I sit down to work on my 2014 goals post (that was supposed to be published yesterday) and quite frankly, I don’t feel like doing anything right now. But the past few days I’ve been thinking about my goals for this year.
I want them to be helpful in these down, unmotivated moments.
So many times goals are set in a super-motivated, conquer-the-world mindset. Then when we have trying days, we give up. Because who can really accomplish that anyway? “Surely not sorry-excuse-for-a-human me.” (not that I feel like that right now or anything)
I want my goals this year to be representative of growth, not necessarily achievement.
What areas of life do I need and want to grow in this year? What are specific ways I can work towards that? What will my priorities be when everything else around me is crumbling -meaning, I bought the wrong kind of couscous which actually takes 18 minutes to cook instead of 5 so now there is no way on earth we will get to Wed. night church on time. Again. and other such disasters of various degrees. What are some guiding resolutions I can remind myself of when tempted to give up or stop caring?
So here they are, probably in an order that only makes sense to me.
1. To be more organized and prepared for life. Specifically, homeschooling, church events, doctor’s appointments, birthdays, meals, family time, etc.
2. To be more productive in the morning and evening. (while the girls are in bed)
3. To re-sharpen skills from another lifetime. Playing the piano and writing letters.
4. To become more of a reader.
5. To do things with my girls just for the sake of spending time with them.
6. To love Paul more than I did last year.
7. To establish an attitude of prayer throughout the whole day. Though I do not have hours to spend on my knees at this stage of life, I want to redeem time while folding laundry, doing dishes, and cleaning to pray specifically for the members of my family and others.
8. To grow in the domestic skills -cooking, baking, cleaning, decorating, crafting.
9. To prepare for the birth of our new baby. To be ready as much as possible, and to embrace that newborn stage of life with thankfulness and calm.
*please note: I understand that these are sketchy. I pounded them out during a car trip. However, part of my plan of action is that these will be a work in progress. I’ll look at them and see how they’re going and make more specific plans as the year goes. I always seem to start with real specific things and end up making general attempts. Maybe that can reverse this year?? = )
Read Old Testament
Memorize 3 passages from the New Testament
Sightread classical music for one hour a week, plan works to read through
January- do cardio and strength training once a week
February- cardio and strength training twice a week
March- three times a week
April- four times a week
May- five times a week
June- six times a week
July- stretch three times, walk one day a week
August- one cardio, strength training and walk a week
September- two cardio and strength trainings a week
October- December – three times a week
*walk twice a week
*plan which days to exercise
-organize one room a month
January: kitchen and pantry
February: master bedroom
March: Mckayla’s room
April: girl’s room
May: laundry room
July: living room
Plan spring cleaning
Make homemade cleaners to keep under sinks
Have girls help with chores
Plan to clean the balcony thoroughly after pollen season
Laundry system: never put laundry in baskets??? *already trying this and it’s working!*
Use more candles
Keep surfaces clean
Print out and frame family pictures
Something on girls bathroom wall
Room for baby
Rearrange decorations in girls room
Save up for a couch
poetry, reading, science experiments, beginner biographies
Choose science project *already did this! Woohoo!*
check on other things
*for fun questions to ask your kids about the New Year, read here and here
speaking respectfully to adults
looking at people in the eye
potty, clothes, bed, hair, teeth
potty, clothes, bed, (hair and teeth by Mommy)
setting the table
cleaning sinks and toilets
put away all books, toys, and clothes
throw away trash
dirty dishes in dishwasher
Personal responsibility. Kindness to others. Always rejoice. *This is for me, too!*
play outside one hour a day
work 1-2 hours a week
go on nature walks
explore new things
give to others
2. Give thanks
3. Love Paul with kindness and affection.
4. Love the girlies with time, teaching, and discipline.
5. Make meals.
6. Do laundry.
To rejoice in the character of God.
To diligently fulfill mundane daily responsibilites.
To prioritize nighttime sleep.
To simplify; to focus on the responsbilities and joys that will not remain after this stage of life.
*note: there are some things that will not make it to this list. Remember when you read blogs that you’re only seeing a percentage of their life. Hopefully, I will give monthly updates on progress and further plans, but no promises. = )