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Goals for the Week: January 13 – 19

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Goals for the WeekHere were my goals for last week and how I did on them:

~ Daily Bible study/quiet time.
    I didn’t make time to do this every day, but I did most days.  My day always goes better when I start it off with some Bible study and prayer. 
~ Continue reading (or finish) the books I’m reading (affiliate links): Organized Home, Not a Fan, One Meal at a Time, and Duck Dynasty: Faith and Togetherness.
    I finished a book!  I can’t believe it!  The Duck Dynasty book was not really what I was expecting.  It seemed to be a lot of excerpts from other interviews that the Robertsons had done instead of the authors own interviews with them.  I did enjoy reading it though.  It was a pretty short read… probably why I was able to finish it. 😉
~ Flip all of the mattresses.
    Done!  The kid’s mattresses are a lot easier to flip than mine. 🙂 
~ Give the kitchen a good detailed cleaning (wipe down cabinets, clean out drawers/cabinets, clean vents, etc).
    I’m almost finished with this.  I have just a couple of cabinets left to declutter and clean.  And the oven vent.  It’s not a favorite task so I kept putting it off this week.
~ Try these new recipes:  make ahead butterhorns and homemade freezer biscuits.
    The butterhorn recipe was easy to make and really, really good (but it should be good with the amount of butter that went in them :)).  Definitely something that should be eaten in moderation.  The biscuits didn’t turn out as good as I expected.  I think that it was user error though.  I’m pretty sure I didn’t follow the recipe exactly right.  I’ll be trying them again!
~ Practice identifying/writing the letter “D” with C.
    Done!  She still doesn’t care much about writing her letters — she’s much prefer to draw — but at least I know she can identify the upper and lower case D.
~ Make a trip to the library.
    We went Wednesday morning and got a few books for all of us!
~ Walk at least 15 miles (aerobic exercise).
    I walked at least 17.5 miles that I counted.
~ Get the van cleaned — inside and out.
    I washed the outside on Wednesday during our library run.  The inside was done in bits and pieces all week.
~ Take down and put away Christmas decorations (we keep ours up til the 6th).
    I think it took longer to put away the decorations than it did to put them up!  But it’s finally done now.  (And I’m sure my neighbors are happy about that!)

And here are my goals for this week:

~ Daily Bible study/quiet time.
~ Continue reading (or finish) the books I’m reading (affiliate links)Organized HomeNot a FanOne Meal at a Time, and Christianish.
~ Give the dining room a good detailed cleaning (china cabinet, table, chairs, linens, etc).
~ Finish kitchen detailed cleaning.
~ Practice identifying/writing the letter “A” with C.
~ Go for a walk with the kids (weather permitting).
~ Walk at least 20 miles (aerobic exercise).
~ Rake for 30 minutes (weather permitting).
~ Give myself a pedicure.
~ Organize storage room in the garage.

Have you written down your goals for the week?

12 Months to a Healthier You Challenge: Week 2 Update

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12-Months-to-a-Healthier-You-5-500x800Earlier this month Crystal over at Money Saving Mom issued a challenge:  complete twelve healthy habits, spaced over the course of the year, which would help bring about a new, improved and healthier you.

And since I’m not doing my own habits this year I thought this would be an awesome challenge to take part of.  A few of my 2014 goals center around becoming more healthy.  Plus this challenge has built in accountability!  What’s not to love?

January’s Challenge:  developing the habit of exercising more

My Exercise Goals for January:  

  • 1,500 (or more) fitness minutes
  • at least 15 minutes exercise daily

This Week’s Progress:

Some days this is definitely a challenge.  You know those days that I’m talking about — when your get-up-and-go has got up and went.  There was one night in particular when I looked at my pedometer thingie (affiliate link) and noticed I was way, way behind on my step goal of the day.  I was so exhausted and really all that I wanted to do was go to bed.  Instead, I sucked it up and walked/jogged around my living room until I got tired and then realized that I’d gone over my goal by about 1,000 steps!   (Cue the happy dance!)

