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Goals for 2016: Update

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A while back I posted my goals for 2016.  It is quite the list!  I wanted to share an update with y’all and let you know that I have been trying to live intentionally.

And it’s so funny — when I decided to make “living intentionally” my goal for this year I was amazed at the amount of times I saw that phrase in my life.  Social media, friends, fellow bloggers, my Bible study… everything seems to lead me back to that.

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Goals for 2016 with Update

Spiritual:
1. Read the whole Bible.
~ Incorporate daily morning Bible time.  {I still struggle with this but it’s getting easier.}
2. Complete at least three Bible studies this year.
~ Colossians (a BoldTurquoise study).  {Working through this one now.}
~ Intentionally Focused (WLW study).
~ War Room{Working through this one now in a group.  Powerful stuff!}
3. Write in my prayer journal two or three times each week.  {I’ve made it the beginning of my quiet time.}
~ Set up journaling pages in Homemaking Binder.  {DONE!}

Children:
1. Finish K5 program with C by June 30th.
2. Begin K4 program with J by February 1st {We started in the middle of January; just a few days a week right now.}
3. Begin 1st grade with C by August 8th.
4. Read at least 52 new chapter books. {We’ve read Hooray for the Golly Sisters and one other I can’t remember right now.  We need another library trip!}
5. Arrange monthly outings or field trips (to library, park, museums, etc.). {Crazy month but we managed to get to the library and a park.}

Marriage:
1. Monthly dates and regular time together.
~ Do something with just the two of us a few days each week. {We have been pretty good about this.}
2. Send him a love letter (via text, email, or whatever) each month.

Financial:
1. Save $4,000.
~ Get $20 cashback when I go to the store and set it aside.
2. Get my vehicle note balance down to $5000 or less by end of year.
~ Schedule about five extra $100 payments throughout the year. {Already scheduled one each for January and February.}
3. Sit down monthly to assess financial situation. {New budget in place for February!}
4. Plan England trip and set aside money.
~ Passports need to be completed by April 1st.
~ Tickets need to be purchased (or at least researched) by February 1st. {Tickets have been researched; we’re planning on purchasing soon.}

Self:
1. Read twelve books this year.
2. Spend one day a month researching genealogy. {Failed at this in January; hoping to have two afternoons this month to make up for it.}
3. Learn sign language.
4. Have an afternoon off for planning at least twice this year.

Health and Fitness:
1. Lose a total of 36 pounds this year.
~ That’s about three pounds a month.
:::: Weigh 190 by June 30th.
:::: Weigh 175 by December 31st.
2. 20,000 fitness minutes this year.
~ That’s about 385 minutes per week.
:::: 10,000 minutes by June 30th.
:::: Gym two or three days a week.
:::: ST at least twice a week.
3. Improve fitness test stats by 5% – 10% by year end.
~ Initial fitness test January 4th.  {Done.}
~ End of month assessments to check progress.
~ Mid-year test for check-up.

Homemaking:
1. Reinvent my Homemaking Binder. Make it functional and beautiful.
2. Establish working homemaking routines, one per month (except July).
~ Evening (before bed) routine is January’s routine.
:::: Line out new evening routine by January 1st and implement. {Done}
:::: Reassess on February 1st and tweak as necessary. {Done}
~ Morning routine is February’s routine.
:::: Line out new morning routine by February 1st and implement. {Done}
:::: Reassess on March 1st and tweak as necessary.
~ Afternoon routine is March’s routine
:::: Line out new afternoon routine by March 1st and implement.
:::: Reassess on April 1st and tweak as necessary.
~ Meal planning is April’s routine.
:::: Make meal planning a priority and make it a weekly or monthly habit.
~ Making my calendar work for me is May’s routine.
:::: Read Make Over Your Calendar.
~ Decluttering is June’s routine.
~ School planning is August’s routine.
:::: Get a routine in place to keep me organized and ahead of the planning.
~ The rest are TBD later this year. (Also, any of these can be moved around as I see fit.) 
3. Set up school room/office by September 1st.
~ Declutter 15 minutes, twice a week. {I’ve been decluttering a few times a week and I love the results so far.}
~ Paint office by June 1st. {One wall is completed!  I’m taking it slow and steady.}
~ Hang white boards by August 1st.
~ Work out storage solutions by August 15th.

