For 2012 I chose to Focus on five areas of my life; my priorities for the year:
with a generally challenge to focus more on "Family" and less on me.
I'm surprised that I actually kept this in mind all year. This was a year to help my husband start on a more healthy and productive path in his life after years of too much sacrifice in too many areas and to make my self as available as I could to my son. I'm quite proud of how I spent my year with my "Focus" and shifted priorities in mind.
This year I wanted to do the same - set myself a focus and reevaluate my priorities. Now this was a little challenging because my 2012 priority list is hard to change so I hope it can be unspoken that this year's list includes items that will always, naturally fall behind priorities like my child and husband.
After much hemming and hawing I've decided that 2013 is to be the Year of "Health" - within this focus word I have assigned my top 5 priorities (all related to my focus).
Mind - Even though I've been out of school for years I want to find more ways to continue to learn - this might be expanding my reading or listening material and might also include less time spent online or following certain types of news. A healthier spiritual life is also included in this priority.
Marriage - Ben and I can be very dedicated parents, but I want and I think we need to find ways to refocus on the marriage part of the relationship a little more. We're approaching our 5 year mark and I can definitely feel the need to reevaluate certain things, like how we spend time together, so that we can continue to foster a healthy marriage - not only for ourselves, but so we can set a good example for our children.
Friendship - I live a very family focused life, which I truly enjoy, but I do know that I need to better foster the friendships I have and maybe step out of my home a little more to expand my local social circle - I am extremely introverted in real life so actively seeking new friends of any kind is quite a big step for me.
Home - I want to continue to learn more about making my home a healthier place for myself and my family - I know we'll be putting in a veggie garden this year and I hope to continue to make more contacts and learn more skills that will support this goal of a healthier home.
So with all this in mind - I say goodbye to the Year of "Family" and say hello to the Year of "Health".
Are you setting a New Year's resolutions, choosing a Focus or reexamining your priorities for the year? Please tell!