I’m doing a different “mini” goal every month of this year. I decided to set 12 separate goals because I usually fail at keeping one New Years resolution for the entire year, and this seemed like a better way to try new things and figure out what works for me and makes me feel good.
In February, I decided to keep fresh flowers in my home. It is a month of love, after all, and what says “self love” better than a fresh bouquet of flowers?
Here’s what I loved: flowers are beautiful, and every time I walked in the front door and saw a bright pop of color from these blue hydrangeas on the living room coffee table, I felt happy. Sitting down at my desk in the early morning hours was even more fun with some pretty living things sitting there right next to me
Flowers are a relatively low cost thing that produce so much joy! I always pick mine up at Trader Joe’s because they’re anywhere from $4-10, which is cheaper than I’ve seen elsewhere.
But here’s what I didn’t love: flowers are maintenance, and they eventually die. Ha, I know that’s a very womp womp thing to say, but it’s true for me to tell you that having to remember to trim the stems, freshen the water, and throw them out when they were dead and replace them with new ones just felt like one more thing to add to my to-do list throughout the month.
I also started using Instacart this year (love love love it, totally worth the cost!), so if I wanted flowers I had to make a separate intentional trip to the store to get them. Again, this isn’t all that big of a deal, but adding it into the midst of everything else in life it was just kind of annoying.
I’m a stick-to-my-goals sort of girl, sometimes annoyingly. (I’m an enneagram type 3, Myers Briggs INTJ, totally addicted to checking things off a list and earning my “gold star!”) As I’m getting further in to my adult years, I’m starting to realize that stick-with-it-ness isn’t always the best thing (sometimes it is…), and it’s ok to occasionally let certain goals go if they’re not serving me. Some of you probably learned this when you were 8 years old. It’s just taking me a bit longer.
So, recap: fresh flowers were fun, but they didn’t spark as much joy as I thought they might. I’ll still keep them around from time to time, but I’m not going to make an effort to do so. I’ll have flowers in my home when it comes naturally. 🙂
If you want to see all 12 of my monthly goals, click here.
If you want to read my recap of January’s goal, click here.