 

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Goals for 2016: The Year of Being Intentional

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So hi there.   Long time, no see.  Yeah… sorry about that.  I really meant to post more last year but time just slipped away.

Which leads me to my word for 2016: intentional.

I want to be intentional in my spiritual life.  I want to be intentional with my children.  I want to be intentional with my husband.  I want to be intentional with my own health.  I want to be intentional in every area of my life.

I’ve prayed and thought (a lot) over the past few weeks about my goals for 2016.  God has showed me that I’ve not been intentional like I should.  I’ve not been purposeful with my quiet time or deliberate with the time spent with my children.  I’ve not planned time to be with and talk to my husband.  I’ve just been kind of flying by the seat of my pants.  And that really doesn’t work well for me.  I’m not that kinda gal.

So with that being said, I’ve set some pretty lofty goals for this year.  This is quite a long list so bear with me.

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Goals for 2016

Spiritual:
1. Read the whole Bible.
~ Incorporate daily morning Bible time.
2. Complete at least three Bible studies this year.
~ Colossians (a BoldTurquoise study).
~ Intentionally Focused (WLW study).
~ One other TBD later.
3. Write in my prayer journal two or three times each week.
~ Set up journaling pages in Homemaking Binder.

Children:
1. Finish K5 program with C by June 30th.
2. Begin K4 program with J by February 1st.
3. Begin 1st grade with C by August 8th.
4. Read at least 52 new books.
5. Arrange monthly outings or field trips (to library, park, museums, etc.).

Marriage:
1. Monthly dates and regular time together.
~ Do something with just the two of us a few days each week.
2. Send him a love letter (via text, email, or whatever) each month.

Financial:
1. Save $4,000.
~ Get $20 cashback when I go to the store and set it aside.
2. Get my vehicle note balance down to $5000 or less by end of year.
~ Schedule about five extra $100 payments throughout the year.
3. Sit down monthly to assess financial situation.
4. Plan England trip and set aside money.
~ Passports need to be completed by April 1st.
~ Tickets need to be purchased (or at least researched) by February 1st.

Self:
1. Read twelve books this year.
2. Spend one day a month researching genealogy.
3. Learn sign language.
4. Have an afternoon off for planning at least twice this year.

Health and Fitness:
1. Lose a total of 36 pounds this year.
~ That’s about three pounds a month.
:::: Weigh 190 by June 30th.
:::: Weigh 175 by December 31st.
2. 20,000 fitness minutes this year.
~ That’s about 385 minutes per week.
:::: 10,000 minutes by June 30th.
:::: Gym two or three days a week.
:::: ST at least twice a week.
3. Improve fitness test stats by 5% – 10% by year end.
~ Initial fitness test January 4th.
~ End of month assessments to check progress.
~ Mid-year test for check-up.

Homemaking:
1. Reinvent my Homemaking Binder. Make it functional and beautiful.
2. Establish working homemaking routines, one per month (except July).
~ Evening (before bed) routine is January’s routine.
:::: Line out new evening routine by January 1st and implement.
:::: Reassess on February 1st and tweak as necessary.
~ Morning routine is February’s routine.
:::: Line out new morning routine by February 1st and implement.
:::: Reassess on March 1st and tweak as necessary.
~ Afternoon routine is March’s routine
:::: Line out new afternoon routine by March 1st and implement.
:::: Reassess on April 1st and tweak as necessary.
~ Meal planning is April’s routine.
:::: Make meal planning a priority and make it a weekly or monthly habit.
~ Making my calendar work for me is May’s routine.
:::: Read Make Over Your Calendar.
~ Decluttering is June’s routine.
~ School planning is August’s routine.
:::: Get a routine in place to keep me organized and ahead of the planning.
~ The rest are TBD later this year. (Also, any of these can be moved around as I see fit.) 
3. Set up school room/office by September 1st.
~ Declutter 15 minutes, twice a week.
~ Paint office by June 1st.
~ Hang white boards by August 1st.
~ Work out storage solutions by August 15th.

So there they are.  All neatly typed out for the world to see.  I will try to update a few times this year to keep myself accountable.  I would say I’ll update monthly… but I know better than to set a goal I have no hope in achieving.  😉

Have you made goals for 2016?  What is your focus?  Do you have a “one word” for the year?