Mini victories like that help motivate me to push a little harder.  And while I haven’t seen the scale move yet (stupid scale) my husband says that I look like I’m losing more weight.  And really, I don’t care what the scale says as long as I am healthy and can fit into (and look good in!) smaller clothes.

So far this month I’ve exercised a total of 581 minutes.  Since today is the 10th I’m right on schedule of achieving my 1,500 fitness minutes this month!  I have done at least 15 minutes every day, even when I didn’t want to.  Especially when I didn’t want to.  Because those are the days that make you or break you.

Goals for the Week: January 6 – 12

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Goals for the WeekI’ve really missed writing down my weekly goals.  It helps hold me accountable and I tend to get more done when I post them.  So let’s start the new year off right!  Here are my goals for the week:

~ Daily Bible study/quiet time.
~ Continue reading (or finish) the books I’m reading (affiliate links): Organized Home, Not a Fan, One Meal at a Time, and Duck Dynasty: Faith and Togetherness.
~ Flip all of the mattresses.
~ Give the kitchen a good detailed cleaning (wipe down cabinets, clean out drawers/cabinets, clean vents, etc).
~ Try these new recipes:  make ahead butterhorns and homemade freezer biscuits.
~ Practice identifying/writing the letter “D” with C.
~ Make a trip to the library.
~ Walk at least 15 miles.
~ Get the van cleaned — inside and out.
~ Take down and put away Christmas decorations (we keep ours up til the 6th).

Have you written down your goals for the week?

12 Months to a Healthier You Challenge: Week 1 Update

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12-Months-to-a-Healthier-You-5-500x800Earlier this week Crystal over at Money Saving Mom issued a challenge:  complete twelve healthy habits, spaced over the course of the year, which would help bring about a new, improved and healthier you.

And since I’m not doing my own habits this year I thought this would be an awesome challenge to take part of.  A few of my 2014 goals center around becoming more healthy.  Plus this challenge has built in accountability!  What’s not to love?

January’s Challenge:  developing the habit of exercising more

My Exercise Goals for January:  

  • 1,500 (or more) fitness minutes
  • at least 15 minutes exercise daily

This Week’s Progress:

Since January 1st I’ve done about 250 fitness minutes.  I’ve definitely done at least a little something each day.  In fact, the least amount of minutes so far has been on the 1st when I only did 29 minutes.  (Apparently I couldn’t make it that one extra minute!)

I do need to amp it up a bit though.  The trickiest days will be Sundays since I’m at church (primarily sitting), at my parent’s house (primarily sitting and eating) or driving (while sitting, funnily enough) for the majority of the day.  I will just have to make an effort to get moving before I have to leave or after I get home.  Preferably both!

 

Goals for 2014

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yearly goalsAhh, a fresh, new year.  Nothing quite like it, is there?  It’s wonderful — even magical — when you think about all of the possibilities a new year brings.

Last year I made 24 goals for the year… and really didn’t succeed that well with them.  Too many of my goals were open ended and too vague.  So this year I worded things a bit differently.

And so, here is my list of goals for 2014:

Personal Goals:
~ Read at least 50 books.
~ Take part in at least four Bible studies.
~ Complete a 5K.
~ Lose 25 pounds.
Homeschooling Goals:
~ Ensure C is able to recognize each letter of the alphabet (upper and lower case) and her numbers.
~ Begin teaching C some sight words.
~ Read at least 100 books to C.
~ Read at least 50 books to J.
Financial Goals:
~ Save up and purchase new gutters.
~ Save up and purchase a fridge.
~ Save $1,000 cash for emergencies.
~ Save up one month of living expenses.
Homemaking Goals:
~ Declutter my home.
~ Declutter the garage.
~ Declutter the shop.
~ Try 40 new recipes.
Service/Fellowship Goals:
~ Invite friends over at least once a month.
~ Deliver homemade goodies to a neighbor or friend at least 10 times.
~ Deliver items to Salvation Army at least 10 times.
~ Find two other charities/ministries to volunteer with or help out.
Blogging Goals:
~ Publish an average of two blog posts per week.
~ Participate in the 31 days series challenge.
~ Complete and blog about three crafts.
~ Learn more about Pinterest and use it more often.

