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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 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 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 2013 ~ Random Update

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Goals for 2013

It’s been a while since I looked at my goals for the year so I just wanted to glance through them and see what progress I’m making — or what needs more attention over the next few months.

My 24 goals for 2013, in no particular order are:

~ Read through the Bible in one year using this plan.
    I’m a bit behind on this but I’m still confident I’ll have it read by the end of the year.
~ Complete at least three Bible studies.
    I have completed two so far.  I’m currently researching my third study.
~ Teach my daughter (3 years old) numbers 11 – 20.
    She’s getting a lot better on these.  We still omit number 14 most of the time though.
~ Teach my daughter weekly on the ABC’s.
    Yeah, I haven’t done this weekly, but we have been plugging away at it.  And this fall we’ll start a homeschooling curriculum!  
~ Work on one new habit per month.
    I’ve been pretty faithful about this for the year.
~ Take pictures of the children each week.
    I’m so glad that I’ve kept up with this one.  Little ones grow up so quickly.
~ Have monthly dates with the hubby, however simple they may be.
    I’m pretty sure we’ve done this each month; most have been very simple.  But with two young’uns I guess that’s to be expected.
~ Have monthly family dates.
    We have had so much fun with these.  I love doing things as a family!
~ Take at least two overnight family trips.
    We’ve already taken two so far this year.  I’d like to take one more when it gets a bit cooler.
~ Write at least two encouraging notes every month.
    I haven’t been very faithful with this in the past couple of months.  I aim to do better.
~ Write at least two blogs per week.
    I’m constantly writing something, but they don’t always get published.  (I’m my own worst critic.)  I do try though!
~ Start (and complete!) at least six crafts or projects.
    Yeah…. the completion part is what gets me.  I’ve only completed one this year so far.
~ Invite someone to our house for lunch/supper at least once a month.
    We’ve done this at least once a month.  Helps me keep my house cleaner too!
~ Try a new recipe (or two) per month.
    I believe I’ve tried at least one new recipe each month.   I love finding new favorites!
~ Make homemade baby food.
    By this point I think I’ve made gallons of the stuff!  Little man is always hungry!
~ Save up for an elliptical machine.
    Bought this!  Now I just need to find time to use it more often!
~ Save up for a new washer and dryer.
    Saving now for this.  Of course, the money we had saved will go towards purchasing a new dishwasher first since ours bit the dust.
~ Read my ever growing stack of ebooks/books.
    I think I’ve added more to the stack than I’ve read… but I’ll get there one day.  Maybe.
~ Give to Goodwill/Salvation Army monthly.
    I did not give last month.  I just plain forgot!
~ Reorganize and declutter the garage.
    This is slow going during the hot summer months.
~ Reorganize and declutter the shop.
    It’s too hot for this too.
~ Lose 40 pounds.
    So far I’ve lost six pounds.  Probably won’t get my goal but I will continue to work at it.
~ Walk 500 miles during aerobic activity.
    To be honest I haven’t even been keeping a good count.  I doubt I’ve done half.  I’ll keep working at it though.
~ Take at least two online classes/webinars on something I enjoy or want to learn more about.
    Totally forgot about this goal!  I need to start planning!

Goals for 2013 {January Recap}

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Goals for 2013

I can’t believe that the whole first month of 2013 is already gone!  Time flies when you’re having fun, right?  Well as promised, I’ve been working hard on realizing my goals for this year.  Here are my goals along with an update:

