It’s the new year!
At the beginning of each year, I like to choose a word for that year. It’s usually very personal and has to do with my character or what I need in my heart.
In 2012, I chose Grace. In 2013 and 2014, I chose Confidence. In 2015, I chose Best.
This year, I’m choosing….
Well, first I’m going to tell you a story.
I was very busy last year and got to the point where I was always working, even on weekends. Not enjoying my family or spending time with my husband.
I began realizing in October 2015 that I couldn't continue this way. So in November 2015, I stopped working on Saturdays and Sundays, and this felt so good! I also stepped down from doing outside work for a client.
The reason… I needed more rest, I needed more time with family just “to be” (and my family needed me), and I needed more…
That’s my word for 2016.
Even though it wasn't quite 2016, I already started working on it! I'm committed to not working on the weekends, although I do like to read and “learn” then. My husband and I are spending more time together.
With the margin, I have big plans for Traditional Cooking School and for more time with my family (and to catch up with many neglected things)!
All that and more in today's podcast. (See below for more notes on what I shared today.)
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Your Word For 2016, Plus SMART Goals
What is your word for 2016? Mine is margin, as I explained above.
No matter what your word is, you may also have set goals to help you achieve that and other things.
Did you know your goals should be SMART?
- S — Specific
- M — Measurable
- A — Achievable
- R — Results-oriented
- T — Time-bound
Setting SMART goals helps no matter what time of year and no matter the goal, though we tend to think about these things now at the beginning of the year. I’m not a huge New Year’s resolution person. I more set goals as I identify them.
In November, I decided it was time for me to move out of so much work and to stop working weekends. So I did it. I was more disciplined with my time during the week and I said no to things so I could have the weekends off.
Also in November, I decided to start working on decluttering and sorting through neglected areas of our home and life. I am doing one task every couple days and so far, I have:
- cleaned out my clothes — taken a huge bag of clothes to Goodwill; things I don't like and which don't fit anymore thanks to losing 30 pounds
- deep cleaned 2 bathrooms (about 10 mini-tasks included in this!)
- cleaned our 6 pantry shelves — including cleaning out a gallizion jars and I have the dry hands to prove it
- cleaned out one pantry cupboard
- caught up with the shredding — actually my son did this 🙂
- really scrubbed the kitchen sink — not the usual daily cleaning
- cleaned out the linens cupboard
- decluttered the kitchen counters (this is an ongoing task, though, honestly!)
My daughter and I are going to tackle the bookcases next.
If I was to apply the SMART acronym to my goal of “decluttering”:
- specific: goal is to declutter our stuff in the house, by tackling one task every few days
- measurable: evidence is when it’s done but also ongoing — are things being cleaned up and moved around and moved out?
- achievable: yes, and with help from the kids
- results-oriented: what does this do? peace of mind; family knowing where things are; more room in the cupboards; stop wasting money purchasing things when I have some buried somewhere; reduce the cost of upkeep which has both a physical and mental cost
- time-bound: I’m not sure when this is going to end, probably in a month or two. For now my time is that every few days, I want to tackle one cupboard, closet, or area
So what are you going to do in 2016? Traditional Cooking or in life? Or where they merge?
My goal (above) – I will spend most of my time working on the kitchen actually. That’s where the clutter and ignoring things has built up for years. So, yes, mine is absolutely about traditional cooking. Because to continue to learn and grow myself (and to continue filming and sharing with you) I need a good space to do that.
In the comments, please share:
- your word for 2016
- why you chose it
- a goal for 2016
- make your goal SMART (see above)
What's Coming at Traditional Cooking School in 2016
1. In our members-only Facebook group, we’re hosting a Back to Basics Challenge in January. Join us!
2. If gut-healing is on your radar, be sure to get signed up for:
If you're looking for more guidance on gut-healing diets and protocols, please don't miss the Heal Your Gut Summit.
I'm speaking on how I reversed my seasonal allergies through following the GAPS diet, and many other speakers will be sharing how gut dysfunction can be linked to virtually every disease and can cause conditions like fatigue, depression, food sensitivities, chronic pain, allergies and many more. These conditions are largely preventable through an emphasis on gut-healing foods and strategies!
3. In the winter/early spring we begin a new class at Traditional Cooking School: pressure cooking incorporating traditional cooking methods.
4. Later this month on the Traditional Cooking School blog, I’ll be sharing my tips on how to do Trim Healthy Mama with traditional foods. Keep an eye out for that. For now, check out the brand-new (and wonderful) new books from Trim Healthy Mama:
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