For today, though, it's time for a resolution recap. I like to take a moment each month to look back at my goals for the year and see what progress I'm making and what areas I need to work on. It's not really all that ridiculous, but I like the alliteration. And instead of the traditional "good, bad, and ugly," I thought I'd try "fantastic, unwise, and preposterous," as those are all synonyms of "foolish" in honor of today's holiday!
The FantasticBlog life has been going well. I am quite pleased to say that my social media numbers have really grown this year. I helped out with a few giveaways, which is always a great way to find more connections, but I've also been focusing on following new people every day and trying to interact more. I had set the goal to grown my numbers by 25% this year and I'm shocked to say that I've already met that goal for Facebook and Instagram! I'm very close on Twitter as well. My analytics show me that I'm doing well with page views, but I'd like to bring in some new readers. I've got some plans for that as well, since I've been accepted as a SITS community lead and I'll be writing some posts for this this month!
The UnwiseAfter all that good news, I'm sad to say that I'm failing in my personal health goals. I've challenged myself to take 28,000 steps a week. That's an average of 4,000 per day, which is already a pretty low goal. In looking at my spreadsheet, I've actually met that weekly goal the past three weeks, but only because of one really busy day each week that upped the average for me. Since the goal is health and wellness, I'm still going to call this a failure since I'm not walking any extra on most days. However, since April is going to warm up, I will make myself get in the habit of a daily walk, whether it's on my lunch break or after dinner with the kids.
The PreposterousI'm still not doing well with date nights. Let me be honest here. Back in December, Ken and I had an event to go to. We had a new babysitter and the kids tore her up! I was mortified when I got home to a full page list of bad behaviors. I've been a mom long enough to know that part of that was because she was a new (to them) sitter and they were testing her, but it makes me leery about leaving them with someone else. Again, last month I had to give a presentation at work at a time when the kids were having a weather delay from school. Ken was also busy at work, so I brought them in with me and made arrangements for my regular sitter to take them to school that morning. Well, as you might guess from the tone of this paragraph, they tested her too!!
I know that I need to get over this fear of leaving them with someone else, but I hate the thought of them misbehaving for other people. I'm anxious as to how they are doing with my parents this week, to be honest. I also know that my mom won't tell me if they misbehave, but my younger brother will be a good snitch, so I plan on contacting him after they return for the real story.
Even though I've got some disappointments here, I'm heartened to see the progress as well. I think it's a good idea to keep an eye on your goals and assess yourself on a regular basis. Even slow movements forward are positive. By keeping my triumphs and failures in the front of my mind, I will make my goals a reality this year!