Twenty-four goals again this year.  I didn’t even plan that. 🙂

If you haven’t already thought about and written down some goals for this year I challenge you to do so.  Even if it’s just a couple.  Do it.  You’ll be glad you did!

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Goals for 2013: End of Year Update

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Goals for 2013

I had 24 goals for 2013.  Some of them I completely bombed, but some of them I succeeded or surpassed.  Here are my goals for last year and how I did on them:

~ Read through the Bible in one year using this plan.
    I did not complete this goal.  I did way over half but sometimes I got sidetracked and started doing in-depth studies of something I’d read and then some days I just didn’t read my Bible at all.  I’m still planning on reading the whole thing through again though, however long it takes.
~ Complete at least three Bible studies.
    I did a study on the book of John with my church and a few studies through GoodMorningGirls.  
~ Teach my daughter (2.5 years old) numbers 11 – 20.
    We’re now working on 20 – 30.  It did take her a while to remember the number 15. 🙂
~ Teach my daughter weekly on the ABC’s.
    Even when we weren’t doing actual school weeks we still did learning games or watched educational videos on YouTube.  She is able to identify several letters now.
~ Work on one new habit per month.
    I feel like I completed this even if I didn’t do it as “perfectly” as I originally wanted (i.e. do everything every day).
~ Take pictures of the children each week.
    I didn’t count to make sure but I know we took hundreds and hundreds of photos of the kids this year.  I like getting pictures of the simple, everyday things.  Good memories. 🙂
~ Have monthly dates with the hubby, however simple they may be.
    We weren’t able to “go out” much as a couple but we have had some great, late movie nights at home.  
~ Have monthly family dates.
    Trips to the park, the zoo, museums, movies in our living room… we had fun with them all.
~ Take at least two overnight family trips.
    I think we had three overnight trips as a family.  
~ Write at least two encouraging notes every month.
    I started off well on this one but I’m ashamed to say that let it fall by the wayside.  
~ Write at least two blogs per week.
    If you average out the number of blogs I wrote last year it averages to more than two blogs a week, but I did not post two each week.
~ Start (and complete!) at least six crafts or projects.
    Yeah… unless you count craft projects with my three year old I definitely did not do this.  I think I did about three projects by myself.
~ Invite someone to our house for lunch/supper at least once a month.
    I totally enjoyed doing this every few weeks.  It is great to have adult conversation every once in a while and it’s a great incentive to get my house cleaned! 😀
~ Try a new recipe (or two) per month.
    I love to read Money Saving Mom’s blog and have tried several of her recipes.  I also dusted off the old cookbooks and tried some new ones in those.
~ Make homemade baby food.
    I made more baby food than I care to remember.  😀  I’m pretty glad my son can eat “big people” food now.  
~ Save up for an elliptical machine.
    Done!  Now I just need to use it more often…
~ Save up for a new washer and dryer.
    Done!  And I love them!  Soooo much better than my old ones.
~ Read my ever growing stack of ebooks/books.
    I’m pretty sure all I did was add to the stack… I failed miserably on this one.
~ Give to Goodwill/Salvation Army monthly.
    I gave several months, but not every month. 
~ Reorganize and declutter the garage.
    I didn’t make much headway on this goal.  It has to be done though!
~ Reorganize and declutter the shop.
    This is one of those low priority things.  We don’t use it and haven’t been in it much since we moved in.  Still need to clear out some of the previous owners stuff!
~ Lose 40 pounds.
    I lost about 15 pounds.  Not my goal but I’m headed in the right direction!
~ Walk 500 miles during aerobic activity.
    I honestly have no idea how many miles I actually walked but I know it wasn’t anywhere close to 500 miles.
~ Take at least two online classes/webinars on something I enjoy or want to learn more about.
    I did partake in one webinar (on photography), but not two.