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Tools to Help You Get Organized This Year

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Most everyone does the whole New Years resolutions thing.  You know, the: lose weight, get healthy, stop smoking, or insert-your-issue-here.  Well, one of my goals for this year is to get organized.  Declutter my home, remember appointments and be on time for them, find a place for everything and figure out a workable cleaning schedule.  Piece of cake, right?

Now I realize that one can not simply achieve organization and be done with it.  You have to keep working at it.  You know how it is with house cleaning… it doesn’t stay clean longer than three minutes.  But for those three blissful minutes, you feel like you’ve accomplished something.  🙂  Of course the same is true with organizing.  Once you are finished cleaning, decluttering and organizing you have to keep at it or pretty soon your house will look like it did before you started!

So now that we’re clear on all of that it’s time to get down to business.  How can I get my life organized?

Of course, it will be different for everyone.  But I hope you are able to take a few of these tips to help you along your way.

Find a Cleaning Schedule/Routine and Stick With It

There are probably some of you that can find your own routine and stick with it.  I can do that too… sometimes.  But for those of us who have struggles with this, there is help out there in cyber land.  Here are just a few cleaning schedules/routines that you might want to check out.

  • The Confident Mom has a great planner for busy moms.  This is the one I’ve used the past couple of years and I love it.  It reminds me to do things I might otherwise forget (like clean the light fixtures) as well as the normal weekly stuff like changing the sheets and stuff.  And the best part?  It’s free!  She also has a supplement pack you can purchase to go with it if you’re so inclined.
  • Motivated Moms has a planner and an app.  I haven’t used this one myself but I’ve heard some great things about it.  It might be a solution for you tech savvy moms out there.
  • Flylady is also a great resource to use.  She will show you the basics of cleaning and decluttering and helps you build from there.

The easy part is finding a great schedule or routine.  The hard part?  Sticking with it.  And don’t give me the crazy eye right now.  There are days (weeks?) where not everything will get done.  But SOME is better than NONE.  Start with one thing.  One thing.  That you vow to do every day.  And then do it.  No excuses.  Even when you’re tired, sick or cranky.  Just do it.  Next month add one more goal that you vow to do everyday.  By the end of the year you could have twelve new great habits under your belt!  How awesome is that?  {Need a goal tracker?  Check out this one or this one.  And for the techies, try this one or an app from your app store.}

Plan Your Day

Many times I jot down a several things I need to get done for the day but never actually plan where in my day to do these things.  It’s too easy to keep putting it off… then it’s past bedtime and I still haven’t done half of my to do list.  And wonder, what happened to my day?  What did I accomplish?

Nothing.

This is where having a morning routine helps.  Also, this year I got a new planner which works for me and I love, love, love it.  {And you can try it for free here!}  At this point in my life I need the structure of a day timer type planner.  Every Sunday get my planner and take a few minutes to roughly plan my week.  I add any appointments and jot down the regular stuff like church, school, meals/meal prep, etc.  Then each night before bed I look at the next day and fill in the holes.  If I have a free hour in the afternoon I might schedule that time to declutter the office or make my meal plans for the next month.

I have found that if I make a plan I’m far less likely to wonder where my day has gone and why don’t I have something to show for it.

Find Your Motivation

Yeah, everyone wants a clean house and an organized life.  But it has to be more than that.  Why do you want to be organized?  What is your motivation?

For me it is, in part, the peace that comes with being organized and on top of things.  There is waaaaay less stress when I know where I’m supposed to be, where everything is and what needs to be done.

I also enjoy an organized home because I feel more relaxed.  I can open my home up more readily to friends and neighbors if my home is decluttered and organized.  I spend less time looking for things and more time playing with my family.  I’m more apt to snuggle on the couch and watch Veggie Tales with my kids if I don’t have the nagging guilt of clutter and chaos around me.

That’s my motivation.  You should think about yours and write it down.  Keep it handy for those hard days when you feel defeated.  Look at it often and keep chugging along.

Don’t Forget to Reward Yourself

Repetition is boring.  We all know that.  So don’t forget to make it fun.  Reward yourself when you starting making those healthy habits or declutter the kitchen.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just something special to YOU.

