Family Goals for 2017 – Here’s Where to Start

It’s a new year and with that comes new beginnings.  

This year, I am taking on a new challenge.  Family Goals.  I am not only planning my goals for my business, but I am also creating our goals as a family.  Okay, I know what you might be thinking.  “Isn’t this a little much?”  Family Goals?  Really?  I know, totally agree with you, but I feel that there is something to this.  We are only into our second year as parents (Madeleine will be three in June), but I feel like we might need some guidance on what we want to achieve as a family.  So, with my organizational spirit the Rushing 2017 Goals was created.  

But where do you start?

Starting is usually the biggest obstacle for most.  So many great ideas and too much planning, turns this positive into a negative.  For 2017, I have come up with a fun and easy way to map out your goals as a family.  

Okay, so let’s get into the nuts and bolts on how to get this started.


  1.   Gather as a Family and Brainstorm

This is where you will talk about your wants (what do you want to achieve this year), where do you want to travel, and how much money you want to save, etc.  Have one person be the note taker and just throw out ideas.  Even if you think it might be silly or you might not have enough money, throw it on there anyway.  If you can’t dream it, then you can’t achieve it, right?  So, this is your goals, your dreams so think BIG.

Now that you have brainstormed all your ideas, it’s time to narrow them down.  See what will really work for your family and what you can fit into the year with the seasons and months.  Remember, this is not a vision board, but a list of goals that you want to achieve.  For example, we have planned to get in a snowshoe hike.  This is only going to happen the first months of the year or the last few months of 2017.  

  1.  Document It

Now that you have brainstormed all your ideas, it’s time to focus on getting it set in stone.  Not that it can’t be changed or modified, but getting it down on paper or in a digital format is necessary for it to come to fruition.  I created mine in Google Docs, so it’s easily accessible.  Want a copy of the Family Goals Sheet we used?  Click here.

Enter all your goals into the document.  You will start to see where it’s filling up and where you need to enter some of your goals.  This gives you a guideline of what months you might do what.  Then, continue to add to it as you see fit.  

  1.  Plan It

Once you have your document created, you can pull it out monthly and discuss what you will have on your calendar for the family.  It keeps you on your toes to have something to look forward to as a family.  I know that if we don’t utilize the goals for the year, we will let the year run us and before we know it, we will not have accomplished anything but a trip to the beach.  

One thing to think about, is if you have a trip that you might want to take, start the planning process several months in advance.  That way you aren’t scrambling to make trip arrangements, etc.  

Remember, this is suppose to be a fun exercise so don’t get stressed about it.  If you want something on there and your hubby doesn’t, don’t sweat it.  Just put it all on the goals sheet.  So, get your family gathered around in, get cozy and talk as a family.  Of course our two year old didn’t have much to contribute to YET, but in the years to come I can see her becoming very vocal on what we do.  

Cheers to 2017!



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