So basically I achieved about half of my goals.  I still totally think that goal setting is the way to go — there’s no way I would have been even that productive if I hadn’t set the goals in the first place.

Stay tuned — tomorrow I’ll be finalizing and posting my goals for 2014!

Goals for the Week: November 11 – 17

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Goals for the Week I’m a day late, but better late than never, right?  Here were my goals for last week and how I did on them:

Continue daily the Habit of the Month {November:  Spend intentional time with each of my family members}.
I am truly loving this — making a conscious effort to be fully present and enjoy the things that they enjoy.
~ Daily Bible reading – Bible study on the book of John.
Struggled a couple of days with the daily Bible reading.  
~ Plan date day with the family for Saturday.
We have one scheduled for this Saturday.  We’re going to a nearby town for one of their holiday festivals.
~ Have a mani/pedi makeover with C.  (I know I certainly need one!)
Done!  Mine are dark purple and hers are light pink with sparkles. 🙂
~ Read a few extra books with J each day.
He LOVES books.  And he’s just getting to the point where he likes to read them more than he likes to eat them. 🙂
~ Exercise about 350 fitness minutes (aerobic and strength training).
Done!
~ Work on a new craft project — related to this post.
I have started on it.  I’m hoping to get it finished by Thanksgiving.
~ Write out a few Christmas cards each day.
Done!  I’m well on my way to getting these done in a few weeks.
~ Plan a family picture (find photographer; set up appointment; plan wardrobe) for Christmas cards.
I have done everything but figure out the wardrobe.  Think my husband will mind if I pick out his clothes too?
~ Major detailed clean up of spare bedroom and bath.  (Getting ready for Thanksgiving!)
Done!  

And these are my goals for this week:

~ Continue daily the Habit of the Month {November:  Spend intentional time with each of my family members}.
~ Thanksgiving Bible study – Bible study on the book of John.
~ Date day with the family on Saturday.
~ Go for a nice, long walk with the kids to see the falling and changing leaves.
~ Read (or finish) one or more of the books I’m reading: {affiliate links} How to Blog for Profit and Pioneering Today: A Homemade Christmas.
~ Exercise about 350 fitness minutes (aerobic and strength training).
~ Work on craft project — related to this post.  
~ Write out a few Christmas cards each day.
~ Prepare the table linens for Thanksgiving.
~ Clean out the pantry.

Have you written down your goals for the week?

Goals for the Week: November 4 – 10

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Goals for the Week

Ok, I got more than a little bit behind on posting my weekly goals.  That doesn’t mean I didn’t have any — I just didn’t make the time to post them.

But it’s a new month and I’m starting over.  New months are a good time to start over.  So are new weeks… or even new days.  🙂

Here are my new goals for the week:

~ Continue daily the Habit of the Month {November:  Spend intentional time with each of my family members}.
~ Daily Bible reading – Bible study on the book of John.
~ Plan date day with the family for Saturday.
~ Have a mani/pedi makeover with C.  (I know I certainly need one!)
~ Read a few extra books with J each day.
~ Exercise about 350 fitness minutes (aerobic and strength training).
~ Work on a new craft project — related to this post.  
~ Write out a few Christmas cards each day.
~ Plan a family picture (find photographer; set up appointment; plan wardrobe) for Christmas cards.
~ Major detailed clean up of spare bedroom and bath.  (Getting ready for Thanksgiving!)

Have you written down your goals for the week?

12 Habits for 2013 {October Recap}

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12 Habits for 2013

January’s habit was:  Daily Bible study.
How I’m doing:  During my illness last month I sort of fell off the wagon on this habit.  I have started again but I didn’t do as well during October as I would have liked.

