Maybe you can relate.
I want to do it all. And, I want to do it all well. The problem is… when I try to do it all, I end up doing nothing at all well. I far too often let my type-A, perfectionist personality steal joy, overshadow progress, and limit fruitfulness.
Maybe you can relate.
As you may have noticed, I love writing goals. Even more so, I love seeing good goals carried out. So why, you may ask, do I give goal setting so much attention? Well, simply it's because human beings are fickle. I'm fickle. I don't know if it's my personality or just crazed hormones. One day I'm completely motivated. The next day... well, I'm not. So every January, on a day when my thinking is clear and my emotions are in check, I set goals for the year. Goals that keep me focused on what matters. Goals that get me where I want to be. That way when the winter blues set in or the summer sun sidetracks me, I have a list that prioritizes my efforts and grounds my thoughts. These goals aren't just career driven as they once were. Now they're aimed towards building a grace-filled home and a Christ-centered life.
So if you dig deep and find you are fickle-natured like me, I challenge you to give goal setting a go! Here are five steps to help you write good goals and create a life you love:
Over the past months, I have shared many reasons why I wanted to start this blog on life, nutrition & health, family, and faith. It’s not only a place where I can catalog my recipes, experiences, and musings, but where I hope to encourage others to come alongside me and live out their good intentions. But before you can work at being more intentional as a wife, mother, daughter, or member of society, it’s important to do some introspective thinking and figure out what personally matters most.
Maybe you have pondered similar things…
What individual purpose am I designed for in this life? Am I living up to all that God is calling me to be? I’m already a twenty-something (or insert your current age) — have I even made a positive impact on anyone’s life?
Hello, I'm Erin – a registered dietitian, loving wife, mommy of one, self-proclaimed foodie, and chronic maker of lists. I had my whole career 'perfectly' planned out until my son joined our family the last semester of grad school. Life got a little more complicated, and I eventually began to adjust to this new norm – motherhood.
But for first time that I could remember, I struggled with finding balance between passions: nutrition & education and faith & family.
After juggling the completion of internships, graduate thesis, and coursework with midnight feedings and diaper changes, I graduated from D'Youville College in May of 2014 with a Bachelor and Master of Science in Dietetics. Finally! I could sit for my registration exam and become a dietitian! Well, if there's one thing I learned from motherhood, it's that everything takes longer than originally planned: prepping meals, leaving the house on time, folding laundry (while your child demolishes the nicely stacked clothing piles) – you get the picture. I spent the summer squeezing in an hour of studying here and there, and before I knew it – the day of exam had arrived!
To this day I still remember sitting in my car outside of the testing center and promising myself three things: (a) to never procrastinate again, (b) to use the knowledge and skills I've learned to help others, and (c) to never let my career become more important than faith & family.
And that's why I've created this blog.
Although it's impossible to promise that I'll never procrastinate again or complete every to-do list, I can actively work on living out my good intentions. I can make nutrition, health, family time, and my relationship with Jesus Christ all priorities – while inspiring and helping others do the same!
- Erin Alaimo, MS, RD
Hello, I'm Erin – a Registered Dietitian, loving wife, mommy of one, and self-proclaimed foodie. Welcome to my blog where I hope to inspire others to make nutrition, health, family and faith more than just good intentions.
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