I ABSOLUTELY love New Years. I always feel all of this excitement, hope and promise for the new year and the changes I can make. I love setting goals and working hard to stick to them. I always loving finding ways to improve in all areas of my life. This year I am setting new year goals for mind, body and soul. We did this last year as a family and it was so successful that it will be a new tradition for our family.
Goals for Your Mind:
Each year I work to improve my mind. I have always loved learning and since I am no longer in school, I learn things that interest me. I also like to learn things that my kids are learning so I can be a better teacher to them. That is one of my favorite parts of homeschooling! I set reading goals for myself including the number and types of books that I read, talents that I would like to learn or improve upon, career goals, or other things that might improve me intellectually. One goal for my mind that I am working on is reading the book list for The Great Conversation.
For kids the goals can be things like the number of books they read, learning to read, improving their handwriting, learning a new skill, etc. Help them with their goal setting. They often need a little direction in the things they choose.
Goals for Your Body:
I love keeping my body in the best shape possible. Last year my goals for my physical health included losing weight, eating more vegetables, and running a half marathon. I am happy to say that I accomplished all of them! Evaluate your physical health and see how you can improve or continue healthy habits in your life. These goals could include: better sleep habits, exercise more regularly, eat more vegetables, cut out sugar, drink more water, etc. I love using the app My Fitness Pal to track my fitness goals.
This is important for kids as well. When they learn healthy habits as kids, they are more like;y to stick with them later in life. You could encourage them to learn to run a mile, learn to ride their bike or play a new sport. They may need to learn about nutrition, so you could teach them about healthy eating. There are a lot of options!
Goals for Your Soul:
My spiritual side is a very important part of who I am and is a huge part of our family culture. My spiritual goals are typically things including scripture reading, more sincere prayer, or frequency of prayer, service, journaling, and other things to improve my soul. My kids set similar goals for themselves.
If you are not a spiritual person, find other ways to nourish your soul. Meditate, do volunteer work, strengthen relationships (family or friends), get more organized, do the things that bring you the most joy in your life.
Setting goals for mind, body and soul are important to help me become a better person in all areas of my life. I created a free printable for you to use for your own goal setting.