February’s habit was:  Exercise daily (even if it’s just 10 minutes).
How I’m doing:  I missed four days in October… not too bad.  You can read more about it here.

March’s habit was:  Drink 8 – 10 glasses of water daily.
How I’m doing:  While I was sick with strep I had a hard time wanting to swallow anything.  I didn’t hit my goal those days but I did before and have since.

April’s habit was:  Be early or on time for everything.
How I’m doing:  Not too shabby.  I can’t think of a time I was late for anything during October.  So either we did good or my memory is really bad… 😀

May’s habit wasLess procrastinating, more doing!
How I’m doing:  I really think this will always be a struggle for me but I’ve been doing my best to keep it licked.

June’s habit wasPlan and incorporate a morning routine.
How I’m doing:  My morning routine is getting easier.  I still have to tweak things occasionally but the general backbone seems to be working for me.

July’s habit was:  Plan and incorporate an evening routine.
How I’m doing:  The new dishwasher continues to help my evening routine tremendously.  We still get a bit off on occasion but it’s not hard to pick back up the next day.

August’s habit was:  Eat a healthier diet.
How I’m doing:  My weight loss challenges have helped me with this habit.  I haven’t even eaten any ice cream in over a month!  Crazy talk!

September’s habit was:  Get dressed to the shoes each day.
How I’m doing:  One of my easiest habits to really stick.  Even while I was sick I still got dressed to the shoes.

October’s habit was:  Declutter 15 minutes a day.
How I did:  Well… I’m making progress.  I did not declutter every day.  Not even every other day.  This “habit” has definitely not become a habit yet.  I will continue working on it though.  I’m not giving up yet!

November’s habit will be:  Spend intentional time with each of my family members.
My plan:  I do, of course, spend time with my family every day.  But do I spend time with my kids doing something they want to do?  Do I really listen to my husband when he tells me about his day?  My goal this month is to play more, listen better and engage each member of my family.  Every day.

Goals for the Week: October 14 – 20

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Goals for the Week

Here were the goals for last week and how I did on them:

Continue daily the Habit of the Month {October: Declutter 15 Minutes Daily}.
    I’m getting a bit better with this habit.  It’s still not a “habit” though.  I have to remind myself most days to do it.
~ Daily Bible reading – Bible study on the book of John.
    I’m not sure I’ll be able to read the whole Bible in a year.  I keep getting side tracked cross referencing things.  🙂
~ Complete the next seven posts in my 31 days of posting challenge.
    Done!  It’s a lot of fun!  And it’s still challenging as well.  
~ Tend to last minute details for J’s 1st birthday party next week.
    Done!  I think.  Unless I think of something else to do.
~ Exercise about 300 fitness minutes.
    Done!  Mostly walking and ST, but I did it!
~ Continue/finish reading one of my books/ebooks.  I’m currently reading The Virtuous WomanHealthy HomemakingLapbooking Made Simple and 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life.
Y’all know I didn’t get a single book read.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to put this on hold until after the 31 Days challenge is over.
~ Continue cleaning and organizing my computer files.
    I really need to start doing this more regularly, and be more diligent about how I name files and where I put them.  But for now I’m finished.
~ Clean out C’s closet — I’m pretty sure these kids outgrow clothes on a weekly basis.
    I have started on this but I’m not finished.  Hopefully I’ll finish it this week.

And these are my goals for this week — I’ll only have eight goals for a while:

~ Continue daily the Habit of the Month {October: Declutter 15 Minutes Daily}.
~ Daily Bible reading – Bible study on the book of John.
~ Complete the next seven posts in my 31 days of posting challenge.
~ Do all of the baking and decorating for J’s party.
~ Exercise about 300 fitness minutes.
~ Play at least three different games (Candyland, memory, Go Fish, etc) with C.
~ Clean windows on the outside of the house.
~ Clean out C’s closet — I’m pretty sure these kids outgrow clothes on a weekly basis.

Have you written down your goals for the week?