A few tips though.  Obviously, if you’re trying to lose weight don’t reward yourself with a food item.  Likewise, if you’ve just decluttered your kitchen don’t go buy another kitchen doodad.  Unless it’s something you absolutely need anyway.  And then I say go for it. 🙂

The Bottom Line

Basically it all comes down to this.  You can want an organized life.  You can even need an organized life.  But until you buckle down and follow through with all of your planning you’re not going to get an organized life.  

Hard punch.  Sorry about that.  But I needed to hear it probably more than you did.

Don’t give up.  Keep pushing.  It is worth it.  And once you reach that organized nirvana neverland, I’m betting you’re going to say it is all worth it too.  The peace that comes with organization is well worth the time I spend staying organized.  It makes me happy, it makes my family happy.  I’d say it’s totally worth it. 🙂

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Goals for the Week: February 10 – 16

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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.
Done!
~ Continue reading (or finish) the books I’m reading (affiliate links)Not a FanOne Meal at a Time, Christianish, and Say Goodbye to Survival Mode.
I have been so busy this week that I haven’t picked up a book or even a magazine.  I hope the coming week will be a little less full.
~ Detailed cleaning in the spare suite.
Done!
~ Clean and organize my office desk.
It’s… cleaner and more organized.  I’m not sure it’ll ever stay clean for more than five minutes.
~ Find a few more educational games/activities for J.
I’m ashamed to say that I totally didn’t even think about this goal.  
~ Practice identifying/writing the letter “E” with C.
We took most of the week off from homeschooling due to several “technical difficulties” (i.e. plumbing problems, days away from home, etc.).  We’ll pick back up this week.
~ Finish fixing the plumbing issues.
Praise God, they’re fixed!!  My wonderful, helpful and very handy father came up and fixed the whole thing.  
~ Walk at least 15 miles (aerobic exercise).
Done!
~ Complete my freezer cooking session.
Yeah… this didn’t happen either.  
~ Eat at least five servings of “freggies” (fruits/veggies) each day.
I fixed a big salad most days.  Still find it harder to work in the recommended fruit intake each day, but I’m working on it.

And these are my goals for this week:

~ Daily Bible study/quiet time.
~ Continue reading (or finish) the books I’m reading (affiliate links)Not a FanOne Meal at a TimeChristianish, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode and Successful Losers.
~ Cook a nice Valentine’s Day meal for my hubby.
~ Completely clean out, vacuum and wash the van.
~ Find a few more educational games/activities for J.
~ Practice identifying/writing the letter “E” with C.
~ Try and get at least seven hours of sleep each night.
~ Walk at least 16 miles (aerobic exercise).
~ Complete my freezer cooking session.
~ Eat at least five servings of “freggies” (fruits/veggies) each day.

Have you written down your goals for the week?

Goals for 2014 ~ January Update

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My list of goals for 2014 and how I’m doing on them so far:

Personal Goals:
~ Read at least 50 books.
I’ve finished three so far.
~ Take part in at least four Bible studies.
I am currently on my first one of the year.
~ Complete a 5K.
No progress on this goal… yet.
~ Lose 25 pounds.
I’ve lost 3.4 pounds so far.
Homeschooling Goals:
~ Ensure C is able to recognize each letter of the alphabet (upper and lower case) and her numbers.
We have spent a week reviewing letters A-D so far. 
~ Begin teaching C some sight words.
I would like to finish reviewing letters before I start on this.
~ Read at least 100 books to C.
We have read six so far.
~ Read at least 50 books to J.
We have read three so far.
Financial Goals:
~ Save up and purchase new gutters.
We’re saving, but aren’t there yet.
~ Save up and purchase a fridge. ~~EDIT:  I am changing this to “Save up and purchase a fridge OR a dining room table and chairs.”
We’ll start on this one after we buy the gutters.
~ Save $1,000 cash for emergencies.
Almost there…
~ Save up one month of living expenses.
We’ll start on this after we complete the previous goal.
Homemaking Goals:
~ Declutter my home.
Of course this is a never ending goal, but I want to declutter the whole house at least once this year.  I’m making progress!
~ Declutter the garage.
The decluttering has begun!
~ Declutter the shop.
I haven’t started on this one yet.
~ Try 40 new recipes.
I’ve tried two so far.
Service/Fellowship Goals:
~ Invite friends over at least once a month.
Done for January!
~ Deliver homemade goodies to a neighbor or friend at least 10 times.
I’ll be honest:  I forgot about this goal.  I need to make it a priority in the next few weeks.
~ Deliver items to Salvation Army at least 10 times.
I have one box ready to go!
~ Find two other charities/ministries to volunteer with or help out.
Still researching ideas for this goal.
Blogging Goals:
~ Publish an average of two blog posts per week.
I averaged at least two a week in January.
~ Participate in the 31 days series challenge.
This won’t happen until October.  I do need to start thinking about my subject though…
~ Complete and blog about three crafts.
I’ve been completely un-crafty so far this year.
~ Learn more about Pinterest and use it more often.
I haven’t really done anything with this goal yet.

