Aimee

      I absolutely love this, Mari. My mom has a great saying, “It isn’t that easy, but is that simple” and I’ve thought more about how almost every aspect of our lives is a series of choices, mostly small and the occasional big. By viewing things that way, I’ve really been able to think about each of the choices I’m making and what the trajectory of that choice will be/could be.

      The plan you laid out will help to make it a bit more concrete – thanks for sharing!

      • Mari

        Aimee —
        Your mother’s saying are lovely words of wisdom. I think I’m going to “borrow” them for the inside of my notebook cover, along with Lauren’s. What a blessing.

        Thank you,

  4. Allie

    No is a wonderful powerful word. You wear it well, I hope 2011 is blessed in all ways for you.

    As for me, I have no clue. Since my daughter was born in June I have been in survival mode. Multitasking has been my word. I feel happy and great but I saw my feet at music class and realized I am surviving happily, but dude my feet are a mess. I need to pamper myself a little. I look like I have been walking around downtown Seattle barefoot.

    So maybe this year I will make Balance my word. I need to spend a few days thinking about how that to figure out how do that.

    • hannah

      hi allie! i totally understand what you mean. i have twin girls and a five month old baby and i am not yet 22. i have a wonderful husband on top of that.:) but i sure can get so wrapped up in my home husband and children that i forget to make myself presentable. i think balance is the perfect word for me too!

  5. KC

    My husband and I went through your lists of questions on New Years eve – both of them. It was quite cathartic for us. We were in the middle of a very tough time (we’d just found out that our long awaited for and much desired pregnancy was not progressing and had a D&E the day before – at 10 1/2 weeks), and we were very ready for some open heart to heart chats and very ready for some big changes.

    I truly appreciated your guides. Because we had obviously chosen to stay in for the evening, it gave us something to do other than stare at the wall. I would say that given the possibility of how the evening could have turned out, it was positively lovely. I felt very connected to my husband of almost 10 years and I think that we were able to have some tough discussions (with love).

    The theme since then has been: Say NO so that we can say YES.

    No to the coffee out, no to the expensive gadgets, no to the friends who don’t bring anything to the table, no to anything that takes away from ‘us’ and the love that we have for each other. All so that we can say yes. Yes to putting our money towards our trip to Spain (for 10 weeks – leaving in 2 weeks!!!), yes to spending time with my sister and her two adorable girls, yes to meeting others who are more in line with my philosophies and with my heart and yes to things that we don’t even know about yet.

    I am so excited about this year.

    Thank you

    • Tsh

      So sorry to hear about your loss. I understand. Peace and blessings to you…

  6. Maia

    I have been thinking a lot about living with intention! So many days I feel that I am in survival mode as a homeschool mom of five kids! I am loving your blog and learning so much about simplifying things for myself, but it all takes intention! 🙂 I don’t want to look back at my life and wonder if I could have done more with my time and energies! Thanks for all of your thoughts and tips! They are a blessing!

  7. Meeks

    I understand what you mean by the cleansing feeling of saying “no”. I have been saying “no” to window shopping, and excess spending in general. We are wanting to get rid of debt this year, so I have had to say not stopping in to shops “just incase” there is something in there I “need”….ha!

    I am also trying to be a better friend to myself, by being a better supporter, and cheerleader 😉

  8. Dominique

    My goals for 2011 is to focus on the 5 most important people in my life – My 3 kids, hubby and myself. Will say NO too to all the non- essential time wasting activities.

  9. Meegan

    Oh my gosh… I remember reading about the Kaizen approach waaaaaaaaay back in 2008! I think it’s time for a refresher in my life too… Thanks for the memory!!

