2014: goals, plans, priorities, resolutions

imageI 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.

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Goals

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.

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Plans

*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?? = )

PERSONAL
Bible:
Read Old Testament
Memorize 3 passages from the New Testament
Books:
Read 12 books *list to come soon*
Music:
Sightread classical music for one hour a week, plan works to read through
Fitness:
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
Home
*Organization
-organize one room a month
January: kitchen and pantry
February: master bedroom
March: Mckayla’s room
April: girl’s room
May: laundry room
June: balcony
July: living room
*Cleaning
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!*
Projects/Decorating: 
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
HOME EDUCATION
poetry, reading, science experiments, beginner biographies
Hopey
Weekly planning
Choose science project *already did this! Woohoo!*
Church library
Piano lessons
Sophia
reading
piano lessons
numbers
Gracie
alphabet
writing
coloring
sorting
playdough
check on other things
Mckayla
ABC’s
singing
coloring
counting
GIRLIES
*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
Morning habits
Hope/Sophia
potty, clothes, bed, hair, teeth
Gracie/Mckayla
potty, clothes, bed, (hair and teeth by Mommy)
Chore possibilities
trash
setting the table
folding laundry
doing laundry
cleaning sinks and toilets
Daily habits
put away all books, toys, and clothes
clear dishes
throw away trash
dirty dishes in dishwasher
read
create
ask mom
serve others
Personal responsibility. Kindness to others. Always rejoice. *This is for me, too!*
Activities
play outside one hour a day
work 1-2 hours a week
go on nature walks
have adventures
field trips
explore new things
give to others
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Priorities
1. Rejoice
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.
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Resolutions
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.
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Big breath.
Hello 2014.
*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. = )

3 helpful posts on New Year’s Resolutions

imageIf you didn’t know this about me already, I guess it’s time you found out.

I love New Year’s Resolutions!

And for the record, I do tend to keep up with them at least a little better than the 92% who reportedly never do.

So for me, it’s that wonderful time of year to think and plan for changes and improvements for the new year. I did work on my list a little tonight, but it’s not quite ready to share.

Following are links to three posts I’ve read recently that I found to be helpful and thought-provoking:

When You Track Your Spiritual Progress by Jonathan Parnell

Trading One Dramatic Resolution for 10,000 Little Ones by Tedd Tripp

Your Most Courageous Resolution for 2014 by Jon Bloom

Hope you enjoy these!

In the meantime, we’ll keep thinking and planning! = )

My friend, Amy, already has a great list up here. I always am super convicted inspired by her initiative! And with four kids! In Africa!

Anyways, hope to talk more soon!

Christie

New Year Resolutions; my plan from last year and how it worked

Pictures 2 357I’m a huge NYR lover, always have been.

The past two years, though, I really wanted to make a way to keep myself accountable all year.

Two years ago, while we were driving home in the freezing cold in the middle of the night, I made a list of seven things on the notepad of my phone. Then I set reminders on the beginning of every month so I could look back at the list and remember. It worked pretty good! I was at least mindful of it all year and did make progress, even though it’s never as much as you would want (at least with me).

But last year, I really stepped it up a notch. My first goal was to set monthly goals; the rest of the “year” goals had to do with different things I wanted to accomplish or “be” this year.

I would say nine out of the twelve months I did this and then evaluated at the end of the month how I’d done. Overall, I was pleased with the results.

But all this is just babbling; let me see if I can give you the idea in a quick, understandable fashion.

My New Year’s Resolution plan from last year

Pictures 2 362Write out a list of the goals you have for this coming year. Think through all areas of your life.

Make general goals to work towards the entire year.

Plan to make monthly goals in all of these areas, breaking up the general goals into more specific ideas.

Every weekend sit down and make a list of things that you know you can do that week. Check them off as you go and keep remembering your specific purposes for that month.

At the end of each month, it’s helpful to evaluate how you did in accomplishing your goals. Keep in mind that as you go, you will realize that some “kinds” of goals are helpful and attainable and others just didn’t work that well. As you set your new goals for the next month, use what you’ve learned to make your goal-setting more productive.

This system really did work well for me. I definitely was mindful of my resolutions all year, and felt that the weekly and monthly goal-setting made accomplishment much more practical.

pictures-2-365.jpgI’d love to hear your thoughts on New Year’s Resolutions. What are some that you have kept? Which do you find are the most easily forgotten? Are there methods that have helped you continue your purposes throughout the year? 

This year, if you’re interested, I’m slowing things down to hopefully focus on just one thing that I sense is dangerously lacking.

And here is an example of the monthly goals I made in November.

Happy New Year!

NYR: A goal about love

It just occurred to me as I was sitting here reading online, that maybe I should only have one resolution this year.

You see, there is so much that I’m horribly mediocre at; I long to grow in my decorating and cooking abilities. I want to become a consistent disciple-maker of my children. I want to read more and make better use of my time.

But the one thing that I feel that I want the most often becomes the last priority on the list.  Which we all know means I don’t really want it at all.

I want to love Jesus. But I just love myself too much. It doesn’t matter what I say; my actions speak the truth.

So what if this year my one goal and resolution was to love Jesus?

I know that you have to put more arms and legs on it than that, but here’s my idea for right now. What if at the end of every day, or at the beginning of each morning I survey the past twenty-four hours and ask myself, “Did I love Jesus? Was love for him the motivation behind each action and the constraint behind each refusal?”

I will have to think on this more. I do know that while I look back at this year and am satisfied to see tons of improvement, there’s something major missing. Last year’s goals were great, but it’s time to go farther.

(God is so faithful to lead when we seek Him. Just after these thoughts occurred to me, I came across these posts from girltalkhome.com)