Love, Joleen: My One Little Word, Goals for 2014, & Project Life

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My One Little Word, Goals for 2014, & Project Life

Happy New Year! I don't know about you, but I'm always pretty stoked about starting a new year. If you've had a good previous year, then the energy from reflecting on it is usually a fantastic motivation in starting a new one. If you had a crappy previous year, you're just as, or maybe even more so, eager to kick it to the curb and claim the new one is going to be your year. Either way, the new year signifies an opportunity to start fresh! I, for one, am eager for it! I'm as ready as I'm ever going to be to embrace the challenges I already know we're going to face this year, and I pray that God will help me through all that I cannot yet see.

Last year was my first time selecting One Little Word, and I chose "family". It was definitely the theme and focus for me in 2013. I spent a lot of time thinking about 2014 and what my OLW should be. Initially, I chose the word “grow” for 2014 because there are so many areas of my life that I would like to see growth in the new year. As I started putting my goals down on paper, I realized that it was so much bigger than growing, and that in order to see the results I am looking for, I need to learn to have "discipline". I am so excited about this theme for my life moving forward! 

I’ve been talking about my [initial] OLW to Ben for two weeks now, never telling what it was. I wanted to announce it to everyone today, along with my goals for 2014. Then, I made the decision to change my word and when I went to read him other people’s OLWs , he announced aloud what his was. My mind was blown to discover that he had selected DISCIPLINE as well. I can’t tell you how much I love that we each came to the decision that the very same word would be the theme for our new year. It makes me feel encouraged already! This year when Ali Edwards posted the information about her OLW Workshop, she did so with the caption, “Make Your Word Visible”. I am definitely planning to do so. I look forward to growing in so many areas of my life in 2014, as I learn to have more discipline!
I won’t be doing the workshop this year (maybe next year!), though, because I’ve decided to bite the bullet and do Project Life! I was pretty nervous about the 52 week commitment, but now I'm excited! You already know that the first thing I did was create a Project Life Inspiration board on Pinterest. I'll be doing things a bit differently than most. For one, my weeks will cover Monday through Sunday, in order to keep the weekend's events together. Also, I'm keeping my layouts in baseball card sleeves in an 8.5x11 album. This means that each card will measure just under 2.75 in x 3.5 in versus the traditional 3 x 4 and larger cards in the PL packs. I know how easy it is to get carried away buying craft/scrap supplies and in order to justify doing this project this year, I really need to try to [mostly] use what I already have. So, it's kinda like Project Life on a budget. I'm also planning to really use it as a journal and am challenging myself to be real in both my journalling and photography. I'm planning to share each layout on Tuesday of each week to keep track of my progress. Plus, I think announcing that plan will help to hold me accountable. *wink* 
Since 2005, I’ve been sharing my yearly goals online as an easy way to refer back to them and hold myself accountable. If you are a new follower this year I should explain that I’ve never really been a big fan of “resolutions”, although my OLW “disciplined” will require more resolve. I prefer to list goals. Goals are adaptable; ideal. I love sitting down each year to reflect on the previous year and to see all that I’ve accomplished. Some goals go unaccomplished and I take this time to reevaluate if I want to bring them with me to the new year or if they’re not all that important to me anyway. Sometimes I set a goal that I really do want to accomplish someday but I hold off from adding it for another year or more. That’s the wonderful thing about goals. So, without further ado, these are my goals for 2014:

Updated 06.06.14 08.12.14
* Be more disciplined
* Aggressively address debt
* Create a weekly family schedule that breaks down our day to day tasks, and includes social activities, workouts, and time to work.
* Add structure to our day / "Teach" Benjamin 
* Pray more and better
* Continue reading the Bible and make daily devotionals a priority
* Attend church regularly
* Listen to Podcasts with Ben
* Complete our Marriage Workbook
* Travel/Experience someplace new with my family
* Take care of long standing personal and professional to-do list (i.e. legally change last name)
* Look after my health
     - Exercise regularly
          - Lose 15 lb.
     - Eat better
     - Drink more water (get a new reusable bottle!) and limit soda
     - Make doctor/dentist appointments for myself
     - Take vitamins
* Get belongings from California 
* Purge and organize
* Be charitable / Volunteer
* Be a more thoughtful and considerate person/friend
* Cook more 
* Hire a professional photographer to photograph my family
* Learn more about the technical side of photography
* Take less "posed" photos and capture more honesty
* Read 20 books 
* Complete "Project Life"
      - Journal focused
* Expand Joleen Pete Photography
     - Schedule 4-6 full sessions per month
     - Plan/Implement several mini session events throughout the year
* Purchase new camera equipment

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