~ Read through the Bible in one year using this plan.  {So far, so good.  I’m on track with this one.  I’ve completed Job and Genesis.}
~ Complete at least three Bible studies. {Started a Living Like Jesus study of the book of Luke from goodmorninggirls (dot) org}
~ Teach my daughter (2.5 years old) numbers 11 – 20.  {She’s pretty good at getting 11, 12, and 13 but then it’s pretty garbled until a loud “20”!}
~ Teach my daughter weekly on the ABC’s. {She can identify and (sort of) write an A. Can also identify C, E, and L.}
~ Work on one new habit per month.  {January’s habit was daily Bible reading, which I succeeded at making a habit.  You can read more here.}
~ Take pictures of the children each week.  {Did this. Yay!}
~ Have monthly dates with the hubby, however simple they may be.  {Very simple this month.  Baby is too young for babysitter (IMO) so we had a movie date after the kids were in bed.}
~ Have monthly family dates.  {Had more than one.  My fave was snuggling on the couch watching Lord of the Beans while I made everyone s’mores in the fireplace.}
~ Take at least two overnight family trips.  {We have one planned for next month!}
~ Write at least two encouraging notes every month.  {I did this to for a few online friends.  Although they weren’t handwritten, they were sincere!}
~ Write at least two blogs per week.  {I think I only posted one blog one week, but otherwise did ok on this.}
~ Start (and complete!) at least six crafts or projects.  {Completed this craft!}
~ Invite someone to our house for lunch/supper at least once a month. {Had a few friends over for lunch, as well as various family members a few times this month — even overnight stays!}
~ Try a new recipe (or two) per month. {Tried the Cheddar Bay Biscuits — so yummy, especially while still warm! And the Slow Cooker, Easy Baked Potato Soup — a must try; it’s a keeper in this house.}
~ Make homemade baby food. {Baby isn’t old enough yet to try this.}
~ Save up for an elliptical machine. {I had already been saving for this and finally purchased one.  Hubby put it together last weekend and I’ve been enjoying it since!}
~ Save up for a new washer and dryer. {Working on this one now.  It’s gonna take a while!}
~ Read my ever growing stack of ebooks/books. {I read more than I expected.  You can check it out on my Goodreads account — although I did read a few that aren’t on Goodreads as well.}
~ Give to Goodwill/Salvation Army monthly. {Took one box to Goodwill.}
~ Reorganize and declutter the garage.  {The cold/wet/rainy/sleety weather we’ve been having lately hasn’t helped, but I am working on it!}
~ Reorganize and declutter the shop.  {Haven’t started this yet.}
~ Lose 40 pounds.  (Lost 5 pounds in January!}
~ Walk 500 miles during aerobic activity.  {Walked 17 miles so far… a long way from 500, but I suspect I’ll be doing more now that I have my elliptical.}
~ Take at least two online classes/webinars on something I enjoy or want to learn more about.  {Too much going on right now to worry about this.  I’ll start planning in a few months.}

Goals for 2013

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Goals for 2013

My 24 goals for 2013, in no particular order are:

~ Read through the Bible in one year using this plan.
~ Complete at least three Bible studies.
~ Teach my daughter (2.5 years old) numbers 11 – 20.
~ Teach my daughter weekly on the ABC’s.
~ Work on one new habit per month.
~ Take pictures of the children each week.
~ Have monthly dates with the hubby, however simple they may be.
~ Have monthly family dates.
~ Take at least two overnight family trips.
~ Write at least two encouraging notes every month.
~ Write at least two blogs per week.
~ Start (and complete!) at least six crafts or projects.
~ Invite someone to our house for lunch/supper at least once a month.
~ Try a new recipe (or two) per month.
~ Make homemade baby food.
~ Save up for an elliptical machine.
~ Save up for a new washer and dryer.
~ Read my ever growing stack of ebooks/books.
~ Give to Goodwill/Salvation Army monthly.
~ Reorganize and declutter the garage.
~ Reorganize and declutter the shop.
~ Lose 40 pounds.
~ Walk 500 miles during aerobic activity.
~ Take at least two online classes/webinars on something I enjoy or want to learn more about.

I will make monthly updates to keep me accountable on my goals.  Some will be easy, some will be hard, but I really want to complete all of them.

I used to be one of those New Year’s resolution kind of gals… you know, those “go on a diet” and “get organized” resolutions that you either (1) forget about (2) totally bomb or (3) lose interest in by about the third week in January. And the reason this happens tends to be lack of planning or unrealistic expectations. Usually both. There’s no way you can expect to stay on a juice diet for the whole year. It’s not feasible OR safe.

So instead I settled on these goals which will be challenging but doable. I just have to keep plugging away at it. Every day.

Because the things that matter take time and dedication. I owe it to myself and to my family to make my life what I want it to be. And these goals will help me achieve that.