Sunday, February 10, 2013

New Year's Resolutions

I've been writing down specific goals each year for the past 5 years.  Before I was aware of the acronym, I've always essentially followed the SMART method to creating goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound).  As you can see below, my success in terms of percentage of goals accomplished each year seems to be negatively correlated with the number of children I have.  Although I suppose I've gotten too ambitious/unrealistic also.

2009: 9/10 goals completed
2010: 9/13
2011: 10/18
2012: 9/16

So far in 2013 I've done really well... hopefully I can carry it throughout the year.  My fifteen goals this year are broken into the following categories and counts:

(4) Personal Improvement -- e.g. reading books, learning spanish
(3) Do Good -- e.g. volunteering
(3) Fitness & Health
(2) Family
(2) Financial -- e.g. supporting Amada's new business (
(1) Home repair projects

I decided to take it one step further this year and involve the whole family.  We all have our lists posted in our rooms.  And so, hopefully, a tradition begins  :)

Michael made all of the odd-numbered goals himself, and I provided the even-numbered ones.  Amazing illustrations by yours truly... although the brown outline was done by Michael when no one was looking -- luckily the marker erases from the wall easily.

Amada and I collaborated on these -- hopefully we can get his input next year!

Aiden has already accomplished 6 of his goals! (teeth, pool, walking and sharing still need work).  He isn't flying across the room yet, but he's definitely a crawler now.

Michael helping me with Rosetta Stone

King cake for my birthday

According to Amada, whenever she offered Michael a snack all day, he chose peas every time.  Frozen peas.

Cute short video of Aiden about to crawl

Video of Aiden crawling