After much reading and soul-searching, I started 2015 with a list of goals. Dan Diamond recommends sharing goals with friends and family to increase your chances for meeting those goals. That is why I come back month after month to share my goals. I need the accountability.
At the start of each month, I list out the steps I need to take in order to reach each goal. I selected a few to focus on during the month of May. Each week I pick a few of my focus goals to address. This keeps me from getting overwhelmed. I really love the Tools4Wisdom Planner; it helps me think through this process and keeps my goals in my face all week.
My overall goal in May was to stay tuned to adjustments God may be asking of me. I don’t want my planning to quiet His voice. If I struggle in a certain area, I need to consider what God might teach me through that struggle. I did see how my busy pace crowds out my family at times.
Memorize 2 new verses. Keep them with me and recite at least 1x day. (2 Timothy 1:6-7, Colossians 3:12-13. I did spend more intentional time working on scripture memory, but I did not keep it with me or recite it daily.)
2. Sleep 7 hours a night by turning screens off by 8 pm. (My average is creeping up closer to 7. Turning screens off by 8 helps tremendously! This goal stays!!)
Exercise 3-4 x week and drink 8 glasses of water daily.
Read 2 books.
This month’s reading list:
I discovered audiobooks. I know! Late to the game, here. I was able to zoom through a few extra books this month by plugging in my ear buds while cleaning house or commuting. I did discover that I do not do as well with non-fiction. I am a tactile/visual learner; I really need a highlighter or pen in hand with books that hold deep spiritual truths. Fiction is another story! (Did you catch the pun there?)
Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions, Lysa TerKeurst. I learned so much about where my outbursts start and why I stuff my emotions so often. If you are a person who deals with people, I recommend this book.
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality, Donald Miller. I am so late to the game with this one, too. But, I absolutely loved it! I consumed it via audiobook very quickly and wished I could highlight as I listened!
The Best of Me, Nicholas Sparks. I needed an easy listen for a drive. This fit the bill. I haven’t seen the movie. Yet.
Covenant Child, Terri Blackstock
How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul, Ruth Soukup
I tried to read Far from the Madding Crowd (Thomas Hardy) after I saw the movie trailer. I couldn’t do it. I felt very unintelligent for not being able to stick with it. I just couldn’t hang with Hardy’s style or vocabulary. If you read it and loved it, please let me know and I will try again. In the meantime, I will be listening to Terri Blackstock or Nicholas Sparks!
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Weekly movie night; monthly date night. (No official date night, just couch time after the kids went to bed. But, we went away last month, so maybe that can count double?)
1:1 time with each daughter.
Plan summer activities. (You can read about that here.)
Read aloud 1 book with the girls. (We re-read Case For Christ for Kids by Lee Strobel after my daughter, Claire, guest posted about Making Faith Real for Middle Schoolers.)
1. Catch up and
complete Declutter 365 challenges. (I did get through most of May, but I did not finish the missed days from March and April. A little round of applause for clean medicine cabinets and bathroom cabinets/drawers!)
Use a Fringe Hour to paint an old window, mat and frame some prints, hang pictures. (I love how the window turned out and cannot believe I waited 2 years to paint the darn thing!)
Determine the best way to monitor/track chores for the kids’ wages. Add summer time duties. (We are trying out a skill of the week so the girls can master some household duties. First up: laundry!)
Work through my blog “punch list.” (I got a few more things done. Also, look for a new design sometime soon!)
2. Edit my eBook. (Started but not complete.)
Prepare for summer small group semester. (I can not wait to meet with my girls again! We are using She Reads Truth’s Women in the Word this semester. I am so thrilled to match up my two favorite groups of Bible Study girls! Why don’t you join us?)
My overall goal in June is to be intentional with relationships. My kids are with me 24/7 for the next few months. While that can be maddening at times, I really want to make the most of it. I hope to continue to work toward my goals, but with a little shift in emphasis– relationships over processes.
1. Memorize 2 new verses; recite at least 1x day.
2. Sleep 7 hours a night by turning screens off by 8 pm.
3. Exercise 3-4 x week and drink 8 glasses of water daily.
4. Read 2 books. (I have already started Do Over by Jon Acuff, and I have a pile I just picked up from the library which I am really excited to start!)
1. Weekly movie night; monthly date night.
2. 1:1 time with each daughter (including intentional conversation about body image).
3. Read aloud 1-2 book with the girls.
1. Catch up and complete Declutter 365 challenges.
2. Help the kids get their pictures and memory calendars up-to-date.
3. Teach the girls home management skills.
1. Work through my blog “punch list,” including launching the new theme.
2. Complete edits of my eBook; publish.
3. Complete research for an upcoming conference.
If you started the year with a list of goals, chances are 46% of you are still in the game. Remember, accountability helps you meet goals. I want to hear from you! How are things going for you?
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