    • Tsh

      I needed the reminder, too! I found that post, and I was like, “Oh yeahhh. Good idea, self.” 🙂

  10. Megan@SortaCrunchy

    Oh, Tsh – I am so glad to hear this is the year of NO for you! I’ve been so changed by the NOOMA video where Rob Bell talks about how Jesus could say no to some things because He knew what He had said YES to. That’s been guiding me for t he past year or so . . . with each new opportunity or idea, I’ve had to ask myself, “Does this conflict with what I have said yes to?” That has meant turning down writing gigs, event invitations, and all kinds of other things. That part was painful, but the trade-off is getting to experience being truly intentional in all that I have said YES to.

    May it be so with you this year, my friend.

    (My word for this year is GIVE, which scares me, but every year my word scares me and I think that’s a good thing.)

  11. Lauren

    The only goal I’ve made is to take my daughter to the library 10 times in the first 6 months of 2011. I love to read and want to pass that love along to my daughter.

    • Tsh

      A great goal. Simple, do-able, and very beneficial. Way to go!

  12. Sarah Gainey

    This past year, my pastor’s wife blogged about how she had one new goal for each month. As she kept us updated on her progress (including the things she ended up deciding wern’t worth her or her family’s time!) I felt so inspired. Focusing on one thing a month seems infinitely more managable than trying to implement a bunch of good habits starting Jan. 1st!

    This month my word has been ROUTINE. Schedules bog me down, but routines free me. I’ve already seen the joy and energy that’s been added to my day from making sure to begin the day with a warm breakfast, 10 minutes of tummy toning (I’m 6 months postpartum), a shower/clothes for the day (not jammies!), and most importantly time for scripture and prayer. This is all I can accomplish in my sons 1.5hr morning nap, but it makes me so much MORE productive the rest of my day. I would have never believed it. My husband is amazed at the change in my attitude and the state of our home.

    My only other routine has been one we’ve enjoyed since our son was born. In the days of colic we took a 1 hour family walk just prior to our son’s bed time. It really gets us through that fussiest time of day and gives us time to connect after a day spent apart. My husband carries our son in the Ergo so they get some much needed cuddle time.

    I can’t wait to see what February brings!

    • kells

      loved this! as someone who has a one year old – those walks before bed are not a distant memory in my head. I like your out look and just wanted to say your excitement about February is great! Routine is freeing!

  13. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

    I had never heard of the Kaizen approach, but I just checked out your other post and I love it. What a great strategy for reaching goals. I tend to want to have everything change right away; I want to reach the goals I set immediately! It can be such a let down. Reading that was very helpful for me. Thank you.

  14. Sarah Beam

    This year, I am practicing taking small steps to creating good habits. One little thing at a time. It is not overwhelming. I will not have an opportunity to feel like a failure. So far, I have concentrated on making a monthly list of the deadlines I have and other important activities that must be done that month. This is helping me to not panic about last-minute deadlines that are finally remembered, and it allows me to check the list every day and pick just one little task from the list to accomplish that day. If I miss a day, the sky does not fall.

    Truly, I love this being your year of no, and I think it is awesome how positive it sounds. I was thinking something similar about all of our overscheduling with homeschool activities, but you summed it up very well. I will be co-opting your annual word, for usre.

  15. Rana

    Tsh, great goals for the new year. We are going to be content with what we have and work on being more intentional in our daily lives and the idea of saying no more often is sounding pretty good too.

  16. MamaShift

    I have a limited goal of making it through Year 3 post chemo. Last month, I was 100% sure that I had a spread to the lungs and that my girls would be motherless by the end of the year….so…

    Continuing strength for my marriage would be good.

    Serenity, health, lovingkindness for everyone. Those are good ones too.

    Oh and moving closer to our little house in Brittany. A very good one, indeed.

  17. So Very Domestic

    I made all my resolutions when we left a huge city to live in the woods back in September. So far, so good. Little things still sometimes step in to get in the way, but in general, it’s a lot easier out here! Maybe I’ll write it into a post! Great blog!!

  18. kells

    thank you for posting this! I got your book and am ready for the new year! I am putting your practices into my daily life on my blog. Can’t wait and thanks again Tsh!

