Late in the afternoon on Friday, I invited several of my coworkers to meet me in the break room at work. It was not to eat the stale, leftover donuts we found sitting on one of the tables. We were there to talk about our healthy goals for the New Year.

New Year, New You

A few weeks earlier, one of the women sent out an email titled “New Year, New You!” After the indulgence of the holidays, followed by a week-long family vacation, I definitely needed a fresh start. The idea of “New Year, New You” was to create a challenge to motivate and encourage each other to get healthy. Let’s be honest, we all know what we NEED to do to get healthy but it helps to have accountability. So we met decided to set specific goals and focus on them for the next 10 weeks.  At the end of ten weeks, we will celebrate with a local 5K or possibly a girls getaway weekend.

Side note: We almost named the group, “It’s Your Own Dang Fault!” but that did not seem very motivating.


Goals for 2017

Over the weekend, I had time to sit down and think about my goals for 2017. I opened the first page of my my NEW pink, pineapple bullet journal and started to write down ideas and plans for the new year. FYI – I am new to bullet journaling but I after I use the method for about a month, I will give you a full review.

Getting back on track with healthy habits is important but I also have personal and family goals. Writing has been my passion for decades but I’ve let the pressure of blogging take away the joy I find in writing. This year I am going to go back to journaling for personal enjoyment and to capture memories of time spent with family.

When my daughter started art classes two years ago, it sparked a memory of how much I enjoyed art at her age. Last March I took an Intro to Watercolor Painting at the Dallas Arboretum. This year I am looking for drawing or painting series for adults, not just a one time class.  Hopefully the art class will also inspire me to start Bible Art Journaling too.

Something struck me during our family vacation in December, when I asked the kids to name their favorite part of the week-long trip, they both picked playing with their cousins. Not one of the scheduled, fun events we did that week but simply playing in the snow or building Legos on the dining room floor. It inspired me to plan a low-key camping trip this spring.


  1. Eat clean with only 2 splurge/cheat meals a week
  2. Drink 80 ounces of water a day (Fill up my 20 ounce water bottle 4 times a day)
  3. Workout 4 times a week (combination of strength training and cardio)
  4. Find a local race and register to run a 5K before March 31st


  1. Write/journal at least 30 minutes, three times a week
  2. Take an adult art class (drawing, painting) and practice hand lettering
  3. Start each weekday morning with the First Five App (scripture reading)
  4. Plan a girls trip in April


  1. Date nights with Trey at least twice a month
  2. Cook family dinner on Sunday at least 3 times a month
  3. Join Trey in decluttering/organizing the house (2 rooms a month)
  4. Schedule a camping trip for Spring Break week

Have you set goals for 2017? It’s not too late. I promise there is no such thing as a “Resolution Rule” or “Goal Deadline” that says you have to start on January 1st. Start today. Pick up a pen or open a new note on your phone and write down 3-5 goals. Then share them with me below!

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