Friday, January 11, 2008

A firm resolve

The other morning the radio station I listen to was asking people to call in and share their new year resolutions that they have set and already broken. This year I never went out of my way to resolve to do anything. In fact, the last few years have been like that. I set goals for myself and strive to be better but it rarely has anything to do with the "magic" of a new year.

Last year I unofficially resolved to improve my scrapbooking pages to the point that I would feel comfortable sending one in for publication. Part of that goal was to make a hamburger page detailing the food we ate on our trip to Seattle November 2006. I drew and colored the hamburger (which looks really cool by the way!) but I have yet to figure out how to get all my text over it. So I partly accomplished my goal but I think part of the reason why I didn't finish was I never gave myself specific criteria to meet in order to meet the goal. I taught Special Education and wrote Individualized Education Plans (IEP's) for students. I know how to correctly set a realistic goal.

Well, last year's unofficial goal almost spilled into this year until I called it quits before the end of December. I saw in my Creating Keepsakes magazine that I could enter the Hall of Fame contest. My heart pounded for days I was so excited to think I could possibly do it. Then my dreams got really outlandish as I thought I didn't care about winning but I wanted to be offered a writing job for the magazine. But the more I read the rules, including the fine printed rules, the more I started doubting myself. I like my pages and Dawn loves them. (I don't think she raves about them only because I'm married to her son!) My concern was the rule about original layout designs. Hmmm . . . most of mine are scraplifted. And the rule about only using photos I have taken. Most of the pictures I use were taken by my genius photographer husband. I let those doubts stand in my way for a while until I found a new excuse. I'm playing the pregnancy card on this one! I have to send in my entry by February 8th. I am so uncomfortable now that it's the end of my pregnancy that I don't think I could get everything ready in time. There's always next year. Until then I will continue to artfully document the stories that I want preserved for our family.

One year we set the goal to have Family Home Evening every week. We failed within a month or two! Heath wanted our family to work on food storage this year. At church we found out that there is a 52 week program called Project Noah where we can get little assignments every week to help build our food storage and by the end of the year we should have the recommended 1 year supply for our family. Not only are there assignments but there are also FHE suggestions too. This week we read the story of Noah's Ark, from a book our kids have played with since Gavin was a baby. We asked them questions that helped them understand the story more. We also have most of the assignment for the week too. We have a gallon of water for each person, including our unborn baby, and we have 1/3 of the peanut butter we wanted to have for our family. We're off to a good start.

The one goal I will hate myself if I don't get done is to finish the Book of Mormon before this baby is born. I know it's possible. My first time reading it I finished in a month. I feel like I can do it though because I don't have the energy for much and I am so physically uncomfortable I lay around a lot just trying to get my back to stop hurting. Perfect reading conditions right! Then when the baby is born I can continue my goal of reading the Book of Mormon to my babies while nursing. So far I'm 2 for 2. With that goal I give myself a year to finish. I read a chapter or two a day is all and I get done in much less than a year. It's a neat experience. Then of course I scrapbook my insights and feelings for that baby.

I don't believe in New Year's resolutions I just believe in continuing to set goals for oneself. When I think about the progress I have made in my life because of goals I have accomplished I am proud of myself. Baby steps work for me.

1 thoughts:

Dawn said...

You can definitely enter your awesome scrapbook pages into the contest but I agree that you can take an extra year to work on it. What a great challenge for yourself. Your journaling is particularly good and COULD land you a writing job. My mom keeps saying how much she enjoys your writing on your blog. (and that is not just because you are married to her grandson) Give yourself a break and don’t push too hard these last weeks can be really uncomfortable.