  19. Living the Balanced Life

    I am working to achieve my goals by creating the habits that will make them happen, such as walking on the treadmill and doing yoga 5 out of 7 mornings, writing for 2 hours each morning, working each week to purge an area of my house, no computer in the evening. From these habits, you may be able to tell some of my goals:
    -become healthier, with or without weightloss
    -move my blog and business to the next level
    -minimalize and simplify our home
    -spend more time with my loved ones AND read a real book!
    These goals will come by working on my habits in a consistent manner!
    Great post!

  20. Living the Balanced Life

    Just read you post on kaizen approach. Very cool! When I started working out in November, I actually challenged myself to just get dressed and put on my tennis shoes. Leo from Zen Habits says “lace ’em up and get out the door”. Since I had my shoes on, I might as well get on the treadmill. I only “required” a 15 minute stroll to start. two months later, I am consistently doing 35 minutes a day, a routine of speed and hills and feel great! It is a process that works!

  21. Erin

    Wow, you’ve had so much going on, that’s great that 2011 is your year of No.

    In 2009 I moved across the country, got married, and started a masters.
    In 2010 I moved back across the country, into a new house, and had a baby.
    In 2011 I plan on getting our family into a routine and getting our house organized. My resolution is “wash your bowl.” It represents those bigger goals, but sticks to one little detail. So even if my bigger plans take a very long time to materialize, I can focus on that one little act of washing one dish, and keep working towards them.

  22. Mamabear

    Your book was the first one I picked up this year. I have been good at purging belongings through the years but bad about allowing more things in. I’d like us all to ask “who can we bless with this” until we have truly simplified, and that we all consider our purchases very carefully going forward. I want to quit chasing stuff around our home so I can play more. I want to read more books and less blogs, sew more, and invite more people to our home for meals. (that’s a nod to your previous post about hospitality)!

  23. Denise C.

    I have several goals for 2011, I am in the process of breaking them down into more manageable “pieces”. Thus far I have:
    – Run another 5k. I did 2 last year & want to do one more…before running a 10k this year! Next up is train for a half marathon in 2012! Running is my thing, it is what keeps me sane every single day! 😉

    -Build up my husband’s & my savings account. My husband was fortunate & got a work bonus, we pretended that we never got the money & socked it away in another savings account (less accessible to us). *Understand money* is a big one for me too.

    -Learn to let things go. I struggle with this on a daily basis. My kids refuse to get dressed, I get stressed & upset, take it out on them. I swore I’d never be like my parents with my kids, & I am. Need to fix that.

    -Meal plan. Eat out as a treat (like ice cream in our house). Less trips to Target & the grocery store.

    -More playful with my husband & kids, hubs tells me I need to “loosen up.”

    -Be more intentional with my family. Read to my kids, play with my kids, not get so annoyed. Etc.

    Wonderful post Tsh! xoxox.

  24. Courtney

    Thanks to your book, my word for 2011 is Simple. I’ve already crafted a family mission statement, and I’m de-cluttering my house, room by room. I want to be more purposeful about what comes into our home, in all ways, and true to what works for us. Hopefully you can rest a bit easier this year knowing that the work you’ve done is helping others!

  25. jenny

    I love reading about the resolutions of others…although one of my resolutions is to actually start saying “yes” more!

    I’m mom to 3 kids, 4 and under. #2 also has some chronic issues (hearing loss and speech delay) so it makes life quite busy with school, speech therapy and the like. I find myself saying “no” too often to #1. I hear “mommy, will you play with me?” so much and always find myself saying “in a minute…let me finish this”.

    I’d love to just say “yes” more right when she asks.

    • Tsh

      Yes is a great word, too. In fact, I feel like saying no to the wrong-for-you things frees you up to say yes to the right things. Sounds like you’re no the right track! Good for you.

  26. Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids

    I only made one resolution so that I can really work on keeping it – more intentional time with my kids each day. I’m really gonna wok on getting down to their level and interacting with them in meaningful ways each day.

