Start Fresh in June: Goals update part 1

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I recently came across the story of basketball talent Isaiah Austin. My own struggles pale in comparison to losing my sight; in fact, I’m not even attempting to draw a correlation between us. But, what I am is inspired. Isaiah’s mom told him of losing his sight, “You can make it your excuse, or you can make it your story.” These powerful words are moving me forward this month.


It’s Monday, and as promised, I’m back to (finally) revisit my goals. This post quickly became lengthy, so I’m going to break it up into a few smaller posts this week. This process – of actually reviewing my goals – has been much harder than I expected. It’s hard to admit that I have not been as mindful or as disciplined or as dedicated as I had aspired. It’s even harder to own up to it publicly. But, I appreciate the candor of so many of you fellow bloggers and readers who’ve shared your goals online with me. You’ve been an inspiration to me. And, while I believe I’m far from being an inspiration (yet), I hope that those of you who are working on your goals will at least find in me a kindred spirit, someone to identify with, or someone to grow together with.

Let’s start at the top…

1. Get up early.

Status: Not yet accomplished. I set out to make this my number one goal in 2014, but I haven’t really tackled this one. You see, I am tired. I am pregnant. And, I have two small children, one of whom wakes early. These have all been my excuses. And, while they are legitimate, and while I would even advise other mothers to rest as much and as often as possible, sleeping in (relatively speaking) just isn’t working for me. I crave some quiet time alone to plan my day, and I want to have a more intentional start in the mornings.

I see this as a cornerstone goal; if I could set this habit into place, then I think other healthy habits would naturally fall out of this. 

The other challenge for me has been over-thinking and over-planning how to achieve this goal. I’ve read lots of helpful books and blogs, and listened to a number of podcasts on this topic, all in hopes of getting up earlier. I’ve tried to get in bed earlier, tried to shut Pinterest down sooner, with the idea that better sleep would help me rise before the boys. These things are true; what I’ve read and listened to has been incredibly motivational. And, less screen time at night and an earlier bedtime would help me get a better night’s rest, which in turn, would help me get up earlier. But, the bottom line is I’m still not getting up.

So, my plan for June is to just do it. Just get up. Just put one foot in front of the other, despite being tired or not having gotten a full eight hours of sleep. My hope is that by just getting up, some of the other things will resolve themselves. I will find the time to squeeze in a nap or I will be too tired to be tempted by the late-night siren song of Pinterest.

I’m going to log my wake up times in my planner, and I’m going to log if I woke up before the boys on my own or if they woke me up. As a side note, I think logging my progress will be a key to success in achieving my goals in general. It seems simple, almost a no-brainer, but it’s admittedly not something I’ve done so far. Moving forward, starting fresh, I will track my progress. So, today’s log in my planner reads, “6:45, Whitt woke me up”. Normally, I would have nursed Whitt in an attempt to lure him back in bed for another hour of snuggles or cuddles. But, today, I got up. It wasn’t perfect, but it was progress. And, I’m  happy with that for day 1.

Here’s to starting fresh in June. I’ll meet you back here with more updates. In the meantime, please tell me how you’re tracking towards your 2014 goals or if you’re starting fresh too. I’d love to hear from you.



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