Overall I think I’m making good progress with my goals.  I’ve realized I do need to keep doing regular updates.  It helps keep my goals fresh in my mind and helps motivate me to complete them.

How are you doing with your goals for the year?  It’s not too late to set them if you haven’t already!

Goals for the Week: February 3 – 9

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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 have done some sort of Bible study each day.  Yay!
~ Continue reading (or finish) the books I’m reading (affiliate links)Not a FanOne Meal at a Time, and ChristianishSay Goodbye to Survival Mode, and A Christmas Journey.
    I’m about halfway finished with Say Goodbye to Survival Mode and finished A Christmas Journey.
~ Detailed cleaning in the utility room.
    Done!
~ Clean and organize my office desk.
    Err… I made a dent in it.  But it’s not finished by a long shot.
~ Find a few educational games/activities for J.
    I found a few — he loves putting objects in jars, etc. — but I would like to find some more.  Maybe find and read a book about it as well.  
~ Practice identifying/writing the letter “C” with C.
    Probably her favorite letter since it starts her name.  🙂
~ Find/design a practical storage solution for J’s room.
    Other issues — plumbing related — have put this project on hold.
~ Walk at least 18 miles (aerobic exercise).
    I think I hit about 14 miles this week.  I need to amp it up!!
~ Complete my freezer cooking session.
    Didn’t happen.  I didn’t even try.
~ Take a long, luxurious, uninterrupted bubble bath.  (We can dream, right?)
    Aaaand until we get those plumbing issues resolved there will be no bubble baths for me, uninterrupted or otherwise.

Basically it doesn’t look like I got a lot accomplished this week.  It even seems like a lot less when I’m sitting here typing it up! 🙂  The plumbing problems definitely put a kink in my plans.  A exterior water faucet froze and had to be capped off (which meant taking off the siding, cutting into the wood underneath, removing all of the wet insulation and realizing that we have no water shut off valve to this house).  And since we had a hole in the house we discovered that my nice big jacuzzi tub has a leak in the drain pipe which has been slowly leaking water under the tile in my bathroom and the hardwood floor in the bedroom and surrounding rooms every time I used it.  Fun times, right!!?!

Fingers crossed, it should all be fixed tomorrow.  I hope and pray.

Anyway, here are my goals for this week:

~ Daily Bible study/quiet time.
~ Continue reading (or finish) the books I’m reading (affiliate links)Not a FanOne Meal at a Time, Christianish, and Say Goodbye to Survival Mode.
~ Detailed cleaning in the spare suite.
~ Clean and organize my office desk.
~ Find a few more educational games/activities for J.
~ Practice identifying/writing the letter “E” with C.
~ Finish fixing the plumbing issues.
~ Walk at least 15 miles (aerobic exercise).
~ Complete my freezer cooking session.
~ Eat at least five servings of “freggies” (fruits/veggies) each day.

Have you written down your goals for the week?