  27. Leigh

    After reading this post: I decided to take her advise. My goals for this year will now include asking for help from the women in my life and creating that village she talks about. Read it and the follow up post. IT. IS. AMAZING.

    • Tsh

      Yes, I read that earlier last week. It is beautiful.

  28. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    Hooray, Tsh! I feel like a small part of me has gone through each of those ups and downs with you, and as exciting as many of them were (network! book!), I’m so happy with your decision for this year. I’m going to try and follow suit and yes, strengthen what’s already working well.

  29. Kat

    This month, I’m trying to work on one goal per month for the year. This month I am getting rid of 5 things per day from our house. It feels great, after acquiring so much during the month of December!

  30. Tricia

    I really enjoyed taking time to set some goals for this year-thanks to my husband who watched the kids one night for me to have time to reflect and dream! One of my goals is to declutter my house room by room. I have gone through a few things in my house and it already feels great! I feel less stressed b/c the things in my life/house aren’t screaming at me all day (I’m a stay at home mom). I’m learning the less I have in my house the less I have to pick up or clean. Just the thought refreshes me!

    One of the ways I feel like I wasted time last year was sitting in front of the TV every night. I enjoy spending time with my husband after the kids are in bed and watching TV is downtime for him. But I am realizing that it doesn’t refresh me. So I’ve decided to chose one night to sit and watch TV with him and the other nights I will do what I want-read, sew, clean, call a friend, exercise, etc. I am excited to see how this affects me.

    Those two for sure are the things I’m immediately starting and others will come such as choosing to change our eating style (will take some time as I need to do some research), finding an exercise class to join, etc.

  31. Hannah

    I like that: “I’m a recovering perfectionist.” It balances perfectly with your resolution to receive an abundance of grace and apply it to yourself.

    By the way, I sent you an email but am not sure whether it went through because of a funny popup I got after sending it, an error with the password. Rather than re-type the whole thing, I’ll summarize, and you can let me know (or not) whether you received it. Point #1: Very much enjoyed seeing you and your husband at the book signing Saturday, and discussing C.S. Lewis and the like. Point #2: I am starting a book group with a mutual friend of ours and if you need a girls’ night out once a month, we’d love for you to join us, unless that space in your life is already filled (in which case we’ll understand the “no” of 2011. ;-))

    • Tsh

      Awesome; thanks for letting me know, Hannah! And it was great to meet you, too.

      The email form above is sent to hello [at] simplemom [dot] net. Shoot me an email directly there, and it goes to my assistant. I’ll get it — make the subject line something like “Hannah from the book signing.” I’d love to hear more.

  32. Nisha @Healthy Mom's Kitchen

    This year is my year of yes (in moderation :). So many things I’ve been working toward are all coming together this year. But it’s also my year of balance. I’ve learned that I can make significant progress in all areas of my life (business, soul, relationships with children and spouse) if when I’m working on one of those areas, to give it my full attention, rather than trying to multitask and allow my mind to go in a million directions. I’m living in the moment this year!

  33. charis

    i liked this post. i used your reflection questions and i am not one who likes to sit down and reflect often with 4 boys 6 and under… but it really helped and i feel ready for the new year. my goal this year it to be intentional. i know it is quite subjective but i think the fine tuning will come as i go along.

    also, i make goals often in september and back then i made a goal to read the Bible through cover to cover in one year and i am proud to say i am up to date and 40% through! i am using and have it on my iphone, which has helped when i lay down in bed and realize i haven’t read my chapters for the day yet. no problem… whip out the phone in the dark so i don’t wake the baby who isn’t that great of a sleeper anyways. 🙂

    anyways, no is very valuable and it is something i have had to work on over my life and it does get easier (though not always easy). have a great year!

  34. Heather Allard


    My goals are similar to yours – instead of starting a million new things, I’m focusing on the two things I’ve been growing – my family and The Mogul Mom.

