The last few years we have written New Year’s Mission Statements, which are proactive statements, not necessarily focused on something we want to change but more focused on how we want to live and who we want to be. Last year I made this template to help me keep track of my mission statement and how it impacts key areas of my life.
Ppart of my mission was to be more strategic, so I used the calendar to track how I did each month. It was really nice to have a visual reminder to look back on and see how well we did living out our mission in 2013 . The most impressive piece for me was the fact that I read 17 books, for you avid readers I know that is nothing – but that was a HUGE improvement, like 5000%, for me! THANK YOU BOOK club! If you are interested you can click to print your own mission statement and calendar for 2014.
As 2014 approached I kept trying to put aside time to reflect and plan for this year but despite my best intentions my times of solitude and reflection kept getting interrupted. In the brief moments that I was able think, I realized that I wanted to have a different focus this year. I don’t want to focus on improving, doing things better or faster or more efficient (I’ll save that for a different season of life – nothing seems to be efficient with a newborn!), but I what I really need to do in this season of life is focus on ENJOYING – really, truly, enjoying and embracing this season of life we are in right now.
This can be hard for me. It seems like the baby stage goes against my nature; I like to do things quickly, I don’t like to sit, messes – hate ’em, laundry – YUCK, schedules – yes please, productivity – I love you! It is so easy for me to get wrapped up in the messes and stresses and frustrations of having little ones that I forget to enjoy these precious moments;
These moments are fleeting and precious and will be gone before I know it.
I better make enjoying them my priority!
So, in 2014 I am going to ENJOY! At the end of each month I hope I have spent less time on the non-essentials like worrying, cleaning, facebooking, pinning, and way more time ENJOYING these little ones.
I hope you all join me in enjoying 2014! If you are like me and need a visual reminder click here for a free printable of the enjoy sign.
* The black and white pictures where taken by my friend Courtney Moyer. If you live in Sheridan she is a great photographer!