Goals for the Week: January 27 – February 2

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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.
    Have I mentioned that I’m really loving my new Bible study?  
~ Continue reading (or finish) the books I’m reading (affiliate links)Not a FanOne Meal at a Time, and Christianish and Say Goodbye to Survival Mode.
    I have been reading Christianish a few minutes a day.  Really looking forward to starting Say Goodbye to Survival Mode too!
~ Finish dining room detailed cleaning (china cabinet).
    I stopped putting it off and did it.  Woohoo!
~ Make time for the kids to play outside each day, if possible.
    It was too cold some days but we were able to play outside at least a few minutes on most days this week.  My boy really loves the outdoors and it’s hard to convince him to come back inside!
~ Practice identifying/writing the letter “B” with C.
    Done!  
~ Find a practical storage solution for J’s room.
    Still working on this.  I have been searching but I can’t find exactly what I want.  I might have to convince my hubby to build something in his “spare time”.
~ Walk at least 18 miles (aerobic exercise).
    I walked 18.3 miles!  I think this is a good number to shoot for — a little over 2.5 miles per day.
~ Rake for 30 minutes (weather permitting).
    It’s done but I have to admit that I didn’t do it.  My sweet husband did it for me.
~ Give myself a pedicure.
    Finally!  
~ Plan a freezer meal cooking session.
    It is planned.  Now I just have to make the time to actually shop and cook!

And these are my goals for this week:

~ Daily Bible study/quiet time.
~ Continue reading (or finish) the books I’m reading (affiliate links)Not a FanOne Meal at a Time, and ChristianishSay Goodbye to Survival Mode, and A Christmas Journey.
~ Detailed cleaning in the utility room.
~ Clean and organize my office desk.
~ Find a few educational games/activities for J.
~ Practice identifying/writing the letter “C” with C.
~ Find/design a practical storage solution for J’s room.
~ Walk at least 18 miles (aerobic exercise).
~ Complete my freezer cooking session.
~ Take a long, luxurious, uninterrupted bubble bath.  (We can dream, right?)

Have you written down your goals for the week?

Goals for the Week: January 20 – 26

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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’m making more of an effort to do this first thing in the morning.  It makes my day seem to run better and it’s a lot easier to concentrate before the kiddos get up.  😉
~ Continue reading (or finish) the books I’m reading (affiliate links)Organized HomeNot a FanOne Meal at a Time, and Christianish.
I finished Organized Home (which made me want to declutter everything… for a minute) and I’m steadily working through Christianish.  Really good read so far.
~ Give the dining room a good detailed cleaning (china cabinet, table, chairs, linens, etc).
I have finished all but the china cabinet.  I store coloring supplies and educational games in the bottom of it and I’m really not looking forward to having to deal with that mess.  Out of sight, out of mind, right?  *Sigh* I know, I know.  I’m procrastinating.
~ Finish kitchen detailed cleaning.
Done!  And my kitchen stayed clean for a whole eight hours too!  Of course, everyone was asleep at the time….
~ Practice identifying/writing the letter “A” with C.
She has no problem with upper or lower case with this letter.  
~ Go for a walk with the kids (weather permitting).
    One day we had a little extra time (and it was pretty outside) so I loaded the kids up in their new red wagon and we set off for a half mile excursion.  It wasn’t until I got back home that I noticed J had lost a shoe somewhere so we had to go back for it.  It was, of course, at the turnaround point furthest from the house.  I guess he knew I really needed to walk the whole mile. 🙂 
~ Walk at least 20 miles (aerobic exercise).
I was lazy last week and only did about 15 miles.  Gotta ramp it up a bit, especially if I want to hit my fitness minutes goal for the month!
~ Rake for 30 minutes (weather permitting).
I didn’t take the time to do this (we played instead!).  But it really needs to get done.  I can’t see my grass anymore.
~ Give myself a pedicure.
Yeah, I didn’t get around to this either.  
~ Organize storage room in the garage.
Done!  

And here are my goals for this week:

~ Daily Bible study/quiet time.
~ Continue reading (or finish) the books I’m reading (affiliate links)Not a FanOne Meal at a Time, and Christianish.  (I’m excited to start Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, which is being released tomorrow!)
~ Finish dining room detailed cleaning (china cabinet).
~ Make time for the kids to play outside each day, if possible.
~ Practice identifying/writing the letter “B” with C.
~ Find a practical storage solution for J’s room.
~ Walk at least 18 miles (aerobic exercise).
~ Rake for 30 minutes (weather permitting).
~ Give myself a pedicure.
~ Plan a freezer meal cooking session.

Have you written down your goals for the week?

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?

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?