    This is a big year for our family – my son will turn 5 and start school next September. I’m focusing on helping him learn some basics (like your son, he was speech delayed and tends to lag a bit behind in some gross motor skills) and get comfortable with people who are not me. 🙂

    It’ll be the first time in 10 years that I don’t have a child home with me. Weird and wonderful at once. 😉

    Thanks for sharing your goals and how you’ll achieve them. I always learn so much from you. 😀


  35. Kasey

    My goals for this year are to get rid of the baby weight, and I also want to build my at home business so it can be contributing to my family’s income within 2 years. Not rushing anything there. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to finances but if I don’t lose this baby weight soon, I’ll probably wind up pregnant again : )

  36. karen @ our slo house

    This year is all about settling in.

    We went through so many changes last year, including a major job change for the husband, selling our home of 12 years, and relocating to a city 3 1/2 hours from everyone we knew and loved. Of course, it was something we had talked about years, and I’m so glad we finally did it… however, it has taken some getting-used-to.

    I can’t wait for us to move in to our new (old) house so that we can start to feel settled. I want to feel *home* again. I want the kids to be settled in their new school, and I want them to start making new BFFs. I need to start making some new friends, too. (And DH, for that matter.)

    I’m excited for 2011. It’s going to be nothing short of amazing. : )

    Happy 1/11/11 everybody!!

  37. priest's wife

    -make dinner while I’m making breakfast
    -plan menus
    -shine my sink & make my bed
    -weekly ‘meeting’ with husband

  38. Alicia

    I like the idea of a year of no. 🙂 I have no resolutions, although I have started using a little to-do app that I added some small daily goals to (read to the kids daily in addition to the bedtime books, do fun math with the kids daily, get outside or exercise each day, play…).

    Honestly, I could pledge to finally write my book or build that addition or get the house in order but I’m okay if none of that happens. I want to be present with my kids, get some sunshine and exercise, play… Those are my big things and I’m okay with the messy house and unreached potential while my children are little — and even medium. 🙂 There’s a lot of freedom and peace in that!

  39. Sheridan

    My 2011 is going to be about balance. I had a great 2010 and accomplished many of my goals, some were big. This year my goals are smaller and I am happy about that! Balance is a good thing.

  40. Head Coach

    What I find that works best for both my female as well as male trainees, especially when planning their goals for 2011 is to focus on their strengths first, making sure that said strengths are at their peak. Once their strengths are at their peak, confidence will follow. At that point is usually the time that someone is prepared to shift focus on their weaknesses since it’s easy to maintain strengths at that point.

  41. Lynn

    Saying no…sometimes it’s the only way to say yes to the things that really matter.

    Sometimes my life just gets so cluttered up with “things” – perfectly good things, but things that have no actual meaning for me. I’ve said no a few times lately to energy draining, time sucking “things” and the relief is enormous.

  42. Sofia's Ideas

    I think I’m heading into 2011 very much the same way. Just looking forward to less of everything, knowing full well that I will feel “fuller” because of it. Does that make sense?

    I loved what you said here: “I’m a recovering perfectionist, and we tend to throw in the towel if we can’t do anything perfectly… I’ll have seasons of gusto and seasons of disinterest.” As a recovering perfectionist myself, this is something I know I need to continuously keep an eye on. But I must say, I have come a long way…

  43. Stef Robins

    This may be one of my favorite posts here. I can completely relate to what you’re saying. I myself just realized that achieving something doesn’t necessarily mean running from one goal to another, but to actually slow down and pay attention to what’s really important.

    I don’t usually make resolutions but I do keep track of what I want to prove, improve or remove. I love making lists and I do this very often, with pen and paper and sometimes even with my iPhone apps. It gives me a clean feeling for some reason, as if I’m de-cluttering my brain. Anyway, good luck on saying NO. I think it’s hard but it’s gonna be worth it. 🙂

  44. Jenny

    Tsh, really great post. So personal to you, yet so applicable for us all. Rooting for you! Jenny

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